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The hottest Kickstarter campaigns this week: Mellow, Hub+, Halo Back

Kickstarter is full of goodies. Some campaigns are cool, some are gimmicky and some are down right amazing. Today we are here to focus on the latter, so let’s dig right in.

Mellow turns any skateboard into an electric vehicle

We are in an endless search for the right transportation method. A car is not for everyone, especially in this age. We are millennials, after all, and we are all about saving money and harnessing the power of technology. Surely, you have seen those awesome electric bikes and skateboards, right? Well, here comes one that may be the right fit for you.

Enter Mellow, a skateboard part that can literally fit into any skateboard of your choice. Just replace the back wheels with it and you are all set. The device has a battery that should last about 15 kilometers and boosts you to speeds up to 40 km per hour.

It’s amazing, really. The only bad news is that it’s not exactly the cheapest at 850 Euros at the lowest. You should really act now if you are interested, though. I mean this thing will be priced at about 1699 Euros once it hits the market. Backers will get the product in May of 2016, so you also have a bit of waiting to do.

Hub+ for USB-C

USB-C is the hottest port out there. It represents the future of connectivity without limitations, and it happens to double as a power port, but a computer with only one USB-C port will have its limitations. The new MacBook comes with only one USB-C port, which makes it really hard to work with.

Hub+ is a… well, hub. But the point is that it does some awesome things for those who have been living with the MacBook’s single port. This little gadget looks great, and it sports 2 USB-C ports, an SDXC card reader, a mini DisplayPort, and three USB 3.0 ports. The thing even works as an external charger, as it has an internal 400 mAh battery.

It is great for MacBook users, but it will also be a great tool for future USB-C supporters. You will be able to charge, expand memory and use peripherals through a single port. There’s not much of this around yet, and it’s not too pricey at $79. They ship in July, too, so you won’t have to wait forever.

Halo Back: the first smart screen protector

Screen protectors don’t do much these days, right? They pretty much do one thing – protect your screen. That is really all we want these things to do, but the guys at Haloband have come up with an idea that may change the way you use your iPhone.

Their iPhone screen protector is called the Halo Back, and it pretty much turns the bottom-left side of your phone into a back button. They manage to do this by transferring your energy from said area all the way up to the top-left corner of the screen, where the iOS back buttons are. Pretty smart, right?

Oh, and it happens to be a pretty good screen protector, too. It protects against fingerprints and scratches. You can still get it for as low as $14 and the company will start shipping to backers in August.