I'm not doing my usual crowdfunding roundup for a few weeks, but thought I'd give you a few fun Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to whet your appetite for being a backer.
First, here's a project that I thought was a joke when I first heard about it. ClickStick is billed as "The World's First Smart Deodorant Applicator". That's right, the product you didn't know you needed! But if you want to have deodorant automatically reordered when you're getting low and get just the right amount of BO Juice applied to your armpits with every application, ClickStick is the project to back. It's currently over 50 percent funded with over a month to go.
Next, the Internet of Things is getting a thumbs-up from Aria, which is a connected indoor air pollution and radon detector that comes - you guessed it - with an accompanying app. The idea is to give you a warning if radon or volatile organic components are in too high a quantity in your air supply. Aria is only 2 percent funded with over fifty days to go, but if you're interested in keeping your personal air supply safe, you might want to keep Aria in mind.
Finally, Amiko is an interesting campaign for anyone who has to take prescription medications on a regular basis. To quote the Amiko team, "It's a fitbit for your medicine packs. It fits around your medicine packages (starting with inhalers), measures how you are taking the med, when you are taking and if you need more – and sends the info to your phone (or to the phone of caregivers). Amiko addresses a mega-problem known as medication adherence which kills 120,000 people a year and costs US$290B in healthcare costs."
Amiko has only 6 percent funding with about five weeks left, but if you've ever had issues knowing whether you - or a loved one - has taken medication, Amiko can let you know what's up. Making sure that you or others have taken needed medication is a huge issue these days, and it's only going to get worse with an aging population.
We'll be back next week with a full roundup of exciting, useful, and just plain weird crowedfunded projects. Until then, Happy Halloween!