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MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches, next to the dismal battery life, is how they don't really look like traditional watches. At least the classical analog ones with mechanical hands. Some watch makers tried to address that by putting out what they termed "hybrid" smartwatches, that is, analog watches with some built-in sensors and wireless connectivity. MyKronoz, however, has a different idea for a hybrid smartwatch. At MWC 2017 last month, it showed off a smartwatch with a full touch screen and mechanical hands. Weird as it might sound, it apparently sells, based on the ZeTime's Kickstarter.

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Superscreen transforms your Android, iPhone into a tablet

Superscreen transforms your Android, iPhone into a tablet

Ever wished your smartphone had a much larger screen but don’t exactly want a larger phone, much less a tablet? While LG tried to address that desire in the LG G6, it could only go so far. A tablet would mean yet another device to carry and keep in sync. Not to mention yet another potentially expensive purchase. Wouldn’t it be grand if your smartphone could just magically have a larger display? Short of folding devices and actual magic, that is exactly the dream that the Superscreen Kickstarter is seeking to make come true. With your funding help, of course.

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popSLATE 2 iPhone e-ink case is no more, no refunds possible

popSLATE 2 iPhone e-ink case is no more, no refunds possible

Crowdfunding is always risky business, not too different from investing in something that doesn’t exist yet. Some don’t deliver on time, others not at all. Some disappear like the wind, while others try to make a graceful exit, whether or not refunds are offered. popSLATE 2, a redux of an iPhone e-ink case, is somewhat all of the above. The company behind it has made one last update on Indiegogo, announcing its bankruptcy and dissolution and, to add insult to injury, the lack of funds to refund more than 12,000 backers who helped it raise $1.1 million last year.

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Heatbuff is a small infrared keyboard finger warmer for gamers

Heatbuff is a small infrared keyboard finger warmer for gamers

If you tend to play PC games in a cold house, a new Kickstarter campaign has the perfect solution for your no-doubt cold fingers: a small infrared heater that is positioned over a keyboard to keep your fingers warm while gaming. Called Heatbuff, this small contraption looks somewhat like a pair of long, narrow headlights, only with a warm glow that indicates there’s warmth nearby. And no, says the company, it won’t make your keyboard hot.

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Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape that connects with LEGO blocks

Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape that connects with LEGO blocks

LEGO can be used to do almost anything but there are still things these blocks that can can’t actually do. They’re not good at curves, for one, and corners also give it problems. It all boils down to the rigid and unyielding nature of these blocks. If only there were flexible LEGO pieces you can attach non-flexible LEGO pieces to. That’s exactly what the folks behind the Nimuno Loop adhesive tape thought so they went to Indiegogo to usher in what they hope will be the “LEGO of Things”.

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Cameo360 4K action camera offers dual-lens 360-degree video

Cameo360 4K action camera offers dual-lens 360-degree video

Flick Labs has taken the wraps off its new action camera, the Cameo360. As with many action cameras like it, the Cameo360 is small enough to put in a pocket or take on your adventures, and it works with a related mobile app for editing and sharing the content. Unlike many action cameras, though, the Cameo360 packs a pair of lenses into its small body to offer 360-degree 4K video recording.

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Eye iPhone case puts an Android phone on its back

Eye iPhone case puts an Android phone on its back

The rivalry between iPhone and Android users are often sensationalized and magnified but, if given the chance, some might prefer having both. That is, as long as it doesn’t mean carrying around a second device. Running Android and iOS on the same phone is still an impossibility, but some have tried to find ways around it. Take this Eye case designed for iPhones, whose sole purpose is to augment the iPhone experience by strapping an Android phone on its back. Almost literally, too.

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Indiegogo stops Sinclair ZX Vega+ from getting more funding

Indiegogo stops Sinclair ZX Vega+ from getting more funding

It isn’t exactly rare for crowdfunded projects, be it on Indiegogo or Kickstarter, to fall through. Some of those happen quietly, with some amount of dignity and recompense. Other just fail spectacularly. The Sinclair ZX Vega+, which was supposed to be another homage to the old days of gaming, is definitely the latter. Indiegogo has just stopped the project from asking for more funds through the crowdfunding platform, long after the project was successfully funded. As it turns out, there is more to the story behind this rather controversial gaming handheld.

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Edge Mod adds TRON ring of lights to Moto Z

Edge Mod adds TRON ring of lights to Moto Z

The edge of the Moto Z is about to get a whole lot more wild with the release of the Edge Mod. This is a 3rd-party mod mad for the Moto Z by the folks at Imagine Tech. They've created a prototype of this product which turns the notification light of the past into a ring of light - for the future.

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These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

Lenovo and Motorola (formerly Moto formerly Motorola) haven’t given up on the modular phone idea, even when its peers have and even when the market doesn’t seem to be that enthusiastic about it. In a few months’ time, however, we might be thankful it didn’t either. While the initial set of Moto Mods for the Moto Z family have been less than inspiring, save for a one or two exceptions, others outside of Motorola’s offices may have better ideas, some of which have found their way to Indiegogo to make those ideas real.

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Gemini PDA brings back Psion days with Android/Linux pocket PC

Gemini PDA brings back Psion days with Android/Linux pocket PC

Those who remember, or at least know, the good old days of Pocket PCs, PDAs, and, particularly, the Psion Series 5, might get a kick out of this new crowdfunding venture. UK startup Pocket Computer has gone to Indiegogo to present the idea of a sort of revival of that line of devices. Called the Gemini PDA, this “ultra-thin clamshell mobile device” promises to do everything your Android smarpthone can and more, like dual booting Linux and a full, but tiny, QWERTY keyboard in a size that’s just a little larger than your average phablet.

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LOVE gives the classic turntable a modern do-over

LOVE gives the classic turntable a modern do-over

If you haven’t been paying attention lately, record players are back in fashion. Almost like retro gaming, the unique audio experiences that can be offered only by a classic medium is luring both the young and the young at heart. But most turntables today are faithful recreations of the turntables of old and nothing more, which is mostly the point. That, however, doesn’t mean there’s no room for some hi-tech innovation. Like this LOVE record player that offers the amenities of modern mobile and audio technologies while promising fidelity to the “soul of vinyl”, including the crackles and pops.

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