It’s been a little while since we explored some up and coming tech, so let’s do just that. This week we look at three very different projects: GOkey via Indiegogo alongside Rainforest Connection and Earin via Kickstarter.
If you want to be part of GOkey, you need to move quickly as it is coming to the end of its crowd-fundraising period via Indiegogo.
I have to say that this is one of the most extraordinary overachievers I’ve spotted to date; the original goal of $40,000 has been exceeded by over $850,000, with time still left on the clock. What makes this such an object of desire?
Well, it’s a USB stick sized unit which contains an OTG (on-the-go) battery to keep your smartphone alive for an additional two hours in emergencies. It also contains a USB cable so you can charge/sync at will. It’s a locator – find your keys, find your phone. It is also storage – incorporating up to 32GB of (password protected) flash memory depending on which one you buy. As an aside, it is also a phone remote (think camera, music, incoming calls). And all of that is conveniently compacted into one key ring, which you can plug directly into your phone or power outlet and, of course carry around with you as you would your keys.
As we’re a generation of consumers who like to have everything crammed into one device GOkey has really tapped into that desire. Why not take a look at the video and see what you think?
When you’re ready for your upgrade and handed your device in for recycling, do you ever wonder where it goes? This innovative project, called the Rainforest Connection, makes good use of them and not in the way that you would think.
The device, made out of recycled mobiles, is used to alert local teams in real time to illegal logging and poaching in rainforests, which is the first of its kind in the world. The device is set up to listen for ‘sounds of destruction’, chainsaws are a good example. In another respect, users can simply listen to the sounds of rainforest, should you ever wish to visualise yourself there. The first project has been set up in Indonesia where, within days, the device alerted a local team to illegal logging and subsequently they were able to arrive on scene in minutes and catch the loggers red-handed. The developers are hoping to roll the project out across Africa and the Amazon, with Brazil and Indonesia if more money is raised. According to the developers, when it comes to rainforest preservation as a whole, one device is the equivalent to taking 3,000 cars off the road.
Campaigning via Kickstarter, Rainforest Connection is seeking $100,000 in pledges; will you help them reach their goal?
We’ve been looking for Earin our whole lives. Although this is technically not accurate, who hasn’t cursed headphone wires at some point, whether tangled or pulling the speakers out of your ears in the gym? As this blogger has experienced both annoyances, often simultaneously, I am relieved to see that a completely wireless headphone set is in the offing via Kickstarter.
The two speakers sit in the ear independently of each other and any wires. With absolutely no interface required, simply pair with your smartphone and press ‘play’. The developers also promise a clearer sound and better energy efficiency than any other in ear speaker. The buds are stored in a capsule for safety – the capsule also charges them so the speakers are ready to go whenever you are.
If you want to be part of this project and want to be one of the first to own a pair of Earin ear buds, you have around two weeks left to take part. Coming a close second to GOkey in the over-achievers stakes, at the time of reviewing Earin, it had exceeded its £179,000 by almost £580,000. With all the lower price pledges now all taken, backers can still get their own Earin set via the £119 Pledge, which is still less than the likely retail price of £159.
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Would any of today’s innovations inspire you to pledge?
Catherine Howe is a Marketing Executive at Total Ltd – a business to business service provider, delivering genuine solutions across all core telecommunication services, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Total Ltd is a business that brings together and unifies all the component parts. For up to the minute business telecommunications news, please view the Total Ltd blog.