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Skateboard scooters, smart wallets, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


The skateboard that's also a scooter.
Photo: Scooterboard

Crowdfund Roundup bugThe skateboarding experience doesn’t have to come with grazed knees and broken teeth. With Scooterboard, you get the same ride with the stability of a scooter — and a built-in motor that means you don’t have to do all the work.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have the world’s most powerful smart wallet, a dongle that turns your iPad into a wireless secondary display for your Mac, and more!

Volterman — world’s most powerful smart wallet

Yes, even our wallets are getting smarter — and Volterman claims to be the world’s most powerful. With a built-in powerbank, a distance alarm, a wireless hotspot that works worldwide, and even an anti-theft camera, it truly is the ultimate wallet.

Volterman can charge up your smartphone when you’re low on juice, remind you you’ve left it behind as you leave the store, keep you connected to the internet in a foreign country, and provide you with pictures of the thief if it gets stolen.

Unlike other “smart” wallets, Volterman has true GPS tracking. That means that no matter where it ends up, you can keep an eye on its location in real-time; there’s no need to worry about losing connection when it’s out of Bluetooth range.

Volterman is available in various sizes and prices start at $109. You can order yours through Indiegogo now.

Scooterboard — the ultimate electric scooter

Imagine a skateboard that’s so stable and easy to ride, anyone could use it. Imagine adding a motor that means you don’t even have to push it. That’s what you get with Scooterboard, the ultimate electric scooter that combines the skateboarding experience with stability and convenience.

Scooterboard is designed to be ridden like a skateboard, but it has three wheels and a handle that make it infinitely more stable. It also boasts a built-in motor that offers speeds up to 15.5 mph, and a battery that will take you up to 7.5 miles on a single charge.

There are two riding modes that provide casual cruising at a steady pace or fast acceleration and snappier breaking. It’s lightweight and easy to pull around when you’re done riding it, and it folds up so that it’s easy to store in small spaces.

Scooterboard is ideal for navigating busy cities, and if you support this project on Kickstarter early, you’ll be able to secure yours for just $349.

Luna Display — turn any iPad into a wireless display

Don’t leave you iPad to collect dust while you’re using your computer. Get Luna Display and turn it into a wireless secondary display that will help you be even more productive. It’s available in Mini DisplayPort and USB-C varieties, and it’s incredibly easy to set up.

Just plug Luna Display into your laptop, launch the free app on both devices, and you’re ready to go. You have two displays that allow you to see even more, and because Luna Display was designed to be awesome, you don’t have to worry about lag and other annoyances.

What’s really great about Luna Display is that it’s fully compatible with everything Apple. It works with wireless keyboard, Apple Pencil, and even touch controls, so you get the best of both worlds. It’s also pretty affordable.

You can pre-order yours through Kickstarter with a pledge of $65. That’s considerably less than you’ll pay for a traditional secondary display — and it’s a lot more portable.

Hudway Cast — an affordable heads-up display for your car

Platforms like CarPlay may be safer than using your phone behind the wheel, but you still have to take your eyes off the road to see them. That’s not the case with Hudway Cast, the heads-up display that sits right in front of your windshield and allows you to see the road right through it.

Hudway Cast provides you with all the things you want from your smartphone behind the wheel, like turn-by-turn navigation, media playback and controls, and the ability to read text messages and make phone calls — but it’s significantly safer than other solutions.

Check out the video above to see just how impressive it is, then go pre-order yours from Kickstarter with a pledge of $179.

Modius — the fat-burning headband

Yes, you read that correctly. Modius is a headband that helps you burn fat for a leaner body.

It works by using cutting-edge technology developed by neuroscientists at the University of California San Diego that sends a signal to the part of the brain that controls fat storage, naturally shifting your metabolism to burn more fat.

“Modern diets are not working. Across the globe people are struggling to maintain a lean and healthy body,” said co-founder Jason McKeown. “This is putting enormous pressure not just on individuals, but entire healthcare systems.”

“MODIUS is a simple and easy, but also revolutionary, solution to this problem, allowing every brain to control the shape and size of every body. This is the next generation of wearable technology, it’s careable technology.”

Modius promises to work on everybody, and in trials, it has produced body fat reductions of up to 16 percent. It has also produced positive changes to both insulin and leptin (the hunger hormone) levels. It is also claimed to be perfectly safe.

Need a Modius headband in your life? It’s going to cost you! Even with 10 percent off through Indiegogo, you’ll need to pledge $449 to bag yours when they begin shipping this December.

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