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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

technology
Handy New ‘Jack’ Makes Any Headphones Wireless

Mobile phone manufacturers might be ready to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for good, but consumers aren't. Every new announcement of a phone dropping the standard port last year - following Apple, of course - was met with groans and kvetching, and for good reason. We've all got years' worth of 3.5mm headphones, and not everyone wants to replace them with £160 earrings. Read More >>

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This Bottle Top Launcher Will Probably Injure You Some Day

Is opening a bottle like a normal person with dignity and self-respect not EXTREME enough for you? Then we’ve got a treat for you. Eventually. Read More >>

gaming
There’s Finally an NES Controller For Left-Handed Gamers

We’ve all seen the classic NES controller thousands of times, but look closely at this one, notice something slightly different? On the Goofy Foot NES controller, the directional pad and the A+B buttons are reversed, so southpaw gamers can finally feel comfortable playing their favourite classic games. Read More >>

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This Self-Making Duvet Needs to Get Out of My Dreams and Onto My Bed

There’s no better way to end a long day than crawling into a perfectly-made bed, but who has time to actually make their bed as they frantically head off to work in the morning? Nobody. That’s why a self-making duvet might be the best thing you could ever throw on your bed. Read More >>

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Pebble Is Dead, and Its Customers Are Completely Screwed

Pebble, one of the best-known smartwatch brands, is dead. Rumours about the company’s demise have been swirling since The Information reported a potential Fitbit buyout last week. Today in a post on Kickstarter, Pebble confirmed that Fitbit was acquiring “key Pebble assets” and that Pebble would “no longer be operating as in independent company.” Read More >>

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Guy Builds a Matrix Bullet-Time Rig Using Just One Spinning High Speed Camera

To create those amazing bullet-time shots in The Matrix, the filmmakers used a bunch of cameras to simultaneously capture the action from all angles. But Google Engineer Ben Krasnow found an easier and cheaper way to do this by simply spinning a high-speed camera capable of shooting at speeds of up to 21,500 frames per second. Read More >>