science
Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Makes First Powered Flight Since Deadly 2014 Disaster

Yesterday, the VSS Unity went supersonic during crewed tests, reaching speeds of 1,220 miles per hour. It’s the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo aircraft, and the first flight since the 2014 disaster in which a pilot was killed and a co-pilot severely injured. Read More >>

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The Makers of the Frisbee Reinvented the Frisbee Because Nothing Is Holy

61 years ago, the executives of Wham-O Inc. acquired the rights to a flying disk they called the Frisbee®. Now, the same company claims it’s reinvented the damn thing with a wobbly-looking toy called the Frisbee Sonic. It being 2018 and all, the new invention is being funded on Kickstarter. Oh, and I hate it. Read More >>

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Finally, I Can Motorboat a Man’s Pillowy Pectorals

You ever look at the heaving bosom of a man—say Michael B. Jordan or Chris Hemsworth—and think “I want to grind up in there with my face for years and years?” Japanese artist Shirane apparently has. The artist, a recent graduate of the Ochanomizu Institute of Art in Tokyo, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the site Motion Gallery, for headless torsos in the shape of a hairless hunk. Read More >>

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Fitbit Is Killing Off Pebble in June, For Real This Time

What began as one of the original Kickstarter success stories, Pebble quickly matured into one of the most beloved smartwatch brands, years before Apple found its groove with the Watch. But after being bought out by Fitbit, it was only a matter of time before Pebble’s endeavours came to an end. Read More >>

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Meet The Smart Backpack That’ll Light up Your Life… Literally

The future – by which I mean, 'late 2017 – is a terrifyingly advanced place. Not only are most modern toasters clever enough to do your taxes, but now fancypants backpacks are looking to make your walk to work a whole lot smarter. Read More >>

design
Can We Talk About Kickstarter’s New Squishy, Podgy Blob?

Kickstarter revealed the Amorphous Blob responsible for eating its old logo eight days ago. Eight! And hardly anybody has noticed. Read More >>

gadgets
This Inflatable Suitcase Made Out of Old Lorries Works Surprisingly Well

A pitch recently landed in my inbox that didn’t make a lot of sense. Some designers were working with Freitag, a Swiss company that makes bags out of old lorry tarps, and they were launching a Kickstarter. The product: the Zippelin, a foldable suitcase with bike tubes that inflated to create a frame. It sounded so weird it just might work. And it does. Read More >>

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Motorola’s New Phone Makes a Great Case For Why Modular Phones Shouldn’t Exist

Every once and while you run across a gadget that would be perfect if only it wasn’t missing one tiny feature. That sucks, and often there’s nothing you can do about it because there’s no way for multi-billion dollar companies to anticipate your need for a cattle prod or tiny projector that attaches to your phone. But what if there was? What if you could just switch out modules on a phone with a snap and always have the perfect device for the perfect occasion. That’s supposed to be the new Moto Z2 Force’s promise. Read More >>

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Airpaq, the Upcycled Car Seatbelt and Airbag Rucksack

Of the thousands of quirky rucksacks to have appeared on Kickstarter in the last 48 hours, this one has the most potential to bestow an aura of interestingness onto its wearer. It's made from seatbelts and old car airbags, and who wouldn't want to close a rucksack with a satisfying clunk-click? Read More >>

gadgets
These Crowdfunded Nintendo Switch Docks Are Just Rebranded USB-C Adaptors

The Nintendo Switch seems like it could be the perfect portable gaming console—were it not for the bulky dock required to connect it to a TV. That’s why gamers have gotten excited about a pair of compact Switch HDMI adaptors currently being crowdfunded, but you might be better off spending your money elsewhere. Read More >>

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This Ball-Balancing Segway Clone Uses Physics to Safely Scoot You Around

Was the Segway ahead of its time, or just an overhyped product that could have never lived up to the anticipation? Being pricier than a used car didn’t help the original Segway’s chances, but at least now, electrical engineer Olaf Winkler has solved that problem with a ball-based self-balancing scooter that features a thousand dollar price tag. Read More >>

design
This Trackable, Wireless Charging Backpack Is The Techy Bag We’ve Always Wanted

Techy fashion brand Knomo's new backpack design is proving popular on Kickstarter, raising all of its £50k target with nearly a month still to go. Read More >>

gadgets
Indecisive People Rejoice: There’s an iPhone Case That’s Also an Android Phone

Have you ever been using your iPhone and found yourself wishing it was heavier and more prone to viruses? Well, have we got a gadget for you. In the same way that Reese’s Peanut Butter cups brought together too disparate worlds, the Eye Smart iPhone Case crams a whole other phone on your phone. Read More >>

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This Smart Projector Teaches Rich Kids How To Draw

Since we definitely don't have enough app-connected over-engineered smart toys in the world, there's another one about to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter: Followgrams. Read More >>

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This Jacket Is A Great Way To Get Arrested At The Airport

As if it's not scary enough going through airport security in these times of paranoia and distrust, a new jacket seeking funding on Kickstarter looks set to make even coats look suspicious at check-in. Read More >>