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Purism Librem 13 laptop runs free and open software (crowdfunding)

Purism launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a premium laptop designed to run free/libre and open source software last year, and the result was the Purism Librem 15. But some folks wanted a more portable option… and so Purism is back with a campaign to build a 13.3 inch, 3 pound laptop called the Purism […]

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FTC wants to protect you from Kickstarter fraud

There’s always some risk involved in backing a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or another platform that lets folks with an idea seek crowdsourced funding to turn it into reality. Some folks bite off more than they can chew and never manage to build the products they’d hoped to create. Others over-promise and under-deliver. And some […]

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Moky IR sensing touchpad keyboard lets you scroll and zoom on top of the keys (crowdfunding)

Touchless computer controllers may be the next big thing in technology. Google’s Project Soli reveal last week is evidence of the possibilities that lay ahead. However, Google isn’t alone in its quest for more gesture-based technology. Moky is a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard with an infrared sensor that allows the user to perform trackpad-style gestures above the keys, […]

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Yotaphone 2 dual-screen phone coming to America in August (crowdfunding)

Yota is bringing its dual-screen smartphone with E Ink and color displays to America. The Yotaphone 2 made its debut at CES in January and it’s already available in select markets around the globe. Now Yota is running an Indiegogo campaign to bring the phone to the US and other regions. If you make a […]

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Modulo: Create electronics/robotics projects without circuit wiring [crowdfunding]

Want to build a smart sprinkler system that can water the lawn with varying amounts of water depending on the weather forecast? How about a fish feeder that can be activated remotely using an app? Or a tea-brewing robot that removes the bag when the tea is ready. There’s a new modular electronics kit that can […]

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Jide Remix Ultra tablet ships to Kickstarter backers, arrives at the FCC

The Remix Ultra Tablet from Jide looks like a Microsoft Surface thanks to a sort of boxy design with a built-in kickstand and a magnetic keyboard cover that snaps onto the tablet to transform it into a sort of laptop. But this tablet doesn’t run Windows. Instead it runs a custom version of Android called […]

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Lilbits (5-01-2015): Building (another) open handheld game console

The developers of the DragonBox Pyra are designing a handheld game console with a 5 inch, 720p screen, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a compact design, while still featuring game controller buttons and a QWERTY keyboard. The system is designed to be as open as possible, supporting GNU/Linux software. The project was unveiled over […]