6 Horrible and Doomed Space Missions, Brought to You By Crowdfunding 

Government funding for space travel ain’t what it used to be. Private organizations are our best hope for exploring beyond Earth’s increasingly noxious atmosphere, and to get your cash they’re turning to Indiegogo and Kickstarter to fund ambitious space missions. Unfortunately, most of the projects are bonkers messes… » 6/18/15 1:22pm 6/18/15 1:22pm

YotaPhone 2, the Dual Screen E-Ink Wonder, Is Blowing Up On IndieGoGo

The general consensus about YotaPhone, the wacky Russian smartphone with a dual LED and E-Ink screen, was simple: I’m not sure how useful it is, but I want to try that. Now the company is funding a North American run for the phone on IndieGoGo, and damn, people sure are excited about it. » 5/19/15 12:10pm 5/19/15 12:10pm

A Programming Languages Alphabet Book Could Spark an Interest in Coding

You have no idea what your kids will grow up to be while they’re still toddlers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gently nudge them towards one vocation or another. And since those fancy computers aren’t going away anytime soon, perhaps a career in coding might be worthwhile, inspired by this alphabet book featuring… » 5/15/15 6:00pm 5/15/15 6:00pm

Everyone Will Fill a Baseball Glove Flask With Gatorade, Right?

We haven’t solved world hunger, and peace on a global scale isn’t happening anytime soon, but if there’s one thing humanity has mastered, its finding a way to smuggle booze. So if you play baseball, or just enjoy watching America’s pastime from the stands, it’s time to upgrade your glove to the Glask which features a… » 5/14/15 10:25am 5/14/15 10:25am

Building and Programming Circuits Is Easy With an iPad as Your Professor

In the past few years there have been countless toys that claim to be STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) but few have done as good a job at introducing kids to concepts like programming and circuitry than a small company called LightUp. And through a new Kickstarter campaign it’s about to expand… » 5/12/15 10:35am 5/12/15 10:35am

A Tiny Video Game-Playing Business Card You Can Smuggle In Your Wallet

A year ago Kevin Bates singlehandedly justified the antiquated tradition of swapping business cards with a thin and tiny handheld console that could even play video games. He originally created the Arduboy as the ultimate business card to show off his electronics skills to potential employers, but now anyone can… » 5/11/15 10:52am 5/11/15 10:52am

A Modular Phone Case Adds Every Accessory You Never Knew You'd Need

Google’s Project Ara is heralded in sweaty-palmed blog posts as the future of mobile computing — a modular smartphone that adapts to suit your every need. But at the moment, the future of smartphones is struggling to boot up consistently. So in the meantime, this Kickstarter wants to take Ara’s promise of a modular… » 4/30/15 12:38am 4/30/15 12:38am

Want to Be a Player in Your Own Video Game?

Last year, we got the chance to try playing a video game with an avatar of ourselves, thanks to a camera system which creates a complete 3D model of your person. Since most of us don’t have 90 spare cameras and a supercomptuer lying around, it’s a hard-to-repeat experience. That’s why designer Alexx Henry is taking… » 4/23/15 10:00am 4/23/15 10:00am

It's No Hoverboard, But This Levitating Light Bulb Is Still a Neat Trick

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that we won’t be floating to work on a hoverboard anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean our lives have to be completely devoid of levitation. Not when Simon Morris is Kickstarting an amazing floating light bulb that actually lights up while it hovers above its base. » 4/22/15 10:45am 4/22/15 10:45am