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A Higher Calling For Open-Source Software
Open-source software–or at least the concept that drives it, a world where coding expertise and technology are furthered for the good of the public instead of corporate profit–is gaining traction in a big way. Some top names in tech have even announced their support for open-source, and whole crowdfunding... Read more
Crazy Kickstarters That Will Have You Going For Your Wallet
You only thought our lives couldn’t get any better with the invention of the self-driving car, the tablet computer, and a phone more powerful than the computers your high school had for typing and business classes. Just to prove that there are no limits to the innovation Man is... Read more
Pebble Time Reaches $20 Million On Kickstarter
Pebble Time has reached $20 million in funding with a few hours to go, managing to double the original Pebble Kickstarter launched in 2012. It is the largest crowdfunded project ever on Kickstarter, surpassing Coolest Cooler by $6.7 million. Pebble is one of the largest companies to still use... Read more
Litelok: Lightweight Bicycle Security
One of the really annoying things about cycling, is the fact that you have to carry a heavy duty lock about with you. If you don’t (sometimes even if you do) you will no doubt have your ride stolen. It is a sad and kind of ironic situation; you spend... Read more
iRBeacon Device Makes Your Stuff A Little Bit Smarter
You may not be ready to pack up your belongings and move into a futuristic smarthouse just yet, but a new device called the iRBeacon can make you feel like your house is responding to your every command. That’s because the comparatively affordable iRBeacon–originally crowdfunded through an IndieGogo campaign... Read more
Man Turns To Kickstarter to Crowdfund 3D Printed Parts For His Prosthetic Leg
3D printing of prostheses is a big thing. There are literally thousands of individuals who are having their lives made a little bit easier, thanks to the use of 3D printing technology. There are wonderful stories from around the world that touch our hearts when we hear of them. ... Read more
Ferguson Vandalised Business Gets $200k of Crowdfunding in 24 Hours
The recent riots, which rocked Ferguson last Monday night caused immense amounts of damage to numerous different local businesses. Understandably local business owner, Natalie Dubose,  turned to a crowdfunding page in order to raise $20,000 and get her business on track. In only 24 hours time she smashed her goal... Read more
Meet the Impossible Electric Folding Bike
The Impossible is the envy of bike manufacturers the world over. Finally someone has reached the, seemingly impossible, goal of manufacturing a vehicle that is capable of actually fitting inside an average sized backpack…Yes, I did say, ‚Äėa backpack‚Äô.¬†The Impossible bike was three years in the making and it... Read more
Kickstarter Pulls Tor Router Project
Crowdfunding project¬†TorFi, has been removed from¬†Kickstarter¬†only days after a similar listing for the Anonabox router was also taken down. The TorFi project was a Wi-Fi router that has been constructed to run all Internet traffic through Tor, “the onion router,” in an bid to ensure total privacy. The TorFi... Read more
Lost Luggage? Get On Board With Bluesmart
Have you ever lost your luggage? Personally, I haven’t, but a friend was travelling to South Africa and Air France lost his luggage during the connecting flights. The good news is that the airline finally managed to return his luggage to him, but it was weeks after he landed... Read more
Blink: Home Security Made Easy
Blink is the new, smart, wire-free home monitoring and alert system in HD.  This kickstarter project is promising to be easy and inexpensive.  For $69, backers will receive a remote video camera and motion detection unit.  Or, if backers require two units, they can have them for $119.  Not... Read more
Batkid Documentary Starts A Crowdfunding Campaign
In the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film, Ben Affleck, will be the new dark knight but he said Batkid is the ‚Äėbest Batman ever‚Äô.¬† That‚Äôs extremely high praise considering he‚Äôs up against Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Michael Keaton!¬† But who is Batkid? Miles... Read more
GoKey: Charge, Sync, Store & Never Lose Your Phone Again!
It is not often that I come across a really nifty idea on a crowdfunding website that catches my attention so much, that I want to pledge my funds to.  In fact, I can think of only one in the last year that I really wanted, the TILT Stealth... Read more
Tangible Play’s Osmo For iPad
Children are now super adept at using gadgets!  Sometimes more adept than parents!  18 month olds can find Peppa Pig on YouTube faster before their first words are even uttered! (I know this because my 18 month old has done it!) But there is always the worry that technology... Read more
Vanhawks Valour: The Smart Bike
There is a new bike on the horizon;  Vanhawks Valour and it is smart. Very smart.  The Vanhawks Valour uses Bluetooth to relay information from the on-board gyroscope; the accelerometer, a magnetometer, a speed sensor, a GPS receiver, and blind spot detectors form the bike to a smart phone. ... Read more
Kolibree Smart Toothbrush
Kolibree is a smart electric toothbrush, which was unveiled at the International CES back in January this year.  The makers of the smart product have now just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise finance for mass production and worldwide distribution. We all seem to interconnect most of our devices and accounts these days,... Read more
First Atomic Watch Crowdfunded
Finally, a clock that will keep accurate time!  The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has developed a clock that will keep accurate time up to 300 million years.  No more will precision be a problem.  An atomic clock of such magnitude could never be reproduced…or could it?... Read more
SITU: Smart Scale Counts Calories & Weight
TUAW writer Michael Grothaus is the latest in a long line of critic come creator.  He has developed a calorie-counting scale that has assisted him in losing 67 pounds over the last year.  Smart technology indeed! The device is called SITU and it is a smart scale, which calculates the nutritional... Read more