Xiaomi’s been crowdfunding out-of-the-box products for years in China, giving birth to various devices outside of the mainstream. It’s now brought this platform to India under the name Mi Crowdfunding.
Mi Crowdfunding works like any other consumer-driven funding program. You go to the page, select a product, hit the ‘Support Now’ button, and place your order. Cash on delivery isn’t allowed, so you’ll have to pay via your preferred online method. You’ll be a part of the project henceforth, and can check back in on how it’s doing.
If the item is 100% funded within the stipulated timeline, the Xiaomi product will ship out to all backers. If it doesn’t get funded, all the people invested will get their money back. You can also cancel your order at any time in case you change your mind. Price adjustments won’t affect your order.
For Mi Crowdfunding’s maiden venture, you can choose between 2 devices. One is the Mi Selfie Stick Tripod and the other is the Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver. The former goes for Rs 1099 and offers a blend of a selfie stick and tripod within a portable package.
Xiaomi’s even thrown in a Bluetooth-ready shutter remote. The stick-tripod hybrid can rotate 360 degrees and fit phones as large as the Mi Max 2. As for the Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver, it costs Rs 999 and serves as a way to enjoy wireless music. A single key switches on the headphones, connects to Bluetooth, plays/pauses music, and answers calls.
There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack to connect earphones, but no volume rockers. You can check out both on Xiaomi’s Mi Crowdfunding page.