Super smart remotes, glass iPhone cases and more

Super smart remotes, glass iPhone cases and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


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You can find some incredible new gadgets on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that often go unnoticed. We’re rounding up some of the best every week to help them get the funding they need to become a reality.

This week, we have a super smart remote that controls almost everything, a tempered glass case for iPhone 7, a robot that teaches kids to code without computers, and more!

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Don’t you wish you had just one remote for everything? That’s exactly what you get with the Sevenhugs Smart Remote. It doesn’t just control your TV and set-top boxes; it also controls things like blinds, fans, locks, thermostats, electrical sockets, and so much more.

What’s more, Sevenhugs is button-less. It has a touchscreen that allows its interface to seamlessly adapt to the device you want to control, so you don’t have to fiddle around trying to control your thermostat with the same buttons you use to control your Apple TV.

Sevenhugs still has 30 days to run on Kickstarter, but it has already raised almost nine times its funding goal. The cheapest early bird packages have already sold out, but you can currently claim your Sevenhugs with a pledge of $149. The device will eventually retail for $229.

GLASS case for iPhone 7

Want a case that will protect your jet black iPhone 7 from scratches without ruining its shiny finish? Check out the GLASS case. As its name suggests, it’s made mostly out of glass with curved edges, 90 percent optical transparency, and a 7H hardness.

Around its edges, GLASS has a metal bumper that protects your device — and the glass panel — from impact if you drop it. It also purposely holds the glass back 1mm away from your iPhone to prevent its jet black finish from getting scratches should dust and lint get inside the case.

GLASS has already raised nearly three times its funding goal on Indiegogo with 11 days left to run. To claim yours, simply make a pledge of $29 or more.

raD Wireless Multi-Room Speaker

raD is a wireless speaker like no other. Using radial dispersion technology, with four 1.5″ drivers and a 3″ woofer, raD produces crystal clear, ultra-wide sound that effortlessly fills almost any room with sound.

raD is designed to be rugged, with IPX5 water-resistance that lets you enjoy it outdoors, too. It’s also easy to setup using NFC or Bluetooth, with no need for third-party apps. Its built-in battery lasts up to 8 hours in between charges, and allows you to charge your phone on the go.

raD also works alongside Core speakers and subwoofers to deliver even greater sound. Up to 8 devices can be connected to each other simultaneously.

With a month left to run on Indigogo, raD has raised just over half of its funding goal. To help it become a reality and to claim your speaker, make a pledge of $169 or more today.

Life Lite

To take great pictures, you need good light. Now you can get it just about anywhere with Life Lite. It’s a pocket-sized light that that’s controlled by Bluetooth that lets you step up your photo game no matter what kind of camera you’re using.

Life Lite is waterproof, and it runs for up to 60 minutes in between charges. You can alter its brightness, flash duration, and more using the companion app for Android and iOS, and you can pair it with official bike mounts, handles, tripod adapters, and more.

Life Lite is an essential piece of kit for any photographer who needs instant light wherever they go. It has already raised almost five times its funding goal on Kickstarter with 16 days left to run, and you can order yours now with a pledge of just $39.


Get your kids into computing programming with Plobot. Designed for children aged 4 and up, Plobot teaches coding concepts without any need for computers. They’ll learn about algorithms, loops, conditionals, and more using nothing but simple command cards.

Kids can personalize their Plobot to make it even more interesting, with expansion sets and stickers and the ability to add Duplo blocks to its back. Backers also get access to an online teaching guide, with a curriculum centered around Polobot’s abilities.

Plobot has almost achieved its funding goal on Kickstarter with 7 days left to run. To help it and get your very own, simply make a pledge of $79 or more.


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