Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can’t buy this stuff yet, but there’s no denying that it’s fun to gawk!
At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project can fail — even the most well-intentioned. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.
Helixot XO 6.2: A waterproof, fully submersible backpack
If you’re a frequent kayaker, stand-up paddler, or even a hiker who spends a lot of time in wet environments, you’ve probably dreamed of finding a backpack that’s completely waterproof. Sure, there are a few packs available that offer excellent protection from the elements, but very few of them are completely waterproof to the point that they are fully submersible. That isn’t the case with the Helixot XO 6.2 backpack — which is allegedly so airtight that it can keep your gear safe underwater.
Made from lightweight yet highly durable waterproof fabrics, the XO 6.2 is designed to safely carry a variety of small items on aquatic adventures. The pack offers 6.2 liters of storage capacity in its main compartment, which isn’t particularly large but is roomy enough to haul a small camera, smartphone, car keys, wallet, passport, and other items of similar size.