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Superbook wraps up Kickstarter campaign with nearly $3m record

Superbook wraps up Kickstarter campaign with nearly $3m record

Superbook, the system that turns your smartphone into a laptop, has wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign with runaway success - it raised nearly $3 million in funds, making it one of the most successful tech crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter history. As we're previously reported, Superbook is a shell of sorts with the hardware needed to turn your smartphone to a laptop once plugged in. The idea behind this device — and others like is — is that modern smartphones are pretty powerful, and owning a full-fledged laptop on top of them is redundant for many people.

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Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

Zero Breeze is a portable air conditioner for an increasingly hot world

The world keeps getting warmer, and maybe the thought of a summer day spent camping is ruined by the promise of triple-digit temperatures. The solution? In the future it may be a portable air conditioner like Zero Breeze, which in this case also functions as a Bluetooth speaker and a night light. The device looks something like a large handheld vacuum, but it’s not — it’s a small and quiet air conditioner that can be placed in a boat, a tent, or any other small space where heat may be an issue.

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A.B.C. Backpack rocks integrated battery, Bluetooth lock, and smart calendar

A.B.C. Backpack rocks integrated battery, Bluetooth lock, and smart calendar

The days when a backpack was only meant for carrying your stuff are gone with the A.B.C. Backpack. The letters in the name of the bag stand for Anti-theft, Battery, and Calendar. While two of those make sense, having a calendar built into your bag is a strange feature. The Calendar feature is intended to help keep on the go types fitted with all the stuff that they need for whatever their day brings.

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Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

At some point in the future just about everything will want to get on your WiFi and connect to the internet. Comcast will love that, since most cheap plans limit the number of devices you can connect to your account at once. A new Linux-powered computer specifically made for the IoT has landed on Kickstarter and it is called the Omega2. This little gizmo has its own integrated WiFi and sells for the princely sum of $5.

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Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Mixing together the primitive and modern is a new Bluetooth speaker that pulses flames to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Called Fireside Audiobox, the speaker is battery-powered and uses propane to fuel the flames; combined together, you get all the functionality of a portable wire-free speaker coupled with the classic beautify of an open flame. It's like lighting candles and playing music, only better.

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Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

One of the coolest Kickstarter projects that I have seen in a while has turned up for a device called the Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles. The book is made from wood and has some very cool puzzles. It looks like something you would find hiding some arcane spell that will make you wealthy. The codex is a five-page book with five intricate puzzles.

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WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOFL is a wearable wrist band made from Italian leather and designed specifically for bikers, aiming to prevent them from getting speeding tickets. The wearable uses vibrations to alert the wearer of any speed issues, doing so in conjunction with a mobile device and sensors that track things like speed. Fast vibrations mean you’re very close to an area where you need to be extra careful — somewhere with a known speed camera, for example.

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IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT, a Samsung spinoff, has launched its previously unveiled smart golf shoes, doing so on Kickstarter where it aims to raise $30,000 in funds. The shoes, as we’ve detailed in the past, use smart technology to determine the force put on specific parts of the soles, as well as the overall balance of the golfer who is wearing them. This data is available on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet, allowing the player to immediately see their own data, compare it to the data of other golfers, and more.

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OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

We've seen levitating products with increasing frequency, one of the coolest ones being that Mars levitating speaker. Equally fascinating is a newly surfaced wireless phone charger that causes your smartphone to levitate above the charging base: OvRcharge. The device is being funded on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where the company behind it, AR Designs, details the voodoo that makes this seemingly magical device work.

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Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad adds dedicated Kickstarter category

Amazon Launchpad has added a new category specifically for successful Kickstarter products, making it easier to find crowdfunded gizmos and gadgets that were successfully brought to market. The products themselves aren't necessarily new to Amazon -- launchpad is the destination where you find such items -- but this tweak makes it easier to find Kickstarter-funded items specifically.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

There are several 3D printing pens out there that use plastic filaments to create 3D structures that you can actually hold in your hands, one of them is the 3Doodler we spent time with back in January of 2015. The thing that all of them had in common was that the filaments used tended to be expensive. That has changed with a new 3D pen that is on Kickstarter now called the Renegade. This pen can print using those normal filaments, but the really cool part comes in how it allows you to use plastic from bottles or old bags to build your artistic creations.

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