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Chill, Dude: The Hottest Kickstarter Campaigns, 05/16/14

Bring it on, weekend.

The Quarter Century Belt
Price: $37
Status: $13,714 of $10,000 goal — FUNDED
Estimated delivery: October 2014
Not only do these classic premium leather belts come with a 25-year guarantee, but they're not even $40. Try getting J. Crew or Banana Republic to commit to that with any of their belts, many of which will hit your wallet harder.

Pillar
Price: $18
Status: $5,914 of $22,000 goal
Estimated delivery: September 2014
Want to prevent that nasty hunchback you're slowly developing from hovering over a laptop all day? This collapsible computer stand will force you to maintain better posture even when you're out of the office. That still leaves it up to you to handle the toughest part though: finding enough space at the crowded coffee shop to whip it out.

tado Cooling
Price: $99
Status: $93,472 of $150,000 goal
Estimated delivery: August 2014
Compatible with in-window, wall hanging, portable, and even central A/C units that have an existing remote control, this WiFi-enabled system transforms them into smart devices that automatically adjust the temp in your crib while helping reduce your energy bill. By monitoring your whereabouts via a special iPhone app, it will shut it down when the last person in the household leaves, start pre-cooling when it senses someone's on their way home, and even adjust temp levels as you move from room-to-room. Your move, summer.

SCiO
Price: $199
Status: $1,495,888 of $200,000 goal — FUNDED
Estimated delivery: January 2015
Like a real-life Star Trek Tricorder, this pocket-sized gizmo employs a special spectrometer that allows you to scan materials or physical objects (food, plants, medications, etc.) and determine their chemical make-up. Pairing with a special smartphone app, it will be able to tell you how ripe an avocado is, if your plants are healthy, authenticate medications, and detect potential allergens.

CalamityWare
Price: $25
Status: $79,038 of $15,000 goal — FUNDED
Estimated delivery: August 2014
Joining two previous pieces of irreverent blue willow-style porcelain dinnerware, which respectively featured flying monkeys and a giant robot, this third version features a voracious sea monster terrorizing what would otherwise be a tranquil scene.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. The SCiO may very well be the trick to him keeping plants alive.