What ever happened to these crowdfunded smart-home gadgets? (pictures)

We've seen plenty of companies launch smart-home products through crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. But how many of these gadgets made it to fruition after the fundraising campaigns ended?

Ashlee Clark Thompson
Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.
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1 of 9 Angee

Angee Security Camera

The Angee security camera debuted on Kickstarter in September 2015 with the promise to use its 360-degree rotating head along with door and window sensors to provide whole-home security and compete with the many DIY home security systems that are available. The product raised more than $530,000 (roughly £368,700 or AU$690,600), and Angee is supposed to send units to backers by October 2016. As of March, the company was finalizing the design for production.

2 of 9 Auroma

Auroma One

The Auroma One is a coffeemaker with that comes with bold claims from its manufacturer, Auroma Brewing. The machine, which launched on Kickstarter in November 2015 and Indiegogo shortly thereafter, is equipped with Wi-Fi so you can control your coffee brewing from an app. There's also an optional built-in burr grinder for those who prefer an all-in-one unit for their coffee.

The project received a total of nearly $478,000 (about £332,000 or AU$623,000) from both crowdfunding websites. Kickstarter backers should receive their coffee makers in October 2016, and Indiegogo backers will have theirs in December 2016, the company says.

3 of 9 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Coolest Cooler

It's technically not a smart-home product, but the Coolest is the smartest cooler we'd ever seen with add-ons such as a built-in blender, a Bluetooth speaker and a USB charger and other add-ons. The Coolest Cooler was record-breaking when it debuted on Kickstarter in 2014. In less than two months, 62,642 backers pledged $13,285,226 (about £9,338,366 or AU$17,304,106) to make the product a reality, which made the Coolest the most successful Kickstarter campaign at the time.

Problems have followed the Coolest since units began shipping in July 2015. In December, there were reports that some project backers were upset when the Coolest became available on Amazon before they had received the units for which they'd made an early investment of $165 or more (it's now retailing for $500, which is about £351 or AU$651).

As of March, the Coolest company is looking for investors to help complete orders for the two-thirds of Kickstarter backers who still haven't received their coolers. Founder Ryan Grepper asked backers in a letter he sent April 12 if they would be interested in paying an additional $97 to ensure that they received their coolers by July, which further upset some customers.

4 of 9 Marta Franco/CNET

Goji Smart Lock

We were pretty excited when the Goji Smart Lock popped up on Indiegogo in 2013. It was a hybrid automated entry and surveillance system with a built-in camera that let you see exactly who was knocking at your door. After Goji raised more than $313,000 (roughly £220,020 or AU$407,404), the company promised backers that they would receive their products in December 2013. Goji then notified supporters of delays that would push delivery to June 2014.

Nearly two years later, Goji is still MIA -- there's been no word or product delivery from the company since its last update in 2015.

5 of 9 Lockitron


Lockitron had a pull-itself-up-by-your-bootstraps story: Kickstarter initially rejected the smart lock (pictured on the left) when the site decided not to allow home improvement products, so Lockitron's developers raised more than $2 million (about £1,405,877 or AU$2,602,981) directly through their own website in 2012.

Before all the early backers had even received the smart lock they ordered, Lockitron announced in 2015 that it would replace its original product with a new model called the Bolt (pictured on the right) to solve the manufacturing problems the company faced with the first version. One of the biggest changes between the locks is that the Bolt connects to Wi-Fi with a separate part called the Bridge.

According to Lockitron's blog, the company began to ship Bolts without the Bridge this year; Bolts with the Bridge "will be heading to your door soon," the company wrote last week.

6 of 9 Meld

Meld Smart Knob

Meld promised to smarten your existing cooktop with three parts: the Meld knob, a temperature gauge that attaches to your cookware, and an app that automatically adjusts burner temps based on what you're cooking. The product appealed to more than 1,500 backers who pledged nearly $210,000 (about £147,110 or AU$275,887) during Meld's Kickstarter campaign that began in April 2015.

In September, Meld told backers that they no longer needed their money and would instead partner with an undisclosed "large kitchenware company" and refund contributors. Meld's sparse website says the company will relaunch this year, but there's still no word on the company with whom Meld will partner.

7 of 9 Nomiku

Nomiku Wi-Fi Sous Vide Circulator

Backers were hungry for sous-vide appliances when Nomiku debuted on Kickstarter in 2012. The immersion circulator raised about $586,000 (roughly £412,666 or AU$765,363) and actually made it to project supporters. The company went on to successfully use Kickstarter again in August 2014 to raise money for their Wi-Fi version of the original circulator.

Backers were supposed to receive their Wi-Fi Nomiku units in March 2015. More than a year later, many supporters haven't received their product. Nomiku said in an update to backers posted on April 8 that it will be fulfilling public preorders for the company's new Wi-Fi Sous Vide Circulator before sending out all of the units ordered on Kickstarter.

8 of 9 Tyler Lizenby/CNET


SmartyPans had a catchy name and a bold debut at CES 2016 ahead of its launch on Indiegogo. The $299 connected skillet (that's about £209 or about AU$393 at current rates) uses voice commands, weight and temperature sensors, and an app to give you with nutritional information about the food you're cooking. The product raised more than $31,000 (roughly £21,707 or AU$40,701) during its month-long Indiegogo campaign. The company estimates that the SmartyPans will begin shipping to backers in August.

9 of 9 Tyler Lizenby/CNET


The developers behind the Somabar called this product a "Nespresso for cocktails." You fill the appliance's six vessels with your preferred alcoholic and nonalcoholic spirits, juices and mixers, and you use the Somabar app on your iPhone or Android device to select your preferred cocktail that the machine will make for you. More than 800 backers supported the Somabar's Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to the tune of nearly $312,800 (which is about £219,200 or AU$410,700).

Somabar initially promised backers that they would get the connected cocktail maker in 2015, but it still hasn't reached supporters, and the company hasn't set a new estimated date for delivery. "I know it can be frustrating not knowing that projection now, but it's simply not in. And we won't just make one up. But as we have stated repeatedly, we will update you all once we know," the company posted on its Kickstarter page.

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