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Mighty No. 9 backers score exclusive demo

Mighty No. 9 backers score exclusive demo

The Kickstarter success and hotly anticipated game Mighty No. 9 has become a disappointment for many backers, as the planned release date came and went, and then the second planned release date — next month — was postponed until later on next year. Backers were disappointed the first time around and outright upset the second time, and the makers behind the game feel bad about it all. To give those patient backers something in reward, the makers have announced a new exclusive demo.

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Peak Design launches CaptureLENS and Lens Kit for DSLR lenses

Peak Design launches CaptureLENS and Lens Kit for DSLR lenses

This week the folks at Peak Design have added a couple of devices to their already-active Kickstarter campaign. This campaign is primarily for The Everyday Messenger bag which we reviewed back on the 14th of August. Now the system is continuing to expand with a couple of lens accessories that'll strap to your shoulder. The Peak Design collection of accessories is designed for the in-the-field photographer, without a doubt.

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SmartHalo leads you to your destination

SmartHalo leads you to your destination

In many big cities around the world, the best way to get around is on a bicycle rather than in a car. Bicyclists still need to be able to navigate their way to an unfamiliar location and a new device has debuted that will make your bike smarter. That device is the SmartHalo and it is aimed directly at urban cyclists.

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Sensel Morph puts Force Touch-style tech into customizable pad: Hands-on

Sensel Morph puts Force Touch-style tech into customizable pad: Hands-on

What the iPhone did for touchscreens, so startup Sensel hopes to do for multitouch with Morph, a pressure-sensing touchpad for artists, gamers, and musicians. Embedding a rechargeable array of more than 20,000 touch- and pressure-sensitive sensors into a flat tablet roughly the size of an iPad, Morph can tell not only where you're touching but how hard each press is, with interchangeable overlays to tailor those touches to different apps.

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The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

The Everyday Messenger by Peak Design hands-on

It’s no small achievement being the most successful bag on Kickstarter, so the Everyday Messenger by Peak Design has a lot to live up to. With over 7,000 backers pledging $1,940,093 at time of writing - well over the initial goal of $100,000 it’s clear the bag has struck a chord, with myself included. This has been my busiest travel year and damn, I could have used this bag.

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Buddy smart dog collar includes geo-tracking, stylish LED glow

Buddy smart dog collar includes geo-tracking, stylish LED glow

Chipping your pets is important if they spend any time outdoors, but that itself doesn't guarantee that you'll be reunited with your beloved pet if they get lost. That's where collars equipped with GPS come in, but most products with this functionality are cumbersome and ugly, and pets don't enjoy wearing them. That's what makes the Buddy smart dog collar so interesting -- it includes a host of connected features, but pairs them with a relatively slim, stylish design including an accent glow.

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Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Exercise and sports practice are often paired with music, and the music is usually delivered via a pair of earbuds wedged deeply in one’s ears. That’s fine until a coach or personal trainer needs to get your attention — then it’s all arm waving and towel throwing until the wearer takes notice. The new Combat+ Sync headphones take care of that problem by featuring a built-in intercom mechanism; they double as a pair of walkie talkies, allowing a trainer to talk directly into the athlete's ear from a distance.

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BedJet V2 controls the climate between the sheets

BedJet V2 controls the climate between the sheets

In winter months, you can always add more blankets or electric blankets to your bed to keep you nice and toasty. In summer months, things are more difficult. If its 106-degrees outside and your AC system can only cool your home to 80-degrees inside, it can be hard to sleep. BedJet v2 has debuted and the system promises to keep you comfortable in bed while you sleep.

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Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

If that levitating speaker has given you a fondness for floating objects, the new Magic Cube will satisfy your showcasing needs. Magic Cube is basically a levitating display, though it also serves just as well as a funky modern decorative piece. The unit is comprised of a large cube-shaped base that houses the technology, and a small saucer-shaped levitating platform upon which you can place an available clear prism, or a small object of your choosing, or both.

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AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

AQUA lightweight headphone amp ditches the battery

If your smartphone can't put out enough volume for your needs or has subpar audio quality, the solution is a headphone amplifier. The weight and bulk of such amplifiers are a problem for many users, though, as it detracts from the portability of a smartphone and earbuds setup. Enter the AQUA headphone amp, a lightweight amp that looks like a large inline control. It is designed to work with headphones and smartphones, and works to improve and amplify the output audio quality.

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Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Matchstick pulls plug on Firefox OS Chromecast rival

Would-be Chromecast rival Matchstick has pulled the plug on its streaming dongle, after headaches with Firefox DRM proved insurmountable. The company raised more than $470,000 in crowdfunding cash back in late 2014, persuading backers with its vision of open-source streaming video, place-shifted content, and big-name services like HBO Go, Netflix, and Pandora. Now, Matchstick's creators are promising to pay back every cent they raised, having discovered that taking on Google is easier said than done.

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Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

This morning our very own box of Exploding Kittens cards arrived, ready to show us what a massively successful Kickstarter campaign looks like. Using the BLACKBOX company (the same folks that ship Cards Against Humanity) along with hundreds of other contributors, the creators of this game have created a high-quality piece of work. This card game is one of the top 5 most-funded Kickstarter projects ever, and certainly one of the most entertaining. This game also holds high esteem for not losing their cool when their original goal was surpassed by an unimaginable amount.

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