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Best Kickstarter Projects 10/18/15

HUDWAY Glass

Helps you keep your eyes on the road while displaying directions on your dashboard.
Helps you keep your eyes on the road while displaying directions on your dashboard.

I constantly use the GPS on my phone to get around, but it can be so distracting. I have to keep it in my cupholder because it is too bulky to sit upright on my dashboard. This causes me to get lost because I cannot afford to take my eyes off the road for an extended period of time. This product would allow me to stay focused on my destination and eliminates the distraction of my phone as well.

Price: $60

8-in-1 EVOLUTION Bra

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This is probably the product I am most excited for. I am constantly searching for bras that fit my needs, which becomes tiring (and expensive). Imagine if there was one bra that did everything you wanted it to do AND was comfortable. Well, this bra is definitely it! You can snatch one up for the price of a regular bra.

Price: $50-$65

Lumen Eternal Flashlight

The flashlight that doesn't need batteries.
The flashlight that doesn’t need batteries.

Batteries are such a thing of the past. Practically no one even has them in their house anymore, so why not get a flashlight that can adapt to the times? It’s small, durable, compact and energy efficient.

Price: $30-50

World’s First Heated Jacket

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This jacket will let you warm up, charge your phone and keep you safe from the rain. Perfect for the upcoming winter, which is projected to be extremely cold. Choose from a sweatshirt, vest, or a down jacket with/without a hood. Comes with a 5 year warranty.

Price: $160-$200

Worthy Kickstarter Projects 9/27/15

Since there are so many new Kickstarter Projects within a short period of time, I decided to do an article every so often to update you all on the coolest new projects that you can back.

Here are my choices for the week of 9/27/15

Mighty Mug Barware

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Wine, cocktail, beverage and beer glasses that will not fall over if you hit it. This will save you a lot of time and headache if you are feeling clumsy or a bit tipsy. Great for parties, dinner or nights in.

Price: $30 per set of 2

True Buds

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Wireless headphones that you can carry anywhere, use easily and discreetly. Long-lasting, comfortable and great for any activity. Includes charging case that gives 18 hours of battery life instead of just 6.

Price: $120

SELF Journal

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This journal allows you to stay focused on your goals, plan your week and evaluate progress to make sure your goals will be closer to being achieved. Full of motivational quotes, a priority list and reflection opportunities to help you be as productive as you can be.

Price: $26

Smart Halo

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This is like a GPS, night light, and alarm system for your bike. You can get notifications from your phone without looking, find where you parked your bike and prevent theft with this nifty device.

Price: $150

Robin: The Smarter Smart Phone

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The design on this phone makes it look super cool and sleek, not to mention that one of the color choices is my favorite: mint. It uses the cloud directly on the phone in order to use more space and has superior battery power. The specs are also amazing and it was made by CEO’s and people from San Francisco who really know phones.

Price: $350

Apple Watch: An Honest Review

Ah yes, the Apple Watch. Wondering if it’s worth it? Read this review to help you see if it’s for you.

Pros:

It allows you to see texts without having to take out your phone.

This means you can continue that conversation without pulling out your phone and looking rude. Unless of course it’s important. You can also quickly answer texts right from your wrist so you can get back to more important things.

You can use Apple Pay and gift cards without pulling out your wallet.

Take less time fumbling around your purse and just pay and go.

You can order food right from your phone.

Chipotle has a “Burrito Button” which has your order and payment info saved. Just click it and pick it up. Great way to make sure you can grab food on the go without interrupting any meetings. Other apps may have something similar as well.

You can track your exercise and food intake.

With the Apple Watch app, you can track how much time you spend exercising and how many calories you burn. It also reminds you to stand up at least once every hour to make sure you’re not so lazy. MyFitnessPal lets you enter your food intake, exercise and tracks your steps for the day. You can view it on both your phone and watch.

You can quickly call your contacts.

You can use Siri to call a friend by simply saying “Hey Siri, call ____”. Or you can press the side button to view your favorite contacts. I included 911 as a contact so that I can quickly call the police in case of an emergency.

You can use many of the apps on your phone.

Like pictures on Instagram from your watch, play games or even calculate the tip at a restaurant. You can also play music.

You can set alarms from your watch.

And you will be woken up by a vibration on your wrist.

You can easily monitor phone calls.

You will feel a vibration on your wrist if someone calls. It will only be apparent to you. You can also ignore calls with your watch so you do not have to sit through 6 sessions of your phone vibrating.

Cons:

You have to turn the watch upright to use it.

This gets more difficult when you are trying to drive. You need to keep your wrist upright if you want the watch to follow through with a command, which can be uncomfortable and/or dangerous.

The Sport model doesn’t look that great.

The band looks good for working out, but not exactly if you want to dress up or wear it to work. I would suggest getting the white or black band since it will look better as an everyday watch. There are also off-brands that make leather bands for the watch that are much cheaper than Apple (which could cost around $100-$200). The standard Apple Watch model is priced over $500, so I think the Sport with an off-brand band would be the best way to go.

You need to have your phone with you or in proximity to you at all times.

This is one of the main downsides to the watch and many other smart watches out there. You must use Bluetooth, which does not allow you to move too far away from your phone to use the watch. A common misconception is that you could go to the store and just bring your watch because it has your phone and wallet on it, but you need to have the phone with you in order to use the watch. Maybe one day they will find a way to sync it with your phone service or even WiFi so you can leave it at home, but for now you cannot.

It’s not waterproof.

This is a problem since if it is pouring, the last thing I want to have to worry about is whether or not my watch will break. It should be fine in light to moderate rain, but do not take it in the pool, shower or any other body of water.

It’s not as hands-free as it should be.

For example, if you want to send a text and you are speaking to Siri, you will have to press the microphone button and the send button before it goes through. If you do not have your hands free or are driving, this can be very inconvenient.

Siri is a moron.

No offense, but she is. Even if you speak perfect English, she will misunderstand your words and put you on a phone call with the mom of the kid you used to babysit when you were in high school.

It can take a while to load.

Sometimes when I’m trying to bring up my Starbucks card, I end up taking out my credit card because it is holding everyone else up behind me. That completely defeats the purpose if you ask me.

Would I personally recommend for you to buy the Apple Watch? No. Especially not the gold Apple Watch, which will bleed you of over $10,000. If you are considering buying that specific model, please go get some help. If you would like to waste $10,000, you can simply donate it to me to help me pay off my student loans.

If I were you, I would wait until a better model comes out that fixes some/most of these issues. I did not pay for the watch, so I think if you got it as a gift, it would be a pretty cool gadget to have, but don’t waste your own money on it. If you do like the features I mentioned earlier (the Burrito Button is definitely a game changer) and have to have it, get the Sport model with an off-brand leather band. They will cost about $20 on Amazon. I doubt anyone will notice or care that your band is not “Apple”.

Why Kickstarter is Amazing

Technology is developing so fast that it’s kind of hard to believe. People all around the world are developing new inventions every single day. Although these ideas could lead to amazing advancements, many of these people may not have the funds to get their product on the market.

And that is where Kickstarter comes in. Kickstarter is a website that allows creative people to fund their ideas. This could be anything from a documentary to a new phone. Companies ask for “backers” to donate money toward their product/project. The backers can choose rewards (based on how much they want to donate) such as a thank you note, the product or an invitation to meet the founders of said project. They have 60 days to reach their goal, which they set in advance. The backers are not charged until the project has reached their goal and the 60 day period is over. If the project does not reach the goal, the backers are never charged. Sometimes projects will surpass their goal by even double or triple the amount they originally asked for.

Here are some of my favorite Kickstarter projects:

Alarm clock that wakes you up with scents like bacon, hot croissant, or even money! What a great way to start the day!
Alarm clock that wakes you up with scents like bacon, hot croissant, or even money! What a great way to start the day!
Collapsable suitcase with a GPS tracker, phone charger, laptop tray and 360 degree wheels.
Collapsable suitcase with a GPS tracker, phone charger, laptop tray and 360 degree wheels.
Basically a Keurig for cocktails... (I had to cancel my pledge for fear of becoming an alcoholic.)
Basically a Keurig for cocktails…
(I had to cancel my pledge for fear of becoming an alcoholic.)
You won't even need a carry-on for the plane!
You won’t even need a carry-on for the plane!
The Wabash lights were created to bring attention to the beauty of the design of the L train in Chicago. It also helps improve feelings of safety around the area.
The Wabash lights were created to bring attention to the beauty of the design of the L train in Chicago. It also helps improve feelings of safety around the area.

Needless to say, there are so many cool things out there that it is hard not to just buy everything Kickstarter has to offer. Don’t be afraid to do your research first and decide whether or not you really need the product. You can also cancel the pledge up until those 60 days are over. But, if you can control yourself (unlike me), then I would highly suggest using Kickstarter if you are looking for a unique gift or something you cannot find just anywhere else.

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