Stellar speakers, smart doorbells, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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UPstage 360 Crowdfund Roundup
Unlike HomePod, UPstage 360 supports all your favorite services.
Photo: UPstage 360

Crowdfund Roundup bugIf HomePod just doesn’t do it for you, you need the immersive sound of the UPstage 360. This incredible speaker uses patented technology to deliver high-quality sound that fills almost any room, and it connects to all your favorite services.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have smart home doorbells, stunning mechanical keyboards, and more!

Belle — the intelligent doorbell that speaks

Missed another important visitor or delivery? Let Belle, the intelligent doorbell that speaks, greet them all at the door. Belle is like a personal doorman who’s always on duty. It recognizes familiar faces, lets you know when you’ve had a delivery, and alerts you when it detects something suspicious.

Belle can take messages and deliver them directly to respective family members. It offers HD video recording 24 hours a day, with night vision, and lets you stream its live feed to your smartphone, tablet, or computer at any time. Belle also plays nicely with Amazon Alexa.

You can pre-order your Belle through Kickstarter at early bird pricing of $149. It’s scheduled to begin shipping this month.

UPstage 360 — the 360° smart speaker

If you don’t think HomePod lives up to its promises, perhaps the UPstage 360 can impress you. It’s the smartest and the best-performing speaker around, according to its creators, who have packed it out with a three-way driver, all the connecitivity options you could want, and a dock for your Echo Dot.

UPstage 360 has three-way drivers (eight in total) that deliver 360-degreee sound at an ultrawide frequency, and patented acoustic design that promises to deliver high-resolution sound to every corner of your room. It also plays nicely with all your favorite music services, unlike HomePod.

You can pre-order your UPstage 360 through Kickstarter now at early bird pricing of just $369 — down from $499. The speaker is scheduled to begin shipping this July.

Kira — the compact mechanical keyboard

Kira is a gorgeous mechanical keyboard that has been cleverly designed to give you all the keys you need without taking up too much space. Its compact form factor is significantly smaller than standard desktop boards, yet it still packs a full-size keyboard and number pad.

Kira’s long-lasting keys were inspired by the iconic IBM Model-M, and each is illuminated with RGB lighting that you can customize any way you want. They’re also swappable, so if a switch fails, you can place each one individually without having to break the entire board.

Compatible with Mac and PC, Kira is scheduled to start shipping this October, and you can pre-order yours through Kickstarter now with a pledge of $169.

HiBy R3 — the portable high-fidelity music player

You shouldn’t settle for mediocre music just because you want to take it with you. HiBy R3 is a portable music player that promises a high-fidelity audio experience wherever you may be. Its built-in DAC ensures your favorite tracks sounds as good as the artist intended.

HiBy R3 has a touchscreen for easy control, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can stream songs from the cloud — or from Tidal. It also supports AirPlay and Bluetooth, and thanks to its microSD card slot, you can install up to 2TB of storage so that you always have enough room for more music.

HiBy R3 is one of the smallest lossless music players money can buy, and if you pre-order yours through Kickstarter now, you can get it for less than $200. It’s scheduled to begin shipping this May.

Boltron — the safest wireless car cradle for iPhone

Now that your iPhone has wireless charging, it’s easier to top it up almost anywhere — including in your car. Boltron is the fast-charging cradle that promises to keep your smartphone safe when you’re on the road, and it’s super-easy to install.

Boltron offers impact protection that ensures your smartphone won’t feel bumps in the road, and because it’s adjustable, it holds almost any phone — even those in a case. It’s also incredible affordable at just $29 for those who support the project through Kickstarter.

Pre-order yours now before shipping begins this June.