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PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

It's amazing to see just how far computers have come in my lifetime. When I was a kid, our computer was that thing that sat in my dad's office, that we were only rarely able to touch. These days, I always have a computer (or two) with me, and three different rooms in my house have dedicated PCs. And now there are complete computers you can buy for less than a meal. And now there's a new competitor in the sub-$20 computer market.

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Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is a new open source product that aims to make it easy to develop Internet of Things products and services. The Wio Link is an ESP8266 based WiFi development board that is made specifically for creating IoT applications using virtualized plug-n-play modules to RESTful APIs with mobile apps.

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Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter has tapped the University of Pennsylvania to perform an independent analysis of project fulfillment on the service, something it has published in full for everyone to read. The company cites speculation about how many projects have failed to deliver on their promises, and its desire to know what the actual numbers are. To do so, Kickstarter brought in Professor Ethan Mollick back in March; he surveyed about 50,000 backers to find their thoughts on campaigns they’d backed.

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

The Mantis drone claw gives drones the one feature they’re all missing: a grasping tool. Given a drone’s remote nature, one could use the device to navigate into otherwise unreachable areas, but they’re of no use if something needs retrieved from those areas. Enter Mantis, a claw similar to the kind found in prize-based arcades games; it can be attached to a quadcopter or other drone for picking up small items.

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HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

It doesn't matter if you are camping at 12,000 feet in the mountains or laying by the pool reading a book on your Kindle; at some point, most of us will need power for our gadgets in a place where there is no outlet. A new solar panel system has debuted that can create power for your devices using noting but sunlight. The device is called the HeLi-on and claims to be the world's most compact solar panel.

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Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk, from start-up Little Riot, is a new wearable that aims to make the difficulties of long-distance relationships a bit easier for couples. While it can't replace those special moments couples have together just before they fall asleep, it aims to at least keeps some of the intimacy they would normally share while sleeping in the same bed. Each partner wears a wristband that shares their heartbeat in real-time with the other through a small speaker.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

City life all but guarantees you have a bicycle at home, and that bicycle probably takes up a lot of room, relatively speaking. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a balcony for storage, stowing the bicycle when not in use means taking up precious space that would be better used elsewhere. Enter Stowaway, a bike storage system that stores the bicycle overhead without hassle.

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Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Most desk lamps are the same variation of a standard lamp we have seen many times over the years. An entirely new lamp design has turned up on Kickstarter and it has a very interesting design. Lampster looks like a little robot with a head that happens to be an LED light. It has a torso, two arms, and two legs and stands up on your desk posing like some little superhero.

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G-Ro Intelligent luggage has off-road wheels and optional battery

G-Ro Intelligent luggage has off-road wheels and optional battery

Finding the right carry-on luggage isn’t always an easy thing to do. Sometimes the bags are a bit too large and don’t fit well into the overhead bins. Other times the bags don't have the features that make them user friendly. A new carry-on bag has turned up on Kickstarter called the G-Ro and it has all the features that frequent travelers will want.

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Zafirro Z2 razor’s ultra-sharp sapphire blades are 80 atoms thick

Zafirro Z2 razor’s ultra-sharp sapphire blades are 80 atoms thick

Zafirro, Inc. has a new razor by the same name, and though at first glance it appears to be an ordinary shaving razor, it has a (very) thin secret nestled within: a razor blade made of white sapphire that is only 80 atoms thick at the tip. The company tasked itself with using nanotechnology and “the most significant technological advances” to revamp classic razors, and the result is a blade that is much thinner than stainless steel while being 100 times more durable.

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