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Sony Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner goes on sale in Japan

Sony Reon Pocket wearable air conditioner goes on sale in Japan

Japan enjoys a stereotype for producing rather eccentric products and devices and Sony's latest isn't exactly helping. Born from its internal crowdfunding platform, the Reon Pocket was revealed last year to be a thermal device you can wear underneath your shirt to keep you cool during these summer days. In other words, it is the world's first air conditioner that you can wear and, now, also purchase. At least if you're living in Japan.

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Eau de Space perfume uses old NASA recipe to smell like the cosmos

Eau de Space perfume uses old NASA recipe to smell like the cosmos

Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Astronauts who have been there reported that it is unlike anything you'd have experienced on Earth...that is until NASA replicated the scent using a secret recipe. A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for what it claims is a commercialized version of that scent recipe acquired, in part, using multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

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CutiePi is an open source and portable Raspberry Pi tablet

CutiePi is an open source and portable Raspberry Pi tablet

The Raspberry Pi opened up a whole new world of DIY projects but it has ironically been more difficult to actually produce a "normal" RPi-powered computer that doesn't look like a Frankensteined contraption. There are, of course, some kits that let you easily assemble a Raspberry Pi desktop, laptop, or even tablet, but those look more like things you'd rather leave at home than be caught dead using it outside. It's for that exact use case that CutiePi was born and now the ready-to-use RPi Tablet has launched on Kickstarter to bring all that to everyone willing to take the risk.

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iiRcade puts arcade box in your home for around $400

iiRcade puts arcade box in your home for around $400

A game machine called iiRcade was launched with a crowdfunding campaign Kickstarter here in June, and it seems pretty radical. This arcade machine can be either a bartop or full-sized mode arcade machine and will cost backers approximately $400 after it's funded. This crowdfunding campaign raised over $100k more than its goal with 44 days left to go - that's no small feat in an economic situation such as the one we're in here in the summer of 2020.

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Colors Live wants to turn the Nintendo Switch into an art tool

Colors Live wants to turn the Nintendo Switch into an art tool

Although it has the heart of an NVIDIA-powered tablet, the Nintendo Switch's singular purpose makes it less ideal for anything other than games. In fact, it's not even good for general media consumption aside from YouTube and Hulu. Some definitely see it as wasted potential but, fortunately, there are those that are applying a bit of ingenious creativity to get around those limitations, like this Colors Live bundle that wants to transform the console into a digital art canvas, complete with a pressure-sensitive stylus.

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GPD WIN Max pre-order price will make you think twice

GPD WIN Max pre-order price will make you think twice

GPD has long been making gaming handhelds that no one else would even dare imagine selling and it sells them to much success anyway. It has recently dived head-on into an extremely niche mini laptop market but now it's going back to its roots, or at least to some of it. The GPD WIN Max is practically the culmination of its voyages, offering a small gaming laptop for the price of a gaming laptop but with one missing feature of a gaming laptop.

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Astro Slide 5G is an Android mini-laptop phone for keyboard addicts

Astro Slide 5G is an Android mini-laptop phone for keyboard addicts

If you've been waiting for a 5G smartphone with a physical keyboard, get ready to get excited. Planet Computers - known for its steadfast, some might say obsessional, commitment to the mini-laptop form factor - has revealed its latest model, the Astro Slide, complete with a "RockUp" sliding mechanism and high-speed connectivity.

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LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

In 2019, the LynQ team raised a sizable amount of cash via crowdfunding and sold 20,000 LynQ people compasses. That's LynQ, the "people compass" that works with the ability to "keep groups together without need for phones or connectivity." They shipped thousands of units to early backers, now they've got the device available for commercial shipping for the first time.

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THEC64 full-sized Commodore 64 retro console starts shipping

THEC64 full-sized Commodore 64 retro console starts shipping

The age of retro mini consoles might finally be over, especially now that most gaming consoles and even one arcade cabinet has been recreated in miniaturized form. That said, some or at least one of those makes more sense as a full-sized version. That is the Commodore 64 and its THEC64, not "The C64" retro descendant has finally started shipping to preorders, at least to those living in Europe, bringing an almost faithful clone that includes an actual working keyboard.

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My go-to sous-vide is getting a big upgrade

My go-to sous-vide is getting a big upgrade

The Mellow sous-vide is getting a second-generation version, with Mellow Duo adding a dual-vat option to the all-in-one cooking system. Launched back in 2014, in the early days of domestic sous-vide, the first-gen Mellow promised smarter meals with added convenience features like refrigeration. Now, it's getting an update.

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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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