Crowdsourcing Mornings: Jewelbots


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Jewelbots are friendship bracelets for the iPhone era. Technology-enabled jewelry for tween and teen girls, they’re a means of communicating with friends by lighting up when a BFF is near or buzzing to send messages to a pal across the school.  Using basic engineering logic, girls can program their Jewelbots to do just about anything they—and their besties-turned-collaborators—dream up, opening their minds to STEM during an age when many lose interest.  The girls they know are curious and creative, just like they were when they were young (and still are!). They wanted to create something that lets them communicate with their friends while discovering the tools of programming.

Jewelbots work right out of the box. Kids can pair their bracelet to their phones via bluetooth.  Only hold the button down for two seconds et voila! They don’t even have to create an account. And the best, their free Jewelbots app comes for both: Android and iOS.  They can program their bracelet to interact in different ways using the Jewelbots app, or, if no phone is around, they can simply pair them when they are near another friend with a Jewelbot.  Jewelbots are not just pretty jewelry, they are a powerful communication tool.  Using the Arduino IDE, girls can code the bracelets to do anything they want. They program their bracelets to light up when they have a new Instagram like or let them know when their dad is on his way to pick them up.  They simply plug in their bracelet to the computer using a micro USB. They can get code snippets on our site and customize them to fit their goals.

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As of July 13th, this project has raised around $70,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 24 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $59, you will get one Jewelbot.  For a pledge of $89, you will get two Jewelbots.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1345510482/jewelbots-friendship-bracelets-that-teach-girls-to

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