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ChargeWrite is a pen with a built-in power bank and flash storage

ChargeWrite is a pen with a built-in power bank and flash storage

A new project on crowdfunding website IndieGogo aims to be your all-in-one office accessory, combining an ink pen, power bank, stylus, and a phone screen cleaner into a single product. The built-in flash storage can be used with both a laptop and a smartphone, while the internal power bank is charged via a wall outlet plug. Both regular and plus versions of the ChargeWrite will be offered, assuming the campaign is successful.

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GPD Pocket is a 7-inch Windows 10, Ubuntu “laptop”

GPD Pocket is a 7-inch Windows 10, Ubuntu “laptop”

GPD, short for GamePad Digital, is a strange beast. More known, in small circles, for its Android-based gaming handhelds, the China-based company last year dabbled in crowdfunding to get GPD WIN, a Nintendo DS-like Windows 10 handheld, out the door. That campaign, those successfully funded and, to some extent, delivered, the campaign received mixed reactions, some of them very vocal, in a negative sense. That hasn’t stopped GPD from trying again and dreaming bigger, this time with the GPD Pocket that’s aimed at more “fashionable” serious workers.

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Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

The folks at FMTwo Game Inc. have created a new version of the Gameband, a wearable smart device made for gamers. This new version isn't just a USB storage solution, as their past Minecraft device was - here in 2017, they're making a real-deal smartwatch. They've teamed with the official Atari SA brand and Re-Logic (creators of Terraria) to release special editions of the new Gameband as well as a standard edition. This new Gameband will be pre-loaded with 20 mini-games, several of which are "reconditioned" versions of classics like Pong and Breakout.

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Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Mix a dictaphone with a connected Post-It note, add voice-to-text transcription, and you get Senstone, the latest "AI" equipped gadget aiming to corral your moments of genius. Launching on Kickstarter today, the discreet pendant promises not only a simple way to capture voice recordings, but transcribe and organize them on your iPhone, too. I've been trying a prototype Senstone over the past week; read on for some first impressions.

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Line-us is an app-driven, connected robotic pantograph

Line-us is an app-driven, connected robotic pantograph

There seems to be an almost counter-culture among creatives today. Despite the prevalence of digital photos, pocket printers seem to be on the rise. Despite the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, physical notebooks remain en vogue. There's still something to be said about physical manifestations of our creations. But, if we were given the choice, we'd probably prefer to have both digital and physical. That is probably the idea behind Line-us, which is basically a modern-day pantograph that, in real time, draws on paper what you're drawing on a tablet.

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ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter might be canceled for higher end model

ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter might be canceled for higher end model

With the perks of getting help, even funding, from the public comes the risks of increased scrutiny and sometimes even scathing criticism. Such is the lesson that ZTE is learning now after what was a smooth-flowing crowdsourced stunt turned into a crowdfunding disappointment. The Kickstarter for Hawkeye, the crowdsourced eye-tracking self-adhesive phone, seems to be beyond hope and ZTE is very likely to just cancel it. Not all hope, however, is lost because that could give way to a new Kickstarter with a higher end smartphone being offered.

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Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Hoverboards are so last year. Or last two years, for that matter. Especially after regulators and retailers cracked down on poorly built and exploding hoverboards, which has seemingly made them vanish from radars. Unfazed, Shane Chen and his company Inventix, creators of the “original” hoverboard “Hovertrax”, is taking another stab at the two-wheeled personal transportation market. Called the Solowheel Iota, it takes after the first Solowheel but with two key differences. One, it’s no longer huge. Two, it’s no longer a solo wheel.

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Sola wireless headphones feature integrated solar charger

Sola wireless headphones feature integrated solar charger

Wireless earbuds have their benefits, but prolonged usage isn’t one of them. These type of headphones usually last somewhere around 6 hours before needing charged again, and though you can switch to a pair of wired headphones in the meantime, that may be a hassle depending on circumstance. Aiming to be a solution to these problems is Sola, a pair of wireless earbuds that feature an integrated solar panel for passive charge assistance.

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ZTE Hawkeye specs reconsidered amidst dismal Kickstarter

ZTE Hawkeye specs reconsidered amidst dismal Kickstarter

ZTE's Project CSX, short for Crowd Sourced X, has always been a big leap of faith. It first asked the crowds what phone they wanted to be made and is now asking them for help in funding it. All up to the Kickstarter, it has been fairly smooth sailing. But when ZTE finally unveiled everything, including the specs, things seem to have taken a downward turn. And now, ZTE is making yet another unorthodox and potentially risky action again. It is admitting it has made a mistake.

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Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

At CES 2017 earlier this month, Intel unveiled something new yet something also familiar, a nearly complete computer board just a little larger than a credit card. Intel wants its new Compute Card to be the dockable brain of future devices, including smart appliances. NexDock, the people behind a more or less successful crowdfunded device of the same name, is taking that brain and putting it inside its next ambitious project, which, unsurprisingly, is another NexDock.

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ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE announced the formal name and existence of its first, and probably last, crowdsourced smartphone back at CES earlier this month. So it's a bit puzzling that it chose to withhold the actual specs of such an equally puzzling smartphone until the last minute. Well it is finally spilling all the beans about the ZTE Hawkeye, the product formerly known as Project CSX ("Crowd Source X"). Now the question whether it's to late for those details to do its struggling Kickstarter any good.

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Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder campaign followed, raising more than $34m.

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