Best New Crowdfunding Projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo this Week

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

April 21

IVI — closed-loop 3D printer

3D printers just keep getting crazier with each passing month — and cheaper, too. Just a few short years ago, if you wanted a printer that could also function as a laser engraver, laser cutter, and CNC mill; you would’ve had to dish out well over 2,000 bucks. Today, though? Turns out you can get one that does all that and more for around $500-600. Definitely check out the video for this thing — it looks pretty incredible.

Narwhal — self-cleaning robotic vacuum

If you’re in the market for a robotic vacuum, don’t get a Roomba. They’re garbage. They can’t clean corners, they don’t have good navigation software, and when they’re done cleaning, you still have to empty them. There are tons of better options out there that provide better features at a lower price. This one, for example, has both vacuuming and mopping functions built in, and is designed to autonomously empty its dirt reservoir when it gets full. iRobot really needs to step up its game.

Jevit — landmine removal robot

Landmines might be great for warfare, but what happens when the war is over? Since mines are so difficult and dangerous to remove, they usually just get left in the ground, waiting for some poor soul to step on them — that is, of course, unless Jevit gets makes its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. If funded, this hardy little robot will be deployed in areas known to have anti-personnel mines underground, and autonomously detect/excavate them. Hooray technology!

Highball — social game for stoners

Remember Bop-It? What about Simon? Well Highball is basically the bastard child of those two toys, but designed specifically as a social game for people who are high on cannabis. The object of the game is to find the red light and make it point upward before time runs out, and much like Bop-It, the amount of time you have gets progressively shorter until one person is inevitably too slow to stay in the game. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Biolite — world’s thinnest reading light

Reading lights are great and all, but the fact that you typically have to store them separately from your book is a bit annoying. If you forget either one, you’re screwed. But what if you could carry your reading light around the same way you carry around your bookmark? Better yet, what if your reading light was your bookmark? That’s precisely the idea behind Biolite.

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