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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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Fake Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign appears on Indiegogo, gets the 0 dollars it deserves

Fake Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign appears on Indiegogo, gets the 0 dollars it deserves

If you've been paying attention to the E3 news this week, you've already heard about Shenmue 3's crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and how it's smashed records. Well, an apparent troll going by the name "Ryan Nets" seems to have had hopes that people wouldn't notice the difference between Kickstarter and similar platform Indiegogo, as that's where he put a fake fundraising campaign for Shenmue 3. Now, the good news is that the fraudulent project has already been taken down, and the better news is that no one fell for it, for it last had $0 pledged.

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Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

SEGA game Shenmue 3 has blasted through its Kickstarter goal, raising $2m in less than 9.5 hours, and looking set to find backers for considerably more. The third installment of the classic series, Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki announced they'd be looking to crowdfunding to pay for development at E3 2015 this week, but probably didn't expect to reach their multi-million target quite so quickly.

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Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

If there's one theme to Sony's pre-E3 2015 conference, it might be making dreams come true. No, it's that Dreams game from Media Molecule. Among other things, Sony has revealed The Last Guardian, which will finally launch in 2016, hopefully. It has also finally given in to fans and will make, or rather remake, Final Fantasy VII as a first-class PS4 port. And now, it's going to make Shenmue 3 a reality. Well, sort of. What Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki actually announced is the launch of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign.

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FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

Crowdfunding seekers in the US beware! The long arm of the law has finally caught up with the modern idea of seeking money from the masses. The US Federal Trade Commission has just announced that it has reached a settlement with Erik Chevalier, the man behind "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City", a Kickstarter that was successfully funded in 2012 but was announced canceled in 2013. Failing to refund pledges as promised, the FTC took action on consumer's behalf and imposed some almost light sanctions on Chevalier.

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Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Nostalgia can be a pretty strong emotion. And profitable too, as some game developers on Kickstarter have discovered. Although the crowdfunding platform has seen many a new game or idea come to life, most of the most successfully funded games on its list happen to have strong ties to the past. Like Bloodstained, which come from the mind of Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame, which is close to reaching $4.5 million with less than 24 hours to spare, making it the top funded computer game so far in Kickstarter history.

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Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

In areas where lots of people ride bikes to and from work, bike theft is a major concern. There are plenty of locks that require you to mess with chains or other types of locks each time you want to park or ride the bike and that can get annoying. A new bike lock called Linka is the world's first auto-unlocking smart bike lock and it attaches directly to the frame of your bike.

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