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1/29 BackerKit Staff Favorites: Air Bonsai, KP Duffle, and more
Air Bonsai is a levitating houseplant. It leaves your friends awestruck, and fills you with a sense of calming mystique as you pass through the room. Nature and science come together in a little pod of floating magic — behold, the magic of Air Bonsai.
The KP Duffle is a sleek leatherette travel bag inspired by the design contours of luxury automobiles. It’s got special compartments for your shoes and your cables, it’s fully water resistant, and it starts at only $135. If you’re ready to go all in, go for the “Travel Combo” to get the accompanying Dopp Kit and MultiPen. Go on—have a look at the Lamborghini of duffle bags.
Fabulous Beasts is a tabletop game that blends both digital and physical gameplay simultaneously. Think Jenga, but with beautifully designed animal-like game pieces that look like they’re straight out of a Modern Art Museum. You and some friends will build a tower of beasts and nurture them in the digital world, defensively vying not to be the one who brings the whole pile tumbling down.
ComfyLight is a smart lightbulb geared towards preventing burglaries. It takes data from your light usage and movement patterns to turn on and off while you’re out, making it appear as if there’s someone home. On security mode, it will ping you when it detects motion, at which point you can set it to flash on and off to alert the neighbors. You can also set it to turn on and off when you enter and leave the room—all you’ve got to do is screw it into your favorite lamp.
The Micro has already blown through several stretch goals unlocking several new features including bonus strap colors, a faux suede lining and Torx screws finishing kit, and the project is also on pace to unlock an RFID protection card. The Micro features a PVD-coated aluminum body and a soft, textured strap to hold your cards and paper currency.
Stickybones is a highly-articulated precision-posable animation puppet. It’s just about the best way to explore poses and movements in 3D, so you can put to paper what you’ve been imagining. It’s backed and lauded by some of the world’s top animators—but it’s not just for animation. Precision calibration, pre-tensioned joints, magnets for the illusion of balance, and fully-articulated hands make it an awesome art-piece/curiosity for just about anybody.
The year is 2042. You play as Bishop Six, a field agent for the Consortium, a peace-keeping organization tasked with responding to terrorist activities which is convenient because terrorists have just taken hostages in London’s Churchill Tower. Your job is to talk, bribe, trick, sneak or fight your way through the Tower’s sandbox environment. But really, all you need to know is that the project creators describe the game as the “original Deus Ex videogame, combined with the film Die Hard.”
The QuietOn earplugs feature a combination of active noise cancellation and passive attenuation that work together to block or cancel all intrusive sounds. The team designed the earplugs to be wireless and small enough to fit in the ear, making it the perfect solution for blocking noise while you sleep. The built-in batteries can last up to 50 hours on a single charge and comes with a carrying case that also functions as a charging case.
The OneCook robotic cooker promises to automate your entire cooking process. You load it up with pre-portioned ingredients and it takes care of the rest. The OneCook can automatically add different ingredients at different times and the cooking options including steaming, boiling, braising, frying and stir-frying which opens up a wide range of complicated recipes that you can download or program yourself. You can even schedule meal times and the OneCook will keep cold ingredients refrigerated until it’s time to start cooking.
Zar is a folding electric scooter small enough to fit in your backpack. At only 8.8 pounds, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a better way to get to-and-from public transportation. You can monitor power usage, customize the external lights, and track your routes using the accompanying smartphone app.
LIV – Swiss Watches is back with its second Kickstarter campaign, the LIV Genesis GX1-A, a Swiss-made, automatic watch featuring the Sellita SW200 Swiss Movement. The watch dial features “three-dimensional multi layered construction” and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal face. It’s rare to find a Swiss-made watch with automatic movements for under $500, which is probably why the GX1-A has already raised over $330,000 in less than ten days.