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Jibo “social” robot to ship in October, will compete with Asus Zenbo, Amazon Echo

Jibo is a “social robot” designed to hang out in you house, respond to your voice, and recognize your face so that it can tell you about appointments or incoming messages, tell you stories, snap photos or let you engage in video calls, and much more. The folks behind Jibo raised 3.7 million dollars for […]

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ELLO 2M is a DIY portable 128K computer aimed at education/hacking (crowdfunding)

Want to learn how to program the same way people did three or four decades ago, but don’t want to hunt down an ancient PC? The ELLO 2M is a DIY computer kit with a keyboard, 7 inch touchscreen display, and an 1156-hole electronics protoyping space. The system is designed to run a version of the […]

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Pebble Core: A tiny music player and fitness tracker with GPS and 3G

Smartwatch maker Pebble is launching its first device that’s not a smartwatch. The Pebble Core is a tiny $99 device that has no screen… but which does have GPS, a 3G modem, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack. It’s designed for runners that want to track their distance and routes while listening to music… you can even […]

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Phone-sized GOLE1 is a $99 Windows 10 PC (with a touchscreen)

There’s no shortage of cheap, tiny desktop computers with Intel Atom processors and Windows 10 software. But the GOLE1 is a bit different. It’s basically a tiny Windows desktop that’s small enough to slide into a pocket. But in addition to four full-sized USB ports and HDMI output, the GOLE1 has a 5 inch touchscreen display […]

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Meizu’s first US product is a crowdfunded wireless speaker

Chinese device maker Meizu is preparing to launch one of its first products for the US market. But it’s not one of the company’s inexpensive high-quality smartphones. It’s a wireless speaker called Gravity. Meizu expects to begin shipping the speaker in December, and you can reserve one for $169 and up through the company’s crowdfunding […]

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Peachy Printer turns sour: After crowdfunded $100 3D printer fails to ship, co-founder makes theft allegations

Several years before the makers of the OLO promised to deliver a $99 3D printer, there was the Peachy Printer. The founders of the project took to Kickstarter in 2013, hoping to raise $50,000 to produce a 3D printer and scanner. That product never shipped… and now we know why. Maybe. Peachy Printer CEO Rylan Grayston […]

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Is a smartphone without third-party apps really “smart?”

Want a smartphone that’s secure from prying eyes? The UnaPhone Zenith purports to be about as secure as it gets: Not only does the phone’s Android-based operating system lack the Google Play Store and other Google services… it prevents you from installing any third-party apps. The phone does come with more than 40 apps pre-installed, including music, […]

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CoWatch smartwatch users Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (crowdfunding)

There are plenty of smartwatches that support voice control. Most use Google’s Voice Search, Apple’s Siri, or whatever Samsung calls its Tizen-based voice recognition software. But the CoWatch is different: it’s the first watch to use Amazon’s Alexa voice service. You know, the one that powers the Amazon Echo line of products and Amazon Fire […]

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GPD Win handheld PC gets a hardware update ahead of launch (crowdfunding)

The GPD Win is a handheld computer with a 5.5 inch display, a thumb-sized keyboard, and dedicated gaming buttons. It basically looks like a cross between a tiny laptop and a Nintendo DX handheld game console. Chinese device maker GPD has been making Android-powered products fro a while, but a few months ago the company […]

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$99 OLO gadget turns your smartphone into a 3D Printer, raises over $1 million on Kickstarter

The developers of the OLO 3D Printer wanted to raise $80,000 through a crowfunding campaign for their $99 gadget that turns your phone into a 3D Printer. A few days after the project hit Kickstarter, it had raised about $1.3 million. It’s not hard to see why: this is probably the cheapest 3D printer money […]