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Four luxury crowdfunding campaigns

Looking for the next big thing? Here are some of the most creative campaigns we've found on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Clairy

Crowdfunding has levelled the playing field and given a platform to inventors who are looking to bring their ideas to reality. Here, we look at four high-end inventions that may be the next big thing…

Clairy

Clairy is the air purifier that aims to free household air of harmful substances including chemicals such as ammonia, found in cleaning supplies, and formaldehyde, which is found in facial tissues. While certain purifiers actually add to the mix of chemicals in the air, Clairy keeps everything completely natural by purifying the air using a plant’s roots. And unlike most bulky, ugly air purifiers, Clairy is hidden away in what resembles a ceramic pot, complete with that crucial plant on the top. Many different types of plant can be used with Clairy, but the inventors recommend pairing the purifier with Sansevieria Trifasciata (Snake Plant) for optimum purification.

Ekster wallet

Ekster wallet

EKSTER

EKSTER ambitiously claims to be “The Next Generation Wallet,” and it may actually live up to that claim. Created by Rick Schnarigg and Olivier Momma, EKSTER’s core features are about to make lives a whole lot easier by solving security issues and lessening the bulk associated with more traditional wallets. For convenience, the wallet incorporates a spring-loaded mechanism to enable quick card access, which stops any annoying fiddling. On top of that, a built-in, two-way tracker connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone, which allows you to locate either your wallet or your phone – whichever one you’ve misplaced.  Finally, RFID/NFC technology protects cards from wireless data theft. The only question potential buyers should be asking is: what doesn’t the wallet do?

SpeedX Leopard

SpeedX Leopard

SpeedX Leopard

The SpeedX Leopard sounds like a bike that you’d see in a James Bond or Misson Impossible film – and it looks like one too. Constructed with military-grade carbon fiber, the bike frame is stronger, lighter and faster than bikes made of traditional materials. The SpeedX Leopard has built-in technology that analyses data generated by each ride, taking multiple factors into consideration, including the weather and altitude and the 2.4” inch screen in the middle of the handlebars provides riders with real-time performance updates. The makers of the SpeedX Leopard are so confident in the bike’s quality that they offer a lifetime warranty on all bike frames.

Timeless Chino

Timeless Chino

Timeless Chino

Although the window to fund the Timeless Chino has closed, the company has set up a website dedicated to the product, which reached its funding goal multiple times over. As its name suggests, the Timeless Chino is designed to last a lifetime – and founder Tom Cridland is so confident in his design that the company offers a lifetime guarantee of free repairs. Handmade by artisans in rural Portugal, the chino is produced with luxurious fabric, using the finest quality yarn and organic cottons, and is available in a variety of colors. Cridland has managed to keep the price of the Timeless Chino down by selecting direct to consumer distribution, cutting out all the markups. Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart and Daniel Craig are all rumoured to be fans.