A smart sleep sensor, a multifunctional wall hook, a minimal trash bin and a high-performance watch are all coming to market through crowdfunding.
1 Sense by Hello
If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, you might just need more data. This three-pronged system consists of the Sense sphere, Sense Pill and an app that allows the two to communicate with each other. The sphere, wrapped in a nest-like shell, monitors the conditions of your bedroom, registering such variables as temperature, humidity, particles in the air and sounds; and the Sense Pill tracks your movements (which are often affected by the ambient environment). The app puts all the information together – how a loud noise in the night may have coincided with your tossing and turning, say – and presents you with that feedback as well as a sleep score out of 100. The system, which has exceeded its $100,000 funding goal more than 20 fold, having raised $2,660,000 with mere hours to go on Kickstarter, also wakes you up when you’re ready to, taking into account your movements in the morning.
2 Swing Bin by Shigeichiro Takeuchi
Not since Karim Rashid and Umbra introduced the Garbo has a trash bin received such a stylish makeover. Resembling a lipstick tube, Takeuchi’s ultra-minimal design has only two components: an ABS plastic receptacle shaped like a cylinder, and a flat wooden top in maple or walnut. No screws hold the two together; instead, a tiny cut in the top of the cylinder matches a cut in the lid so that the latter keeps its balance even when you swing it open. With 24 days to go on Kickstarter, the design has raised almost $19,000 of a $65,000 goal.
3 Loop by LaSelva
Wall hooks now come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and configurations that it feels like an endlessly re-invented object. And yet, not many can boast the dexterity of this design by Spanish studio LaSelva. Held together by two screws, the simple configuration wraps a loop of polypropylene ribbon around a wooden body. If can be mounted in two directions, and used as both a hanging device and a tiny storage piece for smartphones, and other small things. The item, which raised almost twice of its $4,500 goal on Kickstarter, also comes in two special editions: a concrete base with a copper loop, and a marble base with a brass loop.
4 Nookrono by Nooka
Among a number of impressive watches are vying for attention on Indiegogo, the Nookrono by New York fashion studio Nooka is the sleekest. There are four models to choose from, with details such as soft silicone bands paired with clear mineral crystal, and stainless steel bands paired with green sapphire crystal. There’s even an 18-karat gold-plated version. The idea behind the project is to achieve quartz chronograph movements comparable to those in Swiss or Japanese designs, but in a watch designed in the U.S. and made in China. So far, the project has raised almost $65,000, well above its $10,000 goal, and still has a month left on the site.