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Kickstarter

  • Grifta ‘morphing gamepad’ is a customisable, modular gaming controller

    Gamepads are essential to gamers of both PC and console persuasions nowadays, providing better freedom of movement than the mouse and keyboard can provide. With that said, even the best controllers aren’t exactly geared to cater for individual styles, preferences or hand-shapes. A new Kickstarter campaign dubbed “Grifta” is out to change that. Grifta is a modular gaming controller that consists of three units — a left, a right and central connector — that can be used in unison as a complete gaming controller or separate from each other, like a fighter pilot. For the most part the Grifta aims to...

  • TrackTag shatters Kickstarter funding goal by fivefold in first few days

    There are some deliciously interesting tech ideas on Kickstarter but often the most successful projects are the most simple or the ones that solve mundane day-to-day problems. Backers clearly lose things more often than not if the TrackTag‘s overnight popularity is a gauge. Funding out of Copenhagen, Denmark, but based in the Indian city of Pune, the company known as TrackTags is making a splash on the crowdfunding platform. In just a few days, the project has already amassed around five times its initial goal. It’s promising growth, but it isn’t a device or a concept that hasn’t been thought...

  • Hemingwrite is the typewriter for the modern age

    The Hemingwrite is a portable typewriter that features a large e-ink display and the ability to upload your work to the cloud via WiFi. It’s also a unique device whose Kickstarter campaign has been getting considerable buzz. And here’s why. The Hemingwrite’s aluminum body, retro mechanical navigation switches and big red power button will certainly grab your attention, and suggest a “futuristic” typewriter imagined by a 1950s science fiction writer. There is no paper to feed and no ink ribbon required. Think of it as a paperless word processor. The 6″ e-ink display includes a front light to help illuminate the screen when...

  • Blood Sport’s blood-siphoning controller drains gamers for a good cause

    We’ve seen weird and wonderful Kickstarter projects over the years, but the latest gaming-orientated idea takes kill shots to a whole new level. Blood Sport uses a modified gaming controller, an Arduino micro-board and a sharp needle in a juicy vein to literally suck blood from your body whenever you’re killed in the game. Each time the controller rumbles, the electrical signal engages a pump that draws a predetermined amount of blood from the gamer. The result is tangible evidence that you’re getting your ass kicked. Luckily, there’s no Jean-Claude van Damme involved. Even though it’s not something you’ll likely have in...

  • 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...

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