3D Printing Big Dreams With CobbleBot
Everything is bigger in Texas and the Cobblebot is no exception. The latest 3D printer option to hit KIckstarter, Cobblebot is a low cost printer with a large build area of 15x15x15. The team behind Cobblebot have big dreams to shake up the 3D printing market to make these devices more affordable and able to do more than just print trinkets and iPhone cases.  
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The Cobblebot is being offered to backers on its Kickstarter page for a price of $299. This is a significant price drop from the $3,700+ price tag which is normally attached to a printer with this capability. The company explains that its ability to bring the price down for Cobblebot is all about connections. They explain on the Kickstarter page:

How are we able to get the cost this low?  One of our team members is a business attorney with extensive connections in the manufacturing world and has negotiated rock bottom prices from all of our suppliers.  And that negotiated price keeps falling based on the quantity we order - This is where stretch goals come in - each stretch goal is based on the amount of orders necessary to get the next lower price from our suppliers.  The savings is then shared with everyone with the STRETCH GOAL items (heated bed, filtration case, stepper drivers, etc..)

Outside of cost and the large print area some of the other unique features of Cobblebot are the ability to customize its color scheme and the fact that the print area is entirely stationary. Cobblebot was built with all of its axes connected so that the print bed can stay stable and the printer builds the item straight up with all of the axes connected. 
 Cobblebot has already raised nearly double its Kickstarter funding goal of $100,000 and is well on its way to meeting its first stretch goal of $250,000 which will upgrade the stepper drives of the unit. 

3D Printing Big Dreams With CobbleBot

Everything is bigger in Texas and the Cobblebot is no exception. The latest 3D printer option to hit KIckstarter, Cobblebot is a low cost printer with a large build area of 15x15x15. The team behind Cobblebot have big dreams to shake up the 3D printing market to make these devices more affordable and able to do more than just print trinkets and iPhone cases.  

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Jewelry Goes 2.0 With the Smart Luxury Zazzi Collection
One of the biggest complaints about wearable tech today is that its not exactly wearable. Most devices put function over form which ends up losing out when clothing and accessories are used to express our personal style. This is especially the case for women who aren’t looking to dress down their date outfit with a plastic activity tracker or bulky smartwatch. A company called FashionTeq have designed a collection of smart jewelry called Zazzi so that women don’t have too choose between style and staying connected.
[[MORE]]At its core, Zazzi is an e-ink display pendant that can be fashioned as a cocktail ring, necklace or cuff. FashionTeq is selling its compatible accessories in various finishes including Genuine Rhodium Plated Alloy Silver and Rose Gold. For all intensive purposes, the collection looks like something you would buy at a jewelry store rather than at Best Buy, and that is by design. 
"Technology is such an integral part of our everyday lives but there’s nothing out there tailored to match our personal styles or self-expression,” said Judy Tomlinson, CEO and founder of FahionTEQ. “The Zazzi smart jewelry collection enables women to accessorize and remain fashion-forward all while still being connected to their technology.”

Like most wearables, Zazzi vibrates to let you know when someone is calling or when a text message or email has been received. The Zazzi pendant connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to route notifications to the jewelry. But what is completely unique about Zazzi is its use of images for communication. Instead of showing text notifications on the Zazzi display, the company has opted to use images to let you know who is trying to get a hold of you. So if your boyfriend is calling maybe a heart comes up versus a friend that could be a panda and so on. Users can choose images from the Zazzi app or upload their own so the sky is really the limit.  
Using images to convey information means a couple of things for this collection. The first is that your accessory doesn’t lose its aesthetic, it continues to showcase an image that reflects your style. The second is that you aren’t expected to awkwardly read a text or email on your ring or necklace. And finally, images are much more glanceable than text which means that you can quickly make a decision whether to interrupt the moment to take a call or respond to a message on your phone.
FashionTeq is currently crowdfunding Zazzi on Indiegogo with a goal of $110,000 and 28 days on the clock. Interested backers can grab the full collection for $299 before it retails for $100 more after the campaign.

Jewelry Goes 2.0 With the Smart Luxury Zazzi Collection

One of the biggest complaints about wearable tech today is that its not exactly wearable. Most devices put function over form which ends up losing out when clothing and accessories are used to express our personal style. This is especially the case for women who aren’t looking to dress down their date outfit with a plastic activity tracker or bulky smartwatch. A company called FashionTeq have designed a collection of smart jewelry called Zazzi so that women don’t have too choose between style and staying connected.

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Break Records on the Tennis Court with Smash
In order to be better, you need to know better. But sometimes its hard to know what you need to change which is why an outside perspective, like a coach, is always helpful. Smash is a wearable wristband designed to help you better your game of tennis. 
[[MORE]]The 15g wrist-worn device uses sensors to track your consistency in your games and makes recommendations for you like a virtual tennis coach. The snake-skin light bracelet can track things like number and type of shots, racket head speed, amount of spin, wrist rotation and your technique consistency. Like most wearables it gathers this data in the device and then syncs it to an application via Bluetooth. 
The app will not only show you how well you did in your current game but it will also provide insights on how you could play better through a series of tips and goal settings. Smash can also help you cater to your competitive edge by letting you compare stats and achievements with your friends and network.
Smash is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter with over $4,000 raised of its $200,000 goal so it has a long way before it gets funded. But time is on its side with 44 days left on the clock. With sports and fitness wearables the most popular category of wearable tech to date, Smash also has this in its favor. The team is offering backers the ability to get Smash for as low as $129 to be shipped in February of next year.

Break Records on the Tennis Court with Smash

In order to be better, you need to know better. But sometimes its hard to know what you need to change which is why an outside perspective, like a coach, is always helpful. Smash is a wearable wristband designed to help you better your game of tennis.

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Doodle In the Air with LIX, The Smallest 3D Printing Pen
Drawing in 2D is so last year. Advancements in 3D printing have afforded new tools for artists and makers to sketch things in the air with 3D printing pens. The latest of these tools is LIX, a UK-based company who is currently crowdfunding its 3D printing pen on Kickstarter.
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LIX works similar to a 3D printer. It rapidly melts and cools coloured plastic creating rigid shapes. The pen is powered by USB 3.0 and it only takes about 60 seconds for the filament you insert at the top of the pen to heat up for use. 
The team at LIX wanted to create a pen that was comfortable and stylish in your hand. LIX is extremely light-weight at 40 grams and is made from aluminum and will come in two colors: matte black and matte grey.
The best part about LIX is its portability which means that you can 3D doodle anywhere in your house, at work or even when you travel. LIX suggest that its pen can be used to bring your sketches to life or to create intricate jewellery, crafts or prototypes. 
The LIX campaign has already raised over 18 times its expected campaign goal which was set at 30,000 pounds and has 23 days to go. The company is offering backers a chance to get a pen for as little as $70.
LIX has drawn some impressive art and fashion pieces with LIX which they showcase in the Kickstarter video which we have for you below.  

Doodle In the Air with LIX, The Smallest 3D Printing Pen

Drawing in 2D is so last year. Advancements in 3D printing have afforded new tools for artists and makers to sketch things in the air with 3D printing pens. The latest of these tools is LIX, a UK-based company who is currently crowdfunding its 3D printing pen on Kickstarter.

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Rufus Cuff Wrist Communicator Goes Beyond the Smartwatch
If Sci-Fi movies are made to inspire the tech of the future than the Rufus Cuff fits the bill. This new wearable device aims to solve some of the woes of smartwatches by moving past the smaller form factor we’ve seen so far in this space to offer, what they are calling, a wrist communicator.   
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After a long ride home from CES last year, Gabe Grifoni was inspired by all the wearables on the floor but knew that there could be better. He left inspired that there were so many independent startups creating hardware but felt that the smartwatch space especially hadn’t yet hit the nail on the head. When he returned he put things into action and co-founded Rufus Labs to create the Rufus Cuff. 
The main difference between the Cuff and a smartwatch is the width of the screen which is 3-inches wide. This is nearly two times the size of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The screen size was an important decision for the Rufus team as they wanted this device to offer a more comfortable typing experience on a keyboard as well as to be able to run full Android. Most importantly, the size of the device also affords a bigger battery which means that the Cuff will last longer than other wrist-worn devices on the market. 
Unlike other larger smartwatches coming to the market, like the Neptune Pine, the Cuff isn’t a fully standalone device. It does require to be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth for a number of features. But you are able to use WiFi on the Cuff to bypass the need of the phone for VoIP, Email and other cloud-based services. 

In a time when smartwatches are under the gun for being too clunky, the Cuff’s design is a risky move. But it looks as though it has found a sweet spot for many. Their Indiegogo campaign just recently surpassed its goal of $200,000 yesterday and is currently sitting at over $220,000 with 5 days left to go. 
Those wanting to nab one of the first wrist communicators are out of luck. Early Adopter packages on Indiegogo for the Rufus Cuff are all sold out. Rufus is offering additional backer options starting at $279 which ship for September of this year.

Rufus Cuff Wrist Communicator Goes Beyond the Smartwatch

If Sci-Fi movies are made to inspire the tech of the future than the Rufus Cuff fits the bill. This new wearable device aims to solve some of the woes of smartwatches by moving past the smaller form factor we’ve seen so far in this space to offer, what they are calling, a wrist communicator.   

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Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing
A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 
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Founder Liz Havlin is currently preparing a Kickstarter campaign to create an open sourced desktop recycling machine called the Legacy Filament Extruder. The machine turns recycled plastic pellets into 3D printer ink. Havlin hopes to raise $30,000 to make this concept a reality.
The machine is just one part of the equation. Havlin has partnered with a company who will take collected recycled plastic and make the necessary pellets needed to create the filament using the Legacy. This partnership removes the need for additional machinery to be created or bought to processes the plastics itself.  
Once things are up and running, Havlin aims to be able to collect recycling at a location in Seattle, exchange it for pellets and then sell 3D printer filaments created by the extruder.
The Legacy could be the start of a new way to tackle a huge environmental problem which continues to plague our oceans and our wildlife. In addition, as Havlin points out on her draft Kickstarter page, the collection of plastics and other recycling is already a means for people to earn money to help them lift themselves out of poverty. The use of these materials for a growing demand of makers could help further this social cause as well. 
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Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing

A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 

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2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech
Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 
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Crowdfund Productions performed a study of 300 wearable tech projects on various crowdfunding platforms and have illustrated its findings in an infographic we have for you below.
The team at Crowdfund Productions identified that over $44,989,335 has been raised for wearable projects using crowdsourcing platforms at the time of this report. Most of this is from Kickstarter which had raised triple the amount of funds compared to Indiegogo. 
Kickstarter also saw a higher success rate, being eleven points higher than Indiegogo when looking at the percentage of campaigns that successfully raised their funding goals. 
2013 was a banner year for crowdfunding on both of these popular platforms. 68 wearable projects were successfully funded in 2013 compared to 19 in 2012. This totalled over $18.8 million dollars in funds. But it looks like 2014 is set to surpass this number with 45 projects already funded in the first quarter alone.


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2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech

Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 

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Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”
Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 
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Moff works by using the device’s accelerometer to detect motion and then creates sound effects for these movements using a companion smartphone app. The device itself is fairly straightforward. Where Moff differentiates itself is in the application for the device which lets children choose different situations through sounds to create a fun and engaging play experience .
Moff has a variety of play scenarios including musical instruments, sword fighting, magical wands and more which can turn a wooden spoon, stick, ruler or any other item into the object they’ve selected in the app. The wristband doesn’t seem to have a speaker itself so an iPhone or iPad will need to be close by to provide the sound.
With only a couple of days in to its Kickstarter campaign, Moff has nearly doubled the $20,000 goal. Backers are able to grab a Moff wristband for $49 with shipping expected to occur this summer. 

Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”

Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 

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Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z 
Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
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Sammy Screamer, is a cute little movement sensor that lets you know when something has been moved. Sammy has a magnetic backing which is great for things like fridges, laundry machines and cookie tins and a loop option which lets you tie her to a bag, a door handle or your baby’s stroller. 
All of the connected characters, including Sammy, are controlled using the Bleep Bleeps app. For Sammy, you are able to control how loud you want her to scream and how sensitive she should be to movement. When someone moves the object Sammy is watching, she will physically scream and will also send a push notification to your smartphone.

The Bleep Bleeps cast of characters also include:
Tony Tempa - an ear thermometer
Cecil G - a GPS bracelet
Ultra San - Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanner
Master Bates - Male Fertility Tester
David Camera - Video Baby Monitor
Olivia P Sticks - Ovulation Tester
Lilly Loco - GPS Device 
Bleep Bleeps’ crowdfunding campaign is doing quite well. With 10 days to go they have already tripled their goal, having raised over $66,000 to date. Backers can still grab Sammy for $65 for an August 2014 shipping date.

Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z

Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

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Turn Your Palm Into a Controller with Smart Ring Fin
Ever since Tom Cruise used his hands to swipe through a computer interface in the popular Sci-Fi movie “Minority Report”, we have been obsessed with making this movie magic come alive. The dream of just using your hand to control any connected thing has inspired many devices including the much anticipated Myo from Thalmic Labs. 
A new Indiegogo project is raising money for a smart ring called Fin with similar ambitions.
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Fin is a Bluetooth-enabled ring you wear on your thumb that turns the palm of your hand into a gesture interface. The sensor-based device recognizes each segment of your fingers and then converts your palm into a numeric keypad. It can also understand swiping gestures (left, right, up and down) and let you create your own custom interactions.
RHL Vision Technologies, the team behind Fin, illustrates a myriad of use cases in their campaign video. Fin can be used to change music on your smartphone, take calls or control settings in your connected car and even be used to control the interface of a heads-up display like Google Glass.
Fin does have its limitations. It can only connect to three different devices at once. This will be a growing issue for this device as our world becomes lit up with the Internet of Things. But for now connecting it to your smartphone, smart TV and your connected car may be enough to prove its value. 
The creators behind Fin wanted to make this device as much a fashion statement as it is a functional gadget. The dovetail-designed ring will come in a five colours including Vermilion Orange, Royal White, Matte Black, Liberty Blue and Persian Green. 

I appreciate RHL’s attention to design but the device reminds me a little of a Bluetooth earpiece in that its extremely noticeable on your thumb just as the earpiece is on your head. For people who don’t want to broadcast they are wearing wearable tech, the size and placement of the ring on your hand may be an issue. 
Right now the campaign has 38 days to go and a long way to meet its $100,000 campaign goal. So the jury is out if this device will even make it to production in this manner. But if Fin’s recent win as one of the Top 15 startups at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield last week is any indication of where the company is headed, then this campaign may quickly turn around.
Smart rings have historically done quite well on Indiegogo. Smarty Ring, an LED ring for notifications, raised over $290,000 of their original $40,000 goal in December of last year. So this precedent may also bode well for Fin. 
Indiegogo backers can get Fin for as low as $79 for a dev kit or $99 for their first run of the device. The ring will retail for $129 post-crowdfunding campaign. 

Turn Your Palm Into a Controller with Smart Ring Fin

Ever since Tom Cruise used his hands to swipe through a computer interface in the popular Sci-Fi movie “Minority Report”, we have been obsessed with making this movie magic come alive. The dream of just using your hand to control any connected thing has inspired many devices including the much anticipated Myo from Thalmic Labs. 

A new Indiegogo project is raising money for a smart ring called Fin with similar ambitions.

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Goldee Wants to Be the Nest for Lights As Your Smart Light Controller

Imagine a light system in your house that is intelligent enough to cater to you and your needs throughout the day. When you wake up, the lights start to gently turn on in the morning mimicking a sunrise. And at night, when you have to get up to go to the washroom, the lights turn on just enough to illuminate the path to get you there without bumping your knee. 

Goldee, the smart light controller which just launched pre-orders today, wants to make this happen. The sleek, Apple like design wall mounted controller has been constructed to easily replace an existing light switch. 

Goldee does require that lights use smart bulbs (or light bulbs which are Wi-Fi connected), like those from Philips Hue or LIFX. And one controller for each room would be required.

Goldee can shut off the lights it is connected to when no one is home or contrarily turn them on when someone enters the house. It also has the ability to gradual turn on and off lights to ease into sleep or wake up and start your day.

A great security feature is the ability for Goldee to simulate your presence when you are gone. All of these settings can be configured via the Goldee unit or via the Goldee smartphone app which is supported on Android and iPhone.

Goldee is currently running its own crowdfunding campaign off its site beginning today and has raised over $12,000 from 29 backers so far. The campaign ends in 25 days and they are aiming to raise $100,000 in total.

Goldee is selling three packages ranging from $249 all the way up to over $1600. The lower package assumes that you have the smart bulbs already that are needed to make Goldee work. The most popular kit so far is the Goldee Room Pack which comes with the Goldee controller and 3 LIFX smart bulbs for $449.

Backers of Goldee can expect to see their light controllers shipped Summer of 2014. 

MEMI Wants to Be The Pretty Side of Wearable Tech

Wearable technology, especially smartwatches, have been criticized for being void of any fashion sense and even ugly. 

In comes the MEMI - a chic iPhone compatible bracelet designed to be just as functional as it is a piece of jewellery. The team behind the wearable are a group of women who wanted to create a piece of wearable tech that would actually be worn by women.

 ”We believe that fashion and function are equally important.  Our friends don’t want to wear big, black, bulky tech devices.  If fact, they don’t wear “devices,” they wear jewelry.  So we set out to create a bracelet that is both stylish and functional.  We’ve gone to great lengths to disguise our technology in fashion jewelry so MEMI can easily be incorporated into any wardrobe,” the team explains on their Kickstarter page.

The MEMI isn’t as robust as a smartwatch, however. The vision for MEMI is to allow it to vibrate to notify its wearer to check their phone. MEMI will let you customize your vibrations so that you can tell if your husband, babysitter or boss is calling or texting, for example. 

The MEMI is actively crowdfunding on Kickstarter and have nearly raised half of their $100,000 goal with 20 days to go.

What do you think girls? Would you wear this? 

PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me
via thisistheverge: There’s a tiny coach in your basketball
There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me

via thisisthevergeThere’s a tiny coach in your basketball

There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

Elements 4D Brings the Periodic Table to Life with AR + Wooden Blocks

A new Kickstarter project uses Augmented Reality to bring wooden blocks to life to teach you about chemical reactions.

"We think this is the killer app for Augmented Reality" the team says.

Its “Part story, part game, part educational toy, Elements 4D interactive blocks offer a fun way to experience augmented reality.”

This is the first consumer product from DAQRI, world’s leading augmented reality developer. The call it 4D because its spatial and interactive.

The Kickstarter project has already raised its goal of $50,000 with 4 days still to go.