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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. The pitch is that Robin's storage grows with you. There are cloud services that already do that with... 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 first mission will be affixing itself to the Cupola viewing module underneath the International Space... 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 mode, two of the most requested features. Local Play would have allowed Matchstick owners to play... 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 via Kickstarter. To get the SCiO down to a price point that is attractive to consumers, Consumer... 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 3 PS4 Kickstarter Backer’s Edition as a Reward. If you are a Shenmue fan and PS4 gamer, this is... Read more...
Pebble launched its Kickstarter campaign for the Time smartwatch in late February, and by late March the company raised over $20 million for the project. Although many questioned the need for Pebble to dip into the Kickstarter well again with the Time given that it is an established player in the smartwatch space, you can’t argue with the results. For those that weren’t able to get in early and secure a pre-order for the Pebble Time before the Kickstarter campaign ended, the smartwatch is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. You can pre-order the smartwatch in black, red, and white at a cost of $199.99 each. Unfortunately, even if you pre-order the smartwatch today from Best Buy, it won’t arrive... Read more...
To quote Japanese game designer and producer Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series that last saw a title update 14 years ago, "The fate of Shenmue is in your hands now." Originally he might have been talking about whether or not Shenmue 3 would be made, but having surpassed the $2 million funding goal on Kickstarter in just nine hours, the true fate of Shenmue that's yet to be decided is how many stretch goals will be added on. Shenmue 3 now ranks as the fastest game on the crowdfunding site to reach $2 million, and the same goes for the $1 million mark. It had a bit of an advantage over other record setting projects, as it was announced on the PlayStation stage at E3 during Sony's press... Read more...
Last month HotHardware reported on how Ohio-based Nikola Labs wowed the crowd at the Disrupt conference — and the Internet — by presenting a smartphone case. Of course, it didn't trot out one of your typical keep-the-dings-off smartphone cases, though, but one that can capture the 90 percent of waste energy pumped out by a typical smartphone in the form of radio frequencies (RF), and convert that energy into DC power that can be channeled back into the encased device to provide it with a 30% energy boost.  Science or science-fiction? Too good to be true? The punditry and would-be scientists served and volleyed the idea for a cycle or two, weighing... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission has left its stamp on the crowdfunding scene by taking legal action against Erik Chevalier, the Kickstarter project creator who raised more than $122,000 funds from 1,246 backers to produce a board game called The Doom That Came to Atlantic City. In the end, it was the backers who were doomed, as the project was cancelled without any refunds. Chevalier, who was also doing business as The Forking Path Co., issued a number of updates on the Kickstarter project saying that progress was being made. After 14 months, however, he announced that the project was cancelled and that he would refund money to the game's backers. It turned out to be an empty promise. Instead, the... Read more...
When the first Raspberry Pi model came out just over three-years-ago, who would have guessed the kind of spark it'd have on the market? Since its release, there have been numerous add-ons available for it, a ton of different software crafted for it, follow-up models, and of course, lots of competition. Well, up to this point, there hasn't been competition quite like 'CHIP'. CHIP is a brand-new Kickstarter project that aims to get some computing power into the hands of anyone, something its mere $9 price tag will help. Each CHIP sports a 1GHz processor, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.  CHIP may not boast monsterous performance, but its developers say... Read more...
The most successfully funded campaign in the history of Kickstarter (in terms of amount raised) belongs to a smartwatch. That was true a few weeks ago when the Pebble Time smartwatch raised over $17 million from more than 67,000 backers with 18 days remaining, and now that the crowdfunding period is over, the new record to beat is $20,338,986!Nearly 78,500 backers opened up their virtual wallets to support the effort, 142 of which contributed at least $5,000 for the "Distributor" reward tier, the highest tier available. In exchange, those 142 backers will all receive 10 Pebble Time smartwatches in each of the three available colors for a total of 30 smartwatches each. By our not-so-fuzzy math,... Read more...
Mmm, pancakes! The love of pancakes is nearly as ubiquitous as the affection for bacon, which incidentally go great together. It also helps that making pancakes is pretty easy, unless you try to get fancy with artistic creations that go beyond simply stick figures. But that's okay, you can still woo your kids and guests with the PancakeBot, the first ever pancake printer that's blown past its $50,000 funding goal on Kickstarter.It's at nearly $135,000 with still 27 days to go, and it's easy to see why. The PancakeBot is essentially a 3D printer with a nerdy level of sophistication to leveling up your breakfast. It comes with "user-friendly" software that allows you to design your own pancake... Read more...
It's often said that records are meant to be broken, and every once in a while, they're downright shattered. Case in point, the Pebble Time smartwatch is now the most funded Kickstarter campaign in the history of the crowdfunding site, having raised over $17 million from more than 67,000 backers with 18 days still remaining. It will likely double the nearly $8.8 million raised for Exploding Kittens, the highest funded game in Kickstarter's history. And it's already collected $7 million than Pebble's own E-Paper Watch from three years ago, which at the time was also a record. But it's the Coolest Cooler that's now been eclipsed -- it raised over $13.2 million last summer... Read more...
Last week, Pebble caught the attention of the wearables market with the announcement of the new Pebble Time. The smartwatch is 20 percent thinner than the original model, includes an e-paper display, and still manages to last for seven days on a single charge. I stated in my previous article that I was a bit disappointed with the toy-like looks of the Pebble Time and hoped for a “Steel” version to up the style content. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Pebble has answered rather quickly with the Pebble Time Steel. The Pebble Time Steel trades the mainly plastic casing for CNC-finished 316L stainless steel. Upgrading to the more premium material results in some additional heft and thickness (10.5mm... Read more...
Pebble is launching a new Kickstarter campaign, and the star this time around is its new Pebble Time smartwatch. In a nascent market that is seeing the rise of LCD and OLED-powered smartwatches running the Android Wear operating system (the much-hyped Apple Watch is still two months away), the Pebble Time forgoes those power-hungry displays (well, power-hungry when we’re talking about the tiny batteries included on smartwatches) in favor of a color e-paper display. The use of the e-paper allows for the use of [relatively] vibrant colors while retaining the seven-day battery life that Pebble users have grown accustomed to. For comparison, Android Wear smartwatches last anywhere from one to two... Read more...
Records are meant to be broken, but who would have though a card game called "Exploding Kittens" would be the one to dethrone Ouya as the most funded project Kickstarter has ever seen? Well, it happened, with Exploding Kittens erupting to $8,782,571, beating Ouya's record by more than $213,000. It also attracted more than three times as many backers at 219,382. In case you're wondering, that's more than double the number of the backers for the second most backed Kickstarter project of all time -- Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere!, which attracted pledges from 105,875 people. As can happen when you pit cats against, well, anything and anyone, it was a bloodbath in terms of... Read more...
It never hurts to bring along a portable charger when you're out hiking, camping, or otherwise seeking fun and adventure. The more adventurous you are, the more rugged your gear should be, and Dark Energy's Poseidon mobile battery pack is about as tough as it gets. How tough? Well, it can withstand a shotgun blast from 35 feet away. We don't recommend putting yourself in situations where shotguns might be aimed in your direction, but that's not the point here. Dark Energy posted a video of its Poseidon surviving a shotgun blast to demonstrate on Kickstarter just how tough this compact charger is. They're billing it as the first military grade and waterproof mobile battery. It has the maximum... Read more...
Try wrapping your head around this one -- the most backed campaign in Kickstarter history is a card game called Exploding Cats. Go ahead and read that as many times as you wish, just be warned it won't ever make sense. Nothing does anymore, so rather than try and figure out how and why Exploding Kittens was able to turn a crowdfunding site on its head, let's just roll with it. We'll get to the details of the game in a moment, but first let's appreciate some stats. Here's a project that reached its modest goal of $10,000 and became fully funded within the first 20 minutes. It raked in 10 times that amount in less than an hour, and is now approaching $5 million in funding from nearly 126,000 backers... Read more...
Ever been off the beaten path and discovered an amazing craft beer that isn't available locally? If you owned a SYNEK machine, you could bag it and tag it for consumption at home, right from your countertop. That's the general idea behind this Kickstarter project, which wants to do for beer what Kuerig did for coffee. It's the first ever countertop beer dispenser, an accomplishment in and of itself. But what really makes the SYNEK worthy of attention is that the vacuum bags it uses can be filled from any tap using a special hose that never comes into contact with air, thereby giving you access an unlimited variety of brews without degrading the quality or taste. The bags hold up to a gallon of... Read more...
In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online activities anonymous. Unfortunately, we were all misled on a number of levels, prompting Kickstarter to remove the project forever. Hot on its heels is Project Sierra, a network encryption device that's supposedly the real deal. Project Sierra is described as being a consumer-grade, Android-based, plug-and-play network device that connects to a global network. In doing so, you can surf... Read more...
Holy mackerel, it happened! Somebody actually went and built an honest-to-goodness hoverboard, finally bringing to reality the fantasy we've all shared since seeing Marty McFly escape from Biff and his cronies using a hoverboard in Back to the Future II! We know what you're thinking -- 'Yeah, right, this isn't the first hoverboard hoax' -- but you have to check this out. The company is called Hendo Hover and you'll currently find the faces behind the team over at Kickstarter. They're trying to raise $250,000 for the project, but that money won't go towards a prototype -- such a thing already exists. At present, the Hendo Hoverboard is capable of hovering about an inch off of the ground, special... Read more...
Not even a week ago, we wrote about a new Kickstarter project for the creatively-named Anonabox - a small box that aims to keep you anonymous online. Overall, the product looked like it had potential. On one hand, it's incredibly small, and on the other, it uses the Tor network to anonymous traffic. What's not to like? As it turns out, there's quite a bit to not like about it, so much so that Kickstarter took the rare path of pulling the entire project, a move that it says is permanent. This comes hot-on-the-heels of many days of skepticism, especially via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) that was posted this past Tuesday. Ultimately, the Kickstarter project gave the impression that the hardware... Read more...
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