Alexa in your car, customizable drones and personal air-con [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’ve got modular drones that turn into all kinds of flying machines, a tiny white box that promises to improve your posture, a device that brings Amazon Alexa to your car, and the world’s first personal air conditioner.

Airblock Modular Drone

Drones are awesome, but they’re even better when you can pull them apart and create your own. Airblock is a modular drone that can turn into a hovercraft, car, and more using magnetic parts that easily snap together.

You can perform cool aerial stunts with simple, drag-and-drop programming, and battle or race against friends in versus mode. The lightweight foam design means Airblock is not only durable, but also safe to fly indoors.

Airblock has already raised over five times its funding goal in Kickstarter with 14 days left to run, and you can bag yours today with a pledge of $99.


Amazon Alexa is now regarded as one of the most powerful virtual assistants there is, and with Dashbot, you can use it inside your car. It sits on your dash and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to do more than ever before using just your voice.

You can ask Dashbot to play your music and audiobooks, find directions in Google Maps, make phone calls, send and read messages, fetch information, and lots more.

Dashbot has raised almost double its funding goal with 17 days left to run on Kickstarter, and you can currently claim yours with a pledge of $65.


PlantSnap is a little bit like Shazam, only instead of identifying music by listening to it, it can identify plants, flowers, and trees by looking at them. It’s an app designed for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, and it can instantly tell you what you need to know with just a photo.

“Not only does the app help you better understand the plants that surround you – our data banks can help scientists understand plants globally,” says the app’s creators. “PlantSnap can be used as an educational tool in schools and colleges, and commercially in gardening and landscaping businesses.”

PlantSnap has raised over $18,000 on Kickstarter already, which is $8,000 more than its funding goal — and it still has 14 days left to go. To get your hands on the app as soon as it’s available, just pledge $12 or more.


Sitting down at a desk all day can do devastating things to your posture, but not if you use Poze. It promises to be the most user-friendly and affordable way to correct bad habits and straighten you up. Its creators claim you’ll see results in just three weeks.

Poze is a tiny white box with just one button. It comes with a self-adhesive, hypo-allergenic strip that lets you attach it to your body near your collar bone, or to your clothes. It then calculates the angle of your position and alerts you if you slouch for too long.

It’s that simple! It needs no app, no charging, and no complicated setup process. Poze has already raised almost ten times its funding goal on Indiegogo, but there’s only three days left to run, so you’ll need to claim your fast. It’s currently priced at $45 for one unit, or $90 for two.


Evapolar is the world’s first personal air conditioner. It cools, humidifies, and cleans the air around you to create a perfect microclimate that will keep you comfortable all day long. It’s not only compact and portable, but also surprisingly powerful.

Evapolar works right out of the box, cleaning the air around you and creating an ideal climate free from bacteria. It’s incredibly efficient and eco-friendly — around 15 times more efficient than traditional split systems — and it’s affordable.

To get your own unit, simply pledge $179 or more through Indiegogo.