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Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Is Sony poisoning the Kickstarter well?

Kickstarter has made dreams come true, whether it be some maker's dream product or a backer's dream game. But the promise of crowdfunding isn't completely foolproof, and Kickstarter has seen its fair share of people trying to take advantage of loopholes and fine prints, like this latest issue surrounding Shenmue 3. It was revealed that Sony was somewhat "supporting" the game's production, ruffling a few feathers and raising some questions. Has Sony found a way to game the Kickstarter system or is it completely within bounds? Or has Sony set a pattern that could potentially ruin Kickstarter for indies and smaller groupus?

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iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

When it comes to a smartphone’s camera, many users side-step the flash — for day time and incognito snaps, it doesn’t serve much purpose. There are times when the built-in flash is needed, though, and in those times it usually proves inadequate, perhaps just strong enough to illuminate nearby subjects but not much else. iBlazr presented a solution to that with its first external smartphone flash by the same name, and now it is back with a refined version called the iBlazr 2.

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Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Floating Record vertical turntable is audiophile grade

Years ago if you wanted to buy your favorite new album, it came on a big vinyl record. As time went by those records were replaced for the most part by tapes, CDs and MP3s. There are still a lot of audiophiles that love the sound of vinyl and prefer to buy music in that format. Audiophiles looking for a new turntable will want to check out the Floating Record turntable.

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Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

Floating Record vertical turntable project funded in 3 hours

The Floating Record vertical turntable launches to a surprisingly enthusiastic crowd-funding audience. With a $50k funding goal in place at its morning launch, this project reached a cool $85k by the time the afternoon rolled around. Instead of another digitally-enthusiastic piece of "high-res audio" nonsense, this piece of equipment works with audiophile-grade materials for vinyl records. And it plays these records on their side - because any person willing to take the time to pull a record out of its sleeve to play music can also appreciate the awesomeness of seeing said record play on its side.

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US DoD to develop and build HoverBike in the US

US DoD to develop and build HoverBike in the US

In August of 2014, we got our first look at one of the coolest Kickstarter projects ever when the HoverBike broke cover. This device was developed by Malloy Aeronautics and was seeking money from people to help further develop the project. The HoverBike is sort of, like a cross between a helicopter and an ATV designed to allow a rider to take to the skies. If you thought that the HoverBike sounded too farfetched to actually work, the US Department of Defense doesn't agree.

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Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

One of the factors that made Shenmue such a hit back in 1999, aside from its story, of course, was it was one of the very few to advocate and open world gameplay, something that we may be taking for granted these days. So imagine the surprise, and probably some disappointment, when creator Yu Suzuki, answering questions in a Reddit AMA thread, revealed that the dream of a truly open Shenmue world can only be realized if the campaign's fund reaches the $10 million mark.

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Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Those who do a lot of typing know the strain it can put on one’s wrists over time. There are ergonomic alternatives to traditional straight keyboards, and they are commonly used, but not everyone finds them attractive. Model 01 is similar, but with a sleek, sophisticated design instead — it features two angled and curved keyboard halves nestled in shaped wood. It features mechanical switches, as well, for a mixture of modern and classic for a wholly unique way to type.

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Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

You don’t have to talk hard online to find a bunch of stories about how sitting at your desk all day will kill you. This has led to multiple standing desk options being available that allow you to stand up to work. The problem with standing up to work for some people is that having all of their body weight on the knees and feet all day can cause pain, this is where the LeanChair comes in.

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Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Playing mobile games by using joysticks on the touchscreen is a frustrating process. There are third-party game controllers as an alternative, and they work just fine. The problem with them, however, is that they're somewhat large and they require the user to carry them around. Enter the Flitchio, a smartphone case that has a game controller built into it. This positions a pair of flat controls on the back of the case, allowing an impromptu game to be played without having to tote around a separate controller.

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