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Monolith electric skateboard puts motors inside the wheels

Monolith electric skateboard puts motors inside the wheels

We've seen electric bikes that try to give cyclists an added push, especially when riding through challenging terrain. That same idea now also applies even to things like skateboards, allowing skaters to do some things they can't on a normal board, like riding uphill. While the Monolith skateboard does offer that, it also wants to be better and offer the authentic feel of a traditional non-powered skateboard. And it might have just found the answer with its new Manta Drive technology that practically hides the motors in each of the wheels.

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Living Aerial Bot drone uses your smartphone as its brain

Living Aerial Bot drone uses your smartphone as its brain

The Living Aerial Bot (LAB) is a drone with a twist, in that it uses your smartphone as its brain and face. The handset connects to the drone using Bluetooth or a wired connection, likely depending on the phone, delivering commands to the UAV's on-board hardware. In addition, the related mobile app can also be used to display a "face" for the drone, such as an owl's face or, depending on the situation, a live video feed used to give remote directions, such as in medical emergency situations.

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Noke U-Lock lands on Kickstarter, offers Bluetooth bike security

Noke U-Lock lands on Kickstarter, offers Bluetooth bike security

FUZ Design is making a big name for themselves on the back of small Bluetooth locks. At CES this year, we wen’t hands-on with the Noke padlock, FUZ's first crowdsourced campaign that blew up on Kickstarter. Now they’re back with the U-Lock, designed specifically for the bicyclist. Rather than fumble with cables and a padlock, U-Lock is a familiar, straightforward bike lock that also capitalizes on Noke’s technology found in their original padlock. And yes, it will work with Apple Watch.

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Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon Exclusives is a virtual pop-up shop for boutique buys

Amazon may already be the online big box retailer of choice for many, but Jeff Bezos & Co. are hoping to be your boutique option too, with the launch of Amazon Exclusives. Designed to highlight new and niche products, including those successfully pitched on hit TV show Shark Tank, the new storefront promises a more curated catalog than the regular Amazon shelves. The initial line-up is pretty eclectic, too, spanning designer portable power chargers through Olloclip add-on lenses to shoes, with the promise that there are very few other places you can find such items if you're interested.

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ODiN Aurora mouse projects a laser trackpad onto surfaces

ODiN Aurora mouse projects a laser trackpad onto surfaces

ODiN is a mouse that functions like a trackpad, only it uses projected lasers rather than traditional hardware. The design, upon first glance, appears to be a Transformer, but it's not -- it's the Norse god of war, and the projected image includes a laser spear to drive that theme home. The mouse works by sitting on a desk and projecting a "trackpad" onto the surface in which the user can control their computer's cursor. More details after the jump!

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PancakeBot is like a pancake 3D printer

PancakeBot is like a pancake 3D printer

Anyone with kids in the home can tell you if you mess around and make pancakes in shapes one time, you will be making them in shapes for the rest of your life. Making a pancake in a shape isn't the easiest thing to do, thankfully a new gadget has turned up that makes printing your pancakes in just about any shape you want a snap.

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Freiya smart watering can helps keep your plants alive

Freiya smart watering can helps keep your plants alive

Spring is nearing in many places, and that means it is time to start planting one's flowers and herbs. Not everyone has a green thumb, though, and planting is sometimes followed shortly after with a drooping or dead plant. Like all things, technology is swooping in to help address that issue, and thusly enters Freiya, a smart watering can that works in conjunction with one's smartphone to make sure you never forget to water (or end up over-watering) your plants.

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ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

ScreenStick is a stick-on joystick for tablets

Mobile gaming has become a sophisticated hobby over the years, and anyone who enjoys it quickly grows tired of on-screen digital controls. The solution is a mobile gamepad, of which there is no shortage, but they all come with the same design: a clip in which a smartphone or tablet is slid, positioning it above a standard gaming controller. ScreenStick is different, putting physical joysticks on your device's display using suction cups for a more natural feel when holding the device.

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Waterproof Splash Drone can automatically follow your jet ski

Waterproof Splash Drone can automatically follow your jet ski

There are all kinds of ways to record your surf session. You used to need a friend to film from shore, or you could wear a camera helmet, or attach a Go Pro to your surfboard for a first-person view. Aerial shots over water have always been tricky, even with quadcopter drones because it has been risky to fly your drone over open water. It used to be that once it touched down in the water, it was toast. With the Splash Drone, you'll never need to worry about losing your drone in the water. This little guy can even launch from the sea.

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Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Ringo is an adorable robotic pet

Robotic pets have been around for a while, but the older versions were usually frightening (for example, the Furby). As robotics in general have improved, so have the quality of robotic pets, and while you'd be hard-pressed to find one willing to take a bullet for you, there are some options out there with their own charms. Ringo is one such robotic pet -- it looks like of like a giant metal beetle, and via a load of on-board tech it can "play" with its owner and be altered using different code.

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Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Those who back products in crowdfunding campaigns have gained some elements of protection in recent months, but it is still largely a game of risk, one that relies on backers being unable to sniff out a scam when it surfaces. We've seen some pretty absurd products appear on Kickstarter over the years, and some of them have been pulled in the face of those doubts. Kickstarter is looking to start cracking down on these scammy campaigns, however, and to help do that will be a new "Integrity Specialist".

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Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One and Oculus Rift this summer

Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One and Oculus Rift this summer

One of the best things in gaming, is seeing a successful Kickstarter game hit the market. It's been a long wait, but Elite: Dangerous is finally hitting Xbox One this summer. Elite: Dangerous is part space adventure, part resource management, and part combat simulation (my favorite!). After a down to the wire Kickstarter campaign two years ago, Frontier Developments secured over £1.5 million from crowdsourcing. It's been two and a half years since then, but we're looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their labor.

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