Translator Earbud and 20 in 1 Card

January 6, 2017

Here’s a sneak peak of  items I’ve sponsored that are scheduled for a Spring 2017 release.

I enjoy investing in start-up businesses, particularly if they relate to travel or gadgets.  Yes, crowdfunding is a calculated risk as they could fail to deliver, but I like the idea of sharing in other people’s dreams.

Pilot Translator Earbud

Update April 2017: The release has been pushed to October 2017.

If this works, it could be the first step toward a universal translator.  The members of the development team have impressive backgrounds, and they provide regular updates. I remember they met their funding goal within minutes on Indigogo in June 2016.  On January 5, 2017, Waverly Labs announced a wrap-up of the funding campaign and will begin accepting pre-orders on their website.

There are so many scenarios these would be useful for: individual travelers, tour groups, hotels, doctors, conferences, immigrants, international adoptions…and on and on.

Languages that will roll out with the devices beginning in May 2017 are English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Early backers will get new language packs for free. Many are scheduled for release before the end of the year.

I’m excited about the Pilot translator – as are 18,000 other backers.

One Plastc Card stores up to 20 cards.

Update April 2017:  Sadly Plastc couldn’t get off the ground – but I respect that they gave it a go. It was a great idea!

Original post below:

Features include swiping to select the desired card, lock code for when you hand the card to a merchant, remote wipe and if it runs out of power – you can select the default card that will be available in emergency mode.

For me, this would be ideal for gift cards as I never have them when I need them, and could see using my low limit travel card as the emergency default.

Currently, the supported banks in the app wallet include Chase, Bank of America, USBank, CITI, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, American Express, HSBC, Discover & Capital One.

Pre-order perk: No annual subscription fees for backers, and the purchase price of $155 vs. $180 retail.

They’ve been fundraising and developing since 2014, and hope to deliver a 2017 Q2 launch.

If you aren’t the crowdfunding type, be sure to check back, as I’ll write reviews once I receive them.

If you’ve tried crowdfunding, share your favorite crowdfunded project in the Comments!


Photos: Courtesy of Plastc and Waverly Labs.

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