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NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack blast past $1m milestone on Kickstarter

NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack blast past $1m milestone on Kickstarter

The company formerly known as BASICS has announced the Kickstarter funding success of its latest project, the NOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack. This campaign has exceeded the $1 million funding mark with more than a month remaining, marking the second time NOMATIC has had a travel bag reach and then pass the million-dollar threshold. These particular bags, says the company, are made 'for daily use and short trips.'

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FilmLab app turns film negatives into full-size color images using a phone

FilmLab app turns film negatives into full-size color images using a phone

There's a good chance you or your parents and grandparents have piles of old film negatives containing snapshots from your childhood or the more distant past. These negatives likely contain photos that would be fun to check out but none worth the hassle and cost of actually getting them developed (otherwise you'd have already done it). Here to fill that quasi-need is FilmLab, a new app-in-development that near-instantly transforms a film negative into a full-size and reasonably high quality digital color image.

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LumiCharge LED desk lamp and charger mini Review

LumiCharge LED desk lamp and charger mini Review

The LumiCharge LED Desk Lamp with Universal Phone Charger is an interesting proposition for desk-sitting gadget lovers. On one hand, it's a lamp - it's able to shine in several different hues, which is great - and it has the time, date, and temperature on it. It also has a multi-tipped phone dock on it for the charging of the user's phone. There's a motion sensor light on this device too - and a couple of USB ports on its back.

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The Light Phone does nothing but make and receive calls

The Light Phone does nothing but make and receive calls

It's hard to imagine going back to a time before smartphones were commonplace. Not being able to use the apps we've come to rely on daily, pull up information with a few taps, or even capture photos with our phones seems like it would be a modern-day hell. Even worse, going back to before we could send text messages by typing them out on a numeric keypad. And yet, for some people, that's the kind of experience they want to return to. And it's exactly what The Light Phone offers.

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PowerUp is a charging and sync hub for MacBooks and more

PowerUp is a charging and sync hub for MacBooks and more

The adoption of USB-C is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it tries to fulfill the promise of one connector to rule them all. On the other hand, as Apple demonstrated, that sometimes meant dramatically reducing the amount of ports available. This, however, has created a golden opportunity for accessory makers to offer innovative products to fill in the gap. Like this PowerUp on Indiegogo that promises to reduce your chargers to exactly one.

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Friday Smart Lock is a stylish, unassuming connected home lock

Friday Smart Lock is a stylish, unassuming connected home lock

A new smart lock called 'Friday' has successfully finished a crowdfunding campaign, raising more than $175k to arrive on the market. The lock, like competing models, is designed to work with modern technology to take the hassle out of home security. The lock itself is minimalist and attractive, not readily standing out as a smart product. Despite its looks, though, Friday is capable of working with a home owner's smartphone for hands-free control.

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Jelly is the world’s smallest 4G LTE Android smartphone

Jelly is the world’s smallest 4G LTE Android smartphone

Jelly is an Android smartphone with 4G network support. Neither of those two things make the phone notable, at least not in and of themselves. Rather it is the phone's miniature 2.5-inch touchscreen display that makes the phone worth looking at and that earns it the title of 'world's smallest' 4G smartphone. This handset looks, at first glance, like a flip phone that is closed. It is far, far more than that, however.

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ZX Spectrum Next makes another stab at nostalgia

ZX Spectrum Next makes another stab at nostalgia

The power of nostalgia is not to be underestimated. It has been 35 years since Sir Clive Sinclair's company launched the ZX Spectrum, rivaling the US' Commodore 64, yet the "retro" computer still has a strong following. The proof? Almost every crowdfunding campaign to revive it is met with immediate success, which doesn't always translate into actual deliverables. Undaunted, fans are once again rallying behind a new campaign that promises to combine both old and new in a single ZX Spectrum Next computer-in-keyboard.

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dBud ‘adjustable earplugs’ use a slider to keep your hearing safe

dBud ‘adjustable earplugs’ use a slider to keep your hearing safe

It's not often you see a pair of fancy earplugs, but dBud would arguably fit the bill. Unlike an ordinary pair of earplugs, dBud aims to keep your hearing safe in a customizable, fairly convenient manner: by utilizing a sliding mechanism. At first glance, the earplugs appear to be wireless earbuds; they are, however, instead designed to keep noise to a proper level without blocking it out entirely.

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Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Smartphone cameras have become much more than just tools of last resort. But, try as they might, there are still things they will not be able to do well because of the constraints of space and physics. Low-light performance is one, stabilization is another. While even a little OIS helps, you'll inevitably need some outside help. That is where Rigiet comes in. Dubbed as the most advanced stabilizer for phones and GoPros, this portable gimbal is an extension of your own hand and arm, moving, bending, and holding steady in ways your own biological limbs cannot.

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Eve V crowdfunded 2-in-1 laptops are ready to ship next month

Eve V crowdfunded 2-in-1 laptops are ready to ship next month

Crowdfunding is a tricky beast. While it has made many a dream come true, it has also crushed just as many. So when you have a campaign that promises the sun and the moon to boot, you'd be forgiven for being a bit skeptical. Defying odds and doubts, the crowdsourced and crowdfunded Eve V computer will soon be shipping out its first batch to its excited supporters, ready to rub shoulders with, and perhaps even surpass, the Microsoft Surface Pro as well as its "clones".

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miniRIG is a portable video stabilizer for smartphones and action cameras

miniRIG is a portable video stabilizer for smartphones and action cameras

Smoovie has introduced a new portable stabilizer device designed for smartphones and action cameras: the miniRIG. This new model aims to combine the best of both worlds -- portability and stabilized shots -- into a single device, which collapses into a small unit when not in use. In addition to holding the smartphone or GoPro, miniRIG also features interchangeable support with accessories, a microphone, and lights.

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