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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...
Although it might make smartphone hardware and UI designers feel the same way a fine chef does when a diner dumps ketchup all over their steak, there’s a smartphone add-on button in the works called Pressy that would let Android users perform a number of actions with simple button clicks. Pressy is a tiny button that fits into your headphone jack, and it’s surprisingly unobtrusive. It works with its own app, so users can set up a number of quick actions, including sending a message, taking a photo or video, recording a phone call, sending your location in case of emergency, and more. All of that is configurable through the app, so you can decide how many clicks will do what. By default... Read more...
The Leap Motion controller has nothing on this thing; Haptix is a project that, simply put, is designed to turn any surface into a multitouch surface. (Get it? Haptics.) Ostensibly, this allows for input in more ways, and it opens up more possibilities for user customization. The Haptix team sees the device as combining the traditional mouse/keyboard input method with touch and getting the best of both worlds. The device itself is a small, silver bar that clips onto or rests on just about anything. It “reads” your finger movements and inputs accordingly. It can be used for everything from computers to tablets to TVs. Even more impressive is that it can be used for 3D multitouch, so... Read more...
Distributed manufacturing is most definitely evolving thanks in large part to innovations in the 3D printing world, and a company called Mebotics is looking to take things a step further with the Microfactory, an all-in-one machine that etches, 3D prints, and mills. The unit is small and light enough to rest on a tabletop or desk, and it’s also designed to run quietly and mess-free enough that it won’t disturb your downstairs neighbors or roommate while you’re working. The Microfactory has a fully-functional onboard computer complete with WiFi, USB, and Ethernet connections that allow for a variety of ways to control it (i.e., remotely) and input data and designs, and all of... Read more...
Kickstarters seem to love smartwatches, and the latest one to emerge and quickly rack up thousands in crowdfunding is the Omate TrueSmart. At first blush it seems completely uncompelling to see yet another smartwatch crop up, but this one is a completely different take on the concept, which could set it apart from the numerous competitors on the market. The Omate TrueSmart is essentially a smartphone on your wrist; almost every other smartwatch venture, from other Kickstarter-backed projects such as the Pebble to impending designs from juggernauts Apple and Samsung, is more of a second screen for your smartphone. That’s all well and good--being able to leave your phone in your pocket and... Read more...
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