At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.
If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving but been scared off by the high cost of gear and the prolonged certification process, this new Kickstarter gizmo just might be your dream come true. The Supa Huka promises to deliver a full diving experience that offers the ease and simplicity of snorkeling. It’s a diving apparatus that doesn’t require you to wear a tank on your back, thereby making it easier and more accessible for beginners and pros alike.
Rather than forcing you to swim around with a monstrous can of compressed air attached to your body, Supa Huka floats on the surface above you, pumping fresh air to you through a flexible tube that’s connected to a mouthpiece regulator. The device can reportedly run for up to 45 minutes on a rechargeable battery, allowing the diver to descend as far as 40 feet below the surface without being encumbered by heavy equipment in any way.
Here’s DT’s Will Nicol with the scoop: “Tents are an essential part of camping, but they can also be a huge investment, and so it can be a real pain if they end up getting damaged, whether by catching on a particularly sharp branch or getting ripped open by a curious bear. The creators of the Nano Cure tent have a solution, however: A seemingly magical tent, made of fabric that heals after being punctured.
NCT (Nano Cure Technology), as Imperial Motion puts it, is a nylon “ripstop” fabric composed of durable fibers. When something pierces the NCT, it pushes the fibers apart, but they don’t break. By applying friction (even just the rub of a finger), users can massage the fibers back into their original state, closing the wound, so to speak. It might sound too wild to be true, but self-healing fabrics are a topic of much research now, with universities like Penn State working with such materials. The Nano Cure tent comes in four colors (Rust, Asphalt, Olive, and Soft Blue), and it’s water-resistant and can hold roughly four people, according to the campaign.”
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that ironing sucks. We live in a world where virtual assistants can make calls and schedule haircuts for us, and where you can order a pizza just by pressing a single button — so why the hell do we still have to haul out an ironing board and manually press a hot hunk of metal onto our clothes just to get rid of a few wrinkles? It seems silly, but if the creators of Drizzo have their way, getting the wrinkles out of your shirt might not be such a hassle in the future.
Drizzo is essentially an adjustable drying rack that’s designed to fit inside your shirts. By applying light tension to the fabric (which you dampen beforehand), the frame pulls your clothing taut and prevents wrinkles from forming. Sure, it might not be that much more convenient than whipping out your ironing board and doing it the old fashioned way, but at least somebody’s finally tackling the problem and pushing humanity toward a utopian future where irons are obsolete and everyone drapes themselves in perfect, wrinkle-free garments.
Here’s a quick excerpt from our full post: “In Florida, summertime means spending most of the day inside to avoid sweltering temperatures and sweat-inducing humidity. Hell, if it wasn’t for air-conditioning, Florida would probably still be a balmy, pristine, practically uninhabitable tract of land jutting out from the United States. So it makes sense that a couple Floridians recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for what may be the next evolution in air conditioning — the Airwirl.
Taking the form of a fortified 7-Eleven Big Gulp, the Airwirl is actually a personal cooling (or heating) device that is small enough to fit in a cup holder and big enough to pack a punch of cool (or hot) air into your face, providing much-needed (albeit temporary) relief when temperatures reach certain extremes. The device features a cup and a lid, and works using thermal convection. Load the cup up with ice or activated heat warmers depending on your needs. Within the lid is a motorized turbine fan system and elongated air post that pulls air out of the chamber and sends it through a nozzle in the lid. An attachable hose allows for more flexible control, while an insulated foam insert helps keep the cup’s contents at a steady temperature.”
If you’ve ever worked on a laptop before, you know exactly how limiting it can be. It’s certainly not impossible, but without as much screen real estate to work with, you’re forced to hide stuff in tabs and flip between way too many windows. Obviously, this isn’t nearly as comfortable and conducive to productivity as working on a full-size desktop with a big ol’ monitor — but what if there was a way to enjoy the best of both worlds, and get some extra screen space on your portable workstation?
That’s precisely the idea behind the Duo — a device that its creators describe as a “completely portable dual-screen laptop accessory that promises to boost your productivity by up to 50% and allows for efficient multitasking. Attach DUO to the back of any laptop, and you’re ready to work wherever you are!” It’s outfitted with a 12.5-inch 1080p screen, a hinge system that allows the screen to swivel, and a magnetic mount assembly that’s easy to install/remove on your laptop. Pretty nifty, no?