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ToyMail mailmen act as simple communication tool-toys for kids

ToyMail mailmen act as simple communication tool-toys for kids

If you're in the mood for an above-average strange and positive learning tool for kids this season, creators Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill have a project you might want to take a peek at: ToyMail. Using handheld toys called "mailmen", this project allows the user to record a message in an iPhone app and subsequently have that message transmitted to their child. The child hears the message, giggles, and has only to press a single button to send a message back.

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Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

Narrative Clip life-logging camera hiccups again

The path from Kickstarter to customers is seldom smooth, and life-logging camera company Narrative (née Memoto) knows that better than most, announcing another hardware issue today that will delay shipping for early backers. According to a message sent to early supporters on the crowdfunding site, issues with camera quality, PCBs, and some of the casing colors means that the production rate has been lower than expected given the initial aim to begin shipping from November 1st.

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Neptune Pine smartwatch hits Kickstarter goal, offers standalone experience

Neptune Pine smartwatch hits Kickstarter goal, offers standalone experience

Neptune has introduced its own smartwatch, the Pine, which has met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal on the crowdfunding website. Unlike some other smartwatches, such as the Galaxy Gear, Neptune says that its Pine can function as its own standalone device, removing the need to carry about two devices for the convenience of having wrist-centric access to your data.

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ALARMclock dishes sobering stats to get you out of bed

ALARMclock dishes sobering stats to get you out of bed

Getting out of bed when the alarm clock goes off is sometimes an unattainable goal, and everyone has found a legitimate excuse to hit the snooze button at least once. This is arguably because an annoying sound is not incentive enough to drag one's self to the coffee maker, and such is where the ALARMclock comes in. Having about tripled its Kickstarter goal with a week remaining, the idea behind the device seems to be popular: offering up sobering information as incentive to wake up.

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Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

TapTap is a wristband that pairs with another TapTap wristband to bring you and a loved one closer together. You tap-tap your TapTap, and your special friend feels a gentle vibration in the paired wristband, wherever in the world the two of you may be. But that's just the Kickstarter bait. The real potential of TapTap lies in its accelerometer and gyroscope in combination with the API. Listen up, developers.

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EX¹ circuit printer hits Kickstarter goal on first day

EX¹ circuit printer hits Kickstarter goal on first day

Kickstarter has been home to a decent number of runaway successes, with Pebble being one of the first and The Mighty No.9 being one of the most recent. We wrote about the EX1 circuit printer earlier today, and at the time it was nearing in on its goal quickly, having already raised over half of its $30k goal. Fast-forward a few hours, and within its first day the entire project has been funded nearly twice over.

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Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Cartesian The EX1 3D-prints circuit boards for wearables galore

Supposing you were in the market for a prototype of a circuit board here in 2013 - what kind of process would you have to go through to get one? Certainly one that'd require one whole heck of a lot more work and waiting than is involved with the rather interesting creation revealed this week by Cartesian Co - a printer called "The EX1", one capable of printing circuit boards as easily as you'd be able to print a 3D object here on the tail end of 2013.

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castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

castAR augmented reality glasses switch to true VR with a clip

There's a team of creators out in the wild this week showing off a pair of augmented reality / virtual reality glasses called castAR, a pair of glasses that's set to make Star Wars a reality. The inspiration for this wearable piece of technology comes directly from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in a scene where the droids are playing a 3D chess game with Chewbacca. In this scene, the pieces for the chess game, (called a Djarik hologame, for you hardcore nerds), are standing projected above the board in 3D - this inspiration pushed the creators of castAR to make a pair of glasses that uses a mix of augmented reality and projection to make a whole new environment for the user.

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