Posts tagged with: kickstarter
  • by |

    While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant. Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The little startup that essentially laid the foundation for your Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S timepieces, Android Wear gizmos and so on appears to be going through an identity crisis of sorts, as many rivals undercut its prices and build quality, with substantial layoffs prompted by flagging sales and profits. Ironically, the healthy future of Pebble might be in the hands of not just its own engineers and developers, but software and especially hardware partners working on ways to squeeze the last possible drop of functionality and productivity out of the Time and Time Steel. Partners like ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    This makes so much sense. Also, I'll admit that I'm biased. If you're not familiar with the iOS and Android game Monument Valley, go take a few spins on that and come back to this story when you're done. You can probably see why someone would envision a Lego set to celebrate the aesthetics of this Escherific™ adventure. Thing is, since some of the design elements will need some custom-produced Lego manufacturing (including some neat-o stickers) to successfully pull off a great tribute to Monument Valley, it'll need to be made by the company itself. So, someone decided to give a little ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It takes a lot of work to make a smartphone compatible with as many carriers as possible, and when you're an upstart firm just getting ready to release your first phone, all too often that means making some sacrifices. So when we learned that the crowdfunded Nextbit Robin wasn't just going to push beyond GSM-only compatibility and give supporters the option for a CDMA model that worked with Verizon, but also one that would operate on Sprint, it was definitely cause to be excited. Now it's nearly time for the first Robin handsets to ship out to backers, and that group was supposed to also ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Has the thrown shade been retracted or is this just a case of being lazy? Kickstarter has been the source of several major smartwatch, smartphone and VR projects that we've perched over in sheer delight. It has broken records and have broken up the mobile industry just a tiny bit. And now, a revolution: the Android app. No, seriously, it's 2016 and Kickstarter just debuted an Android app. The company released its iOS app on Valentine's Day 2013. From the start, the iOS app allowed project creators to manage their messages, post updates and track stats. The barebones Android app has no ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Saygus had the uberphone of 2015 at CES — both at last year's show and this year's. After a two-month lapse in tweets, Saygus confirmed its CES 2016 projection that shipping will begin within Q1 — another setback from internal sentiment as a February shipping target didn't account for Chinese factories taking off for the upcoming new year. The Utah-based manufacturer hopes to show off version 3 of its PCB for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City starting January 21. The company had parted ways with an ODM on policy differences in November, characterizing as "a partner who may ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A bit of tangential nostalgia for you: on the last episode of first iteration of the television show Call For Help from the old ZDTV-turned-TechTV network, there was a segment called Cat's Clicks where co-host Cat Schwartz gave an interesting "click-to." There was a last minute addition to the segment: a pair of custom-molded earphones from Ultimate Ears that cost about $500. Today, Ultimate Ears's product line consists of three Bluetooth speakers. That was some 12 years ago. At CES 2016, an Indiegogo project called Decibullz attempts to fill the niche of the fit-to-your-lugs earbuds ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    So far, so good for Nextbit. Make that "goody good" as of this post because its Kickstarter fund for the Robin smartphone has attained nearly double the original goal of $500,000. And after a rousing unveiling during IFA and a further fleshing of the details at CTIA, we're looking at an interesting development that could set this crowdfunded phone apart from others like YotaPhone, Fairphone and others. In an update to their Kickstarter page, the project team said they were looking into, but not confirming that they are building a version of Robin supporting Verizon and Sprint, the US's ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The buzz surrounding the Pebble smart watch refuses to subside.  With about two days to go before Kickstarter funding closes, the project has raised over $10 million. Even though the initial round of pre-sales is sold out, the dollar figure continues to grow as new backers contribute $1 apiece to be let in on the regular stream of updates regarding the overnight-sensation smartphone accessory. As a gadget-lover, the Pebble holds my interest for obvious reasons, some of which I touched on in a previous piece. My colleague Joe Levi just yesterday talked some more about the Pebble and its ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version