Summer’s here! And despite Bowie and Jagger’s opinion on the topic, we say the time is right for glancing at the sheets — spreadsheets, that is, the kind that tabulate our most successful campaigns of the month.

That’s right — the sun is shining, the days are long, and with the new month comes a new batch of top projects on Indiegogo.

It’s definitely summertime (a unique woodsmoke grill makes the list), but the living isn’t 100% easy, with backers still mindful of remaining stay-at-home guidelines (a clever home air filter makes our top 5 as well).

So let’s get into it. Here are June’s top campaigns on Indiegogo: 

1. ASMOKE – Portable Applewood Pellet Grill

  • $830,581 USD raised
  • 4,996 backers
  • Newark, NJ

Nothing says summer like baseball and hotdogs. Baseball may be postponed, but as luck would have it, hotdogs have proven pandemic-proof, and the team at ASMOKE have got you covered. 

ASMOKE is the world’s first portable applewood grill that uses 100% all-natural applewood pellets. Where other brands add harmful blends and unnatural fillers to their pellets, ASMOKE source their pellets from real fruit orchards to fuel your cookouts with only the most delectable, smoky-sweet flavors without the artificial taste.

ASMOKE is fast approaching the end of its campaign, so for anyone with a burning desire for the perfect BBQ, we recommend backing this one while the iron is hot!

2. Dead Matter – Zombie Survival Game

  • $798,188 USD raised
  • 17,824 backers
  • Calgary, AB

In case the last few months haven’t been apocalyptic enough for you, the minds behind Dead Matter are ready to up the ante. 

Dead Matter is a community-driven online survival game that aims to provide a hyper-realistic zombie apocalypse experience. With true sandbox gameplay, players will fight to survive in a zombie-riddled, post-apocalyptic world that supports whatever style fits you best. Settle down and defend your home from outside threats with an expansive barricading system; cultivate crops and live off the land; or branch out, explore, and scavenge.

In the Dead Matter world, any item you find can be physically opened and pilfered — from nightstands to vending machines to locked safes. Just don’t make too much noise, or the rightful owners may take issue.  

Is Dead Matter fun escapism, or is it preparation for the next phase of the pandemic? Only time will tell…

3. CheerPod – The Go-Anywhere Air Mouse & Presentation Tool

  • $362,042 USD raised
  • 6,525 backers
  • Newark, NJ

CheerPod is a new kind of productivity tool for your presentations. As the first mouse slash handheld presentation aid slash laser pointer, CheerPod aims to simplify how you interact with your machine by using intuitive hand gestures to complete the most frequently used presentation tasks.

Need to toggle between windows while presenting? Simply swipe left or right to choose the window you want. How about scrolling down a page while presenting in the boardroom? Just flip a switch and let your thumb guide you to presentation nirvana.

However you use your devices, CheerPod will give you seamless control over your presentations. It’s like a laptop for your laptop!

4. AirThreds – Machine-Washable Home Air Filter

  • $211,636 USD raised
  • 2,476 backers
  • Denver, CO

Some people err on the side of caution, but our number 4 campaign wants you to caution on the side of air. 

Clean air is in shorter supply than most like to admit, and the team behind AirThreds is trying to fix that. AirThreds is a reusable, machine-washable home air filter to help keep your home allergen-, dander-, mold-, and dust-free.

How does it work? As time goes by, particles get caught in your home air filter and begin to reduce airflow, creating strain on your HVAC system. Neglected filter maintenance can cause motor wear and result in high-cost HVAC repairs. With AirThreds, you can easily avoid these issues by washing your filter regularly, keeping airflow smooth and the air you breathe clean.

With people still working from home in large numbers, AirThreds has come to the backer community as a breath of fresh air.

5. Kangaroo – The $20 Doorbell Camera

  • $179,109 USD raised
  • 5,053 backers
  • New York, NY

Knock knock. Who’s there? Kanga. Kanga-who? Kanga-you believe this doorbell camera only costs $20??

Yeah yeah, jokes may not be our strong suit, but there’s nothing funny here. Kangaroo is serious business and is revolutionizing the who-is-it? game with the world’s first doorbell camera that doesn’t break the bank. Compared to the hundreds of dollars you’d normally pay for a doorbell camera, Kangaroo now lets you join the Jetsons age for a much more palatable portrait of President Jackson.

How did they make it so cheap? Kangaroo removes all the extraneous functionality of leading doorbell camera technology, keeping only what’s truly essential. Boomerang-style GIFs replace real-time video, which significantly pares back necessary computing power, and traditional ding-dongs are supplemented with notifications sent directly to your phone. 

So don’t let other doorbells push your buttons. Hop on board by backing Kangaroo!

Interested in exploring more campaigns? Check out our team favorites!

Rankings, amount raised, and other stats are current as of 6/28/20.