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Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter has hired an investigative reporter to hunt down details on the massively funded — and ultimately failed — ZANO drone campaign. More than 12,000 of the service’s backers paid more than £2m for the small autonomous drone, and they were supposed to receive their item in January of this year. The release date came and went, and the company behind the project, Torque Group Ltd, ultimately shut down last month, leaving backers with nothing.

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Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Quadcopters are fun, especially given how many miniature-sized versions are now on the market. The problem is safety — though some designs have taken steps to protect people from the rotors, many drones still pose safety risks. Improper use or a simple accident can end catastrophically. That’s where Fleye comes in — it is a drone in the broadest sense, but not like any drone you’ve seen before. Its’ makers call it a ‘personal flying robot.'

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Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Shipping dates stated on Kickstarter campaigns are more often than not rough estimates for when a product will launch; after all, projects don't always go as planned and sometimes delays arise. Every now and again a product will ship considerably later than estimates -- take Mighty No. 9, for example. Less common, though, and far less acceptable are massive delays, including the one just announced for the game Project Phoenix.

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Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

Fluxo smart lamp shines light where you want it

I think we have probably all know how annoying it can be when you are trying to watch TV and want a dark room, but someone sitting nearby wants light. A new smart lamp called Fluxo has debuted and this lamp has the cool ability to shine extra light anywhere you want it in the room.

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Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

Zkoo hand gesture tracking camera plays games and more

A new hand gesture motion tracking camera called Zkoo has been unveiled that promises high-speed vision tech for the living room. The camera can be used on your TV to interact with existing apps and games. The Zkoo camera supports Windows PCs, Android devices, tablets, and smartphones.

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PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

It's amazing to see just how far computers have come in my lifetime. When I was a kid, our computer was that thing that sat in my dad's office, that we were only rarely able to touch. These days, I always have a computer (or two) with me, and three different rooms in my house have dedicated PCs. And now there are complete computers you can buy for less than a meal. And now there's a new competitor in the sub-$20 computer market.

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Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is a new open source product that aims to make it easy to develop Internet of Things products and services. The Wio Link is an ESP8266 based WiFi development board that is made specifically for creating IoT applications using virtualized plug-n-play modules to RESTful APIs with mobile apps.

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Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter has tapped the University of Pennsylvania to perform an independent analysis of project fulfillment on the service, something it has published in full for everyone to read. The company cites speculation about how many projects have failed to deliver on their promises, and its desire to know what the actual numbers are. To do so, Kickstarter brought in Professor Ethan Mollick back in March; he surveyed about 50,000 backers to find their thoughts on campaigns they’d backed.

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

The Mantis drone claw gives drones the one feature they’re all missing: a grasping tool. Given a drone’s remote nature, one could use the device to navigate into otherwise unreachable areas, but they’re of no use if something needs retrieved from those areas. Enter Mantis, a claw similar to the kind found in prize-based arcades games; it can be attached to a quadcopter or other drone for picking up small items.

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HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

It doesn't matter if you are camping at 12,000 feet in the mountains or laying by the pool reading a book on your Kindle; at some point, most of us will need power for our gadgets in a place where there is no outlet. A new solar panel system has debuted that can create power for your devices using noting but sunlight. The device is called the HeLi-on and claims to be the world's most compact solar panel.

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Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk wearable lets long-distance couples share their heartbeat

Pillow Talk, from start-up Little Riot, is a new wearable that aims to make the difficulties of long-distance relationships a bit easier for couples. While it can't replace those special moments couples have together just before they fall asleep, it aims to at least keeps some of the intimacy they would normally share while sleeping in the same bed. Each partner wears a wristband that shares their heartbeat in real-time with the other through a small speaker.

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