It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.
Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:
Signul: The world’s first personal beacon system
Beacons are everywhere (or at least they will be soon) but they’re still not really a consumer-focused technology. Vancouver’s IoT Design Shop wants to change that.
They say their Signul personal beacon system can “launch Apps, open websites, send messages, tweet, or post to Facebook,” whenever a specific user enters the beacon’s zone. The idea is that it automate tasks users currently have to do manually on their phones. It could mean turning on the lights when a user enters starts walking up their front steps or texting their friends when they leave work.
The campaign met its fundraising goal of $25,000 within five days of launching and are now aiming for their stretch goal of $50,000. It they reach that, they’ll make a Signul SDK. A $50 contribution gets backers a Signul beacon.
Pawly: Play with your pet anywhere anytime
Even the most attentive pet owner can’t always be there when they want to. Between work and everything else, a lot busy pet owners still feel guilty.
But a Toronto-based group is trying to change that with Pawly, a small robot that allows users to play with their pets remotely. The robot also allows user to talk to their pets and watch them on their Android or iOS devices.
A $199 contribution gets a Pawly, with larger backers getting more advanced devices. So far the campaign has raised over $18,000. Still short of its $80,000 goal but there’s still 35 days to go.