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Fonkraft wants to build a modular smartphone too (crowdfunding… and probably too good to be true) Update: it probably was

Google’s Project Ara may be the highest-profile attempt to build a modular smartphone and an ecosystem of modules and software that will let you swap out displays, batteries, processors, and just about everything else. But Google isn’t the only company working on modular designs for mobile devices. Click ARM and PuzzlePhone have their own ideas, and Chinese phone […]

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Coolbox is a smart toolbox for tech friendly manual labor (Crowdfunding)

We’ve got smart phones, smart watches, smart cars, and even smart homes. Why not add a smart toolbox to the mix? Coolbox is described as a toolbox for the 21st century. More than just a basic carrying case for your screwdrivers, hammers, and mystery tools, this box will be outfitted with such tech features as […]

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TouchPico: Pocket-sized device projects Android onto any wall (crowdfunding)

Looking for a portable projector that lets you stream videos, PowerPoint presentations, or other content onto a wall… without connecting to a computer? TouchPico is a tiny projector that runs Google Android, allowing you to project just about anything that you’d see on your phone onto a screen or wall. It can beam an 80 inch […]

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Lilbits (7-03-2014): Meet Automotive Grade Linux

Android’s headed to the dashboards of cars thanks to the new Android Auto initiative. So’s iOS, thanks to CarPlay. But these two smart vehicle systems aren’t the only game in town. The Linux Foundation is sponsoring a new operating system called Automotive Grade Linux which is a Tizen-based OS aimed at vehicles. It has a […]

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EzeeCube is a small, modular media center and media hub (crowdfunding)

Looking for a small, low-power box that you can use both as a media center PC for playing videos on your TV and as a media hub for backing and sharing your smartphone’s photos and videos? The folks behind Ezeecube have designed a device that does both of those things. It’s a media hub with […]

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TransMaker is a tablet dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 (crowdfunding)

Samsung sells some of the most popular Android phones and tablets on the market… but if you don’t feel like spending your money on both a Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet, there may be another option. Chinese company Shenzhen Migoal has developed a tablet dock called the TransMaker for Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 phones. The […]

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BungBungame Project S: A $299 top-tier smartphone (if it gets funded)

Phones with top-tier specs usually have top-tier prices. While you can pick up the latest Samsung, HTC, LG, or Apple smartphone for a few hundreds bucks or less with a contract, they typically sell for well over $500 when you buy them unlocked. But there’s a recent trend of companies including Xiaomi and Google pushing […]

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Lilbits (10-24-2013): if convertible wants to be your phone, tablet, laptop

Tired of carrying a smartphone, tablet, and notebook around? While Asus is trying to simplify things with products like the Asus Padfone that let your phone act as the brains of a tablet, a group called idealfuture has another idea. They’re trying to raise $100,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build a device called the […]

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PengPod1040 hits Indiegogo (iPad-sized tablet dual boots Android, Linux)

The folks who brought us the PengPod line of 7 and 10 inch tablets which can run Android, Ubuntu, or other Linux-based operating systems are back, and this time they want to offer an iPad-sized tablet with a high-resolution display and a quad-core processor. While there’s already a working prototype, the PengPod1040 will only go […]

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Lilbits (8-19-2013): Ubuntu Edge on the edge of failure

Canonical’s goal to build a smartphone that could act like a desktop PC when you connected a mouse, keyboard, and monitor always seemed like a bit of a longshot. The company wanted to raise $32 million through crowd-funding site Indiegogo. That’s more than anyone’s ever raised for a crowd-funded project to date, and it’s for […]