Micro veggie growing tray, tiny EDC pen, a toothbrush for dogs, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

NEWS – This week we are bringing you info on ten crowdfunding campaigns that are currently running on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This week’s campaigns are for people who like indoor gardening, dogs, EDC tools, mobile computing, and more.

Bristly – World’s Most Effective Toothbrush for Dogs

What is it?

Bristly is a specially designed canine teeth cleaner/toothbrush with a channel for toothpaste, soft rubber nubs to gently tartartarter off teeth, and a base that is paw friendly.

Why is it cool?

I like the Bristly because you can load it up with some doggie toothpaste and let your best pal “brush” his or her own teeth instead of trying to do it yourself which isn’t fun for you OR your dog.

Things to consider before pledging

Bristly won’t last forever. The makers claim it’s only effective for 3-4 months. So this isn’t a buy it once kind of product.

Where can I find more info?

The Bristly campaign ends on 8/10/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $15,000. You can pre-order a Bristly starting at $22. After the Bristly campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in October 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

Lumen: Hack your metabolism & lose weight

What is it?

Lumen is a small device that can measure your metabolism through your breath.

Why is it cool?

I think Lumen is interesting because you can use it to find out if you’re burning fat or carbs in real time. That gives you good info on when you should workout, what you should eat, and when.

Things to consider before pledging

They won’t start shipping rewards until February of next year. That means you’ll already be past your new year’s resolution to lose weight dieting phase.

Where can I find more info?

The Lumen campaign has a little over a month left and they have already passed their funding goal of $50,000. You can pre-order a Lumen starting at $199. After the Lumen campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in February 2019. Visit their Indiegogo page for all the details.

DUO: The on-the-go dual screen laptop monitor

What is it?

DUO is a portable attachable second display for a laptop computer.

Why is it cool?

I like the DUO because it adds more screen real estate to your laptop even when you’re mobile/traveling or even at home if you have a small work area. The 12.5-inch 1080p display is compatible with any laptop and connects with a USB cable.

Where can I find more info?

The DUO campaign ends on 7/24/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $35,000. You can pre-order a DUO starting at $189. After the DUO campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in January 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

NanoPen | World’s Smallest & Indestructible EDC Pen Tool

What is it?

The NanoPen is an aluminum pen with a screen top cap.

Why is it cool?

I like the NanoPen because it’s small enough to attach to almost anything without adding bulk. That means you’ll actually carry it with you and use it. It uses an ink refill that has a Tungsten Carbide tip so that you can use the NanoPen for more than just writing. You can use it as a pseudo knife to open packages.

Things to consider before pledging

The NanoPen is designed to be disposable. It has a unibody so that the pen can’t be refilled. I find that to be disappointing. On the other hand, you get 3 pens per pack. But still…

Where can I find more info?

The NanoPen campaign ends on 9/7/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $10,000. You can pre-order a NanoPen 3pk starting at $18. After the NanoPen campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in December 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

EcoQube Sprout – The First Hydroponic, Stackable MicroGarden

What is it?

The EcoQube Sprout is a 4 in. wide x 11.25 in long x 1.60 in tall stackable seed tray for growing micro veggies/sprouts.

Why is it cool?

I like the EcoQube Sprout because it’s designed to make growing sprouts as easy and mess-free as possible. No soil is needed, no rinsing, no special lights, and no fertilizer. Just add your seeds to the molded pulp seed pad, add water to the tray, and in a week you’ll have nutritious micro greens that you can add to sandwiches, salads, etc.

I recently reviewed the Click & Grow Garden system and am all for having my own little indoor garden like the EcoQube because it’s hot outside and I don’t like the mosquitos!

Things to consider before pledging

The rewards aren’t supposed to ship until May 2019. That seems like forever away. Also, all you’re really getting here is a plastic tray with a specially designed seed pad. It doesn’t come with a light or anything like that, so what’s to stop you from just creating your own version of these trays?

Where can I find more info?

The EcoQube Sprout campaign ends on 8/10/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $10,000. You can pre-order an EcoQube Sprout starting at $18. After the EcoQube Sprout campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in May 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

HYDAWAY. The world’s most collapsible water bottle, reborn.

What is it?

HYDAWAY is a collapsible BPA-free, dishwasher safe water bottle that comes in 18 or 28oz versions. We reviewed the original HYDAWAY last year, and now they are back with a new version.

Why is it cool?

I like the new version of the HYDAWAY because they’ve added some new colors and they have redesigned the spout lid of the bottle to have a built-in carbon filter to help your water taste better. The fact that the bottle smashes down to a small form factor means that it’s perfect for travel.

Things to consider before pledging

I don’t see any deal breakers with this campaign.

Where can I find more info?

The HYDAWAY campaign ends on 8/15/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $20,000. You can pre-order a HYDAWAY starting at $21. After the HYDAWAY campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in December 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

The EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks

blurb by Andy Jacobs

What is it?

Evergoods launches their 3rd and 4th crossover backpacks, designed and built to go from urban to office to outdoors with ease and understated style.

Why is it cool?

Like their predecessors, the CPL24 and MPL30, Evergoods’ latest backpack offerings have a simple, understated style that almost masks their thoughtfully-designed features and durably-performing build. The Mountain Quick-Draw, 24 Liter (MQD24) is an Alpine climbing-styled pack with a quickdraw drawstring opening. The Civic Transit Bag, 40 Liter (CTB40) is a larger, suitcase-styled travel bag that opens like a clamshell and can also be worn like a backpack.

Where can I find more info?

The MQD24 and CTB40 Kickstarter campaign launched on July 9, 2018 and ends August 13, 2018. To date, 249 backers have already pledged over $57,000 of the campaign’s $45,000 funding goal. Pledge packages start at $149 for a Super Early Bird MQD24 and $199 for a Super Early Bird CTB40. Visit The EVERGOODS MQD24 and CTB40 Crossover Backpacks Kickstarter campaign site for additional details or to become a backer.

Minimaa productivity boosting notebook/planner with clock

What is it?

Minimaa is a paper journal that has a built-in analog clock right in the center of the page and a variety of productivity and goal features included in the pages.

Why is it cool?

How many journals have you seen with an actual clock built right into it?

Things to consider before pledging

The clock in the middle of each page means that there’s a hole in the center of every page. You’re either going to love this feature or be annoyed by it.

Where can I find more info?

The Minimaa campaign ends on 9/14/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $1,302. You can pre-order a Minimaa starting at $27. After the Minimaa campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in November 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

Blox: organize your world!

What is it?

Blox is a magnetic modular desktop organizer system made of solid CNC sculpted Walnut and Maple wood.

Why is it cool?

I love wood and I love magnets. Put the two together and what’s not to love? You can rearrange the modules to customize how you like to keep your items organized.

Where can I find more info?

The Blox campaign ends on 8/15/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $1,000. You can pre-order a Blox starting at $40. After the Blox campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in October 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

NKMOS Premium Magnetic Modular Mount

What is it?

The NKMOS mount is a modular mounting system for smartphones and tablets.

Why is it cool?

I like the NKMOS mount because it appears to be able to be used on almost any surface from glass to wood and even walls. And it uses magnets! We’ve reviewed quite a few NKMOS products over the years, so they aren’t a new company.

Where can I find more info?

The NKMOS mount campaign ends on 8/10/18 and they have already passed their funding goal of $3,677. You can pre-order a NKMOS mount starting at $48. After the NKMOS mount campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in October 2018. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

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