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Peak Design Travel Tripod could be a photographer’s must-have

Peak Design Travel Tripod could be a photographer’s must-have

Peak Design has already built up a huge following in bags - now it wants to do the same with a new Travel Tripod. The photographers-favorite has seen no shortage of crowdfunding success with previous launches like the Everyday Pack and camera clips, and has now turned that attention to another must-have accessory.

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Smart backpack creator sued by FTC over alleged crowdfunding fraud

Smart backpack creator sued by FTC over alleged crowdfunding fraud

The Federal Trade Commission is suing the founder of a company that raised funds for 'iBackPack' and a couple other products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The agency first revealed that it was investigating the crowdfunding campaigns last August following complaints from supporters. In its most recent update on the matter, the FTC alleges the man behind the campaigns 'used much of the funds for himself.'

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The 18,000 mAh Energizer phone was a crowdfunding failure

The 18,000 mAh Energizer phone was a crowdfunding failure

Energizer's P18K Android phone, billed as the world's longest-lasting smartphone with its 18,000 mAh battery, has died an unceremonious death, after crowdfunding proved few people actually wanted it. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February 2019, the P18K looked like a fairly regular Android handset from the front: it was only when you looked at it in profile that you realized just how ridiculous it was.

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Atari VCS gaming PC console gets a design overhaul

Atari VCS gaming PC console gets a design overhaul

Dream come true or early April Fools? Probably neither or both, depending on who you ask. Atari has just announced what is tantamount to a deign and construction overhaul for its already delayed Atari VCS crowdfunded console. Noticeably missing from the announcement, however, is any mention of a delay for the launch of that console that supposed to come out last year. Hopefully, that means there won't be any, at least not from this redesign.

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Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Before Bitcoin was making headlines, the most revolutionary thing to happen in our modern world was crowdfunding. It made dreams possible but also robbed some not only of their aspirations but also of their money. Some crowdfunded projects, however, do seem to carry on and on and on, almost forever. One of those might be Atari's VCS gaming console which is being delayed to by a few months to provide what Atari promises to be a significant upgrade to the PC gaming console.

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Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

This morning Sphero revealed a project called Sphero RVR, a do-it-yourself robot. This robot works with simple-to-use software and 3rd-party hardware, and is part of a Kickstarter right out the gate. In less than 12 hours, the project reached $145k of its $150k goal (with 30 days left to go).

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Chuwi UBook will give the Surface Go a run for its money

Chuwi UBook will give the Surface Go a run for its money

The Microsoft Surface Go is, of course, the most affordable Surface ever and it offers a Surface experience to those who either need a companion computer on the go or a portable tablet that can do almost anything within reason. Despite its relatively low price compared to its more powerful siblings, some consider it still overpriced for its specs. If you’re one of those and don’t mind crowdfunding a similar device, then Chuwi’s new UBook might be that perfect bang for the buck you’re looking for.

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Panasonic HomeHawk Floor lamp has a built-in hidden camera

Panasonic HomeHawk Floor lamp has a built-in hidden camera

Panasonic is seeking funding for HomeHawk, a new floor lamp that features a built-in camera. The product is billed as an alternative to existing indoor home security cameras, one that blends in with the decor and doesn't require mounting. The lamp offers the same array of security features as many competing models, but with the added benefit of being essentially invisible.

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Hexbot modular desktop robot arm unleashes creativity, learning for all

Hexbot modular desktop robot arm unleashes creativity, learning for all

A few recent technologies have drastically changed the way we make things and learn. 3D printing has opened the floodgates for makers and tinkerers to create all kinds of things previously possible only with an assembly line. Robotics has also given the younger generation a more exciting introduction to science and technology. But in both aspects, quality experiences and results are often out of reach, both in terms of price and availability. Enter Hexbot, the world's most versatile all-in-one desktop arm. Whether you're 3D printing a unicorn, engraving your own phone case, or simply stacking cups, Hexbot is the artistic robotic arm for anyone and everyone.

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OBSBOT Tail AI camera tracks your unforgettable dances and stunts

OBSBOT Tail AI camera tracks your unforgettable dances and stunts

Smartphone cameras are getting more sophisticated and more powerful these days and their AI-powered features and autofocus capabilities are becoming even more reliable. But no matter how good a smartphone camera may be, it still requires someone to hold it if you want to film your award-winning performances or death-defying stunts. Sometimes, the best smartphone camera for the job is not a smartphone camera. It’s really a job for Remo’s OBSBOT Tail, dubbed the world’s first Auto-Director AI Camera.

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Lily smart speaker is a personal Chinese language AI tutor

Lily smart speaker is a personal Chinese language AI tutor

A crowdfunded smart speaker called Lily is a personal Chinese language tutor, according to the team behind it. This is the first smart speaker designed to teach language learners how to speak Chinese, doing so in a natural way that includes interactive conversations and vocabulary-based language games. The team behind the speaker anticipates launching Lily in March.

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Feelreal VR mask brings scents to virtual reality experiences

Feelreal VR mask brings scents to virtual reality experiences

Virtual reality is a largely visual environment with sounds rounding out the experience. A number of devices bring haptic feedback into the picture, but smell remains absent. That may change in the future via Feelreal's sensory mask, a contraption that works with existing VR headsets to bring hundreds of smells to the user's virtual worlds.

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