For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

Tag Archives: indiegogo

What Your Android Device Needs Is More Buttons

Dimple

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a physical button on most Android devices, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a legion of tactile-obsessed customers longing for one. Well, with the Dimple, you can add four of them! You simply stick it anywhere on your phone, and assign each of the buttons to a different function. It connects to your phone via NFC, and doesn’t require a battery at all. Usage scenarios could include: speed-dialing a loved one with one press of a button, launching your non-life-wasting Candy Crushing endeavour in less than 2 seconds, capturing a photo before it’s too late, etc. It’s quite useful, even if it may make your phone look just a little bit weird. And you can own one (as long as their crowdfunding goes well) for a small $27 pledge.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Korner Is Home Security On The Cheap

korner

Lots of homeowners own alarm systems, but it’s more rare to see them in rented apartments; who, after all, is going to go through the trouble of wiring an entire system on a property that doesn’t belong to them? That doesn’t mean your stuff is any less valuable or your dwelling less prone to burglary, so we’re happy to see a product like Korner. It’s a cheap and super simple alarm system that anyone can install in a couple of minutes. It consists of small motion-detecting tags that attach to the corner of your windows, and a wireless dongle that you plug into the ethernet port on your router. If one of the tags detects movement that it associates with the window being opened, it’ll send a signal to the dongle, which will then notify you on your smartphone. You can then either call the police, or contact a neighbour to check in on your place. While that’s all happening, the key fob will emit a high-pitched audio alarm to deter the intruder from sticking around, stealing your belongings.

You can pair up to 15 corner tags, and an $89 pledge will get you a set with three of these, and one fob. Each tag is easily removable and reusable, making it dead simple to move and take the system with you.

korner-4

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Would You Bring A PC With You Everywhere, If It Would Fit In Your Pocket?

tango-pc

Tango PC is hoping you will. The idea is that they’re making a fully self-contained PC that’s about the size of half a standard smartphone, which is powerful enough to do pretty much anything you’d do with a full-size machine. The PCs work in tandem with a Tango docking station which has ports for everything, including 2K and 4K outputs, ports for keyboards, monitors, game controllers, etc. The key of the entire setup is that the cooling fan is in the dock, which allows for the microprocessors only to remain in the portable unit and retain its small size, while allowing higher a higher processing power than could be achieved without active cooling. You could then have a multitude of docks (one at work, in the home office, in the living room, etc.) and simply shuttle your Tango PC around.

So what sort of power are we talking about?

The first generation cartridge is a quad core AMD A6-5200 clocked at 2GHz with anywhere from 2-8GB of laptop ram and 32GB to 512GB of storage onboard. It will run any OS that you can install on an x86 computer today, including the Linux distro needed for a Steam Machine if that’s where you’d like to go with this rig.

That’s decent enough. The company has blown past their funding goals, and should have the product shipping by April. $449 will get you a system with one docking station. Each additional dock is around $70-$80.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

thingCHARGER Lets You Literally Pile On the Chargers

Thingcharger

Running out of outlets to plug in your chargers for all of your devices? Then you might want to check the thingCharger out. It’s a portable outlet-slash-charger of sorts that lets you still use an outlet while you’re charging your device. The cool thing is that it’s stackable, so you can charge one, two, three or more devices in a single outlet and still be able to use that outlet for something else.

The thingCharger comes with interchangeable tips that are stored at its back, so you can swap between adapters for Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, or Sony in a jiffy. It eliminates the wires that most chargers come with and is described as “green by design” since it doesn’t consume any power when it’s not actually in use.

Continue Reading

These Shotgun Shells Shoot Flower Seeds, Not Death Pellets

flower-shells

In a somewhat poetic move, these 12 gauge shotgun shells are packed with flower seeds alongside the gunpowder, so that you may give life with every shot, rather than the other way around. Flower Shells, as they’re called, have less powder than usual so as not to fry the delicate seeds; we’re going to hope that enough testing was done to ensure that it actually works. But that’s really about it. The project is on IndieGogo and is fully funded. For $50 you get 4 shells of either Peony, Corn Flower or “Red Field Poppy – FLANDERS – PAPAVER RHOEAS.” Even though it’s only 4 shells, there are lots of seeds in each shell, so you may end up with little patches of flowers where you took your shot.

Sure, it’s a lot of money for what seems like a novelty item, but maybe it’ll help you atone for all the turkeys you shot this season…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

TellSpec Is A Real-Life Tricorder For Your Food

tellspec-3

Imagine being able to point a device at a piece of food and having it tell you exactly what ingredients and chemicals are in it. Well, that’s exactly what the TellSpec claims to be able to do.

The device utilizes a small Raman spectrometer, a unique cloud-based algorithm and a simple smartphone app. Scanning a food item on the plate or in a shopping aisle is as simple as aiming TellSpec at it and pushing a button. It beams a low-powered laser at the item and analyzes the reflected light waves to identify the chemical makeup of the food.

The team behind the TellSpec analyzed 3,000 different foods and created an expansive database based on the spectrographic signature of those foods. Technically, it’s also able to analyze foods that aren’t in this database, with a claimed 97.7% accuracy. However, there are limitations. It’ll scan the surface of foods, but anything buried beneath an opaque layer won’t register, for instance; it’ll tell you what’s in the Twinkie dough, but stay mum on its delicious filling. The team is also hoping to expand on the database by allowing end users to add to it.

TellSpec will set you back $320 with a pledge to their fully-funded IndoeGogo, with shipping slated for August 2014.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Fancy Headset Translates Dog Thoughts

dog-thought-translator

Have you watched “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”? If you did, you might remember the Monkey Thought Translator. Aside from being hilarious, this completely fictitious device also seemed like something we’d all like to own. After all, who wouldn’t want a gadget that reads your pet’s mind? Well… with the “No More Woof”, you might just be able to do that. Currently in the early development stages, the device uses electroencephalogram sensors and a Raspberry Pi to read your dog’s thought patterns, and blare out through a speaker their associated meanings. The developers believe they’ve identified a few key processes, which translate into rudimentary expressions like “I’m hungry!”, “I need to pee!”, and “I’m tired!”.

They stress that this is a research product and that if you acquire one, you will be helping in its development and not enjoying a final, polished product. Considering it’ll cost you between $65 and $1,200 to get one (depending on the level of complexity and the number of thoughts it’s able to “read”), you may want to make sure you really care what pooch has to say before you pledge to their IndieGogo campaign.

And that’s of course assuming this whole thing isn’t a giant hoax.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

ThingCHARGER Is A Smart Charger

thingcharger

This charger is smart, but not smart in the way the word is normally used in tech circles. It’s a smartly designed wall outlet that plugs right into your existing one, but features an interchangeable tip on its top surface that lets you to charge any mobile device you want, while still keeping both plugs free for other things. It stores up to three different tips in recessed areas at the back. Better yet, you can daisy-chain a few ThingCHARGERs and juice up several gadgets at once. There are no wires to mess around with, and there are two regular USB outlets at the bottom, just in case the tip isn’t enough.

They’ve blown through their crowdfunding goals already, with $29 pledges pouring in by the thousands. A Lightning connector tip is an extra $9.

TIPs-Yes

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Game Makers to Fund Kickstarter Campaign Through Indiegogo Campaign

Indiegogo to fund Kickstarter

Crowdsourcing is pretty popular these days, and for good reason. It helps people raise funds so they can turn their ideas and concepts into a reality, and get a little press in the process if their project rises to the top on the crowdfunding platform. Kickstarter is the main player and gets the most coverage, but Indiegogo is a worthwhile alternative which provides more flexible funding options.

Most people just choose one over the other and get on with their project. Others, like Baron Von Husk, want the best of both worlds. What he did was start a campaign on Indiegogo…to fund his project on Kickstarter! He doesn’t talk about his project in detail on Indiegogo but he does explain why he wants to get his campaign on Kickstarter. All Baron says is that he’s working on a “great game” which involves social media integration and actual plastic game cards.

Continue Reading