The Elite Business tech team has gone crowdfunding crazy this month, bringing you some of our favourite consumer-funded picks alongside our usual examples of the best of tomorrow’s tech
Sleep is fiercely contested ground for entrepreneurs, which is why it’s important to ensure the shuteye you do get is of a good quality. Sleep tracker Sense measures things like dust and pollen, temperature and even records noises that have disturbed your slumber, as well as monitoring how much you shift about during the night. This allows it to quantify how well you sleep, allowing you to make adjustments to guarantee a more restful night. And, as an added bonus, its smart alarm can also recognise the perfect point in your sleep cycle to wake you up, meaning you’ll never again miss an 8:30am meeting.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Samsung Galaxy series of phones and tablets, which represents some of the finest consumer tech of this generation. Its latest tablet is no exception; at 6.6mm thick, the Tab S makes the iPad Air look shamefully doughy, while still packing an absurdly crisp Super AMOLED 356ppi screen. But despite all its prettiness, the Tab S is far from being an exercise in style over substance: beneath the surface beats an octa-core processor and a hefty 3GB of memory. With the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung have definitely raised the bar a few notches higher.
Custom-moulded earphones that fit to the unique shape of your ear offer a better listening experience, but getting a mould of your ear made into a one-off item is exceedingly expensive. OwnPhones has cut this cost down to size through the use of 3D printing, also allowing its customers to fully customise the look of their headphones and producing wireless earpieces that are truly one of a kind. Additionally, OwnPhones come with a SoundScaping tool that enables users to choose which sounds they hear and which they block, so you can hear an oncoming car while resolutely ignoring your friend going on about their ex.
While the internet has brought unparalleled access to new and exciting art, the way we consume it is rather transient and restrictive. Fortunately, Electric Objects is striving to bring art back into our lives with EO1, a web-enabled smart frame that encourages us to view digital art as more than just content to be consumed and then thrown away. Allowing users to have their favourite online artworks on show in their living rooms, the frame helps digital art to occupy a similar emotional space as its analogue sibling and become something we can ruminate and reflect over.
Trackers have one fatal flaw: they tend to rely on mobile networks and this can kill a battery all too quickly. Iota is different, running on its own personal radio network; stick an Iota on your bike/dog/husband and your Home Base will be able to track them within a radius of 50 square miles for up to three months. But the really clever part is the units talk to each other, so every Home Base within communication range extends the network ever further. Which means if your pooch ever runs away to Inverness for the summer, Iota should have you covered.