There’s lots of stuff that gets listed on Kickstarter or Indiegogo every week, some of it good and some of it not so good. Luckily for you Gadget is here to trawl through the websites and serves up the top five projects to back this month.
GeoOrbital literally wants to reinvent the wheel. Rather than building the battery and motor of an electric bike into the chassis, this Boston-based company has contained it in a single wheel. This means rather than buying an all-new electric bike, you can supercharge your existing ride so that it can go at speeds up to 20mph.
Inspired by the lightcycles in the movie Tron, the GeoOrbital Wheel has an aerospace-grade aluminum unibody with a brushless DC motor and lithium-ion battery that will last journeys up to 50 miles. It’s wrapped round with a tire filled with high-density foam so it never goes flat and you don’t even have to check its air pressure.
Despite its futuristic design, GeoOrbital say they’ve tested its wheel on hundreds of ordinary bikes and that you can fit one in just 60 seconds.
Early bird offers for the GeoOrbital Kickstarter are all gone, but if you pledge $699 (around £480) you can get one GeoOrbital wheel by this November and save 27% on the $949 (around £650) retail price.
For more information on the GeoOrbital Wheel, click here.
Model globes of the Earth are so old fashioned. In an age when Elon Musk promises Space X will go to Mars in 2018 and NASA, the ESA and China have similar ambitions, we should be thinking a bit bigger.
London-based designer Oscar Lhermitte thinks you’ll go loony for this topographically accurate model of the Moon. Unlike other lunar globes that use photographs or illustrations of the Moon, this model is truly accurate 1/20 million replica featuring three-dimensional craters, elevations and ridges based on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The model also has a ring of LED lights that revolve around the globe, constantly illuminating the correct side of the moon and recreating the lunar phases as seen from Earth.
If you think this moon globe is out of this world, you’ll need to pledge £300 (approximately $430) on Kickstarter to claim one for yourself. This will save you £150 on the retail price, as well as get you a moon team patch and pack of four postcards.
For more information on Moon – The Most Accurate Lunar Globe, click here.
The RotorX Atom
Drone racing is about to get cheaper and easier with The Atom micro-drone. If you were intrigued by the Drone Racing League feature in Gadget issue 6 or the more recent Drone Racing World Cup in Dubai, but weren’t sure were to begin this might be drone for you.
The RotorX Atom lives up to its name as its just 122mm wide and weighs only 142 grams, but can fly at speeds up to 60mph. Despite its size, it’s reinforced so that you can crash it again and again.
But unlike existing racing drone kits, The Atom doesn’t require hours of assembly and you don’t need to pay extra for remote controller or goggles to fly it in first-person view. The Atom Racer RTF Basic Pack, which includes a drone and a FPV controller, costs $500 (around £345). However, pledging extra will get you a superior 1080p HD camera and FatShark Dominator goggles.
However, the Atom’s Indiegogo has been running for some time and at time of uploading this video the campaign only had a week left, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to nab one for yourself.
For more information on the RotorX Atom, click here.
Next time you’ve had a stressful day and want to loose yourself in a chillout playlist, try Mellomind’s new headphones. These over-ear cans work with an app to train your brain relax to relax.
Sensors built into the headphones monitor your EEG readings and generate an audio soundscape that responds to your brainwaves in real-time. According to your relaxation level, the music will be modulated and adapted to you. The only thing you need to do is sit back and zone out.
The headphones have memory foam speakers and all the headband for maximum comfort, while the electrodes that scan your brain can be plugged in and out of the back for as and when you want to use them.
If you’d like to try Mellomind’s headphones for yourself, you’ll have to wait as the Super Early Bird offer has all gone. However, for €247 – which is around £196 or $284 – your stress-management overears will still arrive by this November.
For more information on Melomind, click here.
I defy you to resist miming a brain-melting solo when listening to ‘Paradise City’ or ‘Purple Haze.’ It’s physically impossible not to. However, what if you could actually make sounds when shredding your air guitar?
This is the idea behind AirJamz. Looking a bit like a fitness tracker, this wearable is packed with sensors that measure your movements and works with an app for your phone to turn them into sounds and rhythms. If guitar isn’t your jam, at the tap of the button you can also switch to other instruments instead. You can also connect two AirJamz together so you can rock out with friends.
AirJamz is created by Zivix, which the hardcore crowdfunders amongst you may remember also Kickstarted the JamStik, which helps you learn to play guitar. Air Jamz isn’t as half as educational, it’s just for having fun. However, it does support MIDI, which means you can play almost anything with it.
You can claim your own AirJamz on Kickstarter for just $49 (around £33). Bonus goodies to encourage you to pledge as little as $10 more include a portable speaker that you strap to your belt, an air guitar pick that works with wristband, and the option to choose the colour of your AirJamz strap.
For more information on AirJamz, click here.
There you have it, those are the best Kickstarters to back this week. What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments below. To get monthly updates on the best crowdfunding projects to back, subscribe to our YouTube channel. For a more in-depth looking at all the best new tech, pick up Gadget magazine.