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Camera-free security, affordable AirPower alternatives and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


Home security without spying eyes.
Home security without spying eyes.
Photo: Point

Crowdfund Roundup bugApple’s latest devices finally support wireless charging, so why not treat yourself to a charging mat that can top up two simultaneously? Funxim looks as good as Apple’s own AirPower mat, but it will cost you considerably less.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got home security that doesn’t rely on cameras, an ultra-tough Apple Watch band, and more.

Point — the camera-free security system

Point is a complete home security system that doesn’t require cameras. It’s a single device that can alert you to anything unexpected using clever sensors and machine learning.

Point knows when you leave your home and automatically activates its burglar alarm. If it detects an intruder, it alerts you, your neighbors, and your friends so that you can act on the alert as a community. The same happens when Point detects smoke.

Point can also alert you to sudden changes in temperature, unexpected events like loud music late at night, and even hard-to-discover environmental issues like high and persistent levels of humidity. And it does all this without invading your privacy.

Secure your Point today with a pledge of $79 through Kickstarter.

Funxim — the AirPower alternative everyone can afford

Apple’s fancy AirPower charging mat still hasn’t made its debut yet, and when it does, it’s likely to be expensive. Recent rumors have indicated it could cost a whopping $199. That’s why you should consider buying a Funxim instead.

Just like the AirPower mat, Funxim charges your Apple Watch and your iPhone simultaneously. It uses the same Qi charging standard, and supports fast charging for devices running iOS 11.2. It’s also incredibly affordable at just $29 for early bird backers.

Rhino Band — a tough and durable band for Apple Watch

Don’t leave your Apple Watch at home just because you’re worried you’ll break it at work. Get the Rhino Band instead, and enjoy your wearable while it is protected from the elements.

Rhino Band is made from tough silicone, and designed to protect your Apple Watch during everyday wear and in extreme conditions. It wraps around your Watch’s display to keep it free from scratches and to shield it from any potential dings.

The band is comfortable and lightweight, completely waterproof, and cheap at $20. Claim yours now through Kickstarter.

Raadition — the PC case that looks just like an Apple II

Raadition Apple II
Raadition is a dream for long-time Apple fans.
Photo: Zhuofei Wang

If you want to give your Hackintosh a genuine Apple feel, you have to checkout this awesome PC case. Raadition is designed to look exactly like the iconic Apple II, but it has space for the latest PC components, including an ATX motherboard and a full-size graphics card.

It also packs six 60mm fans for cooling, and has enough space for two 2.5-inch hard drives, a full-size graphics card, and an SFX power supply. The chassis is strong enough to hold a monitor, and it has a built-in 68-key Cherry MX Blue mechanical keyboard.

You can secure yours with a pledge of $239 through Indiegogo.

Bento Stack — keep all your Apple essentials neatly organized

Carrying all your Apple accessories with you wherever you go can be a pain. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why you need the Bento Stack.

This compact, multi-compartment storage solution keeps more than 10 Apple essentials neatly organized when you’re on the road. It’s a must-have if you’re a frequent traveler.

What’s great about the Bento Stack is that it’s completely customizable. You can use just one stack if you want to, or combine several to carry even more. You can also adjust its internal dividers to better accommodate the items you need to pack.

You can order yours now through Indiegogo with a pledge of $38. Bento Stack is scheduled to start shipping this month.


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