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Atari VCS gaming PC in question after key architect quits

Atari VCS gaming PC in question after key architect quits

Crowdfunding has given rise to dreamers, scammers, and everything in between. It has become an almost level playing field where even big companies may fail to deliver on promises or even make them a reality. It may be too early to judge the already delayed Atari VCS "retro" gaming PC "console" but it seems that it is getting dragged into controversy yet again after the departure of the still-unfinished product's designer.

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Light Phone II now available for those who dislike smartphones that much

Light Phone II now available for those who dislike smartphones that much

Smartphones have become almost an integral part of modern life that there is now an anti-smartphone undercurrent going around the Internet. These point out the dangers of smartphone addiction and social disassociation that result from having our faces glued to screens while, at the same time, value the communication that these phones also enable. Trying to strike somewhat of a balance, the Light Phone II and its predecessor try to go back to the basics and now offer an anti-smartphone experience to those willing to pay the upfront price for that new lifestyle.

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Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

Chuwi MiniBook mini laptop adds an active stylus, stretch goals, perks

A rather silent yet steady undercurrent is moving in the PC market thanks to crowdfunding, Three Chinese companies are practically neck to neck in trying to corner a new breed of mini laptops, ultra ultraportables, and whatnot. One Netbook fired the opening salvo but GPD and Chuwi have caught up quickly. With just a week left, Chuwi is sweetening the MiniBook pot by expanding its features beyond the initial spiel, including adding a fingerprint scanner and an active stylus.

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Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

I want this robot arm.* Not in the same way Moss wanted a robot arm in The IT Crowd, but in a way which is mysterious to me, a person who has never owned a robot arm. This is the Mirobot, an open-source desktop robot arm that does not (yet) exist in the world as a product that you (or I) can purchase. But if you've ever seen a robot arm that looks nearly so cute, I demand that you show me that baby robot arm immediately.

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This robot cat Kiki thinks learning AI can win where other home robots failed

This robot cat Kiki thinks learning AI can win where other home robots failed

Building a companion robot is harder than you might think, but startup Zoetic AI believes its cutesy cyber-cat Kiki has the personality it takes to reach the mainstream. Resembling a cross between a bowling pin and a manga kitty, Kiki aims to do what Jibo, Kuri, and others failed to, earning a spot on your desk by virtue of its infinitely flexible AI-powered personality.

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Sony’s weird wearable air conditioner just hit its crowdfunding goal

Sony’s weird wearable air conditioner just hit its crowdfunding goal

Sony's individual, back-mounted air conditioning unit has hit its crowdfunding goal, with the oddball wearable now getting the green light for production. Revealed late last week, the Sony Reon Pocket launched on the company's First Flight platform, the Kickstarter-style business accelerator it started back in 2015.

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Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone specs finalized as pre-orders begin

Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone specs finalized as pre-orders begin

Despite the growing number of evidence and cases of mobile software that blatantly violate user privacy, it's almost impossible to imagine life these days without a smartphone. While hardcore privacy advocates might be able to ditch their mobile device for good, there are some that try to promise the best of both mobile and privacy worlds. One of those is Purism who has finally finalized the specs and features of its crowdfunded privacy-respecting Librem 5 phone.

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Sony Reon Pocket is a crowdfunded wearable air conditioner and heater

Sony Reon Pocket is a crowdfunded wearable air conditioner and heater

Whether you believe in climate change and global warming or not, it's difficult to deny that temperatures and weather patterns these days are drastically different from years ago. More commonly, hot days are even hotter but sometimes even cold ones can become unbearable. Those may be of no problem if you stay indoors but the moment you step out, you're mostly on your own. That's why a few folks at Sony have thought up of the Reon Pocket which, believe it or not, promises to offer an air conditioner you can discreetly wear on your back.

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Eve V2 heralds big changes including new devices, new business model

Eve V2 heralds big changes including new devices, new business model

The Eve V almost became one of the poster children of the crowdfunding era. It dared to challenge the status quo and outdid Microsoft in delivering a true Surface Pro killer with more features but a more accessible price point. But while Eve did deliver on its promises, for the most part, things quickly went south. Now the Helsinki-based company is stirring the waters yet again with an explanation of what happened, a promise to do better, and a teaser of what's to come.

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Mokibo Bluetooth keyboard is also a large multi-touch touchpad

Mokibo Bluetooth keyboard is also a large multi-touch touchpad

While there's a wide variety of keyboards and mice available for desktops users, users on the go have fewer choices if they want to keep the number of peripherals they bring low. There are Bluetooth keyboards that do come with a touchpad but those can hardly be called portable. Enter the Mokibo, a rather ingenious new keyboard that combines both keyboard and mouse in one thing and light package. Not by shrinking the touchpad to almost unusable levels but by enlarging it to the same size as the keyboard itself.

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TRIO promises the triple screen laptop of your dreams

TRIO promises the triple screen laptop of your dreams

When Razer unveiled its Project Valerie prototype at CES 2017, it unsurprisingly became the butt of jokes. While having a multi-monitor setup on a desk isn't exactly novel, having a laptop with three screens is just a few steps shy of ridiculous. Of course, the same benefits apply but the inconvenience and price of such a contraption are almost unthinkable. Along comes Mobile Pixels with the idea to simply stick on or two screens on any laptop and call it TRIO.

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IT’S OK is a portable cassette player with Bluetooth audio support

IT’S OK is a portable cassette player with Bluetooth audio support

What was old is new again in the entertainment industry with old consoles getting mini makeovers and vinyl coming back in fashion. For some people, however, their first music experience wasn't with phonograph but with cassette players. The darling of the 80s, cassettes were perhaps the last stage of the analog audio world before MP3s became, and still are, the king. In time for the retro revolution, the IT'S OK campaign popped up on Kickstarter to bring back the beloved audio device with a slightly modern twist.

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