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Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Tricked-out e-scooters and bike lights that lock

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

May 26

Ninebot Kickscooter Max — electric scooter

Electric scooters are a dime a dozen these days. In addition to the overwhelming abundance of e-scooters you can buy and own, companies like Lime and Bird now allow you to rent scooters for pennies whenever you need one. So why, in a world so oversaturated with scooters, would you ever want to buy one anymore? Well, simply put, this new one from Ninebot (the company that owns Segway) runs circles around the average rent-a-scooter. It’s got just about every bell and whistle you could ever want — and you don’t have to share it with anyone else. Check out the specs on the Indiegogo page.

Brightloc — bike lock/light hybrid

There’s no shortage of great bike accessories out there these days, but with so many great gear choices out there, it’s also pretty easy to rack up a ton of extra costs just by kitting out your bike with things like navigation, activity trackers, lights, and locks. But what if you could kill two birds with one stone and combine two of those things? That’s exactly the idea behind Brightloc. It’s a U-lock and an ultrabright LED headlight system merged into one super-convenient piece of gear. I definitely recommend checking out the video for this one.

Peak Design Travel Tripod — ultracompact photo tripod

Here’s DT’s Photography master Daven Mathies with the scoop: “ Peak Design’s newest product is taking it into an entirely new category. It’s called the Travel Tripod, and it could easily light a flame under the dormant tripod industry. It’s the first major rethinking of the classic three-legged camera support system in many years, featuring an ultra-compact design that still offers stability worthy of large DSLRs.

But what could possibly be so exciting about a tripod? Well, more than you may realize. I have spent a short time with a preproduction model of the Travel Tripod, and while some things may change between now and the final version, I am already very impressed with it. It is thinner, faster to set up, and much easier to carry (either in a bag or by hand) than my MeFoto BackPacker, which has served as my primary take-anywhere tripod for years. That this is Peak Design’s first tripod makes it all the more impressive.

Flic 2 — programmable button

You know those little Amazon Dash buttons? The ones you can stick around your house so you can order stuff online just by pressing a physical button in the real world? They’re undeniably convenient — but what if they could do more than just place orders on amazon? What if they could, say, turn off your coffee maker in the morning, send a text message when you’re heading home from the office, or switch your Slack status to “away”? That’s precisely the idea behind Flic — a physcal button that you can program to do practially anything.

Feles One — home bioengineering lab

The creators explain this one better than I ever could. Here’s a quick cut from their Kickstarter campaign page: “The Feles One is a lab-in-box toolkit designed to enable the general public to explore the biology all around them using routine procedures done in professional labs around the world.  To achieve this, we have integrated six key lab tools as independent modules that can all be controlled through a modern touch interface with pre-programed defaults. Equipped with Feles One, you can start learning molecular biology through hands on experiments.”

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