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Pakpod promises to be a real “adventure” tripod

Pakpod promises to be a real “adventure” tripod

The tripod known as Pakpod is called "more versatile than any tripod on the market today." As such, we're particularly interested in how compact it is, how lightweight, and how rugged. According to its creators, it's made to fold down small enough to fit into your backpack - that's well small enough for our needs, no doubt. It works with a patented locking system that allows its legs to be locked into a holding position at "wildly asymmetrical positions" - that's another point in the positive.

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Angee autonomous home security system has voice recognition and more

Angee autonomous home security system has voice recognition and more

Keeping your hone, office or hotel room secure is a big concern for many people each day. At home, you can have complex security systems installed but those can be tedious to use and typically comes with a monthly bill. When travelling, securing your hotel room with anything other than a key is impossible. The Angee security system is a portable security system with some advanced features.

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Midora game out of funding despite successful Kickstarter

Midora game out of funding despite successful Kickstarter

Crowdfunding campaigns don't always go the way backers would hope -- they're a risk, and if you're going to invest in one, you need to understand that. That's not to say that you shouldn't be upset if you money goes to waste; outright scams are quickly being targeted by legal measures, and questionable campaigns have resulted in refunds. There's the grey area, though, the campaigns that, despite valid efforts, don't end up working out as anticipated.

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Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

A new watch is on Kickstarter that at a glance doesn't look like a smart wearable that many of the Kickstarter projects we see today are. On the outside, the Boldr watch looks like an analog aviator style watch with a decidedly analog look that crams wearable tech inside to give users some smartwatch functions they might want.

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Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

A new Kickstarter campaign has just launched, called Project Moonspike, that is looking to raise funds to build the first crowdfunded rocket to be sent to the moon. Moonspike, a group of independent rocket engineers, are hoping to raise £600,000 (about $1 million) over the next 30 days, which will help fund their rocket with a goal of sending a 1-gram payload to the surface of the Moon. While previous Kickstarters, such as Lunar Mission One, have raised funds for their own Moon missions, Moonspike will be the first to build their own rocket, instead of relying on something pre-made.

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Torax desk toggles between seated and standing modes

Torax desk toggles between seated and standing modes

Spend all day at the computer, and worry about what this is doing to your health? Numerous standing desks are available, but the most common issue with them is inconvenience, as many models within most people's budget range are stationary, and must be manually removed from atop a desk when not in use. Torax is a potential alternative, featuring multi-angle adjustments and a low price point.

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Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

A company from the UK has a new product called the Pixelio that is designed to scan objects in 3D. The turntable uses your smartphone as the major electronics for the scanning system. In addition to scanning objects in 3D, the Pixelio can also shoot 360-degree images and time lapse videos. The company is aiming the device at 3D printers, architects, engineers, graphic designers, and people who sell items on online sites.

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RePhone Kit is an open source modular mobile phone

RePhone Kit is an open source modular mobile phone

People who like open source electronics platforms will get a kick out of the RePhone open source modular phone kit. The kit allows users to create their own mobile phone using modules, software, and customizable phone enclosures. The enclosures are made from pre-cut paper.

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Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

No matter how often you have to do it, I think we can all agree that shaving is no fun. Anyone who has tried different razors knows that shavers and blades are expensive, they cut your skin, and they leave irritation behind that burns all day. Not shaving is the only good thing about being a hipster, if only I could stand flannel. A new razor is on Kickstarter that will eliminate the need for blades called the Skarp Laser Razor.

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Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

Trinity portable wind generator keeps you charged on the go

There are many places where it can be hard to keep your gadgets powered up and usable. If you like to spend time in the outdoors, this is the hardest place to get power. There are no outlets on the side of a mountain in Colorado, but you need to be able to keep in contact in case of an emergency. A new device called the Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Power Station can keep you juiced up no matter how far you are from home.

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‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

‘Hoverboard’ is a self-balancing one-wheel skateboard

A new skateboard-like vehicle has been introduced, this one simply called “Hoverboard”. Before you get too excited, know this — it, like other “hoverboards”, doesn’t levitate. It does, however, move a bit like we imagine a hoverboard would move, something facilitated via a single wheel placed centrally under the board. The futuristic slant is complemented with a colored light around the edge of the board.

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Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

A simple laser light is a surefire way to entertain cats (and most dogs), but it gets tiresome for the human operator after a while. As with most thing in life, the old toy has received a modern "smart" update, this one in the form of Obi, a small cylindrical toy that sits on a mantle or shelf and zips a laser around on your behalf. If you want to get in on the action, there's an app to take control.

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