July is the month when it’s natural thing for the mind to turn to outdoor sports, vacation destinations, barbeque, and all things summery. The same, it seems, is true of crowdsourcing sites and their technology offerings. All the best gadgets, gismos, and devices leverage the latest technology to make summer better.
Today, companies and individuals alike, from hobbyists to senior engineers, are looking to crowdfunding sites for a variety of help from thinking up new ideas and measuring ideas to optimizing implementation. “Crowdsourcing platforms can now match buyers to much broader base of sellers while reducing many of the administrative hassles, combining cloud, mobile, social, and web technologies to create new marketplaces,” explained a recent report from Deloitte. Deloitte identified a number of benefits to organizations that choose to go the route of crowdsourcing:
- Faster design
- Faster prototyping
- Higher quality
- Greater elasticity
- Access to new pools of external talent
- Better engagement and retention of internal talent
We combed the Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding sites to find projects both fun and frivolous. All are still open for funding or purchase—although some have reached the stated funding goals three or four times over. We found projects from all over the world from Barcelona and Hong Kong to the United States.
The breadth and creativity of offerings is heartening, pointing to a wealth of high-tech products that will move the needle in interesting ways. Some leverage solar power to harness the summer heat. Others promise to protect summer hobbyists from wildlife ranging from mosquitos to sharks. We found products to offer a summer songfest that range from traditional headphone offerings to wired motorcycle helmets. And, of course, we had to add in a few summer toys, such as an electric scooter. You’ll find something on this list, whether you’re fighting a summer cold, want to get a bright and beautiful summer smile, or trying to slim down to get fit for bathing suit season.
Click on the image below to start a slideshow of some of our top picks (in alphabetical order) for summer-savvy technology. Take a look and let us know which products are your favorites in the comments section below.