music
Neil Young's Pono Music Player is the Third-Most Successful Kickstarter Ever

The Kickstarter funding push for Neil Young's audiophile-pleasing Pono Music Player has closed, raising a significant $6.2 million (£3,692,013) from 18,220 backers. While we're not wholly convinced by the device, it seems there are enough music lovers out there who are, pushing the device to become the third-most backed Kickstarter project ever. [Musically] Read More >>

gadgets
Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionise the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a piece of paper while it rolls around on top of it. Read More >>

music
MIDI Software That Turns Your Vocals Into Instrumentation

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitonecan save the day, turning your voice (or other sounds) into an all-out symphony. Read More >>

photography
A Lensbaby for Your iPhone That Makes Mobile Photography More Creative

For photographers looking to get really creative with their gear, Lensbaby is well known for its various DSLR lenses that can create tilt-shift and other popular effects. But for the first time, the company is letting iPhone photographers get in on the fun too, with a tiny smartphone-friendly lens providing extreme focus effects. Read More >>

gaming
Creator of Shenmue Researching Kickstarter Options for Shenmue III

Yu Suzuki, architect of many Sega classics and creator of the Shenmue trilogy that was abandoned after only two chapters, is "researching" the idea of crowd-funding a Shenmue III. At a GDC presentation he said he'd like to make it if "the right opportunity" came along, expanding on this to tell Eurogamer he's looking at ways to get the lost Dreamcast generation to pay for its creation. [Eurogamer] Read More >>

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Tents Should Have Had Built-in Air Mattresses Since Day One

A comfy air mattress can make roughing it feel a little less rough, although wrangling one inside a tent that's a little too small for your queen size bed can be a huge pain. And that's exactly the situation that inspired Dan Robertson to create the Aesent: a tent with a built-in air mattress on its base that's always the perfect size. Read More >>

transport
It Turns Out Cyclists Only Really Need Half a Bike to Get to Work

According to the folks at Kolelinia, cyclists are spending twice as much money as they need to on a bike. The company has just designed a more compact alternative called the Halfbike that looks like someone stripped away all the comfy bits from a real bike, leaving us with the cycling equivalent of a standing desk. Read More >>

design
Sorry, Smart Rings Aren't the Future

Smartwatch? Please. We've already moved on to smart rings, magical digit-wrappers that control your world with a wave of the hand. They're everywhere—except, oddly enough, on our fingers. That's because despite the extravagant promises they're pitched with, smart rings simply don't work yet. And they may well never. Read More >>

bikes
How it Feels to Ride an Electrified Boris Bike

If you've ever ridden a Barclays 'Boris' Bike (or Citibike, or any similar bike-share bicycle) you know: those suckers are heavy. And, if you've ever ridden up anything near an incline, you know that heavy bikes absolutely suck on hills. Wouldn't it be great to just push a button instead? Read More >>

science
Colour-Shifting Ferrofluid: Who Needs Aliens?

Even though it has many real-world applications—like as a self-sealing lubricant—ferrofluid's most common use is as one really awesome desktop distraction. But when you've seen one black spiky blob, you've seen them all. So the creators of the new Fluux LiquiMetal toy have breathed some novelty back into ferrofluid by chemically engineering it to shift colours. Read More >>

3d
Finally, a Way to Put 3D TV to Good Use

A recently successful Kickstarter to make "the world's first augmented television" might finally put 3D TV to good use, transforming your home screen into what the developers call "a Minority Report-like experience." Read More >>

design
Build a Custom Garden Planter with these Lego-Like Blocks

It's hard to argue the fact that Lego is one of the greatest toys of all time, but who says the plastic building blocks have to only be used as toys? The creators of these wonderful Togetherfarm Blocks—made from recycled food-grade plastic—are intended for use as planters and garden boxes in any shape or size you can imagine. Read More >>

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All the Crappy Kickstarters You Shouldn't Fund in 2014

Kickstarter is great, sometimes -- it's the bringer of life to unique products like the Pebble or Oculus Rift. A side-effect, though, is an unfiltered look into what some people deem to be good ideas. Read More >>

apps
This Genius App Would Turn Your Smartphone Pics Into Prints, For Free

Where are the dozens of pictures on your smartphone or tablet going? Nowhere, probably. Printing them at home looks chintzy, and getting professional prints is expensive. Flag wants to change that, with an app that would give you high quality prints and mail them wherever you want, all for free. Cool! While we normally wouldn't give any mention to the thousands of projects on Kickstarter, but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Read More >>

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Why I'm Kickstarting a Book About Kickstarter, on Kickstarter

Seems to me that it's almost impossible to swing a USB lead without hitting half a dozen people who are working on a Kickstarter project of some sort. Read More >>

music
Gorgeous Infographics Show What Made The Beatles Great

Graphic design firm Designbysoap Ltd. is marking the anniversary of the Beatles storming their way over to the US with a Kickstarter collection of gorgeous infographics delving into every detail of The Beatles' first album, Please Please Me. Read More >>

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