Easy access to innovative new products – Amazon Launchpad review
What’s it like being one of the first to spot a new idea, or to use a product before anybody else?
This Amazon Launchpad review is for you!
You’re first in the queue ready to test a new invention; wanting everyone else to know about the Startup you’ve come across which created the “next big thing” and solved a unique problem.
You’ll be surprised how many Startups you notice, once you start looking.
A Startup means “a newly established business”
One of the platforms to showcase Startups is “Amazon Launchpad” – unveiled in July 2015, it gives direct access to fresh new product ideas by partnering with well-known crowdfunding platforms, startup accelerators and venture capital funds.
The main difference between this platform and others, is that the products have already been created, funded, and tested in beta – so you won’t literally be one of the first to use them, but you’ll still be ahead of the mainstream commercial user.
Amazon Launchpad’s divided into four categories:
of which these are some of the sub-categories:
- new releases
- next in tech
- products from entrepreneurial sellers
- crowdfunded products
- connected products
- funded on CircleUp
- hot and trending
- health and fitness
- coming soon
What does Amazon Launchpad include?
For the buyer:
- Startup products – as at March 2016, there are 370 products listed costing as little as £3 to as much as £3000
- Startup product information – as expected, Amazon Launchpad includes product image, description, pricing and reviews. However, many listings also include a video showing how the product works
- About the Startup – each Startup’s asked to describe their product in three sentences; how they came up with their product idea; what makes their product special and what’s been the best part of the startup experience?
- Competitive pricing – the sheer scale of Amazon’s supply and demand drives down product pricing
- Amazon Launchpad email list – receive information about new Startups added to the platform
If you’re interested in finding out about Startups, I’d recommend joining the email list.
For the seller:
- Amazon Launchpad invitation – receive an invitation for your Startup to be included in Amazon Launchpad
- Amazon storefront – custom product pages, inventory management and marketing materials
- Amazon facilities – use Amazon’s storage facility, customer service department and shipping arrangements
If you’re about to launch your own product, why not get an Amazon Launchpad invitation to showcase your product in front of millions of Amazon customers?
10 Interesting Startups listed on Amazon Launchpad
Here’s a selection of interesting Startups recently spotted on Amazon Launchpad – not necessarily all in line with my usual PeasOnToast household/fintech theme, but the list gives you an idea of the diverse range of products available.
Some being more useful than others!
See what you think….
1. FitBark Dog Activity Monitor
The FitBark Dog Activity Monitor inspires a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog:
- link your personal fitness tracker and monitor both you and your dog’s daily activity and sleep 24/7
- journal memorable moments, monitor behavioral and medical insights and keep others informed (eg, the vet and boarding kennels) of your dog’s health and fitness
- fits inside your dog’s collar and weighs just 8 grams. It’s waterproof, durable and has a battery life up to 14 days
- free apps and responsive customer service
2. Ampfly Speaker Case in partnership with MTV for iPhone
The Ampfly Speaker Case for iPhones has perfect sound quality:
- three times the volume
- bigger base sound
- exclusive content and competitions from MTV
- no batteries or wires
- made with high-grade plastic, fully tested to meet high standards of sound and quality
- protection from bumps and scratches
3. Cozyglo Night Light
The Cozyglo Night Light‘s more than just a night light with a cosy glow:
- a toy that’s a reassuring bedside friend
- available as a dog, penguin and soldier
- sturdy and robust
- perfect size for a bedside table
- sleep trainer (light alarm and countdown light timer)
- stepped dimmer to adjust brightness for reading and sleep
- 22/24 hour clock, thermometer (on a loop) and stopwatch
- free standing and main powers (2m cable)
4. Smarter iKettle 2.0
The Smarter iKettle 2.0 is a 1.8 litre, stainless steel wifi kettle:
- remote boils
- free iOS and Android app – shows all iKettle features and functions and can be used by up to four people at the same time
- water level sensor
- customisable temperature between 20c-100c and sensor – app notifies when water reaches the desired temperature (convenient for hot drink temperature and bottle feeding)
- schedule mode – set the iKettle to boil when you wake up or return home
5. Jetson Grouper Boosted Surfboard
The Jetson Grouper Boosted Surfboard is a longboard for surfing with a difference:
- integrated jet technology transforms maneuverability with stop and power controls
- width, buoyancy and stability providing a smooth, dynamic sensation as you surf
- ideal for surfing schools for quick learning and technic evolution
6. ICE Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker
The ICE Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker is a floating speaker orb spinning above a magnetic base:
- increased 3D surround effect
- 10mm ground clearance and stabilisation mechanism
- built-in NFC function for use with any NFC enabled smartphone or tablet
- base doubles as a charging dock with inbuilt USB port for smartphone or tablet
- standalone or portable bluetooth speaker
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7. Satechi® Bluetooth Button for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Samsung Galaxy
The Satechi Bluetooth Button puts Siri and S Voice at your fingertips with a single press of the Button, even if your smartphone is out of reach:
- available as a Home Button, Media Button and Shutter Button
- includes button mount, sticker and keychain attachment for use when attaching the Button to your bicycle handlebars, keyring, steering wheel or dashboard
- ideal when driving, cycling or anywhere else it’s inconvenient or unsafe to hold your smartphone
- safely and conveniently activate your smartphone up to 40 ft away via Bluetooth
- ask Siri and S Voice for directions, make calls, have text messages read aloud, check weather etc without touching your smartphone
- works via Bluetooth with two year battery life
- no apps to install, no software to download
8. ERA Ring Smartphone Wi-Fi Enabled Video Door Bell With Motion Alert
The ERA Ring Smartphone enables you to see and speak with home visitors using your smartphone or tablet, wherever you are in your house or across town:
- motion sensors to alert you of activity at your home with a 9m range
- HD video doorbell streaming live audio and video via wifi to the free iOS and Android app
- footage stored in the cloud
- LED ring
- two configurable speakers and microphone with echo cancellation
- powered via the inbuilt rechargeable battery or your existing doorbell wiring
- sync your wifi to the Ring Video Doorbell in minutes
- lifetime purchase guarantee – if doorbell breaks or gets stolen, it’ll be replaced for free.
Products from entrepreneurial sellers
9. Zackees LED Turn Signal Bike lights in cycling gloves
Zackees LED Turn Signal Bike Lights lets other road users easily know when you’re planning to turn a corner on your bicycle:
- bike lights worn on your cycling glove
- theft resistant (as they stay with the rider)
- no installation
- removable rechargeable coin batteries (spare set provided) last three weeks before requiring recharge
- machine washable with batteries removed
- high quality textiles – comfort leather palms, absorbent towel around the thumb, retro-reflective trim and breathable spandex throughout
- small battery; efficient LED creates a powerful bright light
10. Nomadkey Lightning To USB Cable for Apple Devices
The Nomadkey Lightning to USB Cable attaches to your keychain for ease of use:
- portable 7.6cm
- durable and flexible
- Apple MFi certified
- high speed data transfer
- charges and syncs media when connected to a computer
- shaped like a key to fit easily on your keychain
- made from scratch-resistant reinforced steel and high grade polycarbonate
Note: this review is a general resource, not intended to be professional advice.
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