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Indiegogo testing insurance feature for backers

Indiegogo testing insurance feature for backers

Here’s a sad little fact you probably know all too well: that crowd-funded thing you like may not actually come to life. Ever. There’s a good chance excitement got the better of you, and you laid down a few bucks based on drawings and a really earnest team behind the project. You like the idea, and want in on the device/whatever from the jump, but you’re taking a risk. A new scheme from Indiegogo offers insurance for your investment, but also holds the team responsible — well, responsible.

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Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

The Embrace smartwatch is a wearable that offers many of the expected features you get with modern wristbands: activity tracking, smartphone connectivity, a watchface for checking the time, and other similar features. Embrace brings with it a couple unique twists, however, one of which that aims to potentially save lives -- namely, the ability to detect seizures when they happen. With this functionality, both the user and a caregiver are given alerts when a seizure is detected, allowing appropriate medical steps to be taken without delay.

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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

When a trackpad isn't precise enough for your computing needs, you likely turn to a mouse. When a mouse isn't precise enough either, the folks behind the Flow wireless controller are offering an alternative -- a puck-shaped device that uses a combination of gesture control and touch sensitivity to take things up a notch. Flow features a high number of accuracy points, and is designed to better work with the human hand in comparison to the traditional mouse design. 

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XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

Carrying around a portable battery is convenient in the sense that it gives you an opportunity to charge your phone whenever you need to. On the flip side, however, unless you're already carrying a bag with you, toting around a battery can be an extra burden of its own, making wearable charging units more attractive. We've seen some variations of these, such as Microsoft's wireless charging pants, but the XOO Belt takes it a step further, incorating a battery into something you like already wear daily.

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Jolla tablet to run Sailfish 2.0 OS and quad-core Intel CPU

Jolla tablet to run Sailfish 2.0 OS and quad-core Intel CPU

Jolla has a new tablet in the works that aims to give tablet fans an alternative to iOS and Android units on the market today. The tablet will run Jolla's own Sailfish 2.0 operating system and will pack a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core Intel processor under the hood. That CPU will be matched with 2GB of RAM and internal storage is 32GB. Storage can be expanded with a SD card slot when needed.

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Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

A couple of new drones have debuted this month, the DJI Inspire 1 and 3D Robotics' X8+. If neither of those -- and the myriad other options available -- strike your fancy, there's yet another contender inbound: the Ghost Drone. Unlike some other competing products, this personal drone makes controlling it as straight-forward and simple as possible through its mobile app -- an RC controller isn't included. The drone features a 2D gimbal that is compatible with GoPro cameras, allowing users to record while in the sky.

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BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

If you've gotten your fill of health-tracking wristbands and jewelry and are wondering what else you can monitor, there's the BitBite, a smart earbud of sorts that keeps track of your eating habits and lets you know when you need to lay off the midnight snacks or boost the size of your lunch. It does this by tracking chewing, and tosses in things like voice recognition, which allows the user to say what they're eating for it to be properly logged in the related app.

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