Crowdsourcing Weekends: iTraq Plus, Critter Bitters, The BuzzClip


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

iTraq Plus

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iTraq+ is a hybrid (Cellular+GPS) tracking device – the world’s first global location device that can be found anywhere in the world where cellular service exists.  The iTraq+ has the added features of being rechargeable and, in addition to cellular tracking technology, includes enhanced GPS tracking to offer more precise location information whenever needed.  Many location devices use Bluetooth wireless technology which limits their use to finding things within the house such as lost keys, remote controls, etc.  Other location devices use GPS modules (Global Positioning System), which cannot be found when inside a building.

iTraq+ provides a hybrid approach, which covers the globe and sees through buildings by using Cellular technology (Cell-ID). It also has the ability to switch to GPS for accurate location reading when necessary.  Simply attach iTraq+ to a bicycle or boat, place it in the pocket of your child, or even attach it to your luggage, and find it even if your bags traveled to another country or continent.  Most of the time iTraq+ uses cell towers to calculate its location. This determines where your device is located within a city block, while remaining in the low power consumption mode. It will be sufficient to understand if your child is at school or on a football field, or if your car is at home or some place across the city.

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As of November 1st, this project has raised around $97,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 7 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $109, you will get one iTraq and charger.  For a pledge of $199, you will get two iTraq’s and chargers.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/itraq-plus-global-tracker-with-wireless-charging#/

Critter Bitters

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Cocktail bitters, sometimes considered the salt and pepper of cocktails, are a bartender’s best friend. Bitters add depths of flavor to drinks. They’re also good for stimulating digestion before and after meals.  Critter Bitters are cocktail bitters with a bite. They’re made with toasted crickets, which add a sweet, nutty note to drinks.  And what’s more, Critter Bitters are the gateway to eating insects. Over two billion people around the world already eat insects regularly. But for those of us who don’t, the idea might be hard to swallow.  Instead of adopting other cultures’ traditions of eating insects, Critter Bitters give us the liquid courage we need to spark our own insect-eating traditions.

Up until this point, they’ve been making Critter Bitters in small batches at home. But there’s some serious demand for Critter Bitters (More than they could have ever imagined when they first made the prototype in grad school).  So far, the bitters have fueled hackathons, won design awards, and flown to Milan for design week.  They’ve been on panels about the future of food and about entomophagy. But they haven’t been able to scale up their production so that they can share the bitters with everyone who wants them.  In order to produce their first big run of Critter Bitters, they need some support.  They’re trying to figure out how many people want to try Critter Bitters.  For now, Critter Bitters are exclusively available on Kickstarter. This is your opportunity to be the first of your friends to get Critter Bitters, before they take the world by storm.

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As of November 1st, this project has raised around $15,000 of their $21,000 goal. This project only has 16 days left to raise the $21,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $30, you will get one bottle of Critter Bitters.  For a pledge of $60, you will get two flavor bottles of Critter Bitters.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1555345374/critter-bitters-cocktail-bitters-made-with-toasted

The BuzzClip

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The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people that are blind or partially sighted. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level obstacle detection and can be attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device.  The BuzzClip can accurately detect anything coming into its range of detection. The sensor ensures that the distance to any nearby obstacles is accurately measured regardless of lighting conditions or transparency of the object.

It does this by sending and receiving sound waves. The received information is then relayed back to the user instantly through intuitive vibrations.  The BuzzClip has two selectable ranges: a 1 meter range and a 2 meter range. Users can gauge the distance to an object within the specified range through intuitive vibrations from the BuzzClip.  The BuzzClip can be worn many different ways based on one’s mobility needs. It can be easily clipped onto shirts, t-shirts, on sleeves (long or short), sweaters, jeans, sweatpants, and more.  They’ve spent a lot of resources to get this far, but now they need your help. With your backing they will be able to make a BuzzClip available to all those who need one. The funds raised through their campaign will help them achieve their final milestones.

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As of November 1st, this project has raised around $31,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 21 days left to raise the $50,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $129, you will get one BuzzClip device.  For a pledge of $229, you will get one BuzzClip device, and donate one BuzzClip device.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-buzzclip-wearable-ultrasound-for-the-blind#/

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