I have many different pairs of headphones – both bluetooth and connected. Several of them have been sourced from crowdfunding campaigns. Whether I am sitting at my desk making phone calls or on the go – inevitably I am plugged into something. When I bike or run, something I try to do daily, my go-to are Powerbeats. They are just ok though. Uncomfortable to wear, the sound quality is just ok and the bluetooth connectivity is fickle. AfterShokz Trekz Bone Conduction Headphones may be the answer to my needs.
AfterShokz is a company that has been in business since 2011. Using technology originally designed for the military and law enforcement, the company is designing “premium stereo headphones” for open ear listening that is priced for “every-day” use. According to the campaign page the design allows the user to hear everything around them while simultaneously listening to music – or making calls. A noise cancelling mic is included to exclude surrounding noise. Fully charged you get 6 hours of listening and talk time. The price is really reasonable at just $99 a pair. Crowdfunding on Indiegogo, AfterShokz quickly topped its $65,000 goal and has raised over $200,000 today. Ships in January.
I am always looking for ways to boost my workout. Time is at a premium and a trip to the gym or a run in the park is necessary but takes a lot of time. RXActive is a new type of activewear that incorporates the characteristics of resistance training – in the fabric. That’s right. You wear the clothes and the design helps you burn calories and build muscle. According to the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the results are compelling: 23% more muscle activity and 14% increase in calorie burn.
Founded by Frank Yao, an NYU med student with a degree in in Biomed engineering, and Keeth Smart, an MBA from Columbia who won a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics, I think these guys are on to something.
During the past 2 years they have refined the concept and product and are ready to go to market. I can envision RXActive wear in sporting goods stores everywhere (or acquired by Under Armour). You can back this campaign now and receive your own resistance active by November.
The problem with most item-finder / tracking devices today is they tend to rely on Bluetooth/WiFi technology so the range is rather limited. The GPS/Mobile devices are too big and use too much battery power to be super practical. Lightbug has taken a bit of a different approach to solving the tracking solution.
By using solar energy to keep the battery juiced and tapping into 2G mobile data networks, plus GPS, LightBug claims to have found a solution to the challenges of competing products. Perfect for pets, children and anything else that may go missing. No contracts on the data either. The battery may need a little help from time to time but still stays charged for up to a month.
How much say you? Just £77 with 2 free years of data. Crowdfunding on Kickstarter now.
Revolutionary fitness wear with built-in resistance that helps you get more out of your workouts.
Functional fitness wear with built-in resistance designed to tone muscles more effectively, burn calories faster, and help you get the most out of your workouts.
Wireless open ear sport headphones for safety, comfort and premium sound. No compromises.
The power of the AfterShokz brand lies in a single key concept: be open. Yes, we’re talking about headphones here. It’s about your safety. It’s about serious comfort. And, most importantly, staying connected—from your music to your moments—without compromise.
Find anything & anyone. Anywhere. LightBug never needs charging & is always in range. Solar Powered / GPS / Mobile Data / Bluetooth
More than just a Bluetooth tag (like Tile), LightBug is actually useful when you’re not near it. It has a GPS, which is accurate down to 50cm, anywhere in the world. It sends it’s location over any available mobile phone network, anywhere in the world using a roaming SIM.
It takes the best features of a Bluetooth Tag (proximity detection and buzzer alerts) and combines them with the functionality of a full GPS/GPRS tracker (absolute positioning and “infinite” range).
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