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Invasion of privacy is a valid concern for everyone who goes online. But for those who wish to keep their online activity private, so that cable providers and government agencies are unable to see what is going on, there is Tor Browser. Tor encrypts a user’s online activities and makes it impossible for cable companies and government agencies, such as the FBI and NSA, to keep track of what you are doing. However, the Tor Browser requires a bit of technical knowledge to implement, a barrier for many who might be seeking anonymity. Enter the Anonabox, which quickly surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $7,500. It is a plug-and-play, open source networking device that will run Tor, making... Read more...
Metatecture is hopping on the virtual reality bandwagon with a low-cost alternative called AirVR. Similar to the Samsung Gear VR, AirVR is a bring-your-own-hardware affair, that hardware being an iPhone 6 Plus or an iPad mini. Yes, you're going to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous with an iPad mini pressed against your face, but the upside to this design is cost. According to AirVR's Kickstarter page, the headset will start shipping in December for just $49. That's much less than the Oculus Rift Development Kit ($300 for DK1 and $350 for DK2) and Samsung Gear VR ($200), and it's probably the reason why over 170 backers have pledged more than CAD$9,600 (~US$8,765) en route to the project's CAD$20,000... Read more...
On September 10th, several of the popular websites you visit may appear to have trouble loading content, but that won't really be the case. All those slow loading animations are actually widgets, banners, and animated images provided by BattleForTheNet, a coalition of companies, organizations, and people who have come together to oppose changes to net neutrality rules and show what the web might look like if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows cable companies to charge for Internet fast lanes. Sites like Mozilla, Kickstarter, Reddit, Etsy, Foursquare, Vimeo, iFixIt, Tumblr, and many others will have widgets and other images posted on the designated "Go Slow" day in protest of net... Read more...
There are many ways to get beer from a container into your mouth, but the founders of a curious machine called SYNEK believe they’ve developed the best method of all time. SYNEK is a portable (all you need is an outlet) machine that dispenses cold beer on demand, like a tap, but without the need for a keg. The idea is that such a device allows you to keep a reasonably large amount of beer on hand and on tap without needing to fill bottles or growlers or having a kegerator around. You can fill a SYNEK bag from any tap with up to a gallon of beer and stick in in your fridge. When you feel like it, pop the bag into the SYNEK and poof, cold beer on tap. The team says that beer stored this way... Read more...
Apple has worked hard to deliver synchronized data across all of your iDevices with iCloud, but for those who aren’t so keen on trusting the cloud with their data, there’s a device coming called the iStick that allows you to transfer files locally. Yes, it’s a USB flash drive (nothing interesting there)--however, it also has an integrated Lightning connector (ah, there we go). iStick HYPER (by Sanho), the company behind the iStick, says that it’s currently the only USB flash drive with Apple’s proprietary connector, and it works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. Available in capacities of 8GB ($129), 16GB ($169), 32GB ($199), 64GB ($299), and 128GB ($399),... Read more...
Drones aren't just good for military use, they're proving to be fun tools for the public, as well. One day in the future, aerial drones might be a part of your everyday life by delivering Amazon packages (or pizza from Dominoes) to your door, recording your backyard shenanigans, and even accompanying you on extreme sports adventures where it's too difficult or too unsafe to bring along a camera crew. The latter is one of the ideas behind HEXO+, an intelligent drone that follows and films you autonomously. HEXO+ has already surged past its goal of bringing in $50,000 on Kickstarter and now stands at over $260,000 with 29 days still to go. Not only does this project now have a financed future,... Read more...
We've reluctantly come to accept that we may never see a hoverboard like the ones featured in Back to the Future II. And if they do ever come out, we'll probably be too old to care by that point -- hip replacements aren't cheap or fun. While we're faced with that unfortunate reality, we're pretty intrigued by an a skateboard of a different. It's called the Marbel Board and it's supposedly the world's lightest electric skateboard. The Marbel Board is a Kickstarter project that's already blown past its $90,000 funding goal with still 23 days remaining. According to the description, the electric skateboard weighs just 9.9 pounds, is 30mm thick at its chunkiest point, and can scurry across the pavement... Read more...
In the race to drive down costs for and increase the capabilities of 3D printers, the team behind the Micro 3D printer believe they’re among the frontrunners. The Micro is designed to be inexpensive and incredibly easy to use while also offering reliability and consistency. “It is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes,” reads the team’s Kickstarter pitch. The Micro features auto leveling and auto calibration with a Micro motion chip; it’s quiet and consumes little power;... Read more...
Here’s one: Thomas Larson of Seattle, WA has developed a tiny lens that attaches to your smartphone or tablet’s camera and offers a 150x magnification microscope. Larson is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter, and to date he’s blown past the $50,000 he was looking for, and it’s not hard to see why. The Micro Phone Lens is inexpensive--it looks like $42 will get you the lens plus the full assortment of goodies and accessories--but offers students, parents of curious children, and even scientists working out in the field a surprisingly powerful tool. Prototype Micro Phone Lens 150x (left) vs $2,224 Microscope w/ $499 Camera Attachment (right.) [Phone is Samsung... Read more...
If running around your house, office building, or a public space with your smartphone strapped into a gun-like gaming accessory while you and your pals engage in augmented reality video game that overlays gameplay in real time over whatever environment you’re in, you might be a person that wants to drop some cash on the Rescape project on Kickstarter. Rescape calls itself a Reality Gaming platform that offers mobile, multiplayer, immersive augmented reality games, and you can see some exciting stuff happening starting at about 45 seconds into the team’s promo video. Rescape uses former NASA technology that allows the smartphone to use its camera to map an environment while simultaneously... Read more...
What's a man to do after a thrilling career in music? Invent an MP3 player is an unlikely guess, but it's the winning selection in today's Q&A. Neil Young is a name well recognized around the music universe, and at SXSW this week, he is introducing the PonoMusic streaming store as well as the $399 PonoPlayer. Aside from being awkwardly named, the entire notion feels around 10 years behind the times. We're well beyond the concept of a dedicated music player; Apple doesn't even cite iPod sales in its quarterly reports now given that the iPhone and iPad have taken over where the dedicated iPod once ruled. Seemingly built for audiophiles, the PonoPlayer has 128GB of storage and it supports memory... Read more...
Just how popular is Kickstarter’s crowdfunding site? Or perhaps a better question is how important is Kickstarter to those raising funds for grassroots projects? The answer can be found in this stat that the company announced today: Backers have pledged a billion dollars on the site, as of today. We’ve covered our share of Kickstarter projects, which include a mix of sort of adorable and fun ideas, longshots, and serious projects that have become Real Things. For example, there was the Moment smartphone lens and smartphone-controlled electric paper airplane; an inexpensive 3D scanner and a holodeck gaming device; the OUYA game console, MiiPC family computer, and the Pebble smartwatch;... Read more...
If you’ve ever used Kickstarter, you should change your password immediately, as the site reports that it has been hacked. “On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data,” reads a Kickstarter email. “Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.” The company stated that no credit card information was stolen, although user information including usernames, passwords, email addresses--and even physical mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.... Read more...
Sometimes a company has an idea that hits everyone right in the zeitgeist. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are terrific indicators of what people will be interested in buying, because they speak volumes with their support. We’ve seen it in the recent past with projects like Pebble, OUYA, and the Oculus Rift, and smartphone camera lens maker Moment is enjoying some of that same grassroots success. Moment was looking to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, but it blew way past that amount right away, netting $100,000 in just 28 hours. Currently, with 25 days to go in the campaign, Moment has raised over $208,000, and it’s a virtual certainty that the number will be higher than that by... Read more...
It’s a fact that for most of us, our primary camera is the one baked onto our smartphone. For some shots that’s been fine, and the ability to immediately share photos and video is tremendous, but the world could do without yet another shaky, far-away clip of kids’ soccer games, etc. Moment is addressing the issue of needing better lenses for our phones by developing high-quality external, easily-attachable lenses. They’ve developed wide-angle and telephoto lenses that attach to your smartphone using a tiny metal mount that doesn’t harm your device and can be mounted regardless whether or not the phone has a case. So far, the lenses are designed to work with iPhones,... Read more...
On the list of things we spent an inordinate amount of time doing as children, making paper airplanes (and floating them to inappropriate places at inappropriate times) was easily in the top ten, and it looks like very little has changed in *cough* the last few decades *cough*. The PowerUp 3.0 is a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit that actually appears far more compelling that you might think, and to date the group’s Kickstarter campaign is edging ever closer to $1 million. Currently, the amount of pledged funds is $965,447, and there’s still 13 days left in the campaign. The PowerUp 3.0 sports a smart chip with a Bluetooth module on the nose, and the rear of the device has... Read more...
The 3D printer market is wide open, particularly as it pertains to innovation, and a gang of college kids from Brooklyn are sticking their collective foot in the door with a unique 3D printer design that promises simplicity, fast print speeds, and inexpensive expandable print volume. Instead of the box design that most 3D printers on the market employ, the Deltaprintr has an open air construction with a trio of tall aluminum poles with attached arms that control the printer head. The machine uses 65-lb fishing line instead of belts to control the carriages, and there’s a 10-inch diameter build platform and a small LCD display with an SD card slot. The 0.4mm tip can handle printing... Read more...
Looking back, it seems almost adorable that we were all so impressed that the Oculus Rift whipped up $2.4 million in Kickstarter funds. This summer, Oculus raised $16 million from investors led by Spark Capital and Matrix Partners, and the company has now landed an additional $75 million in another round of funding. The comparatively jaw-dropping $75 million fundraising effort was led by Mark Andreessen of investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, who will also join Oculus’ board of directors. The money will go towards commercializing the 3D virtual reality Oculus rift headset, which should give gamers everywhere sometime to get seriously excited about. Prototype versions of amazing tech all... Read more...
A British company called CEL has developed a 3D printer that portends to offer extraordinary ease of use without sacrificing high-end features. The stylish Robox 3D Printer will cost $1,364 when it launches in the U.S. early next year, and it includes CEL’s AutoMaker software that’s designed to let users simply choose the design they want and print--no fuss, no muss. The Robox doesn’t skimp on features, though; it has an auto-leveling system to ensure that the build platform is always flat, and the extruder system features a dual pinch wheel and closed feedback loop to ensure even distribution of print material. Because of the dual-extruder system, the Robox can also print two... Read more...
We feel like we’ve said it recently, but this has been a good year for virtual reality and gaming. For example, the Oculus Rift is rolling, and we’ve seen additional innovations from the likes of Omni, with its omni-directional treadmill and Atlas, a project designed to use Oculus Rift to turn any room into a holodeck. There’s another exciting new project in the VR world from Sixense, and it’s a wireless modular tracking system called STEM. STEM “enables players to interact naturally and intuitively with games by tracking full position and orientation at all times, whether at the desktop or throughout the entire living room”, and it’s the... Read more...
If you’ve read this site even casually lately, you know that crowdfunding is here in force. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer entrepreneurs, startups, and otherwise unfunded techies with a prototype and a dream the chance to engage the world and excite backers to front some money for their projects. It’s a powerful, grassroots way to both gauge the potential success of a given product and raise cash in the meantime. Of course, like any new technological or financial paradigm, crowdfunding has also created some problems. PayPal, after some public flogging due to its freezing of a few campaigns’ money, has openly acknowledged that its payment platform is not equipped... Read more...
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune did it. He raised more than his stated goal of $900,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund Mighty No. 9, a classic Japanese side-scrolling title evolved for the modern era on the PC platform. It's been dubbed by media outlets as the spiritual successor to Mega Man, and certainly the game in progress looks like the character he created long ago. Not only that, but many of Inafune's team of developers have experience with various Mega Man titles. Similarities aside, this isn't Mega Man, it's Mighty No. 9. According to the Kickstarter page, it's supposed to take the best aspects of the 8-bit and 16-bit era classics that you know and love, and transform them with modern... Read more...
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