Canadian Crowdfunding Campaigns You May Want to Fund This Week

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It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:

Charger. Cable. Memory in the Size of a Lighter.

Maybe you have a friend whose phone is always dying on them. Maybe you’re that friend. If you’re on the go, it can be hard to charge and you’re probably not carrying a charger around in your pocket.

There have been a lot of solutions for this problem showing up on crowdfunding sites lately but this one is impressive just for its size – it’s less than half-an-inch thick and just over an inch wide making it something that you could carry around in your pocket.

The creators say it will boost a phone’s battery life by 45 per cent. It comes in both micro USB, for Android and Windows phones and Lightning for iPhone 5s. It also acts as a USB thumb drive, because why not, coming with 8, 16 or 32 gigs of storage.

$35 gets early backers the 8 gig version. After that it’s $45. The campaign is looking to raise $20,000 and it got to over $1,400 in just a couple days.

Onion Omega: Build Hardware with Javascript, PHP, Python

This campaign is worth checking out for its video alone. But it’s also a really cool project, Onion is building a tiny wifi-enabled computer that runs Linux and is Arduino compatible.

The idea is that it will allow software developers to create internet-of-things devices easily using languages that they already know – like Python, Javascript or PHP. It certainly promises one of the easiest ways to create connected devices and easily prototype at home.

There are also several stackable add-ons which can add ethernet capability, allow it to directly integrate with existing Arduino devices or control up to 16 servo motors simultaneously.

The campaign is surging past its fundraising goal. Less than a week in, it had already raised  $122,520 almost 10 times its $15,000 goal. The Omega, with a dock to easily connect to projects, costs backers $25. Accessories are $15 each or backers can get the Omega with four accessories for $65.

List2Share: the New Alternative to Boring Social Media Apps

There are a lot of social media apps on crowdfunding sites and most of them don’t have a lot of potential. But this one might be on to something.

It’s a list-based social network. Now that might sound kind of boring but it allows users to create “lists” made up of photos and videos, it looks like more of an array than a list, but what it makes it interesting is that those “lists” can be shared and added to by other users. By using hashtags they can be sorted by subject or location – so strangers at an event could all contribute to the same public photo or video “list,” or friends could create a gallery together of a party or a trip.

Now, as with an new social networking tool, everything is pretty uncertain – the keyword is social. Even if it does work, it might still fail to connect with much of an audience (remember Ello?).

The campaign has already surpassed its $10,000 goal, with almost a month left it’s already raised $15,000 – so its clearly connecting with some people. It’s going to be a free app so perks are in the form of t-shirts ($29) and things like that.

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