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Top 5 Kickstarter projects every developer should fund

Jane Elizabeth
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Kickstarter is all about crowd-sourcing awesome products to the world. Today, we’ve looked into their active products to bring you the best tech and developer friendly projects that still need funding, including a robot that can be controlled with your X-box controller, beer that you can brew with an app, and even a device that helps improve your screen slouch posture.

Since 2009, Kickstarter has been funding cool and awesome projects of all kinds. Whether it’s been innovative coolers, games about explosions and cats, or even a movie, Kickstarter has brought venture capitalism to the masses. Crowdfunding is in; anyone can get funded if they have a cool product and a good ad.

Unsurprisingly, the best sort of Kickstarter campaigns are for cool new tech gear. The Pebble Time watch was the most-funded Kickstarter campaign of all time. Other greats included a video game console and a streaming music service. Developers and tech fanatics alike have made some awesome products possible.

And so, without further ado, here are the top five cool Kickstarter campaigns that are currently active:

Niryo One

Everyone likes robots. It’s a fact. And we all dream of the day when we have household robots like the Jetsons or possibly Tony Stark. We have the cleaning robots covered (thanks Roomba!) and now, we’re moving even closer to having robotic assistants with the Niryo One.

The Niryo One is an accessible 6 axis robotic arm. It’s 3D printed and powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System. That’s right, you can code for your robot with Raspberry Pi! This robot is open source, perfect for developers.

There’s a couple ways to code, either by computer, app, joystick, or even a special learning mode where you can physically manipulate the robot as an example of an action, which will be saved. The Niryo One can be used by beginners or even children.

Upright Go

There’s nothing worse than spending a day in front of your computer for back pains. Sure, maybe you have an ergonomic chair, or you’ve managed to get a standing keyboard. But for most of us, we have awful posture and a screen slouch that can cause serious health issues down the line.

Enter the Upright Go. This wearable tech sits at the top of your spine and lets out a slight buzz whenever it notices you aren’t sitting up properly. The Upright Go can be worn by any person of any size. It’s waterproof and has a battery life of about eight hours.

Let’s be real, there is nothing worse than the awful neck pain you get from spending a day in front of a computer. The Upright Go is here to change all that and improve your posture whether sitting, standing, or walking.

Dubleup’s Power Bank

We’ve all been there – the battery charge hovering round 3% and digging around in our purses or backpacks for that clunky external battery charger. They’re great and crazy useful for anyone with a pulse who uses technology. But sometimes, my battery charger is just too big for whatever bag I’m carrying that day and I have to hope that my phone will last the day.

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That’s not a problem with a Dubleup Power Bank. This charger is the size of a credit card and extremely thin as well. It can fit in a wallet, a pocket, or even a clutch purse. It works with both Android and Apple products. Plus, the Dubleup Power Bank even has an integrated cable for charging.

Currently, the Dubleup Power Bank is only approved for use in Australia/NZ, the US, and Europe. But it looks like the future of charging our phones.

Sprimo Personal Air Monitor

Ever wonder about how clean your air really is? Sure, the Clean Air and Water Act has helped improved the environment, but sometimes there pollutants in everyday items. Besides, how are we supposed to check that sort of thing? Monitoring air quality is something that seems so difficult. Turns out, all you need is a little plug-in device for your iPhone.

The Sprimo Personal Air Monitor is a plug and play device that monitors volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. It tests for the general presence of VOCs and determines how hazardous the air quality is, using the International Air Quality Standard. Whether you’re worried about air pollution or asthma, Sprimo has you covered. As of right now, this is only for the iOS, but an Android version is in development.  

Excitingly, the Sprimo App collects data points from their users, leading to an accurate, up-to-date map of local real-time air quality for everyone. Monitoring stations are usually in fixed locations. Since the Sprimo is attached to your iPhone, it collects data from everywhere you go. That way you can see how clean the air is at work, home, or even on your commute.

You’re not just monitoring your local air quality; you’re doing science.

Pico C

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most people enjoy a nice cold beer after work. There’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing after a hard day at work with a beer… that you brewed in your own home. Brewmasters all agree that the best beer is fresh. You can’t get any fresher than made from scratch in your own kitchen.

The Pico C brings craft brewing to the masses with an even easier kit for home brewers. Surprisingly, it’s fairly simple to get award-winning beer to brew right in your kitchen. Add water and the specific beer packet to the espresso-machine sized device. Then, add yeast when the app tells you to do so. And in no time at all, you have beer in your kitchen! No need to go to the liquor store when you can make your own.

The Pico C is great for beer fans all over the world. You can get your favorite Rogue or Coronado beer, or even develop your own brew.

 

Have we missed a super cool Kickstarter project? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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Jane Elizabeth
Jane Elizabeth is an assistant editor for JAXenter.com

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