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Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Trying to improve your soccer skills, but finding the process difficult? A new smart soccer ball aims to help with that, integrating smart technology into a ball that, when used alongside a related mobile app, gathers and provides data showing skill details. The company behind the soccer ball also envisions third-party training apps that will work with its model.

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Music Wrap ‘headphones’ are bendy, double as speakers

Music Wrap ‘headphones’ are bendy, double as speakers

Earbuds and headphones, despite their differences, are all largely the same. That can’t be said for Music Wrap, though, a pair of wireless Bluetooth 'headphones' that are bendable and waterproof, and only vaguely similar to what we've come to understand headphones as being. Says the maker, Music Wrap is the most "versatile listening experience" available and suitable for everyday life.

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Bambooti makes your Macbook elegant with real wood covers

Bambooti makes your Macbook elegant with real wood covers

MacBooks are attractive on their own, of course, but sometimes you need something a little different, a little more natural and earthy. Enter Bambooti and its array of thin wooden covers for Apple's laptops. These covers don’t just look like wood — they’re made from real bamboo, black ash, cherry, walnut, and other wood options, but they’re ultra thin at less than a millimeter.

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Foldio360 is a turntable for interactive photos

Foldio360 is a turntable for interactive photos

This week we've come across a strange device by the name of Foldio360 - a turntable with a light that's made for taking photos of tiny objects. What's radical about this device isn't that it, regardless of its name, does not play vinyl records. What's radical about it is its intended use: taking not just photos, but 360-degree images (moving images, that is) for the internet. There'd be far less use for this device in the past, that's for certain.

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ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

Living in a heavily populated urban area means that commutes can be very time consuming and expensive if you have to pay for rides. Lots of folks rely on bikes or other battery-powered vehicles to get around in urban areas and on college campuses. This is where ZAR comes in; it is a small battery powered eScooter that lets people get around with a device small enough to be packed into a backpack when you get to your destination.

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TYLT Vu Pulse turns Pebble Time into a heart rate monitor

TYLT Vu Pulse turns Pebble Time into a heart rate monitor

Owners of the Pebble Time smartwatch that are into fitness or need to keep an eye on their heart rate for medical reasons will want to check out the TYLT Vu Pulse. This device brings fitness tracking to the Pebble Time smartwatch. Vu Pulse uses the green light sensing tech found in some of the other top fitness bands on the market.

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Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Takeout meals are convenient, particularly after a long day spent working, but they’re often not very healthy, and it can be difficult to track calories. The solution is making a meal at home and packing it, but two common complaints are associated with this: poor cooking skills and self-consciousness when toting around a lunchbox. Prepd Pack aims to be the solution to both troubles, offering a smart way to eat healthy combined with an attractive grown-up design.

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Mighty No. 9 gets Mighty Delay No. 3

Mighty No. 9 gets Mighty Delay No. 3

If you've been looking for another game with the same sort of feel as Mega Man, then you'd probably be happy to hear about Mighty No. 9. The “spiritual successor” to Mega Man raised over $4 million on Kickstarter back in 2013, and had some lofty goals. Unfortunately you'd also be disappointed to hear that the game is being delayed for the third time.

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Air Bonsai is a floating planter that grows in mid-air

Air Bonsai is a floating planter that grows in mid-air

You may have heard of Japanese Bonsai before. These plants are typically in little planters that sit on a tablet or bench. A cool new type of Bonsai has turned up on Kickstarter that creates a floating plant base for you to put whatever you want into.

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These shoes are ‘knitted’ using a 3D printer

These shoes are ‘knitted’ using a 3D printer

There’s a new pair of shoes pining to get on the market, and they come in a knitted form. Unlike ordinary knitted shoes, though, the JS shoes are created using 3D printers — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at them. According to the shoes’ creator, these are the first 3D knitted shoes ever, and they comes with several benefits, not the least of which are light weights and soft textures.

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Kickstarter comes to Android

Kickstarter comes to Android

There are some sites out there that don't really need their own mobile app. After all, a mobile site can be plenty effective for most places you visit. However, Kickstarter is not one of those sites. iOS users have been able to use their own special app for the site, but Android users have been left out in the cold.

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‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

‘Zano’ probe finds why drone Kickstarter campaign failed

Crowdfunded projects are risky, and sometimes they don’t pan out. Though some efforts are underway to give backers a bit more protection, the industry is still relatively new and sometimes projects, despite hitting their funding goals, fail to deliver. One of the biggest examples of this is the tiny Zano drone which, though it raised far more than it sought, ultimately fell far short of its goals and left many backers disappointed.

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