2015 was the year I started supporting projects through crowdfunding websites. I really like to see the variety of things that people come up with, and every once in a while I find something especially wonderful! Like the Oliba.
Oliba is an owl you attach to your kid's favorite stuffed animal. It serves as a tracker, so you can relocate the plushie if you accidentally lose it somewhere. However, it is also a nightlight that either reads your child a story, or plays soothing music for as long as you've set it to work. The child can also touch the face of the owl to have the sequence go again. Anyway, it all works through an app. Or you can get a few basic things to work without a smartphone too.
There is still time to help fund Oliba, and the Christmas special is running too, if you want to get an extra good deal!