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The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

The Light Phone is a cell phone unlike any other

Many people have a smartphone, but not everyone likes them. The non-smartphones lovers out there are finding that the non-smartphone handset options are decreasing, and so they resign themselves with owning one of the devices. Enter The Light Phone, a cell phone the size of a credit card that only does calls. It works with an existing smartphone, being bid as one’s “phone away from phone” as a prepaid GMS offering that uses an app that forwards calls from your smartphone when they arrive — and the two don’t have to be close to each other, meaning you can leave the smartphone at home.

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Flare: an all-in-one home security system shaped like a UFO

Flare: an all-in-one home security system shaped like a UFO

You're away from home and though you've a housesitter to keep the planets from dying, the place sits empty night after night and you've no way to know whether ne'erdowells will stay away. There are various smart home security systems on the market that offer peace of mind, mostly through connected alerts and access to video feeds. They typically involve placing sensors around the house, however, something the maker behind Flare decided to avoid. With Flare, the entire home security setup is promised to be available in a single UFO-shaped device.

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SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

SmartChutes are parachutes for your (falling) drone

Some drones return themselves safely to the ground when the battery is low, but others just start to die and sink quickly. On top of that, any number of catastrophes or troubles can surface that means your drone will be hurtling toward the potentially damaging earth at a fast rate. Such is a time for a parachute, in this case the SmartChutes, which is described as an "autonomous parachute recovery system" for quadcopters. When your drone falls, the parachute deploys.

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QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

QromaScan digitizes, organizes your physical photographs

Digital photographs have become the norm, but the odds are high you've physical photographs still stuffed into shoeboxes somewhere. Digitizing the photographs is ideal for preservation's sake, but cumbersome and lengthy -- scanning individual photographs takes a lot of time, and after a couple dozen of them, having digital copies doesn't seem so important. Enter QromaScan, a small photo booth of sorts with a related app that, when combined, aim to make the entire scanning and tagging process fast and simple.

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Kokoon headphones use EEG sensors to track your sleep

Kokoon headphones use EEG sensors to track your sleep

Kokoon are headphones featuring EEG sensors and smartphone technology; they’re aimed at helping users fall asleep and stay asleep, doing so by using EEG sensors and a related smartphone app to monitor sleep. These are so called “dry EEG sensors”, able to work from the headphones without any setup involved. This offers sleep tracking, with the data being available on the app, as well as automatic audio adjustment so that once the user is asleep they don’t get disturbed again.

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Castlevania creator crowdfunds new game, coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

Castlevania creator crowdfunds new game, coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

Kickstarter and its ilk have become dream makers for game developers, not just the occasional brilliant indie piece but even legends returning to their former glory. While that has been mostly the case in the West, the East is somewhat still catching up to the trend. We've seen Mighty No. 9 from Keiji Inafune of Rockman (Mega Man in the US) fame kick off in 2013. Now another Japanese legend is joining the fray. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic side-scrolling action platformer from the game designer who knows that genre best: Koji Igarashi or IGA, creator of Castlevania.

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Tiny CHIP computer destroys Kickstarter goal in days

Tiny CHIP computer destroys Kickstarter goal in days

On a severe budget, but still want to tinker with DIY gadgetry? CHIP may have recently sparked your interest. If it didn’t, you might be in the minority of tech fans; at $9, CHIP has absolutely demolished its Kickstarter goal of $50,000, earning upwards of $735,000 (at the time we publish this article). As small as it is, CHIP is still a full-fledged computer, and can support peripherals like a keyboard or mouse. CHIP even links to any screen you like, making those tiny set-top computers seem downright massive.

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Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

With the Pebble Time Kickstarter ending with a bang, all that's left is for Pebble to deliver on its promise. Being Pebble, there is perhaps little doubt they can pull that off too, but it's still a good thing to hear an update or two from them. Last week, they teased some of the software functionality of smartwatch. This time, they're going for a bit of hardware, showing off one of the new Pebble Time color options as well as the finished charger cable design.

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CHIP hailed as world’s first $9 computer

CHIP hailed as world’s first $9 computer

If the Raspberry Pi is still too expensive for your inner cheapskate, there's a new contender on the block, and its makers are hawking it as the first-ever $9 computer. It's called CHIP, and it is a complete computer small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand. It can be used just like a regular computer, with users being able to hook up a keyboard, mouse, display, and power supply. There’s on-board storage, and its makers show it being used to create and save documents and play games, among other things. There’s also a cool accessory that goes alongside it, allowing the computer to be used portably.

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Radian 2 Bluetooth time-lapse controller pans, tilts, and slides

Radian 2 Bluetooth time-lapse controller pans, tilts, and slides

Photographers who like to take time-lapse images and want to be able to control their camera from a distance will want to check out the Radian 2. The device is a time-lapse controller that allows the creation of still, panning, tilting, and sliding time-lapse footage using your camera. The controller connects to the camera via the USB or trigger port and is programmed wirelessly from a smartphone.

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