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Top tech crowdfunding campaigns of the month: August 2014

What are some of the most innovative tech projects and ideas seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo this month?
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Skully: The smart motorcycle helmet

The motorcycle helmet is an important piece of kit for those of us tearing up tarmac, and Skully aims to bring these safety products into the modern era. The Skully P1 helmet has a digital display just above and to the right of the rider's field of view, and can display useful data, including live feeds from a 180-degree rear-facing camera — which obliterates your blind spot while on the road — as well as act as a sat-nav. The helmet can also pair with a mobile device to read the rider text messages, stream music or answer phone calls.

When it comes to the helmet itself, there is a quick-release chin strap and visor, the visor is fog, glare and scratch resistant, and it is DOE/ECE safety certified.

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $1,475,222 of a $250,000 goal.

Via: Indiegogo

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Modbook Pro X

If you've spent a few thousand dollars on your Macbook and want to modify or turn it into a tablet — hey, some may — then the custom Mac tablet, the Modbook, might be up your alley. The Modbook Pro X is a 15.4-inch hybrid based on Mac architecture, includes a stylus with 2048 levels of pressure, standard Macbook Pro connectivity options and will run OSX Yosemite. It might be worth a punt for creative designers simply due to the touchscreen option — with Macbook Pro configuration and options such as a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 chip or 2TB of flash storage — but it won't come cheap. To have your laptop ripped apart and built back up, you'll need to fund the campaign with at least $2,000 to secure your place on the production line, which is due to begin shipping Modbooks next year. 

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $92,016 of a $150,000 goal. 

Via: Kickstarter

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iRBeacon smart remote

The iRBeacon is a home solution designed to replace your plethora of remotes with a single, tiny smart device. The iRBeacon is an infrared and Bluetooth-enabled device which, once teamed up with your smartphone, makes appliances smarter by taking control of them all on one interface. The developers say that you can set timers for devices such as TVs and radios, allow them to react to your presence via infrared technology, and hook up compatible internet of things devices.

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $22,865 of a $20,000 goal.

Via: Indiegogo

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Tickle: Learning to code from scratch

Tickle uses  the visual programming language Scratch together with Apple's iPad to teach children the basics of coding. Whether a child is interacting with characters or playing popular games like Angry Birds, the developers say they are at the same time building blocks of knowledge and learning how to program — which is likely to remain a valuable skill for the workforce in the future. 

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $25,642 of a $30,000 goal.

Via: Kickstarter

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Heat Seek NYC

Heat Seek NYC is a crowdfunding project designed to keep New York City residents warm in the colder months.

New York City law says the temperature indoors must be kept at a certain level between October and May, however, this law is difficult to enforce as tenants must keep a temperature log to hand, and pursue the courts — or have inspectors to come out — if landlords prove unwilling to turn up the heat.

As a result, the creators of Heat Seek NYC have come up with a system of sensors and software which will automatically take readings every hour and record them online. Tenants and lawyers can check the logs through the web, and the software can also alert you automatically should the temperature drop below a certain level. 

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $8,340 of a $10,000 goal. 

Via: Kickstarter

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Innovative, must-have gadgets for photographers: 2014

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EzeeCube digital storage

EzeeCube, already funded fully at the beginning of April and now amidst a second round requested by backers, is a home-based cloud storage solution that automates the backup process across your devices.

The product developers say EzeeCube automatically syncs your videos, images and contacts across iOS and Android devices, as well as Pictures, Movies, Music  and Video files from Mac and Windows-based computers. In addition, the cube identifies and sorts photos — removing duplicates and organizing them into categories including places, dates and people if you wish. 

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $9,009 of a $500 goal.

Via: Indiegogo

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Innovative, must-have gadgets for photographers: 2014

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