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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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SteadXP stabilizes images and video on almost all cameras

SteadXP stabilizes images and video on almost all cameras

Shaky video and blurry images caused by movement during shooting or filming can ruin your shots and be very annoying to the viewer. A new project has turned up on Kickstarter called the SteadXP that is a new type of video stabilization platform featuring 3-axis stabilization in a light and easy to use package. The team behind the SteadXP says that it is compatible with nearly all digital cameras from your GoPro to a DSLR or cinema camera.

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Lawsuit against ‘shady’ Kickstarter campaign gets backers restitution

Lawsuit against ‘shady’ Kickstarter campaign gets backers restitution

In early summer 2014, the Washington State Attorney General hit the company behind Asylum Playing Cards’ with a lawsuit over a 2012 Kickstarter campaign that failed to live up to its promises. Backers never got the playing cards and other goods they were promised, and the resulting lawsuit — which sought restitution for backers — was hailed as a precedent-setting legal move that would, and in some ways did, lead to better safeguards for crowdfunding backers.

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NASA Graphics Standards Manual available to download in PDF

NASA Graphics Standards Manual available to download in PDF

The NASA logo of the '70s was called "the worm" and I can see where that name came from. The font used for the letters in the logo looked like a fat earthworm twisted into the letters needed to spell out NASA. As a high tech space agency, it comes as no surprise that NASA has a manual for just about everything.

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3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

Anyone who tinkers with electronics or DIY projects needs some specialized tools. A new product has debuted that gives users several tools in one product and it's called the 3Dsimo. 3Dsimo has a 3D printing pen, precision solder, burner, and cutter in one device. The tool is aimed at people who create jewelry, figures, accessories, decorations, and other art.

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Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Some people need total darkness to sleep, others need a little light. In the same way, some people need complete silence, but others need noise. That noise can come from a smartphone app, but the artificial nature of these noises make it ineffective for some. Others just flip the fan on, but that’s not feasible in certain situations, and is a waste of energy. That’s where Snooz comes in — it’s a relatively small saucer-shaped horizontal “sound conditioner” that provides white noise.

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Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit, a group of software developers and veterans from HTC and the original Android 1.0 team, has kept their promise of debuting something "awesome" and "different" in the smartphone market. Today they've launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Robin phone, a "cloud-first" device with endless storage. See, once the 32GB of internal storage starts to fill up, Nextbit's custom software begins sending everything from photos and files to apps and their data to the cloud for safe keeping.

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