If you're looking for the most interesting wearable projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you've come to the right place.
You can't move for a wearable tech startup at the moment, and the industry is being driven by the great ideas being realised by the internet of things revolution.
Every week we pick out the most promising ideas hoping to get public funding to make their idea a reality. It's not all one-way traffic, however, and it's a great chance for anyone to become an investor in the next big idea.
It's a well known fact that alarm clocks are humanity's mortal enemy. But Bonjour is an alarm clock that also wants to be your personal assistant.
It sounds a bit like the Amazon Echo, similarly able to adjust your Nest devices or control your music, but Bonjour will also learn your habits and preferences over time. This will affect what it tells you and when it wakes you up. For example, if you like to surf (to take Holi's example), Bonjour will know to wake you up if it detects it's perfect weather for jumping on a board.
Holi says Bonjour will also anticipate your needs, such as checking your smart devices to make sure the house is secure at night. The $50,000 goal has already been passed on Kickstarter, with the total sitting on just over $78k at the time of writing. Holi is targeting a $249 retail price, shipping June 2017.
The latest VR headsets may be hitting the stores, but MVR – a new London-based start-up – wants to give your existing games the virtual reality treatment. The patented headset uses a smartphone as a display, which takes advantage of the Sony Remote Play and Xbox's Windows 10 streaming features to show the action from your console. You use the special MVR controller, which offers up control of the right stick to the headset, which has a positional sensor on the strap. You can then enjoy 360 degree head-tracking in your existing VR games.
It's an interesting concept and one we were treated to at a showing in London. The head-tracking worked extremely well, especially given the lag not only from the sensor, but from the streaming. However, the experience wasn't particularly comfortable, and there's plenty of work to be done with the screen and design.
MVR Global is looking for £150,000 on Kickstarter and you can bag a headset for just £129. There are just 21 days to go at the time of writing, and still some way to go...
Who's that at the door now? The great thing about smart doorbells is that you can still catch that delivery even when you're not at home. They're not a new phenomenon, but Ding is aiming to keep things as simple and stylish as possible.
The three-part setup includes a weather resistant doorbell button that sits near your front door, a mountable chime speaker that sits inside your home and is paired to your home Wi-Fi network, plus the companion smartphone app. When someone presses the bell, you'll be able to speak to them without going to the door. You can also set up Quiet Time periods during the day when you don't want to be notified of any visitors.
There's an indoor range of 40m and the button can be hard wired or battery powered with the latter option giving you six months of battery life. As far as security is concerned, if someone nabs the button, they won't be able to get access to your home network. There's no camera or any sign of IFTTT support, so this really is a basic albeit sleek looking solution to smartening up your front door.
$95,000 raised in its Kickstarter campaign, tearing well past the $50,000 goal - and with 15 days to go. If you want one you'll have to pledge $119 and wait until August 2017 to install it because that's when it's expected to ship.
If you read our roundup of the best connected tech on show at the NYC Maker Faire, you'd know that we've already tried out, and been impressed by, Gravity Sketch.
Originally a 3D-sketching tool on iPads, the next-gen art app is now seeking funding on Kickstarter as a VR-native app for the HTC Vive (as well as a desktop version). Gravity Sketch has a unique feature that allows you to 3D print your creations — something rival Tilt Brush can't do as of yet — which its creators hope will appeal to professional customers like game designers or animators.
Update: Cancelled, but not dead
On Kickstarter the creators announced they are closing the campaign due to attracting "big players and great opportunities", which means they no longer need to rely on pre-orders. But fear not, the Gravity Sketch will still launch - they just don't need your help to make it happen. The team said all Kickstarter backers will get "exclusive Beta testing seats", for which they'll be offering sign-ups for soon.
Crowdfunded projects love slipping in a 'world's first' claim somewhere. For the SOWATCH it's the "world's first autonomous smartwatch that tracks cardiovascular health, blood pressure, customises your workouts and prevents diseases". Though we've seen some of these features in other wearables, this watch is certainly tackling health and fitness with no half measures. The watch claims to do a wide range of things including tracking blood pressure, detecting heart variability, monitoring blood oxygen, detecting fevers, monitoring your training - and all running on up to 10 days of use without a paired smartphone.
And did we mention the built-in GPS? Big claims indeed. If it manages to pull of this off for its targeted March 2017 launch and for a reasonable price, we'll be hugely impressed. The company says the retail price will be more than $260 but won't say exactly how much. It's not the best looking watch, that's for sure, but if it comes packing all of these sensors and features then we can overlook fashion - this thing would be like having a GP on your wrist.
And people are voting with their wallets, with the watch already on more than $179,000 on Kickstarter at the time of writing, smashing well past its $100k goal. Backing it or not, this is one to keep an eye on.
Sleep devices are ten-a-penny but Thim - which is worn on your finger - wants to re-train how you sleep not just measure it. It's based on the work of Flinders University Professor Leon Lack - who previously collaborated on the Re-Timer light therapy glasses - and aims to condition you into falling asleep more easily by waking you up with soft vibrations.
Seriously. The team recommends using it for one hour over the course of seven days to make a difference. There's also a power nap feature which wakes you up at precisely ten minutes after you've actually fallen asleep and the startup claims its sleep tracking is super accurate as it measures if your finger moves when it feels the vibrations through the night i.e you're awake.
The sleep wearable comes in three different sizes and the Kickstarter price is $129 AUD but there are still early bird devices left for $119 AUD if you're quick. Shipping is scheduled for May 2017 which sounds like a more realistic timeline than come campaigns that have come and gone. Thim is looking for $120,000 AUD.
We've started seeing more tech companies looking at hydration, but LVL claims to be the first wearable hydration monitor. It's difficult to verify that claim in a world overflowing with crowdfunded products, but it's certainly the first dedicated one we've seen.
The LVL looks like your regular fitness tracker and also monitors your activity, sleep and heart rate - but it all comes back to hydration. The LVL keeps track on how much you're drinking throughout the day, and then gives you alerts, like letting you know if you're running low, or telling you how much you need to drink to get the most out of a gym session.
It will also let you know how much to drink before bed to help you get a better night's sleep. However, we assume you'll need to enter your water intake in the accompanying smartphone app for the device to be able to crunch the numbers.
The design of the tracker itself is nice, and there's no denying the importance of staying hydrated, so we're intrigued to try this for ourselves when we can wrap one round our wrist.
The LVL has soared past its $50,000 Kickstarter goal, currently at $500,000 from over 3,000 backers. Not bad at all.
Pledge for a set of three Dots (for $55) to stick at home, in your car or at work and get contextual alerts based on your precise location. Dot is on Kickstarter now and could be a simple but smart addition to a home that's already seen some Nest, Sonos, Hue and LIFX love.
Billed as a Bluetooth 4.0 "digital post-it note", Dot also talks to your phone and can, for instance, turn on a LIFX smart bulb when you enter a room or tweak Nest settings for how you like the temperature. Or when you get into the car then Google Maps launches, when you're in the bathroom it can light up to remind you to take medication. Kind of like your own personal iBeacons set up, without the advertising that comes with it.
Get five for $85, ten for $170 and shipping is set for March 2017 so not too long to wait.
A resounding one. The Dot has hit $113,000 of funding at the time of writing, well over its $20k goal - and with a day to go.
File this one under 'Totally unnecessary but totally rad'. The Lift anti-gravity levitating smartwatch charger and lamp (to give it its full official title on Kickstarter) lays claim to the title of "the only smartwatch charger that levitates in mid air while it charges".
That's correct: your watch will slowly rotate as if by magic, with levitation achieved by magnets, but the fact it charges while suspended in mid-air, we'll admit, is pretty cool.
The Lift, created by the company Levitation Works, uses a proprietary induction system inspired by Tesla's own induction tech. The stand will work with the Apple Watch and the Pebble, and will let you feel like you're living on the Starship Enterprise.
But wait, what's that? The stand doubles up as a lamp when it's not charging your watch? What a time to be alive.
The charging unit can be replaced with a device called the Orb, a wireless lightbulb that will similarly float in the air while emitting a glow, looking like it belongs in Hogwarts. The company says these Orbs will magnetically stick to any metal surface, so you can buy multiple Orbs without needing a dock for each (they've got batteries inside).
The base and a choice of either the charger or Orb will come to a retail price of $249, says the company, while you can opt for a Pro version of the dock that will also charge your phone - and costs $299.
Mass production is scheduled for October, so it won't be long before you can tell your loved ones, "Friends, I am truly living the dream".
The campaign raised over $283,000 on Kickstarter but was then cancelled ot of the blue. Essentially it's the fault of the Series 2's bigger battery but Levitation Works plans to be back on KS soon: "Shipping it optimized just for the old Apple Watch just doesn't feel right."
Bold smart lock
Smart locks haven't really captured our imaginations quite yet, although we do have a growing fondness for start-up August. But a new crowdfunding campaign out of the Netherlands could add some competition into the market.
Bold is a smart lock that enables keyless entry to your home via your smartphone. Bold's bold idea is a system with no manual key back up, that can be fitted to European style locks. The company says that UK and US style locks are coming, and asking for email requests to gauge interest.
The makers say that it's safer that competition thanks to a motorless design, which reduces risk of mechanical failure, and has fewer weaknesses thanks to the omission of a manual key. That's slightly misleading as there is a tiny motor to change the clutch, but users physically turn the lock to open the door, which means less parts which rely on automated mechanics.
So what if your smartphone dies? Well there's a manual remote for €39 extra or you can grant friends or neighbours access – just like a digital key.
There are a couple of downsides. Smart locks are a big exercise in trust, so Bold's makers will have their work cut out to convince people they're guys to protect the threshold Also the app looks terrible. Like worryingly bad. That makes us cautious.
Anyway, Bold is working towards to its €120,000 target, but with only 4 days to go at the time of writing and €65,000 still to raise, it needs to get its skates on. The lock will cost €199 but early birds can grab one for €149.
We're always hungry for better insights into our runs – just look at the effort we're putting into our heart rate training diary. But now a new crowdfunding campaign from Stepp could provide the data we're looking for.
From the clip-on unit which attaches to shoes and shorts, Stepp tracks information such as pronation, heel-strike and contact time, presenting the information in real-time and feeding it back through your smartphone. There's also data on knee forces, hip tilt, vertical movement, contact angles and more. The danger with Stepp isn't a lack of data – it's data overload.
Stepp is an amalgamation of a few devices we're fans of here at Wareable. The live coaching element makes it extremely similar to Moov Now, which does include g-force through the foot as part of its running efficiency metrics, although Moov's position on the ankle limits the amount of data. We're also fond of Stridalyser, the smart insoles that offer much the same as Stepp, although we're not so keen on that form factor.
Stepp is looking for $70,000 and has 17 days to go of its campaign. It's going to a fairly steep $199, although there are early bird deals from $99 via Kickstarter.
This wearable for bikers has one aim: to stop you from speeding and picking up fines on the road.
Hidden beneath its Italian leather wristband body lies a vibration motor, battery and micro USB port. When paired with your iOS or Android smartphone, it uses global mapping and has the ability to measure speed to buzz you when you need to slow down.
As you get nearer to an area where there's a speed limit, the vibrations become more frequent and slow down when you're okay to put your foot on it. From the app, you'll be able to set up alerts for things like bus lanes and speed cameras.
WOOLF was trying to raise €90,000 on Kickstarter but managed to hit just below €15,000 before time ran out. It's always a shame to see a good idea fall flat, but we suppose people don't want another thing telling them to slow down (even though they probably should).
Getting on Apple's good list is no mean feat. But that's exactly what ThanoTech has done, albeit with preliminary MFi approval (Apple's licensing arm). It has, according to its Kickstarter page at least, created the first world's first portable MFi watch charger with the Diskus.
Essentially, Diskus is just like your current Apple Watch charger but, instead of the wire being permanently fixed to the dock, you just plug a regular old Micro USB plug into a portable dock. There's a cable that comes in the box, obviously, but you're free to use one of the 157 that you've no doubt got sitting around your house.
It's a touch thicker than the regular Apple Watch charger but that's the trade-off for getting that Micro USB port in there. You do get a swanky little pouch with it and it only weighs 16g, so it's hardly going to put a strain on your bag or purse.
It costs $30 and shipping is estimated for October. By then Apple will no doubt have a new watch out… let's hope it's the same charging method or you could be backing a dud. ThanoTech is looking for $55,000 and is well on its way with plenty of time left.
Over 100% funded with plenty of time left. Boom.
With the Samsung Gear 360, the LG 360 Cam and Ricoh Theta S already making the ability to shoot 360-degree videos and photo more affordable, the Nico360 cam is the latest to join the immersive party.
The dinky little shooter promises live streaming without a PC, something you can't do on the Samsung and LG cameras. It packs a 32-megapixel image sensor that can deliver 2560 x 1440 video resolution at 30fps too. To ensure footage is slick, there's built-in stitching and rotate stabilisation to reduce camera shake. It's also waterproof and comes with 32GB of internal storage.
The Nico360 Indiegogo campaign is up and running and in the search for $50,000 has already surpassed that total with a month to go. The $129 early bird offer gets you the camera plus a self-stick kit with shipping expected in October 2016.
As with devices like Thync, we're intrigued and cautious in equal measure by ELF emmit, the latest mood altering headband to hit a crowdfunding site. In development since 2013 and tested at a university in Slovenia, it is designed to de-stress or stimulate you, help you meditate or sleep by emitting pulses at varying frequencies, from 0.2Hz up to 19 Hz. So, yes, it's a wearable PEMS machine.
From the campaign it looks like the team is suggesting sessions between 30 to 120 minutes. It's open source tech and the headband itself is made from polycarbonate and thermoplastic plus it's powered from your phone's headphone jack.
You can still get the $99 early bird units on Indiegogo which is 50% off the RRP.
The team has crept over the goal with time to spare.
There are plenty of sleep monitoring platforms out there but none that claim to fast track the time taken to hit deep sleep. Well, until now that is. That's the USP of FitSleep, which features the brilliantly named 'E-Lullaby' technology to provide "alpha waves to gently send you to sleep".
It does all the other sleep monitoring stuff you'd expect such as logging your heart rate, respirate rate, body movements, sleep patterns and so on; but we know you're itching to hear more about the E-Lullaby science.
Well, according to its developers, FitSleep emits 0-13Hz waves during a user's light sleep cycle that speeds up the transformation to deep sleep, thus increasing sleep efficiency. They describe the process at being "lulled by modulated alpha waves". Incredible stuff, we're sure you'll agree.
Of course, we'll only know if the hocus-pocus on offer here genuinely works if the product sees the real world. And it should as the $100,000 goal has been met with over a week to go.
$129 gets you one and shipping is set for September.
FitSleep hit its $100,000 goal with just a day left to run on the campaign
This smart connected cycling helmet follows in the footsteps of Lumos and Livall making that tricky commute ride to and from work a much safer one.
Packed with cameras front and back to scan your environment, the Classon is able to detect cars approaching your blind spot and notify the rider by a blinking light on the visor. There's also motion activated lights when you signal with your arms and the built-in accelerometer activates brake lights when it detects you're slowing down.
A Classon subscription service gives you access to additional features like GPS navigation and the ability to access video recorded by the cameras to edit and share. You'll also get free helmet replacement if your one gets damaged and access to new features when they land.
The Kickstarter campaign get the Classon smart cycling helmet in production is now live and is aiming to raise $30,000. It's already made a sizeable dent in that figure with plenty of days to go. You'll need to pledge $99 or more to get one along with 6 months free Classon Club subscription. That's significantly cheaper than the $299 retail and $499 beta price.
Goal hit and the company are now setting (pretty ambitious) stretch goals.
Smartwatches are often criticised that they're not as good at telling the time as regular ones. Joy is shaking this up with its icon based watch for kids - it links the time to events and sends visual reminders (bath time, feed the cat etc) from parents. For kids from three to eight years old, Octopus has three modes to switch between as your children grow and get to grips with the concept of time.
You can still get an Octopus watch for the early bird price of $59 even though the team has already doubled its target. It comes in a range of fun colours, of course, and there's the option to gamify chores and whatnot with virtual rewards. Even better, there's a cute additional charger (the companion) which also works as a nightlight. It will ship in March 2017.
Octopus has raised $663,000 on a $50,000 target with over a week ago.
SenseON is a small band-aid style wearable made from silicone and medical grade tape that sticks onto the skin and promises to measure heart rate as accurately as a heart rate monitor chest strap.
That's thanks to conductive electrodes built into the sweat and water resistant design that can capture the heart's electrical pulses, which is the same process used in medical EKG monitoring. That means it can deliver real time data on heart rate, heart rate zones, resting heart rate while sleeping and heart rate recovery.
Additionally, it's packed with sensors to monitor breathing rate, track steps, distance covered, calories burned and sleep. Data is synced to Android and iOS phones with support for Bluetooth sports watches letting you review data from the wrist. Battery life is an impressive 20 hours in continuous use with a portable charging case delivering 8 full charges.
The SenseON Indiegogo campaign sees the Shenzhen based company CardioCycle chasing $20,000 and is already halfway towards that goal. A minimum pledge of $79 will secure you one with an expected September 2016 shipping date.
This isn't the first smart band-aid we've come across. AmpStrip, which raised big bucks through crowdfunding, cancelled plans for a consumer product. FitPal, another device that sticks directly onto the skin, was expected to ship in March 2016, but is still listed for pre-order on the company's website.
Target hit with a month left to go on the campaign.
A story we've been following on Wareable for a while now, the Mover Kit from Technology Will Save Us teaches kids to code through a wearable device.
Essentially a build-your-own wearable, the kit includes the Mover board with lights, motion sensor, accelerometer, compass, magnetometer and a USB connector. Using these components, kids can code the device's behaviour to make it function in any way their imagination allows. It's a great and fun way to get kids creating and making with technology, using a wearable as the vehicle to get their imagination racing. After all, tech might just save us.
The campaign has already blitzed its $50,000 target and $55 bags you the kit.
The DIY wearable for kids has doubled its total and is expected to start shipping in the coming months.
We've already written about this ambitious hearable and definitely have some burning questions to ask the creators, but if it's the real deal, then Pilot could really be a revolutionary wearable device.
The real time translation smart earpiece sits inside of your ear (obviously) and features a microphone to capture audio from the person you're speaking to. It also uses speech recognition and machine translation to translate a host of different languages. These include German, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Hindi. Additional languages will be available at a later date.
Available in three colours, Pilot will also be offering a secondary earpiece to stream music or to share with the person you're speaking with. The companion app will let you switch between languages and save them for offline use when you're traveling overseas. There's even a conference mode so you can have multiple people speaking different languages on the same call.
Pilot is set to take flight in May 2017, with additional languages scheduled to be added later in the year. It's already raised over $1 million on Indiegogo, crushing its $75,000 target with a month left to run on the campaign. $199 will get you a set of two earpieces while a pledge of more than $359, will get you Pilots for the entire family.
It's no surprise to hear that Pilot has continued to raise big bucks and has now passed the $2 million mark.
In the quest for seamless home automation we've seen a wide array of gadgets and control methods thrown into the mix. However, if it works as well as its makers claim, Knocki might just knock the competition out.
It's a smart home sensor that turns any hard surface - think walls and tables - into control platforms for your connected kit. By tapping you can set up Knocki to perform an array of automated tasks, such as switching smart lights on, turning up your music or unlocking your Wi-Fi enabled door lock.
For simple tasks, such as the light and music examples, you can set up a one or two tap method, wheras security sensitive actions can be kicked off with a more complex tapping pattern. One Knocki unit can store ten actions and it's compatible with the leading smart home systems such as Nest, Samsung SmartThings and WeMo.
Knocki smashed its target inside 24 hours and the super early bird deals are gone. However, $69 for one, or $189 for three is still pretty attractive.
Knocki has managed to raise over $500k, which is well over its $35,000 target. There's still plenty of days left to run on the Kickstarter campaign, although you'll need to spend at least $79 to grab one when they ship in December 2016.
Think of Nuheara's IQbuds as a pair of wireless earbuds that focus on altering your experience of hearing the world. Like Doppler Labs' Here Active Listening earbuds but without the music focus, you can now get a pair for $209 as all the early bird units have sold out.
You can activate and control the buds' active noise cancelling via a companion app and create presets for different places e.g. office, plane, bus. You can also mix your own balance between your music and the real world and even enhance your hearing thanks to multiple mics on the IQbuds.
Tap to answer calls, play/pause music etc and house them in the charging case which increases the battery life from four hours to 16 hours (= 3 recharges).
Nuheara raised just shy of $750k - that's more than ten times its target. Shipping is set for December 2016.
Last time out we picked a brain sensor reading headband as our crowdfund pick of the week and, to be honest, it made our brain hurt just thinking about how it could possibly work. Probably not what its makers intended.
This week, we've decided to keep things a bit more straight forward with one of the simplest, yet most exciting, projects to date. AirJamz is exactly what it says on the tin... it's a Bluetooth packing wristband that allows you to play air guitar with sounds.
You simply pick a tune (hundreds to choose from, we're told) from the paired smartphone app and strum away. Head-banging and bowing at the end of a performance is optional (but encouraged).
The $30,000 target has been met. The team also announced a surprise gift in the form of the AirJamz Pick to swap the module into - nice.
We've covered Melomind a few times in the past - the concept was first shown off way back in January 2015 at CES. Back then, the connected headset wanted to get rid of stress by using hi-tech biofeedback - reading your brain activity and transmitting it to a smartphone app where it's translated into music.
It's now back, in more normal looking headphone form and its makers claim that it generates an audio soundscape that responds to your brainwaves in real-time. It will even tap into your own music collection.
Brain waves: How mind reading wearables let us delve inside
"When you train with Melomind to manage your stress and emotions, we made sure that you are plunged into a complete world of relaxation," reads the release. "Our goal concerning your experience was to have you carried away from the very beginning to the end; from the sound environment and the guide's voice while you choose a session, to the musical journey you embark on."
Cynicism aside and the campaign has actually started with a bang. The company is already well over its €50,000 target and has some stretch goals lined up. You'll have to fork out €220 if you want one - the RRP is set to be €399.
More than three times the target raised and, to celebrate, all models will come boxed with a protective case.
Here, Bragi Dash, Samsung Earcle, the Microsoft Clip, everyone seems to be working on a hearable. United Sciences, a 3D scanning company is now joining the party too with the custom fit Aware.
Packed to the rafters with biometric sensors, the Bluetooth in-ears promise to monitor heart rate, steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It even claims to track brain waves using EEG (electroencephalogram) to monitor stress, sleep pattens and relaxation.
It's also going big on sleep tracking, learning when restless sleep happens. And The Aware can detect teeth grinding, which is linked to interrupted sleep. You can even monitor snoring.
The sensor packed hearable also finds room for a noise cancelling bone conduction microphone array, a speaker and 16GB of storage for storing music so you can work out sans smartphone.
United Sciences is chasing $100,000 on Kickstarter and is already halfway to that goal with more than a month to run on the campaign. If you want a pair, you'll need to pledge more than $249. There's also pair of Aware headphones that come without the biometric and brain monitoring powers available for $99. If you can spare $10,000, you can bag yourself a tour of the United Sciences lab.
Metallic finishes announced as a stretch goal.
SpeedX Leopard smart road bike
The best crowdfunding ideas are the ones that seem so obvious, it's a wonder no-one's thought of it before. Such is the case with the SpeedX Leopard smart road bike.
Sporting a carbon fibre frame that weighs just 1.2kg and sports a lifetime warranty, it's got serious bike credentials, before you factor in the smart performance tracking technology.
Its XCoach platform analyses and helps you train based on live performance data, and it's capable of tracking lap times, distance and speed via GPS as well as power, cadence, heart rate, altitude and calories using 12 built-in sensors.
Obviously this requires power and the bike's battery will last up to 800km/40 hours of riding, and charges to full in 30 minutes.
And the price borders too good to be true territory. There are a bunch of options depending on the brakes, tyres, crankset and all the other gubbins you go for – but you can grab a bike from $1,299. It's also already smashed its Kickstarter goal, with $1.75m raised on a $50,000 goal. Shipping is estimated for July 2016, and we have to say this looks a real winner.
This SpeedX Leopard smart bike has raised just under $2 million to become the most funded bike campaign in Kickstarter history.
One of the biggest problems with mobile VR headsets, aside from the fact they're not quite as amazing as an Oculus Rift or a HTC Vive, is that once you've got the headphones and the headset on, it can quickly start to feel a bit clunky.
That's where Opto comes in. The smartphone friendly VR headset has built in audio integrating on-ear headphones with 40mm 32ohm speakers into its unique looking body.
The headset, which comes with three different coloured front covers, supports smartphone screen sizes from 4-inch to 5.1-inch. It's also made out of a foam material to keep things lightweight, durable and easy to wipe down when it needs a clean. Opto claims its lenses are 25% bigger than other VR headsets to enhance that immersive feeling.
Opto is hoping to raise £40,000 on Kickstarter to make the first 500 headsets and is moving nicely towards its goal. A £60 pledge can get you a standard edition headset while £100 or more will bag you two headsets. If successful, it's expected to start shipping from October 2016.
Opto raised $43k in total and has sent out a survey on colours to backers.
If you've been following our quest to build the ultimate smart home from scratch, then you'll know there's a lot of groundwork you need to put in before you can start kitting out your living room with smart lightbulbs and clever thermostats.
Something like the Protonet Zoe could prove really handy when you do get things up and running. The smart home hub connects all of your smart home devices and works with the likes of Nest, Amazon Echo and Philips Hue. The big sell here is that any of the information your share with those devices are not stored in cloud servers. It's all processed and kept directly on the Zoe device keeping the data nice and secure.
If you want to spread the smart home hub love, there's also a set of Zoe Voice Drops companion devices that are essentially voice based remote controls you can arrange around the house.
The illuminating Zoe comes can be placed anywhere in a room and comes with a series of art covers you can slap onto its magnetic front plate if you're worried it'll stick out like a sore thumb.
It's already raced past its $100,000 flexible goal on Indiegogo, with plenty of time left on the campaign to run. If you want one though, it's not going to be cheap. $549 will get you a Zoe starter kit with a smart mansion kit setting you back a hefty $1,799.
Protonet Zoe sailed past its target and is now offering a 4oTB option for a cool $9,999.
This pin badge doesn't offer alerts or any kind of activity tracking but it definitely helps to express the connected self. The idea is a simple one: the Pins syncs with your smartphone and allows you to add any design - moving or still - to the digital badge.
There are artists and designers on board and the creators also want the community to get involved by creating and sharing their own patterns. You can draw a design or upload a photo to get started. It'd be possible to not only have a pin that matches your mood, but one that supports a charity or political campaign too.
The most interesting aspect is that the Stockholm startup plans to release a PinOS platform and a SDK later this year - so the feature set could yet be expanded.
The cheapest early bird price remaining is $59 with shipping forecast for February next year. The company is already well on its way to the $75,000 target.
Pins Collective sailed past its target with plenty of days left in the bank.
Sleep Shepherd Blue sleep tracker
For those who have trouble sleeping, getting a good night's kip can turn into an obsession, so enter Sleep Shepherd Blue, a second generation 'sleep optimiser' which has launched on Kickstarter.
Promising to be more than just a sleep tracker, this connected beanie uses Netsky EEG technology to encourage your brainwaves to slow to a sleep-inducing crawl. This was essentially the purpose of the original version, which shipped last year, but the updated Blue tracker adds optimised tracking and feedback on your sleep performance via a companion smartphone app.
From its position on the head and EEG, Sleep Shepherd's makers claim better accuracy than the likes of Fitbit and Beddit, which broadly rely on movement to report on your lost hours.
Interested backers would do well to read feedback on the original Sleep Shepherd product. While the science and tech seems fairly sound, going to sleep wearing a hat may not be everyone's idea of relaxing.
The Sleep Shepherd Blue has already smashed its meagre target – indicating that using Kickstarter has been more of a pre-ordering mechanism this time around – and $199 bags you a unit for a $50 discount.
Described as a "smart babysitter" by its makers, Allb is a sensor that keeps track of your baby's metrics and can help to prevent sudden infant deaths, we're told.
It clips on the waistband of a diaper or the baby's trousers so as one side of the sensor can have skin contact. From there it monitors skin temperature, sleep patterns and respiratory rates and raises alarms to a parent's smartphone if necessary.
Rather than comparing the recorded stats to averages, it personalises over time for its wearer. It also adapts a growing baby by monitoring sleep hours and comparing it to medically verified sleep data from paediatric studies.
$89 gets you one device and the company is looking for $15,000. Shipping is estimated for July.
Target hit with a couple of weeks to spare - the company is still seeking backers though and says that every little helps.
Competitive cyclists rejoice, there's now a way to monitor power output without having to expensively install something onto your bike.
The Zone DPMX, developed by Brim Brothers, is a wearable device that clips onto your cycling shoe and is packed with sensors to measure power (watts) and cadence (rpm) from under your shoe as motion sensors on top of you shoe track your distance.
Available in two models, the DPMX Single measures power from the left shoe only, while the Dual option measures both shoes. It uses ANT+, so you can send data to a ANT+ compatible bike computer or smartphone to view the data. You'll need to have a set of Speedily Zero pedals and cleats to get it to work, but after that, it should work with most cycling shoes. You can expect to get around 15 hours of riding out of them and a couple of hours to charge them back up.
The wearable power meter has already surged past its €100,000 Kickstarter goal with more than 20 days to go and a pledge of €390 will get you the Single version when it ships in July.
With a couple of weeks still to go, this has every chance of reaching twice its desired goal.
Prana stress sensing wearable
Prana is designed to combat stress through regulated breathing with its new connected clip-on sensor.
The clip, which is designed to be attached to your waistband, uses algorithms to analyse your posture and breathing technique. The data is then synced to a companion app via Bluetooth, allowing you to review the data in-real time.
This is where things get smart. The companion app has two modes; clinical and game mode. Clinical mode offers an in-depth timeline that scores each breath to help you reach your target pattern, coaching you to breathe better. Game mode incorporates your real-time breathing to control an in-game character.
If you want to help Prana reach its goal, then there's a $99 early bird special, which includes $50 off of the retail price. Shipping is expected in June.
Prana raised just short of its $50k goal but being Indiegogo, it receives all funding.
FitPal is a heart rate detecting band-aid designed to be worn 24/7 to provide in-depth insights into your health.
Not to be mistaken for the Under Armour-owned food tracking app MyFitnessPal, FitPal contains two 10mm stainless steel electrodes that claim to monitor sleep, stress, heart rate irregularities exercise readiness and even your biological age, all from your heart rate.
According to its Kickstarter page, FitPal can be worn for days at a time. It boasts an impressive seven day battery life, and the patch can also be charged wirelessly.
There are eerie similarities to Ampstrip, another heart rate detecting band-aid, which was designed to offer health insights from heart rate data. That was cancelled last year leaving hundreds of angry backers in its wake. The two products are so similar that FitPal has put a disclaimer on its page distancing itself from the failed project.
FitPal is close to its $100,000 target, and the company aims to deliver to backers by November 2016 - a tall order considering the product is not yet out of Alpha testing. Bundles start at $159, which is 35% off its $199 retail price.
Team FitPal are apparently "doing a happy dance" after sailing past the target with a few days to spare.
Three years on and Hexoskin is back with a smarter version of its 2013 Indiegogo success story. The Hexoskin Smart shirt is laced with sensors designed to monitor heart rate, breathing and movement, and is now fitted with a Bluetooth Smart sensor; allowing you to pair with your favourite fitness apps such as MapMyRun, RunKeeper and Strava, as well as a whole host of third-party accessories.
The Hexoskin Smart system is powered by a "Smart Device"; a module that sits discreetly in your pocket. This device captures raw data that can be later viewed on the companion app, providing insights on a range of sporty metrics including intensity and recovery, calories burned, fatigue level, and sleep quality.
Don't just take Hexoskin's word for it, we've seen it in action ourselves over in Vegas at CES 2016 and. For $299, you can get yourself a smart shirt and module. Shipping is estimated for April. With early adopters having pledged well over the $50,000 goal to produce this next generation model, grab it cheap while you can, the RRP for that bundle is $100 extra.
Hexoskin has raced past its Indiegogo goal with weeks to spare.
Check-my-Temp wearable thermometer
Looking after a child or loved one with a fever can be scary as the fever works its way through the body, patients need a lot of care – which is where Check-My-Temp comes in.
The wrist worn device constantly monitors the patient's fever collecting 30 data points every 30 seconds from the temperature sensor and accelerometer, and reports it to a smartphone app. You can check on them at any time, and if vitals rise to worrying levels, the app will alert you.
The band will fit children and adults and also works as a sleep monitor by using the accelerometer to track the patient's movements. This means you won't need to disturb the patient to check on them when they're asleep, and can make sure they get water and hydration as soon as they're awake.
Check-My-Temp is looking for $30,000 of funding over on Indiegogo. $35 gets you an early bird discount and it's expected to ship in July 2016.
Check-My-Temp finished its campaign 179% funded.
Face masks to keep you looking beautiful have been around for years, but French company Wired Beauty believes it's come up with the next big step in skin care and it's called MAPO.
The custom 3D printed mask, which will undoubtedly give you that Phantom of the Opera or footballer with a face injury look, uses a series of sensors positioned in key areas of the face built into the medical grade silicone mask.
Once skincare products have been applied to the face, these sensors are capable of detecting your skin's moisture levels.
But that's not all. There's also different heating zones built in, which can reach up to 40 degrees centigrade and can help improve the effectiveness of applied skin care products.
It can then relay data in real time via Bluetooth to the companion La Clinique Digital app where you can get advice on what type of products to use, correct bad habits and generally help combat the various kinds of stresses the skin comes up against on a daily basis.
MAPO is well on its way to its €40,000 goal. Pledging €90 or more means you can try one out for six months. €199 gets you a mask for 33% less than the retail price.
Just 187 backers were needed to make this one a reality. The team says it is going on a World Tour so look out for a sensor-packed face mask coming to you.
We've covered a few tennis wearable systems in the past but none quite as thorough as Pivot, from Silicon Valley startup TuringSense. Combining a whopping 14 sensors for the top of the range pack, the coaching and monitoring system has been developed in partnership with Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri; the man credited with kickstarting the careers of Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Janković, Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Kei Nishikori, and Boris Becker.
Like Zepp on steroids, Pivot promises to improve a player's game by recording 360 degree motion, preventing injuries and get statistics on a wide range of performance metrics including footwork, body position, elbow bend, knee bend, and more.
You don't need a camera, there's a hub that records all the biometric data each sensor sends – up to 1,000 data samples per second are sent, from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. You can watch back the action and see the analysis on the companion app.
The company is offering Pivot in a 'Challenger' pack comprising of 4 sensors and 1 hub for $279. But the real deal is the 'Grand Slam' package with the full 14 sensors. That's $749.
More than $100,00 hit, against a target of $75,000.
Just when you thought owning an Apple Watch was the only way to share your heartbeat from a distance, British based start-up LittleRiot has devised some bedtime tech that'll also help you "feel your loved one's presence."
It works with both users each wearing a soft fabric wristband, which houses the heartbeat sensor and having a small 0.5w speaker placed underneath your pillow.
When the wristband is paired with the companion iOS or Android app, you can send your heartbeat to your loved one and it'll be amplified through the speaker.
The wristband's sensor can run for several night's before it needs a charge via the Micro USB port, while the speaker simply plugs into your phone and never needs to be charged.
Available in Heart Red and Beat Blue shades, the Pillow Talk is available to pre-order on Kickstarter from up until 8 December with £52 or more securing you one to use in your bed.
More than £77,000 hit, against a target of £75,000.
Juvo sleep tracker
Sleep trackers have become a bit of an endangered species in the last year, and few devices have been released to challenge the limited success of Beddit and Withings Aura. Until now.
Juvo is a new sleep monitor that's just hit Indiegogo. Like its more established rivals, it uses a fibre optic sensor that slips under the mattress to keep tabs on your slumber stats. It tracks movement, breathing, heart rate, light, deep and REM sleep and monitors noise and light disturbance, too. It will then offer advise on when to set your alarm, best temperature for your room and the bedside unit will even play soothing tunes to get you to sleep.
It's very similar to the Withings Aura (even down to requiring two sensors for those who share a bed), although the promise of actionable sleep insights and IFTTT recipes with smart bulb makers make for a promising final product.
Juvo was looking for $50,000 and crept over its target to finish with $53,490.
If your fitness training isn't going to plan then new smart clothing venture Antelope could literally jolt you into action. The connected compression wear features electrodes that the company claims can boost performance and muscle strength.
Antelope has a range of different garments targeted at different areas of the body. There's a pair of leggings for training calves, a tank top for the upper body, a full suit and a version called "women's dream" (we kid you not) for pelvic floor strengthening.
The smart gear is powered by a rechargeable battery called the Antelope Booster. It's controlled by a paired smartphone, and when it releases the charge it "mimics the processes that occur in our body when our brain directs muscles to contract". The process is known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which is often used in injury recovery.
The company claims that "in 4 weeks you can increase performance up to 30%, jumping ability up to 20%, muscle volume up to 10%. Back pain is reduced in 90% of all cases."
And its claims have been heard. The company has bagged more than 600% of its funding target. The campaign is still live on Indiegogo and $225 gets you the c