Drones that can walk on water, carbon fiber wallets and more – Notable Kickstarter campaigns

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If I kept better track of my emails, I would guess that I receive 20-50 emails a week from people wanting me to promote their Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects. You might think I’m mean, but I delete the vast majority of these emails because I don’t have time to write a whole post about each one. In an effort to give exposure to some of the projects that pique my interest, I’m going to start posting a weekly round up like this one with a list of a few campaigns that I think are worth a look, or are something I’d personally buy for myself. Click through to check out this week’s list of notable crowdfunding campaigns.

Identity Wallet

What is it? This is a minimalist wallet that is made of carbon fiber which has been folded into a Z shape so that there are two sides that can hold 1 to 8 cards. The cards can then fan out with a quick swipe of your finger for easy removal.

Why do I like it? I’m into minimalism right now, so I appreciate the simple design and the fact that it looks like it would make a great front pocket wallet that holds my most needed cards with no bulk and easy access.

Where can I find more info? The Identity Wallet campaign is seeking $7000 for their funding goal with 25 days left in the campaign. You can pre-order the wallet for $28 – $32, with shipping estimated for September 2016. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

WaterStrider

What is it? WaterStrider is a special accessory for the DJI Phantom 3 series drone. It has been specially designed to add floats to the drone’s landing gear. It allows the drone to land on water, snow, sand, rocks and other rugged terrain by adding extra stability.

Why do I like it? The thought of filming water take-offs and landings with a drone just sounds cool. It also looks like it would make landings a little safer.

Where can I find more info?The WaterStrider campaign is seeking $22,500 for their funding goal with 44 days left in the campaign. You can pre-order the WaterStrider for $159 – $179, with shipping estimated for July 2016. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

TellyMount

What is it? A specially designed adjustable holder that mounts your smartphone above your TV or monitor so you can use the smartphone’s camera for motion sensing games, Skype calls and Facetime with family. By using Apple TV or Chromecast to mirror your iOS or Android device to your TV, Telly Mount puts your smartphone at the correct location for eye contact for video calls.

Why do I like it? It looks like an easy and inexpensive way to extend the use of smartphones for more entertainment (motion sensing games) and real-time video calls with friends and family. I also like that it doesn’t require screws, adhesives, suction cups, magnets or anything else to mount the holder to the TV.

Where can I find more info?The TellyMount campaign is seeking $30,000 for their funding goal with 44 days left in the campaign. You can pre-order the TellyMount for $25 – $30, with shipping estimated for November 2016. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

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