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Earlier this week we talked about the 40th birthday of the iconic Sony Walkman cassette player that everyone wanted in the '80s. Cassettes were the go-to form factor for portable music for a lot of years before the advent of the CD and odds are people have massive collections of cassette tapes hanging around. A company called It's OK has a new device called the Bluetooth 5.0 Cassette Player. The device brings the cassette player into the modern age to some extent by allowing it to work with your favorite Bluetooth headphones. The cassette player does have a 3.5mm headphone port as well allowing the use of wired headphones. The player has a clear door that opens to secure the tape inside... Read more...
Remote controlled cars are fun, but the ones you may have found at Toys R Us (RIP) back in the day do not hold a candle to the RVR Robot, the latest project by Sphero, a robotics firm that makes an assortment of fun gadgets. Pronounced "rover," the RVR is well on its way to being fully funded on Kickstarter. The RVR is a "go anywhere, do anything programmable" robot. It's a high-torque, all-terrain remote controlled vehicle, but unlike regular RC cars, it's armed with an assortment of sensors and built upon Sphero's Edu app. "RVR is more than just a fun, programmable robot—it’s also highly customizable. We’ve added some incredible features that open up a world of possibilities... Read more...
Behold the MEGA-one video game controller mod. This thing is designed specifically to make your games more immersive by delivering heftier vibration feedback than your PS4 or Xbox One controller is capable of. In fact, the MEGA-one vibration motor is 500 times stronger than what's available in a standard DualShock or Xbox One controller. According to the ex-NASA engineer who designed the controller each bullet you fire in a shooter recoils the controller back at you. The vibration is enough to nearly pull the controller out of your hands in a driving game if you get out of control. The giant vibration motor has an on/off switch that looks right out of a fighter plane. The controller promises... Read more...
We've got some bad news for who got excited about System Shock Remastered that hit Kickstarter back in 2016. If you were hoping to play the game this year, unfortunately it seems that it isn’t going to happen. A recent announcement on the game's Kickstarter page from Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios, has poured cold water on hopes of a finished game anytime soon. Kick says of the development, "...along the way something happened." Kick wrote, "Maybe we were too successful. Maybe we lost our focus. The vision began to change. We moved from a Remaster to a completely new game. We shifted engines from Unity to Unreal, a choice that we don’t regret and one that has worked out... Read more...
What is smaller than your thumb, lighter than a coin, and "ridiculously cute?" The Zanco Tiny T1, of course! Billed as the world's smallest functioning phone, this incredibly small mobile device has surpassed $105,000 in crowd funds on Kickstarter, blowing past its goal of $33,444. Over 1,600 backers have pledged monetary support for the tiny device, and there are still 22 days to go in the crowdfunding effort. The Zanco Tiny T1 arrives at a time when smartphone makers have been focused on building bigger mobile phones, not smaller ones. Even Apple has focused its efforts in expanding the display on its iPhone line—the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch front display that takes up nearly the entirety... Read more...
There are plenty of backlit keyboards out there today and most of them are pretty much the same when it comes to lighting. You get lights around the keys and some light that glows through the keytop letters and that's it. However, a new keyboard has turned up on Kickstarter, and it's called the Curve Full-keyLit Scenario-Driven Keyboard, which is admittedly a mouthful of a name. The Curve is notable for having hexagonal keys with backlighting that glows through the entire keytop. If you tend to work in a dark room, we can only assume this keyboard and its bright lights might be a bit much. The "scenario driven" part of the keyboard comes into play because the smart backlighting can illuminate... Read more...
If you grew up playing the MechWarrior franchise of video games, the giant MegaBots robot beatdown that is coming soon will get you excited. MegaBots is a company that sought to pit country-against-country in a battle using giant robots and massive paintballs. The first two teams set to fight it out are the Americans and Japan. This giant robot beatdown was first dreamed up about two years ago. The American company published a video where it challenged a Japanese firm called Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a battle of mechs, and the Japanese team agreed. The last two years has consisted of the two teams building up their robots and looking for a venue that allows giant manned robots to fight... Read more...
When we first wrote about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night about two years ago, the game had become an instant Kickstarter success. But even at that time, we did not foresee the game's true potential. After funding completed, the project received a staggering $5.5 million, a huge leap over the requested $500,000. There are a couple of good reasons for why Bloodstained performed so well with crowdsourcing. For starters, it is in effect a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, and perhaps even more notable is the fact that Koji Igarashi is the man behind it. Igarashi, also known as IGA, first hit the Castlevania scene in a mammoth way with the release of Symphony of the Night... Read more...
If you were hoping to get your hands on an next generation Pebble smartwatch, think again. The company has been acquired by Fitbit. This purchase includes Pebble’s personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development, but excludes the company’s hardware products.James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit, remarked, “With this acquisition, we’re well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers, as well as build the tools healthcare providers, insurers and employers need to more meaningfully integrate wearable technology into preventative and chronic care.”According... Read more...
Many professionals like to use Apple’s MacBook Pro range when on the go, however, these notebooks aren’t exactly known for their graphics prowess — even with discrete GPU options available. Couple that with the fact that Apple has not exactly been on top of things when it comes to upgrading its Mac lineup over the years, you can understand why customers could be left wanting for some extra graphics muscle. That’s where Wolfepack Inc.’s Wolfe external graphics enclosure comes into play. The project hit Kickstarter yesterday and it has already reached its funding goal of $50,000. In fact, the project has already amassed over $145,000 from over 400 backers. For $450, you’ll get a Wolfe Enclosure... Read more...
Swiftpoint Ltd. recently released a Kickstarter project for what its considers the “most advanced gaming mouse ever made”. The Z mouse will allow users to interact with their computers in a more precise and intuitive manner, and is the first mouse that can pivot, tilt, and roll. The Z could potentially be revolutionary for avid gamers. Users can tilt left and right for fast mode changes without using their fingers. They can assign any action to tilt or use a modifier key. The Z can also sense when a player is pivoting it left or right. This means that players can run straight ahead and at the same time look left and right with analog control. The Z is aware when it is in the air as well. Players... Read more...
If you were a System Shock fan in 1994, you are in for a treat. Night Dive Studios has just started a campaign on Kickstarter where supporters can back a new and improved reboot of System Shock. There is a even a free demo to quench the thirst of early backers. System Shock will be a complete remake of the classic using the Unity Engine. System Shock was one of the first 3D games that incorporated both storytelling and exploration through audio logs and messages scattered throughout the game world. Players were trapped aboard Citadel Station as they fought to survive against the cyborgs and mutated crew members corrupted by a maniacal A.I. known as SHODAN. The various interactables offered... Read more...
Pebble Core backers on Kickstarter are getting a little something extra. They will be first to experience Amazon Alexa on Pebble’s infinitely hackable ultra-wearable when shipping begins in early 2017. The company claims to be bringing “Amazon’s acclaimed voice services to a fully-independent, 3G-connected wearable device for the first time ever.” Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky stated, “Experiencing Amazon Alexa on-the-go right from Pebble Core is game-changing for wearable technology. We’re longtime fans of the powerful voice services Alexa delivers, and it only gets smarter and more useful over time. It’s an approach we embrace with our own products.” The combination of Alexa and Pebble Core can... Read more...
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 is now covered in Gorilla Glass for enhanced protection, includes a built-in microphone, an optical... 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 weapons, in first-person, blowing things away. But what are you really doing? What is the world like?... 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 campaign just a couple of days ago, and ended up exceeding its $80,000 goal in mere hours. As... 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 Intel Atom Z3735G (Bay Trail) foundation (similar to the CPU you'll find in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2).... 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 that most models present players with recoil from the CO2 cartridges. There are five units that comprise... 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 to dry it from the inside out. "The air amplifiers function in the space between the jacket’s exterior... 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 say that an even larger 32-inch display also tested, but was considered a bit excessive. Below the... 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 dollars has also seen a huge uptick in the amount of money being pledged per minute. For the first... 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 you. It can be hooked up with nothing other than a power cable if you want to connect it to your ISP... Read more...
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