Pebble Time Shows Us Just How Much Crowdfunding Has Changed

On Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, the Pebble Time ended its month-long crowdfunding campaign with over $20 million in pledges, making it the most funded Kickstarter in Kickstarter history by roughly 7 million dollars. » 3/29/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

A Case With a Pop-Up Crank Keeps Your Smartphone Charged Forever

Hand crank-powered flashlights and radios for weather emergencies are nothing new, but what about when your smartphone dies in the middle of the day? That's just as dire an emergency, and it's inspired the creation of this smartphone case with a built-in charger and pop-up crank that can, at least in theory, keep your… » 3/17/15 4:50pm 3/17/15 4:50pm

Just Toss This Digitized Notebook In the Microwave to Erase Every Page

When a paper notebook also doubles as the archive for all of your hand-written notes, it makes sense to buy a new one once it's full. But when that paper notebook can be easily digitized and backed up to the cloud using a smartphone, there's no reason not to reuse it. So the Rocketbook notebook can be easily erased by… » 3/11/15 9:48am 3/11/15 9:48am

Mooch Power From Another Smartphone With This Tiny Charging Cable

It's not uncommon to bum a smoke, a ride, or a piece of gum from a friend, but if a new Indiegogo campaign is successful, you might soon be able to bum a little bit of power for your phone as well. The Juicer is a simple double-headed microUSB cable that lets you transfer power from one tablet or smartphone directly… » 2/18/15 9:25am 2/18/15 9:25am

A Fake Vibrating Bar of Soap Promises To Hand-Wash Your Clothes For You

Is there anything worse than having to waste an evening hand-washing your clothes in a sink while on vacation? Absolutely not. So the creators of the Dolfi want their little contraption to do most of the work for you, passively scrubbing clothes clean using ultrasonic vibrations while you're sipping Mai Tais on a… » 1/16/15 3:00pm 1/16/15 3:00pm

This Compact Charger Is No Bigger Than Apple's But Powers Two Devices

Prepare to have one those "hey, wait a minute!" moments because it turns out the compact charger that Apple includes with iPhones could actually be doing so much more for you. The similarly-sized ChargeTech not only has folding prongs so it's even easier to transport, it also comes with two side-by-side USB ports that… » 1/14/15 11:15am 1/14/15 11:15am

The Clip-On Clockety Turns Your iPhone Into a Projection Alarm Clock

When you wake up exhausted in the morning wondering if it's time to get up and go to work, the last thing you really want is your smartphone's bright display blinding you while you check the time. So the snap-on Clockety turns your iPhone into a projection alarm clock, displaying the time on your bedroom ceiling with… » 1/07/15 6:42pm 1/07/15 6:42pm

This Crazy Machine Wants to Be a ​Keurig For Complete Meals

Say what you will about the quality of coffee that comes out of pod-based machines like the Keurig, the machines have caught on like wildfire. They're fast, they're easy to use, and you can instantly brew up almost flavor or type of coffee you like. And soon, dinner prep might be just as easy as using a Keurig… » 1/07/15 3:16pm 1/07/15 3:16pm

Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Sharing is caring—at least that's what those creepy anthropomorphized Care Bears used to say—and in the app world this week, those sentiments are particularly true. » 12/14/14 3:00pm 12/14/14 3:00pm

These Traffic Lights Let You Play Pong With Random Strangers

Two years ago, three German design students set out to solve the most first-world problem that ever was: what to do when waiting to cross the street. Their solution? A system that lets you play Pong with pedestrians on the other side of the street. A few years and one re-branding later, their system is bettering… » 12/06/14 3:00pm 12/06/14 3:00pm

The Simplest Way to Stop Crowdfunding Scams

I wish I could say that crowdfunding was hitting a rough patch. What with all the scams and impossible projects gracing the various platforms' hallowed halls, that's what should be happening. And yet! Creators continue to promise beyond their means, and we keep burying them with cash. Thankfully, though, Indiegogo may… » 12/02/14 1:10pm 12/02/14 1:10pm

This RC Carbon Fiber Glider Looks Like a Stealthy Paper Airplane

The Power Up 3.0 was the first paper airplane that actually let you steer and fly your folded creation like an RC toy, but in terms of durability it was still just made of paper. With the Carbon Flyer you lose the ability to fold your own craft, but since it's made from incredibly strong and lightweight carbon fiber,… » 11/27/14 11:26am 11/27/14 11:26am

5 More Crowdfunded Projects That Defy All Logic and Reason

Online panhandling is out of control. With Kickstarter and Indiegogo's tendencies to wash their hands of the garbage on their sites, scams and impossible projects are in a golden age. While fantastically impossible bullshit abounds, these are but a few of the most egregious. » 11/24/14 1:18pm 11/24/14 1:18pm

This Box Lets You Split Your TV Screen In Case You Are Totally Insane

Anyone living in a house with more people than TVs has run into the problem at least once (or if you grew up in my family, pretty much every night): People want to watch different shows at the same time. A startup called ScreensTV is trying to fix family fighting by offering a box that lets you split your TV into… » 11/13/14 10:29am 11/13/14 10:29am

Kids Will Love These Bandages That Make Cuts Look Far Worse

Has anyone ever put on a bandage and had it perfectly match their skin color? No, not even close. That's why printing bandages with fun or stylish designs makes a lot more sense. Or, if you're feeling macabre, you can toss a few bucks at this Indiegogo campaign that wants to create a line of bandages that make your… » 10/31/14 11:29am 10/31/14 11:29am

Turn Playgrounds Into Game Controllers With This Motion-Sensing Clip

An afternoon spent playing on a smartphone or tablet isn't exactly the most healthiest way for a kid to spend their free time—but at this point mobile devices are a part of life and aren't going away. So a few enterprising folks came up with a clever over-sized clip called the Hybrid Play, that attaches to moving… » 10/23/14 9:08am 10/23/14 9:08am

7 Spectacular Crowdfunding Fails

Some crowd-funded projects are awesome, and bring great but simple ideas to life. Others, not so much. But whether they're grounded, or impossibly optimistic, all crowd-funding projects have a chance to fail, spectacularly. » 10/10/14 9:00am 10/10/14 9:00am

Inside the Booming Business of Kickstarter Coaches

Here's a staggering statistic: Kickstarter backers pledge roughly $1.5 million every day. Crowdfunding is a big business, despite its image as a folksy, grassroots-style approach to money. It's so big, in fact, that it's spawning a cottage industry of professionals who can help you cash in on your idea. For a fee. » 10/07/14 1:23pm 10/07/14 1:23pm

Flexy, Wrist-Worn Concept Phone: A Real Life Buzz Lightyear Communicator

Indiegogo concepts are always a bit out there, and this one's no exception: Portal, a six-inch Android-powered smartphone that's impressively capable, waterproof, and flexible enough to wear on your wrist like Buzz Lightyear's communicator. Forget smartwatches, this baby's a goddamned gauntlet. » 9/27/14 5:30pm 9/27/14 5:30pm

This IFTTT-Enabled Panic Button Will Start Anything But a Nuclear War

Have you ever thought that everyday activities like, say, summoning your family for dinner, need a little more drama? Bttn, a giant, shouty, Wi-Fi-enabled button, is thinking yes. » 9/17/14 11:00pm 9/17/14 11:00pm