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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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Podo wireless camera fits in your palm, sticks to the wall

Podo wireless camera fits in your palm, sticks to the wall

Unless you're a photographer, your smartphone camera is probably your primary camera. Though it is convenient, there are times when having a dedicated camera can come in handy as well (like when you're wanting to record from a drone or underwater). Podo is one of those little standalone cameras that target the everyday consumer and work with the tech you already have (again, your smartphone). It's smaller than a compact digital camera, however, and can be stuck on surfaces with its adhesive backing.

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Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

We've seen accessories that turn your mobile device or computer into a makeshift recording studio, but what about one that lets you play almost any instrument? And one that actually feels like it has real strings? That's the almost unbelievable promise that the Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1 is making on Kickstarter, to deliver a strange looking contraption that can be played as a guitar, violin, keyboard, drum, or, thanks to software, any other instrument or sound known to man as well as those still unknown to man.

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Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

Stryd wearable power meter for runners helps you run faster

There are all sorts of wearables today that are designed to help people track their activity. Smartwatches and bracelets that are available track how far you walk or run and show how many calories you burn. A new wearable has launched called the Stryd wearable power meter. The device is designed to give runners details that can help them run better.

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Woolet smart wallet barks so you won’t lose it

Woolet smart wallet barks so you won’t lose it

We've seen some snazzy wallets in the past, including this minimalist metal one, but some are more inclined toward soft leather. Such is the nature of Woolet, but it hides a lot of modern trimmings, including Bluetooth connectivity. This mixes traditional, sophisticated stylings with the perks of modern technology to create an overall product not terribly likely to be lost -- it can, after all, alert the owner of when it is being left behind. See it in action after the jump!

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Click: a watchband adapter for the Apple Watch

Click: a watchband adapter for the Apple Watch

With the forthcoming Apple Watch, Apple has put an incredible amount of effort into making sure the device can be customized to meet any user's taste through a number of watchband styles, each in a wide range of colors. But what if you already have a watchband that you just adore, and would rather pair that with your new Apple wearable? This is where Click aims to fit in, as an adapter that will allow any 24mm watchband to slide into the Apple Watch's custom locking band slots.

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UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

Pocket amps certainly aren't scarce -- if you are handy, you can find instructions to make one yourself all over the Internet -- but they're not often stylish, and some of them are more burdensome to transport than some are willing to deal with. Enter the UAMP, a sleekly designed pocket amp that aims to improve the sound quality coming from your mobile device. It does this alongside a small form factor, one that won't get in the way of most activities.

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Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

Kickstarter is down – it’s not just you [UPDATE: up again]

This morning Kickstarter was kicked in the pants by an unknown error resulting in a downtime of more than three (correction: two) hours. Check sites like "isitdownrightnow" have pinged the site with their servers and have reported real down time. This sort of situation suggests that the webpage is down due to a network problem or outage. This is not a scheduled maintenance time for Kickstarter, that's for certain. According to Kickstarter support, their developers "are still hard at work investigating the issue."

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