5 Kickstarter Projects in Mobile You Should Check Out Now – XDA TV
Thank you for tuning in to XDA TV. Today we are going to be talking about five interesting Kickstarter projects.
There have been noteworthy Kickstarter projects that have changed the mobile scene and created new market segments. And there have been other highly funded projects that promised much and delivered little.
The five projects we are discussing today are only a few of the many projects looking for your investment to revolutionize our lives and are in no particular order.
“Some may succeed, and others may not, but the ingenuity put forth in these projects are at the core of the heart of XDA.”
The first project we found interesting is the Remix Mini. Touted as the world’s first true Android PC, this project uses the mobile operating system we know and love to offer a PC experience, without all the bloat found in a Windows or Mac based computer.
Using a customized build of Android called Remix OS, the Remix Mini creators claim that it allows you to work and play with the entire Android app ecosystem while taking full advantage of intuitive PC features such as a taskbar, multiple window multi-tasking, mouse and keyboard support, and so much more.
When all you need is a way to access your email, post to your social networks, watch YouTube videos or type documents, you don’t need a lot of power. You may just be paying for computing power you do not need. Coming with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and estimated to cost $30 and $50 respectively, this device is just enough power for your browsing needs.
The second project we found interesting is the Bevel 3D Camera. Promoted as the first accessory of its kind, the Bevel turns your smart device into a 3D camera. Using the Bevel on your phone is as simple as plugging it into your headphone jack.
Using an eye-safe laser, the Bevel scans the item you want to capture and creates a 3D photograph. The 3D rendering is good, but not completely lifelike. We cannot find a reason you would need a 3D photograph, but perhaps you could import it into a 3D printer and print out a figurine of your 3D photograph. However, it may just be another item taking up space on your phone.
While the renderings can look a little scary and the use-case is undetermined, this is a necessary first step towards bigger and greater things on our smart devices.
The third project we found interesting is the MagCable. This project makes claims of being the solution to frayed cables and scratches around your phones’ charging port. Creating a magnetic charging solution makes finding the correct orientation in the dark or fumbling to properly align your cable in motion a thing of the past.
Using a two-piece system with one tiny part to leave in place in your phone’s charging port and another cable to complete the charging circuit, this project can potentially take the worry out of charging your phone. The MagCable comes in microUSB or Lightning connection versions. With wireless charging becoming more and more common, this project may be too little too late, or it might be the stop gap necessary until wireless charging is the standard.
The fourth project we found interesting is the Passfort. The Passfort is a password management dongle. You carry a keychain sized Bluetooth dongle with you and it communicates via Bluetooth to your paired device and can enter your credentials automatically. All you have to do is enter your challenge pattern, find your stored credentials and select them. From there the account information is entered and you are good to go.
The information on the dongle is stored using military-grade encryption and holds a charge for 7 days. Using this device is similar to using a password management service, but it’s in the palm of your hand.
The fifth project we found interesting is the CydeKick. For those of us that choose to ride their bike or those that must use their bicycle for their commute, this project wants to harness energy from this process. Using a generator attached to your bike near the wheels, you can charge your phone and power a headlight. If you are already pedaling to your destination, why not use it to your advantage and get some volts for your smartphone?
All of these projects have come up with interesting solutions to solve problems we may or may not have. Some may already be fully funded, some may meet their goal and others may not be funded. Regardless of the outcome of the projects, we at XDA congratulate those that have put this much effort into their ideas. And encourage others to come up with ideas of their own. Without simple attempts, society does not move forward.
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