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The Backerjack Podcast

Backerjack focuses on covering the world of crowdfunded product innovation. Backerjack generally considers a crowdfunded product to be one where backers can receive the product as a reward for backing or as part of a pre-order. On this podcast, veteran industry analyst and Backerjack founder Ross Rubin (@rossrubin) and longtime tech blogger Steve Sande (@stevensande) give their take on campaigns that can either define the evolution of tech or become footnotes to history.
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Oct 4, 2015

In Episode 24 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • Angee, a hybrid home monitoring system that can capture video in any direction.
  • Skreens, a small TV add-on that lets multiple vide sources go up on the TV at the same time..

We also mentioned a few other products we wished we had more time for, including the Holapex hologram visualizer.

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and subscribe to the Backerjack Daily Digest to make sure you catch all the gadgets we’re covering. Also check out Steve’s great work on Apple World Today!

Aug 21, 2015

In Episode 23 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • Lumma, a pill sorting and dispensing device that reminds people to take their meds and alerts if they don't.
  • Photokite Phi, a soft drone that runs on a tether for easier control and folds up into a tube for easy portability.

We also mentioned a few other products we wished we had more time for, including the Passfort password entry accessory and the OrbMi home messaging device.

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and subscribe to the Backerjack Daily Digest to make sure you catch all the gadgets we’re covering. Also check out Steve’s great work on Apple World Today!

Aug 6, 2015

In Episode 22 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • Graava, a small smooth action cam that can pick out the most interesting parts of raw footage to create a mini-movie.
  • Bevel, an inexpensive smartphone add-on that allows the capture of 3D objects that can be rotated and viewed from different angles.

We also mentioned a few other products we wished we had time for: the TrekAce forearm navigation device and the Nourish nutrition drink countertop device. Also, check out Backerjack's first hands-on reviews of the Pebble Time smartwatchRemix Ultratablet and Jorno folding keyboard.

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and subscribe to the Backerjack Daily Digest to make sure you catch all the gadgets we're covering. Also check out Steve’s great work on Apple World Today!

Jul 17, 2015

In Episode 21 of the Backerjack Podcast, the trimphantly returning Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Remix Mini, a $30 PC that you can hold in your hands and runs a Windows-flavored version of Android.
  • Buddy, an expressive, face-sensing robot that can interact with multiple family members when you're home and watch your home when you're away.

Download the episodesubscribe via iTunes or RSS, and subscribe to the Backerjack Daily Digest to make sure you catch all the gadgets we're covering. Also check out Steve’s great work on Apple World Today!

Jun 26, 2015

In Episode 20 of the Backerjack Podcast, guest host Michael Rose and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • Myle Tap, a Bluetooth microphone that captures your thoughts on the go and can route them to a wide range of apps.
  • Doppel, a watch-like device that rhythmically buzzes your wrist to calm you down or rev you up..

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Jun 14, 2015

In Episode 19 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • June, a smart oven that can recognize food and cook it for you.
  • Aumeo, an adapter for headphones that checks how you optimally hear audio and tunes music for each ear.

Download the episode, subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and follow Backerjack on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out Steve’s great work on Apple World Today!

Jun 8, 2015

We're back! In Episode 18 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders, including:

  • HidrateMe and Trago, two smart water bottle that can take into account environmental factors to recommend the ideal amount of water to consume.
  • Here, an unprecedented wireless audio tuning device for the real world that allows you to adjust settings such as volume and tone -- helpful for when you're not all about the bass.

Notes: In the podcast, Ross tried to remember the name of the Backerjack feature that pitted similar campaigns head-to-head. It was The Back-Off

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May 6, 2015

In Episode 17 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • HearNotes, an alternative to Bluetooth headsets that offer higher audio quality and a more reliable connection.
  • Nexpaq, a case for the iPhone and Galaxy S6 that can accommodate up to six modules ranging from flash memory to an alcohol breathalyzer
  • Zwing, a boombox with punch that incorporates an Android-based touchscreen for streaming or playing back local music and movies.

Notes: We discussed Zwing in advance of seeing its Indiegogo project page. The link above points to more details about prcing and expected availability. Also, a similar product, the Zettaly Avy, has contacted its original Kickstarter backers to note that it is ready to ship its devices.

Many thanks to HearNotes for sponsoring this episode! Please support its campaign.

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Apr 27, 2015

In sweet Episode 16 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steven Sande and Ross Rubin check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Flex Cam PIC, a whimsical and inexpensive still and video camera that wraps around objects and comes in a range of colors and silly characters. It has some similarities to Podo.
  • GeniCan, a clip-on to your garbage can or recycle bin that builds your shopping list by scanning the barcodes of products you've consumed. As we note, it has the same goals as SmartQsine.
  • Oomi, a comprehensive and tightly integrated Z-Wave-based home control system that features easy setup. It rivals another recent ambitious smart home project, Paigo.

Notes: During the podcast, there was some confusion as to how Flex Cam PIC transfers images and videos. It appears as though the product's Bluetooth support is for remote shutter activation only; file transfers are done via USB On-The-Go.

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its campaign.

Download  the episodesubscribe via iTunes or RSS, and follow Backerjack on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out Steve's great work on Apple World Today!

Apr 20, 2015

In Episode 15 of the Backerjack Podcast, surly Steve and redeeming Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • MedWand, a 7-in-1 telemedicine enabler that combines measuring your vitals with spot checks of ears, nose and throat
  • Shellfire Box, a tiny network device that routes all your home traffic through a tested virtual private network
  • SmartQsine, a system of connected miniature scales that can let you know when you're close to running out of foods or recipe ingredients.

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its campaign.

Subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and follow Backerjack on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out Steve's great work at Apple World Today!

Apr 14, 2015

In Episode 14 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Neobase, a home server that lets you create your own private Facebook for sharing with your (small) circle of friends. Now all your base are belong to you!
  • Wakē, a focused light and speaker combo that mounts over your bed to wake you gently without disturbing those sharing the budoir
  • Prana, a wearable sensor that scores your breathing and posture and lets you practice via a video game

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its campaign.

Download  the episodesubscribe via iTunes or RSS, and follow Backerjack on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out Steve's great work on Apple World Today!

Apr 6, 2015

In Episode 13 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out four of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • SnapPower, a replacement outlet cover that adds a USB port in seconds.
  • Octodon, a wild smartphone input device that uses magnetic disks mounted to an unfolding smartphone extension
  • Codie, a little robot loaded with treads and loaded with sensors that

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its campaign.

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Mar 30, 2015

In Episode 12 of The Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out four of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • Remix, a tablet/laptop hybrid that stuffs the soul of Android into the body of a Microsoft Surface
  • kSafe, a precommitment jar in which you can place rewards that are unlocked only if certain activity or time goals are met
  • Adaptalux, a cool set of camera-mounted colored light arms that mount to the top of a camera for intense macro photography effects
  • Zhor, a chunky integrated dashboard touchscreen that ntegrates many different features.

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Mar 20, 2015

In Episode 11 of The Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out three of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • Neptune Suite, a family of computing products that rely on having all the computing intellgence in the smartwatch. It's the most audacious mobile tech product mashup since the Dragonfly Futurefon.
  • LyfeLens, a connected dash cam that monitors your car even when it's parked and serves as a mobile hotspot
  • Emvio, a stress-management watch that relies on measuring heart rate variability.

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Mar 14, 2015

It's the 10th episode of The Backerjack Podcast! This week, Ross and Steve discuss:

  • The team that successfully ran the Nokē Lock campaign last year is back, this time with a new connected lock for bicycles called the Nokē U-Lock
  • If you like taking notes with a pen and paper, but want to have the option of sending your information to the cloud and being able to erase the notebook for re-use by sticking it into the microwave, you'll love Rocketbook
  • It's a musical intstrument that can be played in many ways, like a piano, like a guitar, like a drum set or even a violin. It's the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, and it's getting a lot of backing on Kickstarter
  • Opho Keys, a MIDI keyboard with LED-illuminated keys, gesture control, and even the ability to magnetically attach to other Keys. The keyboard will have support on over 150 apps at launch
  • The Stesco imaging device wants to let you make 3D videos and photos inexpensively... provided you have two iPhones you can use.  

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Mar 6, 2015

On episode 9 of the Backerjack Podcast:

  • An update on the incredible success of the Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign and the introduction of the Pebble Time Steel
  • A short take on a self-run pre-order campaign for an Apple Watch accessory called the Reserve Strap
  • The Sesame lock, an easy-to-install way to retrofit an existing deadbolt lock and replace your keys with your iPhone
  • Opho Keys, a MIDI keyboard with LED-illuminated keys, gesture control, and even the ability to magnetically attach to other Keys. The keyboard will have support on over 150 apps at launch
  • Podo, a colorful and Bluetooth-connected way to replace the dreaded selfie stick
  • And a look at Fogo, the outdoors enthusiast's go-to gadget with a configurable LED flashlight, GPS, walkie-talkie and apps

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Feb 27, 2015

Episode 8 of the Backerjack Podcast is a bit different, as we’re taking a close look at what may well become the biggest crowdfunded project ever — the Pebble Time smartwatch. Join hosts Ross Rubin and Steve Sande for a half hour discussion of the newly-redesigned watch, the new UI, how it may fare in competition with the Apple Watch, and more.

As of publication time, Pebble Time had more than 51,300 backers for a total of almost $11,250,000. That's with 28 days left to go in the campaign, so it's almost assured of taking over the crowdfunding crown from the Coolest Cooler at $13,285,000. 

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Feb 23, 2015

It's time for Episode 7 of the Backerjack Podcast. This week, Ross and Steve take on three projects:

  • It's an LED light bulb, it's a pico projector, it's Beam. Insert it into a standard light socket and then beam your content just about anywhere.
  • How about smart kitchen containers that weigh just how much of a food item is stored inside, then calculate calories consumed and tell you when to buy more? The Neo Smart Jar is on the way via Indiegogo.
  • Pigeon is a new take on a rather old category, the connected picture frame. Will it make it to market, or get taken out by a peregrine falcon? 

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Feb 16, 2015

We apologize for the late posting of the podcast again this week; Steve's new venture, Apple World Today, launched on February 9 so he's been scrambling to get everything done. But he and Ross did manage to squeeze in the time for a recording session and talked about four campaigns in Episode 6 of The Backerjack Podcast.This week's discussion includes:

  • A new device, CarVi, that provides some rather high-tech driving assistance in a small, windshield-mounted and connected device.
  • Those who love the subtle glow of garden lights at night will love the solar-powered, color LED PLAYBULB.
  • A relatively unexciting wearable with nebulous goals called The One.
  • The fun (or scary) coaching robotic head with glowing teeth that teaches your kids how to brush their teeth - it's BrushyBall.

These campaigns are all up and running with various degrees of success, so check 'em out when you have a chance. Subscribe to the Backerjack Podcast on iTunes, and be sure to give us a rating after listening.

Feb 4, 2015

Welcome to the Backerjack podcast, where each week industry analyst Ross Rubin and tech blogger Steve Sande bring you a sampling of crowdfunded projects from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and beyond. 

TUAW has been shut down by AOL, so Steve invites you to get your Apple-related news and reviews from a new source starting on February 9: Apple World Today

This week, we picked three campaigns and a pre-order project to discuss:

  • Bluewire: Imagine a Bluetooth headset that can record your calls, act as a motion-sensing alarm system, and more... 
  • Luna: The Internet of Things enters the bedroom with Luna, a bedsheet set that can trigger other devices, provide just the right amount of warmth on both sides of the bed, and let you know just how well you're sleeping.
  • Prynt: Slap this case onto your iPhone, and you can print your own instant photos. It's a little bit retro and a lot of impressive technology.

Ross and Steve also spend a few minutes discussing the new Narrative Clip 2, a vastly improved version of the wearable lifelogging camera that now comes with a better lens, higher resolution, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Retailers, manufacturers and investors seeking the next category, product or feature should take a look at Backerjack's new Product Innovation Pipeline Reports (PIPR), which track the most innovative products in a number of categories. 

We'll be back with Episode 6 of the Backerjack Podcast soon. Be sure to tell all of your friends who follow crowd funded projects about the podcast and make sure they subscribe on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

Jan 23, 2015

Welcome to the Backerjack podcast, where each week industry analyst Ross Rubin and tech blogger Steve Sande bring you a sampling of crowdfunded projects from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and beyond. 

This week, we picked three campaigns and a pre-order project to discuss:

  • DISPLIO Wi-Fi Display: Remember the Vikaura Screen from last week, or the Chumby connected device from a few years ago? DISPLIO is a small e-ink display that can be used with a number of widgets.
  • Scarab: A tiny wearable packed with sensors to track what's going on in the environment around you. Can the mythical Star Trek tricorder be far behind?
  • The Saliva Scanner: Worried about people spitting in your food? Then you'll want to back this product, which currently has no backers. 
  • WayTools TextBlade: A pocket-sized, magnetically-assembled Bluetooth keyboard to use with your favorite smartphone or phablet, TextBlade is available now for pre-order with delivery in March, 2015.

Retailers, manufacturers and investors seeking the next category, product or feature should take a look at Backerjack's new Product Innovation Pipeline Reports (PIPR), which track the most innovative products in a number of categories. 

We'll be back with Episode 5 of the Backerjack Podcast next week. Be sure to tell all of your friends who follow crowd funded projects about the podcast and make sure they subscribe on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

Jan 16, 2015

Welcome to the Backerjack podcast, where each week industry analyst Ross Rubin and tech blogger Steve Sande bring you a sampling of crowdfunded projects from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and beyond. 

This week, we picked three campaigns to discuss:

  • Neeo - the thinking remote: A remote that not only works with common consumer electronics, but acts as an intelligent controller for home automation as well.
  • Vikaura Screen: An e-paper "frame" with Bluetooth connectivity that comes in three different sizes and displays more than just photos.
  • Immersis: A pricy, but impressive game projection device that can turn any room into a shared virtual reality gaming environment.

Retailers, manufacturers and investors seeking the next category, product or feature should take a look at Backerjack's new Product Innovation Pipeline Reports (PIPR), which track the most innovative products in a number of categories. Ross discusses PIPR and how it can help buyers find products that are attracting buyer dollars even before launch. 

We'll be back with Episode 4 of the Backerjack Podcast next week. Be sure to tell all of your friends who follow crowd funded projects about the podcast and make sure they subscribe on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

Jan 3, 2015

Welcome to the Backerjack podcast, where each week industry analyst Ross Rubin and tech blogger Steve Sande bring you a sampling of crowdfunded projects from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and beyond. 

Retailers, manufacturers and investors seeking the next category, product or feature should take a look at Backerjack's new Product Innovation Pipeline Reports (PIPR), which track the most innovative products in a number of categories. Ross discusses PIPR and how it can help buyers find products that are attracting buyer dollars even before launch. 

This week, we picked five campaigns to discuss:

  • RAMOS: An innovative and persistent alarm clock using beacon technology
  • miaLinkup: Gain data from your car's built-in computer, and even have the luxury of controlling certain features from an app.
  • Ghost Drone: Love drones but hate the learning curve? Ghost Drone will simplify flying for you.
  • Miiya: A connected smartwatch for kids
  • TreadGaming: Getting exercise while gaming

We'll be back with Episode 3 of the Backerjack podcast in about two weeks, after Ross returns from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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