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Ruggie makes you step on it to silence morning alarm

Ruggie makes you step on it to silence morning alarm

Waking up early is difficult, and thanks to the ever present snooze button, many people have overslept their alarm and ended up late to work. We’ve seen various solutions to that, some more complicated than others, and Ruggie is newest among them. Rather than putting the snooze button in a different room or disabling it altogether, Ruggie simply requires you to step on it.

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Early Oculus Rift backers getting new consumer version for free

Early Oculus Rift backers getting new consumer version for free

Just a day after announcing the pre-order date of the finalized, consumer version Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, its makers have revealed that users who backed the original Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 will be getting the updated hardware for free. Not all supporters are getting rewarded, mind you, only those who pledged enough money to receive the original Rift Developer Kit, which is said to be around 7,500 users.

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YoCam is small and waterproof life camera good to 20-foot depth

YoCam is small and waterproof life camera good to 20-foot depth

There are no shortage of personal cameras on the market today that are designed to record every aspect of your life and the activities you love. The most popular of the small cameras is the GoPro, but it needs an enclosure to be waterproof. A new camera has been unveiled called the YoCam and it claims to combine some of the best features of multiple cameras into one device.

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SMACH Z SteamOS handheld loses steam, Kickstarter cancelled

SMACH Z SteamOS handheld loses steam, Kickstarter cancelled

Some things that sound too good to be true sometimes do turn out to be such. A SteamOS PC gaming handheld might sound nice, offering the ultimate PC gaming on the go, but turning that dream into reality is going to take a lot more than just a nice idea and a couple of hundred thousand bucks. That's the reality that the team behind SMACH Z is now facing as they cancelled their Kickstarter campaign in order to re-evaluate their goals, requirements, and financial needs. In other words, back to the crowdfunding drawing board.

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Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Hult Design has introduced its beautiful pillar-style Bluetooth speaker Pavilion. Unlike most other speakers, Pavilion in no way resembles a speaker; rather, it looks like a piece of art one might have sitting atop a bookcase or fireplace. When in use, though, Pavilion pumps out audio with what the maker says is “boomy bass” and “bright treble.”

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SMACH Z wants to be your PC gaming handheld via SteamOS

SMACH Z wants to be your PC gaming handheld via SteamOS

Wouldn't it be great if you could take and play your game anywhere? That has been one of the holy grails of gaming, which gave rise to handheld consoles and, now, mobile gaming on smartphones. Technology, however, may have reached a point where even PC games can be played on something as small as, say, a PS Vita. That's definitely the motivation behind SMACH Z, a handheld gaming device on Kickstarter that's taking the Steam Machine concept and SteamOS on the road.

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Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter has hired an investigative reporter to hunt down details on the massively funded — and ultimately failed — ZANO drone campaign. More than 12,000 of the service’s backers paid more than £2m for the small autonomous drone, and they were supposed to receive their item in January of this year. The release date came and went, and the company behind the project, Torque Group Ltd, ultimately shut down last month, leaving backers with nothing.

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Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Quadcopters are fun, especially given how many miniature-sized versions are now on the market. The problem is safety — though some designs have taken steps to protect people from the rotors, many drones still pose safety risks. Improper use or a simple accident can end catastrophically. That’s where Fleye comes in — it is a drone in the broadest sense, but not like any drone you’ve seen before. Its’ makers call it a ‘personal flying robot.'

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Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Shipping dates stated on Kickstarter campaigns are more often than not rough estimates for when a product will launch; after all, projects don't always go as planned and sometimes delays arise. Every now and again a product will ship considerably later than estimates -- take Mighty No. 9, for example. Less common, though, and far less acceptable are massive delays, including the one just announced for the game Project Phoenix.

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Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

I think we have probably all know how annoying it can be when you are trying to watch TV and want a dark room, but someone sitting nearby wants light. A new smart lamp called Fluxo has debuted and this lamp has the cool ability to shine extra light anywhere you want it in the room.

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Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

A new hand gesture motion tracking camera called Zkoo has been unveiled that promises high-speed vision tech for the living room. The camera can be used on your TV to interact with existing apps and games. The Zkoo camera supports Windows PCs, Android devices, tablets, and smartphones.

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PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

It's amazing to see just how far computers have come in my lifetime. When I was a kid, our computer was that thing that sat in my dad's office, that we were only rarely able to touch. These days, I always have a computer (or two) with me, and three different rooms in my house have dedicated PCs. And now there are complete computers you can buy for less than a meal. And now there's a new competitor in the sub-$20 computer market.

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