7 Amazing New Kickstarters You Probably Missed This Week
Kickstarter is a magical place — or it can be, anyway. Worst of all, though, is when great ideas go unnoticed. That means a great product that could have changed lives never gets the funding it deserved — and often for no good reason.
To help avoid those great ideas falling through the cracks, each week we’re bringing you handpicked Kickstarters you should know about. Some may have blown through their funding goal already, and some may be struggling, but they’re all producing awesome gear that could make your life that much better.
The O.R.E.N. Razor: Occam’s Razor Enhanced Nano
The problem with most razors is that the cartridges are expensive, and their multiple blades can cause irritation. On the other hand, learning to use a straight razor takes a lot of practice, and the design just isn’t as user-friendly as today’s vertically-oriented models. Occam’s Razor combines the best of both worlds, a wide, precise single blade attached to an ergonomic handle. Even if you appreciate the simplicity of a safety razor, this is even safer because you’re never exposed to the razor’s edge when replacing the blade (plus it rinses easier). The O.R.E.N. is an upgrade over the original, featuring a lighter handle and a narrower gap between the blade and guard for more precision.
The Twenty Five Year Leather Belt
Belts are an essential accessory for any outfit, but they’re not cheap despite not being built to last, either. They stretch, the holes can tear, the leather becomes unbonded, etc. Not so with this belt. Every aspect of it has been overengineered (thicker leather, rivets instead of stitches, etc.) to the point where each one comes with a 25 year warranty. That’s pretty special.
Coho Folding Kayak: Unfold Your Next Adventure
Now this is cool. Maybe you’re someone who likes to paddle around in a kayak from time to time, you aren’t enough of an enthusiast to spring for one and all the attendant gear (roof racks, etc.) Or, maybe you know of some prime fishing or scenic locations that just can’t be reached with a vehicle carrying a solid kayak. Either way, this is the solution. When folded up, the Coho Folding Kayak is compact enough to store in a closet and light enough to carry on your back. But unfold it and inflate the air tubes, and within minutes, you have a sturdy, comfortable kayak you can take anywhere.
Heat-Locker: Dry, Warm & Deodorize Your Socks, Shoes, Gloves, Hat & MORE!
This is so smart. Using your existing baseboard heat (which won’t apply to everyone, obviously), the Heat-Locker provides a warming and drying environment for whatever can fit in the locker or on the posts. By channeling the heat, it can create an environment much warmer than the ambient temperature while also venting moisture (essential for wet, musty gear). Best of all, it requires no external inputs or energy — it’s completely free to use.
Umami Steamer X: Fast, Healthy, Delicious Cooking
While I don’t think this will replace the Instant Pot as a do-it-all kitchen appliance, it’s pretty close. What makes it cool is its two-chamber cooking: put heartier foods, like meat, rice and root vegetables on the bottom, and the pressurized essentially braises them. Up top, you get a more traditional steaming environment for more delicate foods (seafood, lighter vegetables, etc.). It works with one touch depending on the recipe, and streaming is well regarded as a healthy way to cook. Best of all, because the lower chamber is sealed off from the water reservoir, any flavors from the top chamber get captured and make their way into the final dish.
SILAS: Light For Your Eyes, NIR For Your Entire Body
Recently, traditional light bulbs have been replaced by LED and fluorescent bulbs, and on the whole that’s good: they’re more efficient, less wasteful and better for the environment. But they lack near-infrared (or NIR), which is emitted by both the sun and incandescent bulbs. According to several studies, our bodies rely on exposure to NIR for everything from cell repair to sleep regulation to memory enhancement. SILAS combines the best of both worlds by putting LEDs in the same bulb with a special carbon nanotube yarn filament that has none of the weaknesses of old tungsten filaments. You can even adjust the voltage to make it mimic the sun throughout the day.
POPPi: A New Generation of Laundry Basket
POPPi’s main feature is that it lifts up and down on telescoping legs, which saves your back from having to carry a laundry basket long distances and bend down every time you need to retrieve something. It makes a lot of sense for Australia, where most people dry their clothes on a clothesline. But if you’ve ever lived in an apartment with shared laundry facilities in the U.S., you know that something like this would be just as useful, if not more so.
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