3 Indiegogo campaigns to watch this week
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Micro Drone 3.0, which is killing it on Indiegogo. Photo Credit: Indiegogo

Innovation is everywhere: Check out these hot ideas from around the world

Geektime scoured the Internet for some of the most interesting international projects floating around the crowdfunding universe and brings you these three products that with a little help, could make their splash on the tech scene very soon.

1. eBlocker

This piece of German made hardware promises to make life tough for big data companies and stop annoying ads from ruining your online experience. It works by attaching a small device to the home network and buffers through the masses of data that companies collect on users for targeted advertising. These guys focus specifically on preventing profile collection that can be used for dynamic pricing or other manipulations based on data gathering.

For starters, the two-man team of Christian Bennefeld and Boris Prinz in Hamburg are offering two primary models. The first is for those users of Banana and Raspberry Pi/2 devices with a software download starting at $10. The second main option is for the plug and play eBlocker Box4e and includes updates through 2016 for $179.

The guys have attracted a total of 114 funders at the time of writing, raising $14,935 out of the $50,000 that they are hoping to bring in.

This offering feels like a niche product that has potential to play well to techies looking for a more comprehensive response to data collection, as well as others who take privacy to a different level. It will likely be less appealing to the wider audience who lack the more reasonably priced Pi devices, nor are willing to invest in real privacy solutions.

2. MicFlip Reversible USB Cable

Photo Credit: WinnerGear / YouTube

Photo Credit: WinnerGear / YouTube

Built by Winner Gear out of NYC, this reversible USB cable could be the answer to all those out there that ever wished that their micro USB cable could plug in without the guess work of whether it is facing the right direction.

First world problems aside, this appears to be a well-built cable that should work with nearly all major Android devices. Moreover, it helps to cut down on the risk of damaging devices when users shove their cable in at weird angles. With gold-plated connectors to guard against corrosion, this braided cable claims to be tangle free and comes in either 20 cm or 200 cm models.

This mobile accessories started with a goal of raising $6,000 to get production moving, and ended up collecting a whopping $95,440 thus far. The basic model sells for $15 on the early bird special, with larger packages that include a bulk option for retailers.

This product has three key advantages working for it during this campaign. Apparently a lot of people are interested in a cable that can be used for different devices, meaning that it’s still useful if you switch phones. They also offer free global shipping, which can be a deal maker for the international crowd.

Lastly, their marketing video above falls somewhere between quirky and irreverent, putting viewers in a funky mood that makes you want to check out what they are selling.

3. Micro Drone 3.0

The response to the London-based Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 3.0 has been extravagant to say the least. Pulling in $2,329,477 as of August 15, they hit their fundraising goal by an astounding 3,083 percent.

At a starting price of $175, the device comes with a remote, battery HD camera module, and a virtual reality headset where users can pilot their drones from a first person view.

The consumer drone market has gone through a real explosion over the past few years as the technology has become far more affordable. Faster streaming over video now allows for users to race their drones at high speeds that are reminiscent of the Star Wars pod races.

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