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Pebble is back at it again with its third Kickstarter funding campaign. For those that were up in arms over Pebble’s decision to revisit the Kickstarter “well” with the Time last year instead of funding its own future, those concerns won’t be alleviated this year. Pebble today is announcing the Pebble 2, Time 2 and the Pebble Core – and of course, it has returned to Kickstarter. The Pebble 2 is the spiritual successor to the original Pebble that hit Kickstarter three years ago. The design language is familiar, but the Pebble 2 is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Its e-paper display... Read more...
Back in the fall of 2014, we reported that the legendary John Romero was working on a new first-person shooter. While FPS titles are a dime a dozen, it's hard to ignore someone like Romero, especially when the promise is that the main focus of the game will be its design, not graphics or other superfluous features. Today, we learn that that FPS is called BLACKROOM, and it's now ready for backing on Kickstarter. When Romero first teased this FPS, he raised some important questions: "There are unbelievable amounts of new stuff to do in that [FPS] genre. The idea of a shooter is running around with... Read more...
It's very likely that 3D printers are going to be a big part of our future, but for the average user, today's desktop models typically command prices that are hard to justify. That's one thing that can't be said about the OLO 3D printer, however, as it costs a mere $100. And no, that's not an error. We're talking about a 3D printer that costs about the same as a couple of AAA games. OLO was first announced in October at the World Maker Faire in New York, where it earned itself an Editor's Choice award and accolades from media all over the world. Following that immense hype, it launched a Kickstarter... Read more...
The teeny-tiny PC movement that's leading the Internet of Things (IoT) category is largely dominated by ARM-based processors, and for good reason—they're cheap and capable. That's fine and dandy, but what if you prefer to work with a x86 architecture? You have options, one of them being JaguarBoard, a mini PC project that's currently in search of funding on Kickstarter. JaguarBoard looks strikingly similar to Raspberry Pi, which is arguably the most popular credit card sized PC out there. But unlike Raspberry Pi, JaguarBoard allows users to code for a x86 architecture courtesy of its... Read more...
The cool thing about playing Duck Hunt on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was that you got to point a plastic gun at the television and shoot at fowl (or clay discs). It offered a deeper level of immersion than what would have been possible with a controller. Such is the pitch for a new Kickstarter project called Rail Gun. Rail Gun is a series of attachments designed to work with your existing Air Soft gun. The pieces attach to any standard Air Soft gun to give you a "truly realistic and immersive experience for FPS games." The beauty in being compatible with any standard Air Soft gun is... Read more...
Little by little, many of the neat inventions featured in the Back to the Future trilogy are finally coming to fruition. Nike's built a pair powered kicks, there are various hoverboard technologies out there (careful of the ones with wheels), and now the self-drying jacket donned by Marty McFly in the second flick is a reality. A company called Falyon Wearable Tech brought the idea to Kickstarter with a modest goal of raising $12,000. With 8 days left to goal, backers have pledged just over $13,000 for the SDJ-01, a self-drying jacket with internal "air amplifiers" that blast the jacket with air... Read more...
If you’re a fan of classing gaming console, then you’ve likely no doubt heard of Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell helped found Atari and developed the classic game Pong. Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, as his sons, Tyler and Dylan Bushnell, are looking to bring retro gaming to a new generation with the Polycade via a Kickstarter campaign. The Polycade is a self-contained unit that that features a “minimalistic” design that would be be a perfect fit for a business or in your home according to the younger Bushnells. Front and center is a large 27.5-inch display -- Tyler Bushnell... Read more...
Crowdfunding giant Kickstarter has been around since 2009. In that time, it's raised more than $2 billion in pledges from 9.5 million people, having crossed the threshold last month on October 11. To celebrate the occasion, Kickstarter revealed a whole bunch of interesting (and mind boggling) figures on its website.One of those details is that pledges contributed the second billion dollars to projects three times faster than they did the first billion dollars. That makes for a sharp upward curve when graphing out the crowdfunding site's growth since its inception on April 28, 2009.The second billion... Read more...
It could be argued that the "masses" didn't quite understand the importance of protecting themselves digitally until Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the unparalleled spying efforts of the NSA a few years ago. The problem, though, is that while for the experienced user, it's almost fun setting everything up to protect themselves, the regular user will feel immediately overwhelmed. A new router called Veiltower aims to fix that. Veiltower is an interesting looking router that's designed to intercept traffic from your ISP's router and put it through multiple layers of security before it reaches... Read more...
If Android is the Batman of mobile operating systems, then where's Robin? The answer is Kickstarter. Robin is the name of a new crowdfunding project by Nextbit, a company consisting of experienced mobile and technology specialists with resumes spanning HTC, Google, Amazon, and Apple. What exactly is Robin? It's another Android smartphone, but not just another Android smartphone. Part of what separates Robin from the OnePlus and every other Android handset that dares to be different is its emphasis on the cloud. With Robin, the cloud is integrated into Android so that you never run out of space.... Read more...
One of the coolest things about VR is that it can take us to some incredible destinations, either real or fictional. But from gaming to video, what place could be cooler than outer space? The mere thought of being able to explore space via VR gives me goosebumps; it'd give us an incredible perspective on what goes on up there, as well as just how small Earth is. That's an experience we can all have if SpaceVR has its way. The company has just launched a Kickstarter project that will put its 3D 360-degree camera into space to capture as much as possible for us to enjoy later. If successful, its... Read more...
I was really looking forward to Matchstick, the first HDMI streaming dongle based on Mozilla's open source Firefox OS. Unfortunately, its developers are putting the word out that they're cancelling the successfully funded Kickstarter project due to difficulties with digital rights management (DRM). On the bright side, if you can call it that, the Matchstick team promised to refund 100 percent of all pledges. Matchstick raised over $470,000 from more than 17,000 backers on Kickstarter. The developers set a goal of $100,000, and with the extra support, they committed to adding Local Play and Ad Hoc... Read more...
Is that a tricorder in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? While we’ve seen handheld devices that mimic the look and feel of Star Trek Communicators, the handheld SCiO will truly make you feel like a member Dr. McCoy’s medical team. The SCiO turns science fiction into science fact by shrinking mass spectrometry technology used in traditional lab settings into a device small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. While [pricey] handheld spectrometers have been available for researchers, the SCiO is the first such device marketed directly at consumers after having a successful funding run... Read more...
Shenmue 3 is a game that was 14 years in the marking, and thanks to a record-setting Kickstarter campaign (the game raised $2 million in just 9 hours), we’ve seen that fans of the popular game series are still willing to show their support for creator Yu Suzuki. When the Kickstarter campaign was first initiated, gamers were only able to pledge their support for a digital copy of the game at a cost of $29. However, Suzuki has something up his sleeve for extremely dedicated fans of the series: This is one of the most requested items on the list, and we are very happy to be able to include the Shenmue... Read more...
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