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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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Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Ye-T Warmpad uses a laptop charger to warm your feet

Though winter was unusually warm for many late last year, the cold weather has finally caught up and many have faced single-digit temperatures in recent days. When it's that cold outside, everything feels cold all the time -- especially your feet when they're trapped under a desk with little air flow. Enter the Ye-T Warmpad, a mostly passive device that uses your existing laptop charger to keep your feet toasty.

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DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

For a bunch of years now, Philips has made some of its TVs with a feature called Ambilight. This feature used colored LEDs on the back of the TV to backlight the wall or surface behind the TV to match the image seen on the screen. That means if your screen was green, the wall behind the TV glowed green as well.

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Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

Keyport’s new modular multitools are for the modern world

We’ve seen older models akin to them in the past, and now the company behind the product is back with refined versions of its Keyport, a multitool designed for the modern world. There are two new versions this time around, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and the Keyport Pivot 1.0. Both models are modular and can be customized, and are inspired by classic multitools, only they bring a modern twist.

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Enlaps unlimited time-lapse photography system runs off solar power

Enlaps unlimited time-lapse photography system runs off solar power

Time lapse photography is very cool but it can be hard to shoot due to constraints in storage capacity and battery power for the cameras used. A new time lapse photography system has debuted called Enlaps and it eliminates some of those time lapse hurdles for photographers.

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Kickstarter: games drew nearly a million backers in 2015

Kickstarter: games drew nearly a million backers in 2015

Kickstarter has released numbers from 2015 pertaining specifically to games. According to the company, games alone drew nearly a million backers over the course of last year, and those backers pledged more than $144.4 million to various projects. The number of projects that were successful, though, is disappointing with a 30.3-percent overall success rate.

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dokiWatch is an advanced smartwatch for kids

dokiWatch is an advanced smartwatch for kids

Most wearables for kids are limited in functionality, and often revolve around tracking for the parents’ peace of mind. dokiWatch is different — it features more advanced features, including fitness tracking, calling functionality, and an electronic pet to care for. The watch includes a kid-friendly design, as well, able to withstand the rough-and-tumble nature of childhood.

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MAD Glass smart glass runs Android

MAD Glass smart glass runs Android

A new type of smart glasses has debuted called MAD Glass and it claims to have the functions of a smartphone and more. The wearable monocle is designed to attach to the side of glasses you wear and overlay all sorts of augmented reality information on the world around you.

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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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