Best New Inventions? Five Of The Best Kickstarter Projects

Kickstarter is renowned as a leading crowdfunding platform, and they help turn amazing creative projects into reality. Kickstarter has received well over $1.5 million (USD) in pledges from nearly 8 million backers to fund 200,000 innovative projects.  There's been a ton of coverage on many of the invention ideas on Kickstarter. InventorSpot wanted to distill it down by highlighting a few of our picks for the best new inventions being showcased on Kickstarter in the past few months:

Life-Sized Robotic Avatar

Jason Halbritter and Thomas Foss, owners of Flex Robotics in Richmond, VA, are out to change the world. They duo are now working to build a fully life size humanoid robot that you can control remotely, just as easy as your own body.

While they have developed a prototype structure, they are out seeking funding to produce robots on a mass scale. The invention doesn’t have a price tag yet since it’s still in the early stages of development, but Halbritter and Foss contend that their production of robots will work “with deadly viruses and hot zones in complete safety,” and they will be able to “lift heavy objects without fatigue.”

The entrepreneurs launched their campaign on Kickstarter only a week ago, so funding should be rolling in soon from new investors.

AJAX Exosuit: Wearable Powered Exoskeleton

A team of high school students in San Francisco, CA, have developed the AJAX (Amplified Juggernaut Assistance Exoskeleton) full body exosuit which will allow people “to life and carry 400 pounds effortlessly.”

According to their Kickstarter campaign, “The AJAX exosuit detects a user’s movements with force sensors on their upper arms, forearms, thighs and lower legs and sends a signal to the on board Arduinos. The information is then processed and sent to the pneumatic pistons located in each joint. The pistons then push the suit’s limbs, allowing the suit to mirror its user’s movements. This means that the AJAX ecosuit can respond automatically to its wearer’s actions and act as an extra support and strength for heavy lifting.”

While the invention is still in development, the students from the Bay School of San Francisco have a prototype in place and are seeking mass funding to get their product on the market and begin selling it to the public.

Hendo Hoverboard: The World’s First Real Hoverboard

 

A team of inventors out of Los Gatos, CA, are getting plenty of attention with their new hoverboard. It’s a new type of skateboard with a hefty price tag, costing $10,000.00 each. The board levitates just like a magic carpet would. Technology like this has long been dreamed about.

This sort of technology was even introduced in Back to the Future Part II, which hit the silver screen back in 1989.

Fast forward to today and this dream-like-invention is now a reality. The Hendo Hoverboard floats about an inch above ground. You can ride it for about ten minutes and the battery life runs around 15 minutes.

According to the company’s website, “The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its disc-shaped hover engines. These engines induce an opposing magnetic field in the surface substrate below that provides lift, levitating our board off the ground.”

They are working on new technology to make it ride longer in the air and their goal is to bring its cost down.

The Hendo Hoverboard was just launched late last year on Kickstarter, we featured the Hoverboard in November, and so far they have raised nearly $600,000.00 from new investors.

Omni: Move Naturally in your Favorite Game

There is no doubt about it, the Omni, developed by Virtuix in Houston, TX, is an amazing invention that allows you to move more naturally and freely in virtual worlds of sorts.

According to the company, “Omni takes virtual reality to the next level – allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with natural use of their own feet. The Omni is the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game. Moving naturally in a virtual reality creates an unprecedented sense of immersion that cannot be experienced sitting down.”

Omni is a perfect size and will fit well into any room in your home. It’s a small-stage-like platform that you stand on. This compact and easily assembled unit costs $699.00 and comes with a virtual headset/glasses, one pair of Omni shoes, one pair of Omni Tracking Pods and one Omni Harness that provides support, safety and rapid, untethered action.

Omni has received nearly $1.3 million in funding via its Kickstarter campaign.We loved the Omni when we highlighted it August 2014.

Coolest Cooler: 21st Century Cooler that’s Actually a Cooler

With the summer not far off, this new ‘cool’ invention will be a hit at the beach, campsites and backyards. The Coolest Cooler which we featured earlier this year steps up the fun for any outdoor gathering. On a hot day, there is nothing better than a cold drink and great tunes.

To get the party started, the Coolest Cooler, based out of Portland, OR, is the first rolling cooler with a built-in-blender. It also comes with Bluetooth speakers, USB charger, LED light, built-in-storage, and a built-in-bottle-opener. Even better, this invention has small beach tires so you can move it around with ease to your next outdoor gathering.

The Coolest Cooler is launching this summer and there is no indication on price. But this doesn’t seem to matter as they have raised nearly $13.3 million in funding through their Kickstarter campaign.

So what do you think of these inventions? Are they your picks for the best invention ideas?