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From a hydroponic mini-garden on your kitchen counter to a smart-heated top that can keep you feeling warm and cosy in the winter, we bring you some of the most innovative, creative, and unique products to be found on Kickstarter Hong Kong.
1. OBSBOT auto-director AI Camera
For all the film peeps out there, this is the one you have to watch out for on Kickstarter Hong Kong. OBSBOT is the world’s first 3-axis gimbal video camera supporting a high-precision gesture control system, able to track record and capture the target’s movements in 4K videos. It also comes with an OBSBOT studio app for editing. The smart AI is able to track targets in low-light environments, noisy streets, tricky angles, and colourful backgrounds whilst automatically adapting to distance and posture variations. There’s almost no end to the list of things OBSBOT can do. As the inventors put it, “Anyone can be their own actor, director, and cameraman all at the same time!”
How much: $589
Is it a book? Is it a stool? Is it a nightstand? Well, it’s all of the above. Designed to be a multifunctional piece of furniture, Bookniture is compact, lightweight, and conveniently versatile. Combining the art of origami structuring with the traditional craft of book-binding, Bookniture folds and unfolds as easily as a book, and can hold up to 175kg in weight. So whether you have an extra guest at home and require a place for them to sit, or need to rest your feet for a while, simply grab your Bookniture from the shelf and you’ll be good to go.
How much: $86–$285
This Kickstarter Hong Kong project is essentially a pocket vacuum smaller than an iPhone X and contains more power than other vacuum products on the market—yes, even more powerful than a standard vacuum cleaner. Pacum is a handy, chargeable device designed to increase storage space for your suitcase and your home by encouraging the use of vacuum bags. Not only is it a convenient travelling tool, but it is also adaptable for any existing vacuum bags, like food storage bags, clothing storage bags, and Pacum’s own bags.
How much: US$59.99
4. Aspara smart indoor garden
Nowadays, it’s all about eating healthy, but organic produce can be rather costly, and who has time (or space) to grow their own food? Enter Aspara—a hydroponic smart grower that allows you to pick and grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables on your kitchen countertop. Using a combination of intelligent LED grow lights, an automatic watering system, and smart sensors to help monitor and track your miniature garden’s growth process, the product also comes with a seed kit that includes more than 15 different organic and/or non-GMO seed capsules to help start you off.
How much: $2,729–$9,670
Forget iPhones and smartwatches—the ORII is all you need. This lightweight smart ring listed on Kickstarter Hong Kong allows you to instantly send and take calls without having to touch your phone. Using a simple Bluetooth connection, the ORII ring can transmit sound vibrations through your fingers to your ears. All you have to do is gently cover your ears with your fingertip, and you’ll hear Siri or Google Assistant ready to take your commands. With its dual noise cancelling microphone, the smart ring can also pick up your voice in loud and crowded places. Stylish and discreet, this is every wannabe secret agent’s fantasy come true.
How much: US$149
6. PolarSeal heated tops
Is the aircon in the office getting a bit too much? Are you finding it impossible to concentrate at your desk? Then you’ll love this. Available in a range of styles and colours, PolarSeal heated tops are lightweight, breathable, and, most importantly, heated. With just the touch of a button, the top’s heating zones (located on the upper and lower back) will automatically be activated, along with adjustable heating levels that ensure optimal comfort at all times. Made with flexible and water-resistant heated elements, these tops are also perfect for sports and outdoor activities.
How much: $755–$3,899
7. Nanobag 3.0
Ultra-light, ultra-strong, ultra-foldable. Nanobag 3.0 is all we ever wanted from reusable bags. These tiny, premium shopping bags are convenient to keep in your pocket at all times, super comfortable to carry, and easily support 66lbs (30kg). With people becoming more and more aware of recycling, reusable shopping bags are no longer items reserved for the mums and aunties. Nanobag 3.0 also factors trendiness into their design. They have over 12 patterns and varying sizes to choose from, which is a huge upgrade from when they first launched on Kickstarter Hong Kong in 2017.
How much: $70–$86
8. ALUMA magnetic wax seal
Kickstarter sure is the place to find things you never thought you would need. Stamptitude introduces the world’s first magnetic wax seal, ALUMA, allowing users to switch easily between multiple engraved stamp head designs. Whether it is for sealing up a letter, finishing up a gift, or for adding a personal touch on branded projects, ALUMA is the answer. Aside from a customisation service for your unique stamp designs, each ALUMA seal also comes with 10 wax pellets. Time for a little DIY!
How much: US$60
Originally published on January 11, 2019 by Jenny Leung. Updated on 14 August, 2019 by Ching Yuen.
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