The Internet of Things is a category of products that, if executed correctly, can improve the life of its users in many ways. IoT devices can make it easier to get through your day, improve on traditional solutions to everyday problems, and even inspire creativity in new and exciting ways.
This week’s lineup of crowdfunded IoT projects is no different. Each of these products has the potential to improve the lives of their users. That is, if they both well funded and well executed.
So, what are we waiting for? Here are some IoT crowdfunding projects to watch this week:
AiraWear – Massage Hoodie
Hoodies are a cornerstone in Millennial fashion. Worn by just about everyone in the startup world from interns to executives, the hoodie provides comfort and style with minimal hassle.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, made his mark on the fashion world with his trademark hoodie-and-jeans combo which he donned at corporate meetings where billion-dollar deals were made, proving that a once decidedly casual garment was destined for more than after-gym attire.
One crowdfunding project hopes to take hoodies to the next level by solving a problem that virtually everyone that spent time working in front of a computer has experienced.
The AiraWear is an app-enabled hoodie that includes discreet inflatable posture-correcting modules that massage out key pain points along the back and shoulders to relieve tension brought on by poor posture. An interactive app and multiple settings enable you to control its inflation and deflation, ensuring that it is configured in a way that best matches your needs.
Meanwhile, it tracks your posture throughout the day, sending updates to your phone to remind you to sit straight.
You can go over reports of your posture and find out just how much the way you sit is affecting the way you feel at the end of a long day’s work.
The Kickstarter project also includes an AiraWear vest which can be worn under the owner’s existing outerwear.
If you want to get in on this, you can pick up a vest for $129 or a hoodie for $149. Delivery is expected on or around November, 2016.
Mover Kit – Active Wearable DIY Kit for Kids
Kids love to create. They are natural scientists, and there really is no limit to a child’s imagination when it comes to technology. Luckily, we live in an age where the barrier of access to the technologies kids would need to create and code real, functioning devices are virtually non-existent.
Mover Kit is one such example. This Kickstarter project is a wearable that kids can actually build and code themselves. The kit comes with everything you need to create and code a wearable device complete with sensors and multi-color lights that responds to things like motion.
A simple slap-on wrist strap can attach the device to your wrist, or to an object. It also includes a lanyard for added versatility. Sensors on the kit include an accelerometer and compass. It connects and charges via USB and includes eight RGB LEDs.
Pledges of $55-65 receive a Mover Kit and the Make Platform, a software solution that is used to code features into the device.
mydbell – Smart Doorbell
It’s happened to us all. We’re sitting at our computer at the back of the house, headphones on, and we just don’t hear the doorbell. You miss your package, or the guest you really wanted to talk to walks away thinking that you aren’t home when you really are.
Based out of Germany, mydbell is a Kickstarter Project for a product that hopes to change the way you are alerted to someone ringing your doorbell. With mydbell, not only would you hear the normal doorbell tone, but your phone would vibrate and alert you that someone is at the door!
If you live in a large home or share a living space with other individuals, the mydbell app also gives you the ability to indicate whether or not you are going to answer the door, so anyone else linked to mydbell knows whether or not they need to get up and answer it.
You can reserve a mydbell on Kickstarter for between $127 and $169.
Broadcast – Touch-Enabled T-shirt
Imagine a t-shirt that lets you express the way you feel at that very moment. This same t-shirt could have a happy face and a friendly “Be Happy” message one moment, and a giant “Like” icon the next.
Enter Broadcast, a touch-enabled and app-controlled t-shirt that features a programmable digital LED panel that you can customize whenever you’d like with text, icons, and/or your own design.
The LED grid is waterproof and washable, as well as flexible enough to be worn under the shirt without unsightly bulges.
For $59-69, you can reserve a Broadcast shirt on Indiegogo in one of 14 colors and up to a size XXXL. Delivery is estimated November, 2016.