FROM THE PRACTICAL TO THE QUIRKY TO THE DOWNRIGHT STRANGE, CROWDFUNDING WEBSITES HAVE ALLOWED THE CREATION OF AN AMAZING RANGE OF PRODUCTS. HERE’S A SELECTION OF LATEST PROJECTS THAT PIQUED OUR INTEREST.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds
PUTTING AN END TO SLEEPLESS NIGHTS.
www.bose.com.au | Goal: US$50,000 | Raised: US$447,500 from 2,911 backers | RRP: US$249
You might be wondering, like we were, why the likes of Bose — an already well-established company — would turn to Indiegogo to crowdfund a new product. With an arsenal of already available speakers, headphones and accessories, you’d think they could simply release these ‘sleepbuds’ as per usual, but this time around, they’re trying a test prototype phase that people can pay for. And they did. This achieved, at time of writing, almost 900% funding. That’s crazy. So what are they? The Bose sleepbuds are noise-cancelling earplugs to help you sleep next to a snorer, drown out the constant sound of the city or a party going on next door. These rechargeable earplugs emit soothing sounds (nature or “other familiar sounds”) through the specially-designed eartips, which come in three sizes, and you can alter the volume of your relaxing tones via a companion app. You can also set the sleepbuds up with a silent alarm.