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PadMate PaMu Quiet ANC Earbuds Review

PadMate PaMu Quiet ANC Earbuds Review

The proliferation of true wireless stereo or TWS earbuds like the Apple AirPods is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has helped make wireless earbuds and earphones more common, making the loss of the headphone jack feel less painful. On the other hand, it also makes it harder for some products to stand out if they don't have a big company behind their name.

That is definitely a shame, considering how you may sometimes find a rare treasure among a sea of similar-looking earbuds. PadMate's latest earbuds, the PaMu Quiet, promises to rise above the rest and we take it for a spin to hear it for ourselves.

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Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Aside from putting in more senors and health-related features, it seems that innovation in the smartwatch space has practically plateaued. Screen sizes remain mostly the same, battery limits can't really be pushed any further, and very few apps have dared to think outside the box. That is probably what makes nubia's second and more formal attempt at a smartwatch with a flexible even more enticing, leading to a Kickstarter campaign that blasted through its funding goal in just a few minutes.

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Pumpkii home robot is like a Roomba that can scoop litter boxes

Pumpkii home robot is like a Roomba that can scoop litter boxes

A newly introduced home robot called Pumpkii is made specifically for pet owners (assuming they have a dog or cat, that is). The robot promises a variety of functionality that enables it to keep pets entertained, help owners interact with their pets from a distance, and more. One of the robot's most unique features is an extension arm equipped with a scoop for cleaning litter boxes.

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Jelly 2 takes a second stab at the smallest 4G phone crown

Jelly 2 takes a second stab at the smallest 4G phone crown

It wasn't too long ago since Unihertz burst into the smartphone scene with an outlandish solution to the smartphone distraction problem. Rather than offering a dumb "no phone", the Jelly packed a fully functional Android phone in a tiny box no bigger than some palms. The startup is now back with the Jelly 2.0, offering more hardware features while keeping the size almost the same, staying true to the goal of making smartphone use less addictive or even attractive.

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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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