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‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

A new skateboard-like vehicle has been introduced, this one simply called “Hoverboard”. Before you get too excited, know this — it, like other “hoverboards”, doesn’t levitate. It does, however, move a bit like we imagine a hoverboard would move, something facilitated via a single wheel placed centrally under the board. The futuristic slant is complemented with a colored light around the edge of the board.

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Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

A simple laser light is a surefire way to entertain cats (and most dogs), but it gets tiresome for the human operator after a while. As with most thing in life, the old toy has received a modern "smart" update, this one in the form of Obi, a small cylindrical toy that sits on a mantle or shelf and zips a laser around on your behalf. If you want to get in on the action, there's an app to take control.

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Kickstarter rehashes itself as a public benefit corporation

Kickstarter rehashes itself as a public benefit corporation

Kickstarter announced today that it is no longer known at Kickstarter Inc. — it is now Kickstarter PBC, a Public Benefit Corporation. For those unaware, Benefit Corporations are companies that are for-profit, but that have obligated themselves to benefiting society, not just shareholders. That means operating for the social good isn’t just something a PBC says it wants to do — it is something it has legally obligated itself to do. So far only about .01% of US companies have become a Benefit Corporation.

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C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

C-Way smartwatch for kids is compatible with LEGOs

Smartwatches for kids all tend to be the same, mostly due to their limited functionality: a child's watch is usually designed with very basic functions and GPS, the latter of which allows parents to keep track of where their child is. The C-Way smartwatch is, in some ways, the same. It is a GPS locator with basic smartwatch functions and one unique twist that we haven't seen on other children's wearables: LEGO compatibility.

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Dobot robotic arm can draw, etch, and play

Dobot robotic arm can draw, etch, and play

Robotic arms are used in various industrial processes such as automotive manufacturing when a task needs to be reproduced with high levels of accuracy. A desktop robotic arm has debuted called the Dobot and it is Arduino-powered and has a 4-axis parallel mechanism. The arm is aimed at makers, educators, and anyone else that wants a sweet robot arm they can control.

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Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing lineup expands with new optical illusion lamps

Bulbing Lamps, for those unfamiliar, are trippy 3D-printed lamps that use an optical illusion to produce unique, somewhat mind-bending lighting arrangements. The design company behind the lamps, Studio Cheha, saw ample success with its first array of Bulbing Lamps, and due to popular demand it has launched its newest lineup. Says the maker, its new Bulbing offerings are “classically designed” and entirely refined.

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OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV has introduced a new underwater drone, and it is designed for the everyday consumer — those who want to explore under the water and have fun rather than collect research data. The drone is called Trident, and it is many things: fast, portable, nimble, and priced in the same range as aerial drones. Says the maker, OpenROV Trident is zippy enough that it "flies" under the water.

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Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

Cargo Node folding bicycle is a modern day pack horse

City living means cars, despite all of their upsides, can be more of a burden than a blessing. Parking is expensive; free parking is hard to come by. Gas is expensive. Maintenance is expensive. Traffic is usually terrible. For this reason, many use bicycles and skateboards when possible, but those also, obviously, have their own downsides. Xtracycle and Tern have addressed the biggest issues — lack of cargo capacity — with their new Cargo Node folding cargo bicycle.

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Nextbit Robin gets Verizon version too

Nextbit Robin gets Verizon version too

Following the news that Nextbit's Robin smartphone had reached double its campaign goal on Kickstarter, topping $1 million, the makers announced that they will be adding a Verizon-compatible model to the purchasing options. Prior to this, the cloud-connected device was only available for the carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss explained that the Verizon model will be specifically designed for that carrier's network, so users shouldn't expect to switch after purchasing that version of the phone.

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Mighty No. 9 demo delayed, much to backers’ disappointment

Mighty No. 9 demo delayed, much to backers’ disappointment

Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Mega Man and one of the first games to find huge success on Kickstarter, continues its cycle of disappointment. The game's developers, lead by Mega Man creator Keiji Infanue, have revealed that a demo for the title, which was scheduled to be released this week, has been delayed. This demo was supposed to be an apology to backers for the full game's delay into 2016, itself the second postponement this year.

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Batband headphones: an “ear-free” audio headband

Batband headphones: an “ear-free” audio headband

Personal music sessions in public places often happen with one earbud in and one earbud out -- this way you can hear others nearby and your music at the same time. That Batband is a far more attractive alternative, though it might get you a few sideways glances -- it uses bone conductivity rather than traditional speakers, making it a so-called "ear-free" pair of headphones.

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Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Overlab Designs has introduced its time lapse tool for mobile photographers, Hobie. This device holds a smartphone that measures less than 8cm wide, and can be affixed to a tripod. Hobie can be adjusted to aim the phone in different directions, and either rotate or remain stationary while time lapse photos are taken. The device is mechanical, eliminating the need for batteries. The device is being funded in a campaign that ends on September 26.

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