Made in NYC – 3 technology driven KickStarter projects

KickStarter, IndieGoGo, Startsomegood are a few of the crowd funding destinations I like to visit on a pretty regular basis. Its where, I can get lost researching on various projects and the technologies behind it. These sites have become a hotbed for creators and investors (both retail and accredited). Crowd funding acts as a preliminary validation platform and can provide for great sources of innovation and thereby attract seed and early stage investment capital. Let’s not forget Oculus Rift, the headset maker acquired by FB for $2B, was a project on Kickstarter.

This post’s focus is on 3 technology projects from NYC which have not only caught my eye but have potential for significant disruption. The first is Library for All, which has the social impact criteria I usually look for. Electric Objects is trying to redefine the framed art market as we know it today and lastly Monbaby,  an advanced, wearable baby monitor that tracks your babies’ breathing, sleep and movement patterns.

logoLibrary for All as the name suggests is a non-profit with a goal of bringing knowledge via eBooks to kids in regions without access to books. It’s essentially a cloud driven library for the developing world. The solution necessitates for the content to be ubiquitous across all mobile devices. Additionally, you’ll have to take into consideration infrastructure constraints including low bandwidths, immature networks and the ability to meet guaranteed content delivery across varying technology topologies. Library for All’s MVP consists of 1.) aggregation of books from various providers and publishers and 2.) platform development with a student centric use case functionality (login, browse / search, download, read) with minimum analytics to track who, when, where and how much. Their goal is to reach 5M users by 2018. The potential is massive – a linguistic, mobile agnostic, network topology agnostic platform to inform and educate young minds. The future implications are even more widespread. With the price of tablets and mobile devices falling, adapting the platform for interactive education from teachers to students should be the organic next step. Library for All have met their funding goals – but if you’re looking to volunteer your skillsets or simply want to donate more capital you can reach them here – https://www.libraryforall.org/donate/

The 2nd product is exciting for anyone who needs a changing landscape or pictorial in their homes. Simply put. Electric Objects is an embedded computer screen within a frame projecting / changing high quality images and artwork. It allows you to bring art from the internet onto your wall. Sure it misses out satisfying those who look for intrinsic value within an art piece, but for the rest of us it’s more easily attainable. The EO1 boasts a single cord, is easily wall mountable and energy efficient – comparable to a light bulb. Here’s the best part – there are no alerts or slideshows or controllable surfaces on the EO1. Load, change and control art on E01 with your phone. It’s that easy. Can the EO1 disrupt the framed picture market? Probably not, at least not yet. At price points around $400, it’ll take a longer time for this space to saturate, get competitive and price down. I for one don’t see a sufficient market size to truly disrupt in the short term but there is long term potential. Learn more about EO and take a peek at their LookBook.

Lastly, Monbaby is a pro-active baby monitor that can track a baby’s breathing, sleep and movement. All you need to do is snap the Monbaby, a button onto your baby’s clothing and voila! It’s a smart button that can not only send real time updates to your smart phone, but can also log various stats in order to analyze your baby’s patterns later. It also features an emergency alarm and proximity monitor. Just, clip it on to your baby’s onesie or pajama and rest easy. Monbaby’s true value would be translate this concept into the developing markets. Infant mortality rates in developing markets are much higher and a proactive monitor that can alert parents or care takers of impending dangers can help save lives. Monbaby is truly innovative and you can pre-order yours here.

NYC is bustling with novel products and a major force for highly disruptive products. What are some of your favorite crowd funded novelties?

 

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  • jafar

    The EO1 boasts a single cord, is easily wall mountable and energy efficient – comparable to a light bulb. Here’s the best part – there are no alerts or slideshows or controllable surfaces on the EO1. Load, change and control art on E01 with your phone. It’s that easy.

    Jafar

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