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Ily Smart Home Phone keeps familys safe and connected

Ily Smart Home Phone keeps familys safe and connected

More and more people are moving away from traditional landline phones and going to mobile phones only. The problem for families that do this is that kids can't always use a smartphone unsupervised and sometimes older people either have a hard time using a smartphone or simply aren't interested in one. A new smart home phone called Ily has hit Kickstarter that aims to keep people connected easily and safely.

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Knocki makes any surface a smart remote control

Knocki makes any surface a smart remote control

If you watched much TV in the last decade or so, you will remember the commercials for The Clapper. This was a gadget that could turn off the lights for you if you clapped. The modern version of The Clapper is a new device called Knocki that is able to turn any surface into a remote control for all manner of devices and software. Knocki attaches to a surface and turns that entire surface, be it a table, wall, or counter, into a touch interface.

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Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market. While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve. They included a special port that 3rd-party straps can use to add additional features to the devices.

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Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

The most common type of camera out there today is the smartphone camera. It’s the camera that we all have in our pockets and when a picture opportunity arises, the smartphone camera is right there to take the shot. People wanting to do macro and micro photography on their smartphone can now get some cool and easy to apply lenses that are very thin compared to what we normally see with add on smartphone lenses, these lenses are called Blips.

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Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

Flens focuses your phone’s flash into a real flashlight

I do photography for fun, so I'm used to purchasing new lenses to get the shots that I want. It's just something that comes with the territory. These days you can even pick up new lenses for the camera on the back of your phone. But what you may never have considered getting one for is your phone's flash.

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Hybrid Tube Amp for Raspberry Pi is an audio fans dream

Hybrid Tube Amp for Raspberry Pi is an audio fans dream

Electronics tinkerers know that there is little that you can create with some imagination and a Raspberry Pi developer board. A new product has landed for the Raspberry Pi and this time it's something that audio fans will really appreciate. The Hybrid Tube Amp for Raspberry Pi promises to bring the rich analog tones that audiophiles love.

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PayPal will drop Purchase Protection for crowdfunding backers in June

PayPal will drop Purchase Protection for crowdfunding backers in June

One of the great things about PayPal is its Purchase Protection feature. This is what allows users to safely shop online and make payments to website or eBay users without the fear of getting ripped off. If someone tries to cut and run after taking the money, you can file a dispute with PayPal to get your money back. These days, however, it's failed crowdfunding projects that are more common than eBay fraudsters, and PayPal is withdrawing its protection from backing pledges.

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Star Wars Holochess creator Kickstarts monster-fighting game

Star Wars Holochess creator Kickstarts monster-fighting game

One of the things that makes me love the original Star Wars movies is the sheer amount of detail in them. The places you visit feel like they could really exist, and have really been lived in. One scene that always stood out for me was when R2-D2 and Chewie play Holochess. It's not vital to the plot, and the game doesn't make another appearance until The Force Awakens. However, it gives us an idea of what people do for fun in the Star Wars universe, and allows for a bit of character development.

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3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

3Doodler Create upgrade makes for easier doodling

The original 3Doodler pen was a cool device that was a bit of a cross between a hot glue gun and a 3D printer that allowed you to create 3D objects using plastic that came out molten and hardened once the plastic hit the air. That original version of the 3Doodler hit Kickstarter back in 2013 and was a rather fat device. 3Doodler 2.0 later hit the market making the pen even better and now a third version has been announced called the 3Doodler Create.

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CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

CST-01 Watch officially dead: company files for bankruptcy

The CST-01, the “world’s thinnest watch,” has seemingly been dead in the water since last summer when the company behind it, Central Standard Timing, posted their last update declaring that Flextronics had decided to back away from the project. The company first sought funding on Kickstarter, where its promise of an incredibly thin e-ink watch raked in $1,026,293 from more than 7600 backers. The campaign ended on February 22, 2013 -- the first delay was announced by July and now, nearly a year since the company's last update, backers have received paperwork announcing bankruptcy.

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GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

I enjoy riding my bike around town. I don't do it often enough, but when I do, it's nice to be able to travel around, get some breeze in my face, and just enjoy being outside. Of course, sometimes I just want to enjoy that without all of the hard work of pedaling up a big hill. There are two ways around that: I can either plan my route to avoid any hills, or I can get a little assistance.

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Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

Helium Core adds lenses and accessories for photography to the iPhone

The most common cameras used in the US and many other places around the world are the cameras in smartphones. The most common smartphone in many locations is the iPhone. A new camera chassis for the iPhone has debuted called the Helium Core that is designed to make photography with the iPhone more comfortable and to allow the addition of accessories to make the iPhone camera perform better.

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