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Kickstarter Weekly Five – September 27th

We are now in our seventh week of the Kickstarter Weekly and we?re nowhere near stopping, so as always, here are our five most interesting Kickstarter tech projects.

The first project for this week?s edition of the Kickstarter Weekly Five is an interesting product that allow you to collect a three dimensional model using an attachment on your iPad. The device called the Structure Sensor attaches to your iPad with a plastic bracket that is screwed on the device and then plugs into your iPad with a lightning connector plug. To create the 3D pictures the Structure Sensor uses two infrared LED?s which can be controlled with the application which gives the iPad night vision. To use the Sensor, Occipital, the company behind this device, has made several applications. The first application is called Object Scanner which allows you to capture models and take the files directly to Computer Aided Design (CAD) program which will allow it to be used in a 3D printer. The next application is Room Capture which allows you to create a 3D model of a room and get measurements of the distance from two points. The third application is called Fetch and it allows you to play fetch with a virtual pet. The last application is called Ball Physics which uses augmented reality to have virtual ball bounce around like they were in the real world. The Structure Sensor and applications are only officially supported on the 4th generation iPad and Occipital said they plan to support the next generation iPad and iPad mini. But the Structure Sensor can be used with any device that uses a lightning connector to develop applications. The Sensor will also work with Google Android to develop applications as long as your phone supports USB Host mode. To receive the Structure Sensor that will work with your Android device or iPad you will need to pledge $349 US Dollars. 

The next project we are looking at creates a new way for children to explore their imagination and encourage movement. The project called LUMO is a celling mounted interactive projector. The way this is done is through a use of a PICO Projector, a microprocessor which enables it to have wireless capabilities, a motion sensor, and a light source. Using the combination of these things LUMO projects an interactive image on the floor of a room. The interactive images that LUMO projects on the floor create an augmented reality for the different games and tools. The LUMO team has developed many different games and activities over three years of development. But the best part is that your child can create their own games as they learn more skills over the years. In order to use LUMO you will need a celling that is 8-12 feet above the floor. The average size of the display on the ground is 6 feet by 8 feet. The company is currently only making 150 units because they want to improve the design before they go into mass production. In order to receive one of the fifty prototype units with 12 games and a remote you will need to pledge $475 Canadian Dollars + $30 Canadian Dollars for shipping outside of Canada which adds up to $505 Canadian Dollars or $490 US Dollars at today?s conversion rate. And to receive the production unit with a 12 games, a remote, and a month long account to make as many games as you want you will need to pledge $500 Canadian Dollars + $30 Canadian Dollars for shipping outside Canada which adds up to $530 Canadian Dollars or $515 US Dollars at today?s conversion rate.  

The third project we are covering today is looking to make regular batteries more efficient using different pieces of technology. The company Vonkil Technologies decided they wanted to be in charge of the batteries they put into their devices so they developed a NiMH (Nickel Medal Hydrate) battery with a Bluetooth Smart chip inside and called it the Batthead. The Batthead looks exactly like a normal AA battery on the outside so that it can be used in any product that needs an AA battery. The Batthead has many different ways it can be used while it is in a device. Some of the ways that it can controlled with your smartphone are being able to turn it on and off, set a schedule of when it should be on and off, and then set if it should turn itself on and off based on the accelerometer data, and also it can be set to switch itself on or off based on the temperature around it. One feature that really sticks out is the ability to send you a notification when your smart phone a certain distance away from the device with the Batthead in it. Then if you have multiple Battheads the application is able to tell which one are being charged and which ones are being used in a device so that you don?t switch off the wrong one. The only bad thing about this device is that it quite expensive in relation to other batteries with you having to pledge $19 Canadian Dollars or $18 US Dollars in order to receive one Bluetooth enabled Batthead without an accelerometer. To receive a Batthead with Bluetooth and an accelerometer you need to pledge $40 Canadian Dollars or $39 US Dollars.  

The fourth project we noticed this week is looking to bring iris biometrics to everyone by making it more affordable. The project called Myelock makes it so you can protect files on your computer by making it so the only way to open them is through an image of your eye. The Myelock device connects to your computer via USB plug and uses a program called Myelock vault to secure your data. Currently the only data that is able to be secured is normal files that are either in the cloud, on a flash drive, or on your computer?s hard drive. The device itself is made from a cold mirror, a sensor assembly, a lens, and an LED light with an accelerometer to tell you when you are close enough to the device. The entire device is covered by either a plastic enclosure on the classic model or an aluminum enclosure on the premium edition. To receive the classic edition of the Myelock device you will need to pledge $169 US Dollars and to receive the premium edition you will need to pledge $189 US Dollars. 

The last project this week that looked very promising is a device that would allow you take you console and play it without needing a power outlet. The device is called the GoBag and it includes a screen and speaker along with an enclosure that fits any device up to four inches thick. It also included a 20WAh battery which can power the console and screen for up to three hours or can be used to charge many different devices. In order to accommodate many different devices the GoBag will have an HDMI input, a DVI input, and a VGA input along with the audio output and 120V plug to charge the device. The final design is still in flux due to financial issues, thus the need for the Kickstarter campaign, but as stands the device will weigh about eight pounds and be three inches thick without a console inside of it. Unfortunately due to expensive materials mainly the battery the amount you need to pledge to receive a GoBag is $500 US Dollars for the first 10 people, after those expire then you will need to pledge $600 US Dollars.