Items tagged with Indiegogo

There's finally light at the end of the tunnel for the initial backers of Atari's VCS retro-console. The device was first introduced to us just over three years ago as the Ataribox (before it was renamed), and preorders first went live on Indiegogo on May 30th 2018. Atari says that it has just put the "finishing touches" on the first batch of VCS consoles that will be shipping out to customers. The consoles are currently crossing the Pacific Ocean en route to Atari's fulfillment center in California. From there, they'll be shipped out to those early bird Indiegogo backers within the United States. Among the first batch of consoles being shipped are 6,000 Atari VCS 800 Collector's Edition... Read more...
Handheld gaming has been around for decades, though it is Nintendo that has reaped most of the rewards. That is true even today with its hybrid Switch and mobile-only Switch Lite consoles. Can GPD capture the same success in the PC space? Probably not, though it is making one hell of an effort with its handheld Win Max PC, which blew past its models crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo. GPD set a 'flexible goal' of $25,801 on Indiegogo earlier today, a modest amount for sure. At the time of this writing, it has raised over $1 million from around 1,300 backers. I'm not sure what is more impressive—that the Win Max is already a smashing crowdfunding success with gamers throwing more than a million... Read more...
BlackBerry (via TCL) was the last major OEM that attempted to include a workable physical keyboard in a modern Android smartphone. However, a relative newcomer to the game -- Planet Computers -- is looking to spread some physical QWERTY goodness around the world with the Astro Slide. The highlight of the Astro Slide is definitely the physical keyboard, which slides out from under the display. Although we've all pretty much grown accustomed to on-screen keyboards after the iPhone first popularized them in 2007, there are still those that clamor for the nostalgic charm of individual, physical keys. The keyboard on the Astro Slide is even backlit for nighttime typing sessions. Rather than going... Read more...
At some point in our educational careers, we all used calculators that had solar panels. Those panels provided all the power that the calculator needed to run, be it light from the indoor fixtures or sunlight from a window. JBL has unveiled a new prototype product on Indigogo called the JBL Reflect with similar tech. The headphones promise to get deliver all the power needed to operate just from light. Just like those calculators, it can get light from indoor lighting or natural light outside. JBL says the headphones will give you 68 hours of playtime for every 1.5 hours spent outside. The average wireless headphones need charging after 20-30 hours of playtime. Those who spend 2.5 hours or more... Read more...
Canon is a big name in the photography world, making cameras that run the gamut from entry-level offerings up to high-end professional cameras. However, Canon has turned to crowdsourced funding site Indiegogo for its latest camera project that is aimed at bringing in new customers who also happen to be casual photographers. The camera Canon has on Indiegogo is called the IVY REC. It's a little camera that has a clip on the side and is meant to be clipped to a strap on just about anything you want to keep it close at hand. It promises to be the "ultimate go anywhere camera" with a clippable design that is lightweight, compact, and rugged. It has no screen to crack; Canon says that the clip area... Read more...
Last week Meizu took minimalism to the extreme with its "Zero" smartphone. The smartphone lacks any ports (that's right, there is no USB-C port) or buttons. In fact, it doesn't even have a SIM card slot, and instead relies on eSIM technology. Now, Meizu has announced that it is looking to bring the Zero to market via crowdfunding site Indiegogo. This is really a case of less is more ($$$ wise), because the Zero is going for a hefty $1,299 on the site. To put that in perspective, that price could get you a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 512GB of storage or an Apple iPhone XS Max with 256GB of storage. The Meizu is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, although there are currently no... Read more...
A new device called the Renegade Elite (ROC-RK3399-PC) has surfaced as a competitor to the Raspberry Pi 3 that is packing much higher specifications and can stream 4K video, albeit significantly more expensive. The Renegade Elite is made by Libre Computer and will soon surface for pre-order on Indiegogo. One thing not in the favor of the Renegade Elite is the price. While the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ sells for $35, the Renegade Elite will set you back $100. That much loot will get you a hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and dual USB 3.0 Type-C ports, one of which can be used for power input. Other features include three standard USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 output, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.... Read more...
Four decades after the launch of the Atari 2600, it appears that the gaming company has "still go it". Yesterday, Atari opened up preorders for its VCS console, and things got off to an incredible start.  When we posted our initial article yesterday afternoon, Atari had racked up $1.7 million dollars in funding via Indiegogo from 6,526 backers. Nearly 24 hours later, those figures have swollen to nearly $2.2 million from 8,300 backers. Needless to say, Atari crushed its "flexible goal" of just $100,000. Shortly after preorders opened, Indiegogo was having trouble keeping up with the voracious demand for the console, and the website had intermittent connectivity issues. In fact,... Read more...
May 30th is here, which means that Atari VCS preorders are now open. You can preorder the console via Indiegogo for as little as $199 (in Onyx), which will get you just the console and no accessories. You'll have to pay an additional $30 to get a bundle with the Classic Joystick. You can preorder the VCS Collector's Edition with old school [real] woodgrain trim across the front for $299, which comes with a Classic Joystick. For those that want to go all-out, you can get the VCS Collector's Edition with Classic Controller and Modern Controller for $339. You can also separately purchase the controllers or get them together in a bundle for $59. As for the actual... Read more...
Let's be honest here; we have become slaves to our smartphones. What once was used to make calls and send text messages has morphed into a do-it-all device that can satisfy nearly every whim at a moment's notice. It's why when you go out in public, you often see people staring incessantly at their smartphones instead of enjoying the what's going on around them (including other people). The new Light Phone 2 is being billed as a phone that gives you the basics (i.e. phone calls and SMS messaging), but adds in a few other features to make the device a bit more livable in our fast-paced world. The Light Phone 2 improves upon its predecessor with an e-ink display on front of the device. With this... Read more...
Retro gaming is all the rage right now, fueled in large part by Nintendo's NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition game consoles, both of which are incredibly scarce (in relation to demand). But before the original versions of those miniaturized modern remakes materialized, there was the Atari 2600, the console that really put in-home gaming on the map. It too is getting a rebirth of sorts in the form of the Ataribox, which will be available to pre-order on Indiegogo starting on Thursday, December 14. We have been hearing about the Ataribox for several months now, and little by little, new details have emerged. More recently, we learned the Ataribox will feature an AMD accelerated processing... Read more...
LG dipped its toes into the modular smartphone arena with the G5 flagship, but it was arguably Lenovo/Motorola that made the concept easy to use and incorporated useful integration into the Android operating system with Moto Mods. The Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play support the hot-swappable Moto Mods, which snap onto the back of the smartphone with the help of magnets. Official Moto Mods available for the Moto Z family include include the Insta-Share Mod pico projector, Incipio Power Pack Mod, JBL SoundBoost Mod and the Hasselblad 4116 True Zoom Mod. But what about people who want to create their own Moto Mods for the Moto Z? Motorola is making it easier for developers to build and fund... Read more...
Have you ever been lost, needed to use the restroom, or wanted to order a drink in a foreign country, but did not speak the native language? You may never need to struggle with language illiteracy again. New York-based company Waverly Labs has announced the Pilot, the first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages. The translator was invented by founder Andrew Ochoa who said he had the idea for it “after meeting a French girl” and wanting to communicate with her clearly. Ochoa stated, “It's the dream, you know? A life untethered, free of language barriers. It's just that it's no longer a dream anymore. It's real." The video shows Ochoa and a French woman speaking... Read more...
A new Indiegogo campaign is looking to make smartwatches a bit more pervasive in our modern lives. The CoWatch leverages the powerful Alexa Voice Services (AVS) platform, which is a first for a smartwatch. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen some rather intriguing third-party devices with Alexa power; look no further than the Raspberry Pi-Powered Echo smart speaker. “Speak, and CoWatch shall listen. Integrating Amazon Alexa, ask questions, order an Uber, organize your life - all with the power of your voice,” states IMCO, the company behind the CoWatch. Unfortunately, it’s not stated how this Alexa integration will work. It’s possible that it would be an always-on feature where simply asking... Read more...
For human beings and the vast majority of living organisms, oxygen is a good thing. The same can't be said for wine, the delicious, intoxicating nectar that begins degrading in quality the moment you pop the cork. That's a real problem if you have a discerning tongue and drink wine by the glass, not the bottle (or box). The solution? A smart bottle developed by Kuvée, a Boston-based startup. Kuvée's smart wine bottle solution is drawing inevitable comparisons to Kuerig, The system consists of a special decanter with a patented valve system that keeps oxygen from touching the wine. According to Kuvée, this allows wine to stay fresh for up 30 days after opening it, as opposed to degrading on the... Read more...
Whether it's barking commands to Siri (or Cortana or Google Now) on our smartphones or interacting with Amazon's Echo speaker, digital assistants are all over the place. You can go ahead and add another one to the mix. Meet Ivee, "the first multi-room voice assistant for the home" that draws inevitable comparisons to Echo. Ivee is available to pre-order for $99 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. That's just over half the price of Amazon Echo, which sells for $180. If you buy two (or more), you can put your Ivee speakers in different rooms for convenient access or to let little Johnny know it's time for dinner without yelling across the house or firing off a text message. The speaker also connects... Read more...
I may have been wrong about the wearables market. Here's the thing, I still don't think smartwatches are the the next big thing, to borrow a line from Samsung, and I don't see fitness bands being the thing that companies like Apple and Google throw their full weight behind. But what I hadn't considered is that "sex sells" and that of course someone would come up with a wearable for wee wees.1 How lovely. Actually, make that Lovely, with a capital "L" to describe the smart wearable sex toy for couples. That's how it's being pitched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where the goal is to reach $95,000. There are 26 days remaining, with nearly 250 backers having pledged over $29,000 towards that goal... Read more...
Despite the tablet market being oversaturated, the Jolla tablet has gained quite a bit of attention. Built around the open source Sailfish OS, the Jolla Tablet’s Indiegogo campaign had a goal of $380,000 that was quickly reached. But since passing the $1 million mark, the company has added three stretch goals to its crowdfunding campaign.At the time of this article’s publication, the Indiegogo campaign has reached $1.3 million with the first stretch goal set at $1.5 million. Once that first stretch goal has been reached, Jolla will upgrade every tablet to support microSDHC cards up to 128GB. The device currently supports cards up 32GB in addition to the 32GB of internal storage. At $1.75 million,... Read more...
It's not as though the tablet market is starving for platforms, and while it's an uphill battle trying to take on established competitors like Android and iOS, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla will give it the ol' college try. Meet the "Jolla Tablet," a hardware device built around the company's open source Sailfish OS, which is one of several reasons why it's so intriguing. Billed as the world's first crowdsourced tablet, Jolla surpassed its funding goal of $380,000 on Indiegogo within a mere two hours. The tally currently sits at over $580,000 after a single day with 21 days left to go, an indicator of immense interest in something new and fresh in the tablet sector. And while it might seem... Read more...
Does the squeaky wheel get the grease or does the nail that stands up get hammered down? While scholars and fans of idioms debate which is the more likely outcome, a pair of interns at the New Mexico-based ad agency McKee Wallwork & Co. are going all-in with the former in an attempt to harass urge Valve into making Half Life 3. The ambitious ad execs started up a a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for a series of tactics designed to get Valve's attention and drive home the point that gamers want -- nay, demand! -- that it finally develop and publish Half Life 3. How exactly will it do that? Well, it depends on how much money is raised. Should the team come up with $3,000,... Read more...
We can all agree that cancer sucks, right? Well, let's do something about it! Wondering how? Just follow Will Ferrell's lead. Yes, that Will Ferrell, the hilarious star of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and several other flicks, not to mention various TV show cameos and online skits. Here's the thing -- Will Ferrell hates cancer, but he loves video games. That being the case, the only logical thing to do is to raise money by playing games to kick cancer's tail. Here's where things get interesting. By donating to the cause -- check out Will Ferrell's Indiegogo page -- you have a shot at playing games with the actor in San Francisco, which will be live broadcasted on Twitch. There's a catch, or a challenge,... Read more...
A company called New Matter has developed an inexpensive 3D printer called the MOD-t that aims to bring 3D printing into the average home. It will cost just $249--although if you snag an Indiegogo bundle you could pay as little as $149 or $199--and it’s designed so that you have to do essentially zero calibration on your own. However, New Matter has bigger aims than simply a cheap 3D printer; the company is trying to build an end-to-end vertical integration ecosystem around its MOD-t. The paradigm it’s using looks very much like what Apple did with the iPhone and App Store years ago. There will be a curated library of apps, and designers and artists can add their work and make money... Read more...
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