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Kickstarter

  • Ditto’s the $30 pill-shaped vibrating wearable that’ll never let you miss a call again

    Wearables are great things. They open up discussions for things like the quantified self, the Internet of Things, predictive analytics and so on. While all those concepts might be revolutionary in the way we collect data and understand the things around us, the problem is that the examples commercially available are extremely expensive. Think about smartwatches and fitness bands — the Moto 360 goes for US$250, the Apple Watch starts at US$350 and Fitbit charges you well over US$100 for its range of devices. Apart from the hectic costs involved, these are also extremely gimmicky. Developed by Simple Matters, Ditto is a...

  • This Hendo hoverboard is very real, could be yours for a massive $10k

    Hoverboards are stuff from Back to the Future Part II, right? This might be starting to change as a startup, called Arx Pax from California, have recently discovered. The board doesn’t hover in the traditional sense (by traditional, I mean Back to the Future-style plastic skateboard). Similar to magnetic rails used in Shanghai, China, the hoverboard relies on a copper field which pushes the board away from the surface. This means that you need to stay on a copper or aluminium fields, and won’t be able to scale mountains, cityscapes and rivers. The so-called Hendo board floats 1-inch (about 2.5 centimetres)...

  • Coolest Cooler can charge your phone, play music while blending margaritas

    The all-in-one and more cooler gadget has become the most popular campaign in Kickstarter history, or all crowdfunding for that matter. The post US$11-million fundraising campaign is not going to enable a new moon landing, and it’s certainly not going to save any rain forests. What it’s going to do instead is give thousands of people a portable freakin’ party. Apart from keeping your beers chilled, Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler has a built-in USB charger, a blender for margaritas of course, and a set of waterproof Bluetooth speakers — and that’s just to name but a few features to get...

  • SNES-inspired Raspberry Pi Gamer destroys its final Kickstarter goal

    We’re massive fans of the Raspberry Pi thanks to its wide range of uses, but using one to build a retro gaming console is the one that has stolen our hearts, and it seems those of Kickstarter backers too. The Pi Gamer is nearing its final hours on the venerable crowdfunding site, after raising over ten times its original target. Essentially, the system uses a Raspberry Pi B+ board as the processing god of the machine, housed in a classic console’s body, like the SNES (or the custom mock-up pictured above). It should be able to play games from Nintendo...

  • Modbook turns MacBook Pro into iTablet for a mere $2000

    Users usually purchase MacBook Pros because they are, in fact, great laptops. Apple fans requiring a handheld, touchscreen machine are drawn towards Cupertino’s iPad range, which has recently taken a bit of a sales hit. But Modbook wants to take the best of each Apple machine, converting a hefty MacBook Pro into a US$1999, 15.4″ Retina-screened keyboardless monster. While Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet to replace the laptop, Modbook suggests that its machine could replace the workstation entirely. According to the creators, a genuine MacBook Pro system is ripped apart, put back together and what emerges from...

  • It’s probably a trap: Star Wars fans can now fund new Death Star on Kickstarter

    Is this the death of crowsourcing? Nope. Only the death of the human race, it seems. A Manchunian Palpatine fan has taken to Kickstarter to fund the intricate construction of a £9 “Death Star.” Perhaps in tribute to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the builder’s technical skill set or a test of Kickstarter’s mettle, ambitious projects like this that harbour the least sense often are the most successful. Other bogus crowdfunding projects have made headlines across the world this week, most notably Zack Brown’s Potato Salad project. Asking for US$10, Brown received over US$45 000, and is still racking...

  • Kickstarter’s $299 SYNEK craft beer dispenser brings brews to the home

    There are two things that have not been seen overtly holding hands before — beer and technology — until now. This simple Kickstarter will likely quench more thirst and bring more smiles than anything before it. SYNEK is the beer dispensing system that hopes to change how and where the world drinks craft beer. This isn’t a new concept, but it does improve upon the fundamentals. Beverages can be bought into the home via bottles, but the contents often turn stale once opened. Additionally, what if one wants a larger sample of a craft beer to enjoy at home for...

  • Ai.Frame is a motion-controlled mini-robot that moonwalks its way into your heart

    For those who remember the original Transformers or Go-Bots brand of toys, this Kickstarter project will perhaps conjure the fondest of memories. Shenzen-based project, Ai.Frame creates miniature humanoid robots, fully customisable and open-source, fit for tweaking. It’s also the next big hit on Kickstarter. Started in 2012 by Chinese innovators Jiaqi Hu and Zebo Sun, Ai.Frame has blown past its initial funding goal in just two days with five weeks to go. The most affordable robot is available for backers at just US$179. “There are many great robotic inventions on the market,” notes the developers, “but in the meantime, for most people,...

  • AirDog action sports drone will let us view life in the third-person

    The one feature dearly lacking on GoPro action cameras is a set of wings. But the developers behind the AirDog have likely solved that problem with the creation of the “world’s first auto-follow action sports drone” designed to film the user from high above. The US$995 AirDog is a waterproof, foldable, quad-copter drone that has a quirkily attractive LEGO-like appearance, but features a gyro-stabilised gimbal that reduces camera shake while automatically adjusting pitch and yaw. It’s serious machinery, developed by Helico Aerospace Industries, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts themselves. Other electronic wizardry ensures that the drone doesn’t crash into anything,...

  • Prepare your face: this Kickstarter gadget lets you 3D print icing and Nutella

    Ever thought your icing gun was just not enough? Wished for more precise placings in your Nutella art? Well, you can now dream bigger — thanks to a new extruder attachment, it’ll be easier than ever to print paste-like substances. It’s called the Discov3ry and it’s a universal extruder that will fit with existing desktop 3D printers on the market (like the popular Makerbot) and allow them to print materials like silicon, icing, Nutella, wood filler, ceramics and polyurethane. It’s currently raising funds over on Kickstarter, where it has already passed its 30 000 Canadian dollar goal by more than...

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