The Watch List is an ongoing series on our website that focuses on CE start-ups reaching out to consumers via crowdfunding and other non-traditional methods. See TWICE.com for more items and for direct links to the campaigns.
The ThingCharger is an all-in-one charging solution with swappable tips and storage. It’s priced less than $30 on Indiegogo.
Selling Point: Wall outlets with built-in USB ports aren’t enough. My counter looks exactly like the spaghetti mess in the online video, and I know I’m not the only one.
The Core Wireless Speaker System
The Core from Mass Fidelity is a portable Bluetooth speaker with gesture control, AAC and AptX technology, optical and control inputs, and NFC. It’s not cheap (one speaker is $389 on Indiegogo), but its maker is emphasizing its powerful sound rather than its portability (which it also has).
Selling Point: Pocket-sized Bluetooth speakers abound on crowdfunding sites (and everywhere else), but this one gets points for its extreme one-button multi-device linking (up to nine speakers). The gesture control is really cool too.
Easy Peezy Pee Test
OK, the name is silly, but the company behind this product hopes to help parents and doctors diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a simple DIY kit. According to the Indiegogo campaign, OSA has symptoms that can mimic ADHD, and the process to diagnose OSA can be intimidating for children.
Selling Point: No, don’t take medical advice from the Internet, but the unobtrusiveness of this potential product simplifies digital health in a way that could be life-changing for children.
Created by Loop Labs, the stick-on Notion sensors can be placed anywhere in the home, with each sensor able to perform a variety of functions. A single sensor and hub carries a $129 price tag in the Kickstarter campaign.
Selling Point: Because the Notion sensors have multifunction capabilities, they carry a flexibility that other smart-home sensors do not. Consumers are afforded the ability to change their minds if they want the device to perform a different task.