Chairigami – cheap, sturdy cardboard standing desk

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This recyclable cardboard desk is assembled without any glue or fasteners and costs only $65.

If you are looking for a cheap and sturdy standing desk. There are many DIY options. But if you have always wanted to have some cardboard furniture in your home or office (and who hasn’t?), try one of the standing desks from Chairigami.

 

 

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‘Hello Ruby’ – a children’s book that teaches programming to 4 – 7 year olds

Finnish programmer Linda Liukas had a major crush on Al Gore as a teenager. She wanted to share her passion for the then-vice president with a fan page. She didn’t have the pre-made templates that Tumblr and WordPress now place at our fingertips so built a site from scratch by teaching herself HTML and CSS.

 

 

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How to get your Kickstarter project funded: Study

Pebble smart watch was highly successful on Kickstarter.

The crowdsourced funding platform, Kickstarter, is an all-or-nothing proposition. Either your project reaches its funding goal, and you get to work developing your product, or it doesn’t and you go home with nothing. So what’s the best way to ensure your passion project makes it past the finish line? Pay attention to your pitch.

 

 

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Budgee – a robot that follows you and carries all of your stuff

Budgee at CES 2014

Are you burdened by carrying too much stuff around? Maybe you have health problems, or maybe you’re a student with loads of heavy textbooks, or a traveler with heavy carry-on luggage. Or maybe you’re just incredibly lazy. Five Elements Robotics has created Budgee, a cute robot that will carry all your stuff for you.

 

 

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PowerUp 3.0 – A paper airplane controlled by your smartphone

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Scientists have spent so much time making amazing airplanes, such as this solar-powered one that flew cross-country using the power of the sun. But, for all that great work, there’s been surprisingly little work in the creation of better paper airplanes. Luckily, PowerUp 3.0 fixes this oversight.

 

 

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Circuit Scribe: A rollerball pen that let’s you draw electronic circuits with conductive ink

Circuit Scribe, a new Kickstarter project, seems to have made laying out a new electronic circuit a less cumbersome task. Instead of fiddling with those components, you can just draw a circuit on paper, hook up a battery to it, and go on your way.

 

 

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Kickstarter hits new crowdfunding milestones

Kickstarter is the most popular crowdfunding platform and they just broke two industry records.  According to the company’s stats page, more than five million backers have successfully funded over 50,000 creative projects on Kickstarter, cementing Kickstarter as the world’s leading crowdfunding platform.

 

 

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Tikker wrist watch counts down how much time you have before you die

The Tikker campaign on Kickstarter is escalating the smartwatch craze with its proposed “death watch”. The idea behind Tikker is that you calculate how much time left you have before you die, set the watch’s countdown and then have a perpetual ominous reminder to seize the day, kind of like a lower-stakes version of the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time.”

 

 

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Brewbot: a smartphone controlled brewing system for homebrewers

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A delicious and rewarding hobby is brewing beer at home.  It is also a complex and time-consuming hobby. If your beer is going to come out right you will need the right amount of hops, barley, yeast, and water.  They must be combined and heated at very specific times and temperatures. Homebrewers taking on a new batch of golden brew must dedicate an entire day to its creation — not including bottling. But a handy new robot, developed in Northern Ireland, is putting an end to all that lost time.

 

 

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Spiri: A programmable quadcopter lets developers focus on building airborne apps

Spiri is a programmable quadcopter that’s been designed as a platform for airborne app creation. It’s also autonomous, meaning you don’t have to have mad piloting skills yourself just to test whether your neighbor spy app works. And even if your neighbor gets annoyed and throws a rock at it, Spiri can take a few knocks (thanks to reinforced carbon fiber ribbon protecting its body/blades).

 

 

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Off Pocket takes your phone off the grid temporarily

Do you need to go off the grid for a little while? You can turn your phone off or you can just slip it inside the OFF Pocket. It’s a portable privacy pocket of sorts that makes your phone untrackable and unhackable. It can successfully shield 100dB of signal in the 800MHz to 2.4GHz frequency range. That includes cellular signals, GPS, and WiFi.

 

 

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