Paq convertible travel bag, Waylens 360 degree dashcam, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

Do you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Then consider funding one of this week’s notable crowdfunding campaigns. Click through to see this week’s list of projects.

The Paq Carry On Travel Bag

What is it?
The Paq Carry On Travel Bag is a bag that can be worn like a backpack or as a shoulder bag.

Why do I like it?
I like the Paq Carry On Travel Bag because it’s a versatile travel bag that can convert from backpack to a duffel bag that you can wear over your shoulder. Their cool rotating strap buckle design makes the conversion easy and fast.

This is a LARGE bag that can carry all your gear for a weekend or longer. Although it’s large, it will fit in most airline overhead bins.

They sent me a prototype to check out and I was very impressed by the materials, workmanship and all the extra little features that seasoned travelers will appreciate.

Where can I find more info?
With 18 days left in the campaign, the Paq Carry On Travel Bag campaign is still working towards their funding goal of $25,000. You can pre-order a Paq Carry On Travel Bag starting at $178. After the Paq Carry On Travel Bag campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in December 2017. Visit their Indiegogo page for all the details.

Yaket Ice – High Performance Ice Packs

What is it?
An upgrade to the classic, scalloped ice pack drink holder for your cooler. Optimized to cool your drinks faster and keep them cool longer.

Why do I like it?
As a product development engineer myself, I really appreciate the idea of taking a product that has been in use for years, or even decades, and thoughtfully re-engineering it to make it even better, thus moving the state of the art of that type of product forward. In many cases, the changes to a product might be subtle, but still very effective, and I think that might just be the case with the Yaket Ice ice pack. Compared to a typical ice pack of this type, the Yacket Ice is larger, heavier, and colder and includes a silicone band to hold your drinks tightly against it. Again, these may appear to be minor improvements, but I think could add up to a more effective ice pack. Also, the Yacket Ice campaign was created by brothers Brian and Dan Conti. Although this is their first campaign together, I’ve backed several Kickstarter projects run by Brian Conti, and I have been very happy with the results, so I have trust in the Conti Brothers to run a good campaign and deliver a great product.

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Where can I find more info?
The Kickstarter campaign is in full swing and will end August 31, so there is still time to become a backer. It’s worth noting that the campaign has already met its minimum funding goal of $2,500 with over $6,300 in pledges and 148 backers as of this writing. Pledge package pricing starts at $29 for the Early Bird package and combo packages are available. Estimated delivery is September 2017 for early backer pledges. Visit the Yacket Ice Kickstarter campaign page for more details.

Waylens Secure360 with 4G – Automotive Security Camera

What is it?
The Waylens Secure360 is a 360-degree dash camera that keeps an eye on everything inside and around your car and alerts you via 4G if there’s an issue.

Why do I like it?
I like the Waylens Secure360 because it’s an interesting evolution of the dash cam. It doesn’t just capture what goes on in front of your vehicle, it records everything inside and around the car and will let you live stream when you’re not nearby with the built-in 4G-LTE connection.

Where can I find more info?
With 25 days left in the campaign, the Waylens Secure360 campaign has already driven past their funding goal of $60,000. You can pre-order the 4G LTE version of the Waylens Secure360 dash cam starting at $249. After the Waylens Secure360 campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in March 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

PolarSeal Heated Tops

What is it?
PolarSeal tops are lightweight knit shirts that warm up with the touch of a button.

Why do I like it?
I wear a light weight sweater all year round both at home and my day job because I’m pretty cold natured. I feel like my internal thermostat has been broken since my whole cancer adventure. The slightest breeze can make me break out in goosebumps. So a long sleeve shirt that can instantly ward off chills sounds like something I would buy.

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The shirts feature three heating levels and two heating zones. One zone is on the upper back and the other one is on the lower back. The rechargeable battery pack will allow for up to 8 hours of warming.

Where can I find more info?
With 21 days left in the campaign, the PolarSeal Tops campaign has already burned past their funding goal of $49,868. You can pre-order a PolarSeal top starting at $139. After the PolarSeal tops campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in November 2017. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

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