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    Consumer-side mesh networking solutions have been popping up more often recently. Perhaps the idea of spreading stronger, singular networks has met its time and price, right? But what about a solution that takes things off the grid when the situation strikes, be it in a foreign country or in a humanitarian crisis? Well, GoTenna, the makers of a namesake product that enabled peer-to-peer wireless communications without Wi-Fi or cell signals, have come up with a solution called GoTenna Mesh and it's on Kickstarter today. It does what the goTenna did, but has the possibility of going much ...

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    It wasn’t the most ambitious of crowdfunding targets, and Samsung could have always subsidized the waist health tracker itself, but New York-based startup Welt needed to gauge people’s interest in a fashion accessory/wearable device looking as simple as it feels unique and convenient beyond the surface. First displayed way back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show as a work-in-progress prototype from Creative Lab, Samsung’s business incubator dedicated to its own resourceful employees searching for personal development and success, the bizarrely-named Welt smart belt should ...

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    One of my hobbies is browsing through KickStarter and Indiegogo to see what the brilliant minds of tomorrow are coming up with today. Or maybe that’s the other way around. Anyway. every now and then something grabs my attention for some reason. Of course, that’s the point. But this item, the Superbook is one of those items that someone is making that I’ve been wanting for some time. Or at least, I think I’ve been wanting it, but we’ll delve into that later. Just what is it? The Superbook is a laptop shell that turns your phone into a computer. Now, if you think this is a familiar ...

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    Well, it was fun while it lasted, but it looks like another Windows 10 Mobile device failed to garner the actual financial support of the masses needed to survive, and by extension, give Microsoft’s floundering platform hope. Perhaps Japan’s Trinity dared to dream too big, trying to take the arguably eye-catching but also highly unconventional NuAns NEO international shortly after its domestic debut, with minimal marketing outside the “Land of the Rising Sun”, and apparently, not enough positive word-of-mouth. Just 489 prospective global buyers pledged between $30 and $650 apiece ...

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    A Chinese startup called Mobvoi — which has successfully closed three rounds of funding, the latest led by Google — has decided to bring an Android-powered smartwatch out of China. The Ticwatch 2 technically isn't even an Android Wear watch — it's a watch that runs a skinned version of Android with something more like Tizen in mind. The watch, running Ticwear OS, is compatible with smartphones running iOS 8.0 and Android 4.3 and fills the typical bill for notifications, media control, watchfaces, voice interactions, Android Wear apps, gestures etc., but the interface is set up ...

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    Trinity, the little known Japan-based manufacturer of the striking, uniquely designed and highly customizable NuAns NEO smartphone, probably never expected this unconventional project to so rapidly turn into a global phenomenon. As such, while the company didn’t need the financial support of the masses to actually build and distribute the mid-range Windows 10 Mobile device domestically, rolling it out around the world is proving slightly trickier. But if only $725,000 is raised on Kickstarter by August 9, Trinity promises to release the two-tone, multi-color, multi-material 5-incher ...

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    While Pebble detractors have been led to reconsider their stance on the smartwatch pioneer’s future following the Kickstarter debut of the affordable, heart rate-enabled Pebble 2 and Time 2, as well as the 3G-integrating Core, devoted fans probably feel there’s something missing. Specifically, a sequel for the September 2015-unveiled Time Round. Ask and ye shall receive, it turns out, with the circular, sleek wearable due for a redesign this September. That’s when “polished” gold and silver finishes will begin shipping to early adopters, who can already “pre-order” the ...

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    The unique two-toned NuAns NEO brought a new sense of zen to Windows 10 Mobile. We didn't particular think it fair, though, to have the phone at CES before selling it only in Japan. But beyond word that the people at Japanese manufacturer Trinity were going to put out something other than the NEO for its international audience, we haven't heard much since January. However, NuAns is announcing that it is pushing forward to sell the NEO to the world and will launch a Kickstarter campaign the week of June 27 to field pre-orders. It's no HP Elite x3 in terms of specs (at least there's ...

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    The phrase "make or break" is tossed around often in the world of consumer electronics. With that editorial trope acknowledged, we could be looking at a make or break product release from Pebble. Unveiled today, the smartwatch pioneer showed off the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter. This company has been facing challenges of late, recently dealing with some layoffs, but the market for wearables remains strong. Is Pebble back in the game with these new products, or have consumers moved on to more visible brands? Fans flocked, Kicstarter funded Whether you agree ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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