Over the last few years Kickstarter has proven to be a great place to find innovative and rather useful travel accessories. We have selected seven projects you can back now to make your travels in 2018 a little better.
As a whole the wine industry has not see a vast amount of innovations for consumers. Much of the innovation is found in wineries or bottling plants and their impact is not (and it really shouldn't be) notable on the palette when enjoying a bottle of wine. The Somm by SYNEK challenges that, by bring an innovative and smart wine dispenser right to your counter top. In much the same was as they had done with their craft beer dispenser, the Somm is much like an automated espresso coffee machine, but for wine.
Basically, the Somm is an automated wine dispenser which controls your wine's temperature and aeration (two factors which influence the taste of wine) for the specific wine you will be pouring. It incorporates an innovative and eco-friendly packaging solution as well as a smart phone app, all in a compact an modern case design. The project on KickStarter has already been successfully funded and stretch goals are sure to still be added.
The launch and immediate success of the 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter made me incredibly happy and equally optimistic about the current (and future) state of strategic board games and tabletop gaming in general. With over 18 000 backers and 1.8 million British Pounds (3.8 million Namibian Dollars) raised mid way through its campaign, 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is gearing up to be one of the most successful tabletop projects on Kickstarter and, in my opinion, one of the most significant of the last few years.
While it is probably safe to say that very few crowdfunded tabletop games will ever compare to the success of 'Exploding Kittens' (having raised over U$8.7 million from 200 000+ backers), 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' has already etched its way into third spot in terms of the number of backers for tabletop games on Kickstarter and will, most probably, finish with the second most backers. This is huge, not only for the game itself (and subsequent fan base), but it is a big deal for tabletop gaming across the board.
Many off the big brand peripheral manufactures like Logitech, Razor, Thermaltake and Belkin along with lessor known brands like Cyber Snipa, ACEPHA and TAC have all added PC gaming keypads or gamepads to their arsenal of gaming weapons. The latest entry to this niche peripheral market is Hunter with their Hunter 1.0 mechanical keypad for PC.
What if your car was intelligent like KITT in the 80’s TV show Knight Rider? With AutoPi all cars become intelligent and can have eyes, ears and a voice. Based on Raspberry Pi™, AutoPi looks like an OBD-II dongle, but is so much more.
One German shoe designer and manufacturer is well on its way to revolutionizing the fashion industry with their high(tech) heel! Thanks to their innovative design and application of tech to fashion design, Mime et moi shoes are the perfect companion for the whole day.
Depending on how you feel and your need in the moment, Mime et moi's design lets you can change the look, comfort, and style of your shoe accordingly. Best of all; it all fits in your handbag.
This is certainly not your grandfather's bottle opener. Most probably not your father's either. APÉRO is the world’s first nitrous oxide powered wine opener. So easy and effortless, you'll never want to open a bottle of wine any other way! This space age looking bottle opener is designed for anyone to use and APÉRO Wine is looking to crowdfunding to bring it to market.
If you are reading this then you probably love your denims. And if you love your denims then you have probably worn out a pair of jeans and had to toss them. It is sad to see a good pair go, but what is more sad, is the fact that in the United States alone, more than 4 million tons of clothing and textiles get discarded each year. Hem + Haw is a creative project that seeks to put a dent (albeit a tiny one) into this issue and doing so in style.
Frequent economy class travellers know this all to well; sleeping well on a long flight is near impossible. Space is limited, seat position is less than ideal and in flight pillows are pointless. A standard travel pillow can help, but only to a small degree. A new Kickstarter project has evolved the U-shaped travel pillow and claims it is like upgrading to 'sleeping class'.
Coffee, much like wine, is uniquely different depending on the source of the beans, the roasting process and the preparation (along with a lot of science and other mystery too). Trying out new and exciting coffees from around the world would be an expensive, time consumming (ad)venture. The folks at SweeTooth Design Company believe they have a artful solution and want you to help fund it.