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Kickstarter Weekly 5 – August 6th

In our third week we are taking a look at five new tech projects from the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter that have caught our eye.

The first project for this week is a project that would like to change the way you look at your mouse and keyboard. The project named Talons first combines the mouse and keyboard into one device and then splits it in half. The left half contains half of the keyboard along with the mouse buttons and also programmable keys that can be adjusted on the fly or via a virtual graphical user interface or GUI. The right half of the Talons contains the right half of the keyboard as well a trackball. The reasoning behind the keyboard being separated was so it could mounted on the arms of your computer chair making it more comfortable to use while gaming for long periods of time. Also it should be noted that whole system is wireless so there are no pesky wires to worry about. Talons also contains memory so all macros and programmable keys are remembered for up to three user profiles. This project reminds us of something that’s already been done, namely Nostromo’s game pad, however it appears to take the concept much futher. To receive the Talons you have to pledge $125 US Dollars which also includes a shirt, stickers, and a custom dog tag. 

The second project is something that could save you a lot of stress and hassle if you tend to be a forgetful person. The device called Jayster, is a little Bluetooth device that you attach to your keychain that will allow you to locate it easily. The way Jayster works is you have to pair it to your phone using the Jayster app. Once it is paired you phone you have a few options on how to use it. First there an alarm mode that make the Jayster emit a sound to help you find it second is the find mode which displays a hot and cold sensor telling you when you are getting closer or farther away and lastly there is a nest mode which emits an alarm if you or your phone is more than 15 feet away from the Jayster device. The Jayster itself has a range of 50 feet otherwise it will not communicate with your phone. The application is currently only available for Apple iOS but an application for Google Android is already in production and should be ready in November. To receive a basic Jayster which is black with a yellow Jayster logo you have to pledge $42 US Dollars and to receive a color Jayster you have to pledge $47 US Dollars. 

The third Kickstarter we are looking at this week is cool DIY project for technology savvy people. This DIY project is portable full high definition monitor called Able-HD. The idea behind this Kickstarter is that in most work environments more than one monitor is used but if they want to work outside of the office they are stuck with just a laptop because monitors as they are made now are too bulky to be carried around and used in different places. The project called Able-HD aims to solve that problem with a full HD monitor that weighs less than an Apple iPad and could have a display up to 17 inches. The way this is done is you take an LED screen and have something called an Adapter Board which is the control board and contains all the inputs for the monitor. The inputs available on the board are HDMI, DVI, VGA, audio in and out, and the power connector which uses the same plugs as many laptops. There is also a control module which adjusts the brightness, contrast, and all the other functions just like monitors you buy. To receive just the Adapter Board and use your own LED screen you have to pledge $35 US Dollars and to receive the Adapter Board and a 17 inch LED screen you have to pledge $110 US Dollars. To receive a custom sized LED screen meaning you choose the size you want you have to pledge $130 US Dollars. 

The fourth project we are looking at is a device that was mostly made for companies that depend on having electricity. This project is called Qube and is designed to monitor power on the basic model and adds the ability to monitor temperature on the more advanced model. The Qube plugs into your internet and logs the power consumption and temperature onto the website, it also sends out alerts if your building?s power has gone out or if your temperature is too high or low. The data the Qube collects is put into a server that can then be looked at on the website to show where in the world the power is out. A simulated use of the Qube is if you own a restaurant and you have perishable food you want to know if the power is out and if your refrigeration unit is getting too warm and you have to move it. To receive the premium Qube you need to pledge $25 US Dollars for the early bird special and then $30 US Dollars after all the early bird special is gone. To receive the regular Qube you need to pledge $25 US Dollars. 

The last project we are looking at is a fun drink coaster with LED lights and the ability to show if you have notifications on your smart phone. The project called LEDDIE is made with either injected molded plastic or anodized aluminum depending on the model you choose. It also includes one satin Plexiglas plate that is made to disperse the light and a clear Plexiglas plate that can be put on top for larger objects. There are four different models, Easy LEDDIE which has no wireless capabilities and needs a cable to control the lighting, then the Friendly LEDDIE which has Bluetooth and can be controlled by your phone and show you when you have notifications by lighting up, and the last two Blabbery and Fancy LEDDIE have the added feature of having voice notifications. The application to control the LEDDIE will be available for both Google Android and Apple iOS operation systems. To receive the Easy LEDDIE you have to pledge $30 US Dollars for the early bird special and then $47 US Dollars after that. For the Friendly LEDDIE you need to pledge $45 US Dollars for the early bird special and then $75 US Dollar regularly. To get the Blabbery LEDDIE you need to pledge $70 US Dollar for the early bird special and then $90 US Dollar regularly. To get the Fancy LEDDIE, which will only be available for the Kickstarter campaign you need to pledge $135 US Doll

That wraps up our Kickstarter Weekly 5 for this week, tune in next week for the next five Kickstarter tech projects that we find interesting and deem necessary to share with you.