Watch An iPad-Controlled Hoist Quickly Clean Up A Garage [Kickstarter]

The myLIFTER is a Kickstarter project for a small-yet-powerful, Bluetooth-enabled winch controlled by an iOS app — and it’s loaded with all kinds of other ingenious features, like programmable distances and the ability to link a chain of myLIFTERS together to lift heavier stuff.

An iPhone-controlled winch probably isn’t the sexiest gadget, but man does it look useful. Each myLIFTER is capable of raising 50 pounds; myLIFTERs can be linked together in order to raise heavier stuff.

The killer feature is what myLIFTER’s designers call smartLIFT (is it just me, or is the application of capital letters getting progressively goofier?), programmable settings that instruct the myLIFTER to raise or lower its load to preset heights.

If you don’t have an iOS device, why are you reading this myLIFTER will sell you a Bluetooth remote for $40. The whole thing gets a little expensive, though early birds can snag a myLIFTER for $75 — which is half what the last backers will get theirs for. Then there’re all sorts $20-$30 accessories, like hooks and straps. Shipping is expected by May 2014.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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