HELLO The Most Advanced Video Communication Device aims for Skype, Facebook, Google Hangouts and Webex support

“Affordable voice-controlled smart-device for video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, and security surveillance.”

HELLO is taking Kickstarter by storm.  Originally setting out to raise just $30k, at the time of writing it has currently raised $216,721 from over 400 backers.

So, what is it?  Well, it’s a video conferencing system which is actually affordable and good at the same time.  It is a physical device that hooks into your TV and lets you carry out video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting and security surveillance with motion detection and more.  It is an extension of the Solaborate platform.

It is pitched on ease of use, differentiating from the current clunky conferencing systems.  With the overwhelming support they have received on Kickstarter they are now gunning for more money to add support for Microsoft Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Cisco Webex.  Supporting these with their huge user bases will be game changing.

Check out the video and details here on kickstarter… we’re going to fund this one too!

Nope 2.0 means you can stop sticking tape over your webcam

Even though I am (or perhaps, because I am) a technologist I still stick a bit of tape over the webcam on my laptop.  It’s not just that I think I may get hacked, it’s because I think I may be using some conference calling software incorrectly and my face will suddenly be broadcast to some corporate meeting.

And I’m not alone in my solution, I see co-workers regularly sticking tape on their computers, or slotting a business card in there.  Even Mark Zuckerberg does.

So, this is why Note 2.0 caught my attention.  It’s a purpose built little device that is only $5 on kickstarter.  It’s looks great, it permanent and doesn’t leave any mess on the laptop.  It can also work with most devices including iPads and iPhones.

It’s not on all the time, it has a flick mechanism which enables you to easily flick it open and shut.  When it’s shut over your webcam you can be safe in the knowledge that your webcam is really blocked.

On kickstarter they only aimed to raise $964, but at the time of writing have raised over $84k which puts them 8789% funded!

See the project and check out the video here.

Shut-App gives you the words to deal with racist, sexist, xenophonic, homophobic, fact-repellent & logic-resistant people

Shut-App, a kickstarter project, is lead by a high school & university teacher whose project gives you the words you need to win a debate.  The debates topics include Gay Marriage, Trump, Black Lives and, strangely, Games of Thrones.

The premise is this, you’re confronted by some ridiculous comment… you’d love to respond with something factual but don’t have the words.  Whip out Shut-App on your phone and it will give you the right response there and then.

Check it out on kickstarter here.

Levitating (and rotating) Wireless Phone Charger.. Yes, you read that right

We love gadgets here at IGB Reviews and this Kickstarter project rocks.  You have to watch the videos (link below), really it’s crazy.  Forget those silly mats that you have to put your phone on for ‘wireless’ charging, this thing actually levitates and rotates your phone whilst charging it… in mid air!

Click here to see it on Kickstarter.

It’s called the OvRchargeand uses a combination of wireless induction charging and magnetic levitation (yes, like a maglev train).

Here’s how it works, you stick this pad on the back of your phone (apparently most phones are supported but iPhones seem to appear a lot in the videos) or your iPad. It’ll keep track of how charged your phone is and stops charging once the battery is full – of course it keeps levitating and rotating, which is the cool bit to this.

It’s clearly causing a stir too – of the $40k CAD target it is already at $55,768 CAD with 3 days to go.

Go check it out on kickstarter!