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Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Earlier this month, Pebble showed off its "smartstrap" aspirations, something that will allow others to develop intelligent straps for the latest upcoming Pebble smartwatches. Now the company is back with another update, this time zeroing in on the how -- namely, that it'll be pushing that development into gear with a new million-dollar fund set to aid developers in making -- and launching -- their own Pebble smartstraps. Developers will still need to launch their own funding campaigns, but under this Pebble will back the strap itself if it likes what it sees.

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BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

Makers and artists, rejoice! BoXZY wants to bring the power of manufacturing-level tools, once only available to industry giants, to your desktop. BoXZY is setting itself apart on Kickstarter by offering more than just 3D-printing. BoXZY is designed to be an all-in-one machine shop, functioning as a 3D-printer, mill, and a laser engraver. Each tool exists as a rapid-change attachment, allowing the user to swiftly switch between mechanisms. Its creators, Justin and Joel Johnson, want to break the barriers like cost, location, and space that individual makers encounter in the industry.

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New Narbis neurofeedback glasses force you to concentrate

New Narbis neurofeedback glasses force you to concentrate

It's so easy to get distracted these days when we really need to focus. A new set of glasses may hold the key to honing your concentration. These glasses aren't prescription strength; they actually darken when you become unfocused which trains your brain to concentrate so the lenses stay clear. Perhaps calling them glasses is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually the Narbis wearable neurofeedback device. Narbis is hoping to take the focus-improving science of neurofeedback out of a clinical setting and bring it to everyone through Kickstarter.

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Emoji Keyboard skin puts characters right beneath your fingers

Emoji Keyboard skin puts characters right beneath your fingers

Everyone loves emojis these days, right? The wide range of characters has become our de-facto form of communicating on our smartphones. But what about when we sit down at our desks or laptops and use physical keyboards? On a Mac, entering your favorite emoji becomes a tedious process of navigating a character-entry tab and clicking on emoji one at a time with a mouse. That's where the crazy kids at Disk Cactus have stepped in with their emoji keyboard overlay skin, currently on Kickstarter.

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MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

MagBak iPhone case sticks (almost) anywhere

You probably do a lot with your phone that extends far beyond merely accepting calls and even sending messages -- there is watching videos, reading passages, monitoring data. Being able to mount a phone somewhere easily so that it is both accessible and hands-free is a common need, and one that is rarely fully satisfied. The folks behind MagBak are hoping to change that, however, with a new case that can stick nearly anywhere in your car, home, or somewhere else.

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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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