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The Best Home Gadgets Funded Through Kickstarter


Kickstarter has raised huge amounts of money through the course of its lifetime, with a grand total of $529 million pledged across all projects in 2014 alone. The sheer volume of money spent underlines the diversity of the platform, as projects are launched across multiple sectors on a daily basis. The home and residential market has served as the inspiration for a number of innovative and successful Kickstarter projects, especially as smart technology has become increasingly commonplace.

With this in mind, we have collated six of the best and most innovative Kickstarter projects that are related to the home.

Here’s a list of three of the coolest currently-running projects on Kickstarter that will help you improve life around the house. Whether you are looking to sell your house or simply want to create a more comfortable living space, these products can add considerable value: –



If there is one common feature that binds smart technology, it is the capacity for wireless connectivity. Blink is a wire-free, high definition monitoring and alert system, which helps home-owners to incorporate modern security elements into even traditional properties. This battery powered system is flexible and entirely energy-efficient, meaning that it can be repositioned easily and offers a lifespan in excess of a year. Starting at just £30 in the UK market, this is an affordable piece of innovative technology that can instantly add value and security to your home.


Lighting is a crucial aspect of any smart, energy-efficient home, and while we are now in the fifth generation of LED fittings it can be difficult to replace every fixture within your home. Emberlight can help with this transition, however, as it enables you to control any interior bulb through your smartphone and even works with standard, non-LED fittings. Installing it is as easy as screwing your bulb into an Emberlight adaptor and then connecting the device to an existing Wi-Fi network, and this product has helped thousands of households to gradually adapt energy-efficient lighting.

iSensor HD

This is arguably one of Kickstarter’s most famous projects, as the iSensor HD had emerged as the world’s most trusted and reputable home security system. It offers a different function that the previously listed Blink product, adopting a narrow focus on camera security in order to offer the most in-depth protection to home-owners. It is also compatible with Wi-Fi, however, while it also communicates through Skype and delivers data directly to residents in real-time. The images captured by the iSensor HD are also high definition in their nature, although one of its most unique selling points is the fact that it consumers less power than any comparative HD IP camera device.

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TiVo today introduced the TiVo BOLT, the most advanced television-viewing experience available.

The TiVo BOLT is all about speed, getting viewers to and through their content faster than ever. BOLT allows viewers to skip entire commercial breaks in a single bound at the press of a button. BOLT’s ability to skip entire commercial breaks of certain recorded shows with TiVo’s new SkipMode feature is a breakthrough that distinguishes BOLT from everything else.

The TiVo BOLT is born to binge, unifying the source of any available program from cable, video on demand, OTA, and OTT, while providing a way to watch without commercials. BOLT delivers TiVo’s renowned universal search and consumption across all your channels and streaming providers2 — not just the app world of over-the-top content.

The combination of SkipMode with the new QuickMode, which allows for 30% faster viewing of recorded shows while maintaining perfect audio, enables the average viewer to potentially recapture a month of time in one’s life each year. In addition to saving all that time, TiVo can save subscribers money — particularly as a household with multiple TVs — by getting out from under the rental charges of boxes from your cable operator.

The combination of BOLT’s accompanying mobile apps, together with features planned to be added in the coming months, enables an ever-increasing number of the personalization features that will get viewers to the most highly relevant content faster than ever. These personalization features include recommendations from friends and family, selections of top critics, and the latest videos related to one’s hobbies and interests — including the latest music video release in viewers’ favorite genres.

Availability & Pricing

TiVo BOLT 500 GB is available for $299.994, including a first year of annual service, and TiVo BOLT 1000 GB is available for $399.994, with a first-year of annual service. TiVo BOLT will be available September 30, 2015 at, and, and in stores starting October 4, 2015 at Best Buy, Magnolia Home Theater and Magnolia Design Centers.

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Google Unveils Second Generation Chromecast


Google unveiled the second generation of its Chromecast streaming stick at a press event in San Francisco Tuesday.

Google introduced two new Chromecast devices. The new Chromecast ($35) has a fresh design, and is easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering.

Chromecast Audio ($35) is a small device that plugs into your existing speakers, so you can stream your favorite music, radio and podcasts over Wi-Fi, similar to Chromecast. It works with apps including Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music. Just like Chromecast, it works from anywhere in your home with your favorite devices, including Android, iOS, and laptops. And it’s available on the Google Store and other online retailers today.


Google also updated the Chromecast app to make it easier for you to find great things to watch or to play, across the thousands of apps that work with Chromecast—whether you feel like browsing or want to search for a specific TV show or movie. The updated Chromecast app is rolling out on Android and iOS over the next few weeks.

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Angee, The First Truly Autonomous Home Security For Everyone


Angee automatically arms and disarms when you leave/return. It is designed to provide users with a completely autonomous home security system. That is capable of connecting to companion applications created for both Android and iOS devices.

Angee gives you a full 360° view of your home — with voice recognition, at-the-door identification, motion-detecting rotation, advanced learning, cordless portability, and a number of additional features. Learn more about Angee here and support its Kickstarter campaign here.

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Devon Star Wars Watch


The incredibly complex Devon Star Wars Watch ($28,500) is powered by a belt-drive system that uses four glass-reinforced nylon time belts paired with four microstep motors to display the time, with a grand total of 313 electrical contacts and 350 individual parts.

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To harness the Force, Devon incorporates the key elements of Darth Vader and the TIE Fighter, the starship of the Imperial fleet. Naturally, the case of the watch is created in all black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon Coating) on stainless steel. The wings of the TIE Fighter spacecraft are part of the architecture of the case – spanning out on either side to enhance the bold rectangular case. The main screws that connect the case and lugs are reinterpreted as aircraft turbine intakes, finished with pointed silver screws that emulate the ones on Darth Vader’s helmet. Additionally, the crown is finished with the Galactic Empire logo.

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The otherworldly details don’t stop with the case design. Key elements are also executed within the movement. For instance, the existing belt system of the watch utilizes four motor covers that, in this case, are created in red and green to reflect the details on Darth Vader’s center console. A center hexagonal disk that features techy TIE Fighter inscriptions not only adds an industrial element, but also clearly outlines the time indications. The finishing touch is the specially made leather strap that is ribbed to replicate Darth Vader’s gloves. The attention to detail invested in the Star Wars | Devon watch is the perfect marriage of key elements from both Star Wars and Devon.


– 316L stainless steel
– True black diamond-like coating
– Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
– Numbered 1-500 on back plate
– Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
– Lubricant-free ruby bearings
– Four micro-step motors
– Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
– Temperature-compensated crystal
– Onboard microprocessor
– 313 electrical contacts
– Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
– Powered for two weeks on one charge
– Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

Only 500 of these timepieces will be built, making it a truly desirable collectible for die-hard Star Wars fans.

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Indulge Your Ears With the Best Headphones


Although the focus for a lot of DJs is on their controller, that’s just one part of the gear lineup. Another important task is choosing the best headphones for an optimal DJ experience. There are a lot of facets that should be considered when making this choice in DJ gear, so let’s take a look at the key considerations.


Why is comfort at the top of the list? Well, you likely will be wearing your headphones for many hours at a time, so you need a model that protects your hearing while also offering excellent padding and other comfort features. Look at headphones that include:

– Earpads: They should cover your entire ear and not press on them. You might even find models that have memory foam with cushy covers. Look for an option that allows you add replacement earpads.
– Weight: Try to find the lightest set you can that still offers all the features you want. Again, be thinking about long-term wear.
– Headband: You want one that is thick enough to be durable but not so thick it hurts your neck if you wear the headphones on your neck for long periods.


Yes, this is of key importance as well. DJ headphones are meant to transmit a wide range of frequencies, which makes them different from regular consumer earphones, which focus on fidelity. Think about:

– Speakers: Generally, the larger the speaker portion, the better transmission of the deepest bass.
– Input rating: The higher the input allowed, the less distortion you will hear at high volumes.
– Frequency range: Bigger isn’t always better, as human ears have a limited range.
– Insulation: You want a model that has a closed-back design so you won’t get a lot of external noise interfering with your ability to hear the tracks.

No matter where you are DJing, you likely will be taking off and putting on your headphones many times during the gig. You need a set that has swivel earpads so you can wear one off your ear to hear your track cues. Also be sure your get an adjustable headband and one that holds tightly enough to your head that one earpad won’t slip off when you move the other.


It may not be your biggest concern, but you’ll also want headphones that look good. Slim designs and cool color options may be things that appeal to you. Make sure you get a set that will fit nicely in your gear bag or that comes with a slim carrying case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Lightweight metals make for a better wearing experience, but they might not be as durable as you need them to be.


Many DJs prefer to use headphones that have coiled cables as they may be less likely to snag on other equipment. Be sure you have cords that are long enough to allow you free movement around your equipment without getting in the way. There are cordless models available as well.

The headphones you have in your DJ gear bag are a highly personal choice, but these key factors should help you decide on the best option for you.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus


Apple today announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, adding a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature Retina HD displays made from the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminum, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.


iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also introduce a transformative new approach to photography called Live Photos, bringing still images to life by capturing a moment in motion. Live Photos, 3D Touch and other advancements in the new iPhones are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life.

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Apple Announces All-New Apple TV


Apple today announced the all-new Apple TV, bringing a revolutionary experience to the living room based on apps built for the television. Apps on Apple TV let you choose what to watch and when you watch it.The new Apple TV’s remote features Siri, so you can search with your voice for TV shows and movies across multiple content providers simultaneously.

The all-new Apple TV is built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote. Apple TV runs the all-new tvOS operating system, based on Apple’s iOS, enabling millions of iOS developers to create innovative new apps and games specifically for Apple TV and deliver them directly to users through the new Apple TV App Store.

The new Siri Remote dramatically simplifies how you select, scroll and navigate through your favorite content while bringing unique interactivity to the new Apple TV by using a glass touch surface that handles both small, accurate movements as well as big, sweeping ones. Adding touch to Apple TV creates a natural, connected experience, even if the TV screen is on the other side of the room. Developers can take advantage of the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, and the touch surface on the Siri Remote to create games and other app experiences that have never been seen on TV before.

With Siri, you can use your voice to search TV shows and movies by title, genre, cast, crew, rating or popularity, making it easy to say things like “Show me New Girl,” “Find the best funny movies from the ‘80s,” “Find movies with Jason Bateman” and “Find popular TV shows for kids.” Apple TV will search iTunes® and popular apps from Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime, displaying all the ways the resulting TV shows and movies can be played. Siri also offers playback control and on-screen navigation, as well as quick access to sports, stock and weather information.*

tvOS is the new operating system for Apple TV, and the tvOS SDK provides tools and APIs for developers to create amazing experiences for the living room the same way they created a global app phenomenon for iPhone and iPad. The new, more powerful Apple TV features the Apple-designed A8 chip for even better performance so developers can build engaging games and custom content apps for the TV. tvOS supports key iOS technologies including Metal, for detailed graphics, complex visual effects and Game Center, to play and share games with friends.

Pricing & Availability

The new Apple TV will be available at the end of October starting at $149 (US) for a 32GB model and $199 (US) for a 64GB model from, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Apple Introduces iPad Pro


Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Pro, featuring a stunning 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device, and groundbreaking performance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, rivaling most portable PCs. The new larger iPad Pro is thin and light and provides all-day battery life. There are more than 850,000 apps in the App Store designed specifically for iPad, and the new iPad Pro will enable a new generation of advanced apps for everything from productivity, design, illustration, engineering and medical, to education, gaming and entertainment.

Apple today also introduced Apple Pencil for iPad Pro, a precision input device available for purchase separately, which makes drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural. The touch subsystem of the Multi-Touch display in iPad Pro has been redesigned to work with Apple Pencil to dramatically reduce latency and deliver incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design.


Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a fast and fluid drawing experience, while a built-in Lightning connector makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple Pencil also works with popular apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate and Office 365 for iPad, offering new levels of creativity and productivity.

Apple’s new Smart Keyboard further extends the utility of iPad Pro, offering a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design so you can take it anywhere. The Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, attaches to iPad Pro’s innovative Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing. The Smart Keyboard is covered in custom woven fabric and features keys that provide the accuracy, stability and satisfying key feel of standard keyboards, but is also easily foldable and can transform into a Smart Cover. The Smart Keyboard also works seamlessly with new QuickType features in iOS 9 to make typing even faster and easier.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1079 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model, comes in three gorgeous metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray and will be available starting in November from, Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. For more information, please visit

Apple Pencil will be available for $99 (US) and Smart Keyboard will be available in charcoal gray for $169 (US). New polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Covers will be available for $59 (US) in charcoal gray and white. New iPad Pro Silicone Cases will be available for $79 (US) in charcoal gray and white. iPad Pro accessories will be available starting in November.

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Recreate The Magic of Classic Instant Photography With The Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera


Polaroid announced the introduction of the Polaroid Snap instant digital camera, the newest addition to the brand’s expanding instant digital camera line. The Polaroid Snap delivers the instant simplicity and spontaneity that is synonymous with the brand, with a pocket-sized form factor and affordable price point. In addition to its compact footprint and classic Polaroid instant camera experience, the Polaroid Snap combines digital imaging with the Zero Ink Printing technology platform to enable users to easily print and share physical photos at the push of a button, while saving their image for easy uploading to a computer and any social media platform.

Simple, Instantly Striking Design

The Polaroid Snap camera’s minimalist design features an updated look that incorporates design elements of legacy Polaroid instant cameras, such as the iconic Polaroid Color Spectrum. This is thanks to the efforts and insights of the renowned design firm Ammunition, the studio that was also behind the Polaroid Zip instant photoprinter and Polaroid Cube and Polaroid Cube+ lifestyle action cameras. With the Polaroid Snap, Ammunition created a sense of continuity between classic Polaroid cameras and current Polaroid products such as the Polaroid Zip and Polaroid Cube. Led by industrial designer Robert Brunner, Ammunition is the design studio behind award-winning consumer products for brands including Adobe, Beats by Dre, Square, Lyft, Obi Worldphone and Williams-Sonoma.

Unique Features Allow Consumer to Share the Fun

The Polaroid Snap is a 10MP digital instant camera with an integrated printer using ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, enabling users to instantly print full color, 2×3” prints automatically when an image is captured. Thanks to its quick print abilities, consumers can shoot new images even while the Polaroid Snap is printing. Additionally, the camera features a Micro SD card slot that holds up to 32GB to save and easily transfer and upload images to a computer, cloud service or social media platform. With a clean and minimalist design, the Polaroid Snap offers a truly unique feature set including different capture modes—color, black and white and vintage Polaroid photo inspired. The camera also features a photo booth mode, which takes six quick pictures in ten seconds, and the option of printing with or without the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format. These features enable users to easily add their own enhancements to the print before they even take their photo. Users can also take the perfect instant selfie thanks to the camera’s self-timer feature.

ZINK Zero Ink Printing

The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera uses the revolutionary ink-free Zero Ink Printing technology developed by ZINK. The key to the ink-free system is the patented ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material embedded with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals and with a protective polymer overcoat.  Before printing, the dye crystals are colorless making ZINK Paper look like regular white photo paper. The ZINK-enabled Printer uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals. The result is full-color, high quality, long-lasting and smudge-proof images without ink cartridges, ribbons or toner.

The 2X3 inch photo prints in just under a minute so consumers can instantly share the photo with their friends and family. Additionally, because ZINK Paper is adhesive backed the photo can be used as a sticker as well.

The camera will be available in black, white, red and blue in Q4 2015 for $99.

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