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Animoodles Collection 2 adds 6 more characters to mix and match

Animoodles Collection 2 adds 6 more characters to mix and match

In an age of smartphones, tablets, and the Internet, there's almost a presumption that toys need to be smart in order to keep up with more tech-savvy kids. Kids, however, need more than just smart learning toys. They also need to have emotional and tangible ones. Last year, two designers from Disney, Pixar, and Apple teamed up to bring Animoodles to life through Kickstarter. Now they're back, on Kickstarter again no less, to bring a second batch of magnetic, safe, and imaginative plushies for kids to enjoy.

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Woojer Ryg haptic feedback vest supports all gaming platforms

Woojer Ryg haptic feedback vest supports all gaming platforms

Company Woojer is seeking funding for Ryg, a haptic feedback vest that supports "pretty much" all gaming consoles, VR systems, PC games, and smartphones. The device adds a new layer of experience to one's gaming sessions, enabling players to feel actions in their body as they happen on the screen. This can include, for example, feeling the roar of a dinosaur rumble in one's chest.

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SuperScreen Kickstarter fails, takes $2.5M down the drain

SuperScreen Kickstarter fails, takes $2.5M down the drain

Crowdfunding projects work - sometimes. Transcendent Designs' SuperScreen is not an example of a successful crowdfunding project. The group collected pledges of over $2.5-MILLION USD and 1.5 years after the end of the campaign, it's gone. No delivery of a final product was made, and no refunds will be made (according to the campaign's creator.) Let this be a good reminder: Giving money to companies for products that do not exist is a bad idea.

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Luna Display turns an iPad into a second monitor for Macs

Luna Display turns an iPad into a second monitor for Macs

Multi-monitor setups are so common these days that even notebooks that are normally meant to have only one screen are being used with external monitors. Those external monitors, however, are often expensive, bulky, and stationary. There are, of course, portable monitors which are just as expensive. If, however, you own a MacBook and happen to also have an iPad, you're in luck, because Luna Display can wirelessly join those two screens together to give you a bigger but still portable digital workspace.

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Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Smartphone cameras these days can almost rival DSLRs in many ways, especially with their more convenient portability and general purpose functions. There are still, however, things that a dedicated camera will always be able to do better, like offering tactile and more precise physical controls and having a viewfinder that works under the brightest of days. Rather than spend twice on a smartphone and a camera, miggo is offering a more practical alternative: the Pictar Pro Advanced camera grip that transforms your iPhone or Android phone into one.

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Moto Z Keyboard Mod slider is dead, new phone planned

Moto Z Keyboard Mod slider is dead, new phone planned

It isn’t unusual for successfully crowdfunded projects to pull the rug from under everyone’s feet, including their own. It isn’t even unusual for some not to refund their backers for complete lack of funds. What is somewhat unusual is for the creators to embark on an even more ambitious project. That does seem to be what the folks behind the Keyboard Mod for the Moto Z, formerly known as Livermorium, after it announced not just its cancellation but also its revival.

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Privacy-focused Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed

Privacy-focused Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed

Very few crowdfunded projects have ever shipped on time. That’s especially true for ones that promise to create a device that has never existed yet so far. So it’s not exactly surprising when Purism, after a long status report, revealed they were now looking at an April 2019 launch date for the Librem 5. Despite that unforeseen setback, the company is confident that it’s still on track to deliver what will be the industry’s first non-Android, fully Linux, fully free and open source software, privacy and security respecting user-friendly smartphone.

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Locky uses keys to make regular house locks smarter

Locky uses keys to make regular house locks smarter

Smart home locks are expensive, particularly if more than one is needed to adequately update the house. A new alternative has arrived in the form of Locky, a device that attaches to a house key, transforming the regular dumb lock it belongs to into a smarter, more capable system. The device and its app supports unlocked door alerts, lock sharing, and more.

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HAL 9000 speaker puts the iconic murderous AI in your house

HAL 9000 speaker puts the iconic murderous AI in your house

The market is teeming with recreations of famous props and items from fiction but few of those are accurate, sanctioned, or actually useful beyond being decorations. This HAL 9000 product line is all three. With Warner Bros’ blessing, the Master Replicas Group have recreated 2001: A Space Odyssey’s famous computer into a functional Bluetooth speaker. It is, in fact, so faithful that you might even think twice about letting it connect to your home network.

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GPD Pocket 2 makes another case for mini laptops

GPD Pocket 2 makes another case for mini laptops

The ill-fated netbooks were probably too ahead of their time. From ultraportables to the MacBook Air to Chromebooks, we can still see parts of the netbook DNA in modern laptops. But one niche device, in particular, bears the strongest family resemblance to these smaller than usual portable PCs. These mini laptops, if you can still call them that, are almost ridiculous. And judging by the reception of the GPD Pocket 2, still popular and slightly profitable as well.

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Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Looking Glass promises a holographic display with no headsets

Virtual and augmented reality have created the need for a niche type of content creation, one that requires truly immersive 3D experiences. But while there are already tools for that, a bottleneck is created when you have to put on cumbersome VR or AR headsets just to quickly test their work. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually see those right on your desk immediately? That would require a holographic display and that is exactly what The Looking Glass is trying to offer.

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Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L promises more flexible luggage

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L promises more flexible luggage

Peak Design knows how to nail a great bag and a successful Kickstarter campaign, and so the news today that it has both is likely to cause waves in the backpack world. The Peak Design Travel Line is making its debut today, most notably with the Travel Backpack 45L, but also including a system of Peak Design Packing Tools that are intended to both work with, and apart from, the main bag.

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