Throughout the smartphone's rise to world domination, we've been faced with one serious quandary: where the hell to put the thing when you have no pockets (this is particularly troublesome for the ladies, since guys' pants/shorts basically always have pockets).
But it's not just pocket-less clothes that pose a problem – what if you need to look at your mobile device but can't hold it at the same time? Or where's the best place to put it when you're at the gym? With all the problems in the world today, the last thing anyone needs is to stress over where to put their phone. Read More
If you're like me, you don't need much out of life. A good movie, a pretty girl, and a massive swarm of cyborg insects that you can command to bring a swift end to your enemies. Well, if this Kickstarter project has its way, we'll have the third one in no time. Meet the RoboRoach. This little kit allows you to mind control a living cockroach.
Let me repeat that for you: mind control a friggin' cockroach. A-like so:
Well, perhaps "mind control" is a bit of a stretch, as cockroaches don't exactly have "minds" in the same way we do. Read More
Every now and then I stumble across a product that I'm instantly frustrated with. I was living my life perfectly contentedly, but now that I've seen this thing, I must have it. For the next ten minutes, that thing is the Keyprop phone stand that just secured funding on Kickstarter at the last moment. This is a tiny stand that works with all smartphones and is always there when you need it.
The concept behind Keyprop is elegantly simple. It's a key-shaped stand that fits comfortably on keychains and props phones up by plugging into their headphone jacks (or the lightning dock on the iPhone 5). Read More
Curiosity, which we deemed "the most absurd, ambiguous, and tedious game of all time" at its launch, was a game with a simple premise: tap on your screen forever, until a huge, huge cube finally dissolves into nothing. Players were aided in this quest by other players and various powerups.
Today, it was announced that the game has ended, and the winner, who was promised a "life changing" revelation at the end of it all, has received just that. Or Peter Molyneux's definition of it, anyway. In two tweets, Molyneux announced the winner, and what ended up being "inside the cube," which was the following video. Read More
Who said smart watches were a fad? The intelligent wristwear market, while not exactly new, is iron-hot, as evidenced by everyone and their mother's intentions to enter it. The real winners now are those companies able to introduce stop-gap products that fill the void between, say, Pebble and Google's rumored Android watch. The insatiable demand for these halfway smartwatches is perhaps epitomized by the early success of Secret Labs's and House of Horology's Agent watch, a Kickstarter project which blew through its $100,000 goal in less than 12 hours today.
That's not to say the Agent is without merits. Its internals are smartly designed around power efficiency, ease-of-charge, and simple interfacing with existing electronics. Read More
We've become pretty wary of featuring Kickstarter projects here on Android Police - too many have overpromised, under-delivered, or just delayed themselves into oblivion. (I'm looking at you, Star Command.) But this one has too much potential to ignore. A pair of San Mateo engineers have created a MicroSD card reader that plugs right into a MicroUSB port, making it a perfect travel companion for phones or tablets with no expandable storage. The project has been successfully funded after just three days.
There's a lot to like about this Kickstarter. One, the hardware is incredibly simple, but well thought-out: the housing is a tiny dongle that hangs off of a device's USB port, just far enough to enclose the SD card itself. Read More
Zach Weiner is a name known by many on the Internet thanks to his online comic SMBC and several other funny and educational productions. Now, he is adding an interactive gamebook to his repertoire with Trial of the Clone. First published as a paperback in October 2012, the digital project started its life on Kickstarter with a modest goal of $15,000, but had achieved an impressive sum of $130,132 by the end.
The interactive book – a sci-fi adventure comedy – is filled with parodies on classic scenes from geek favorites like Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Star Trek. Read More
In an age where kids want to be digitally connected just like the rest of us, there are things every parent has to deal with. On one hand there are content and privacy concerns, and on the other it's the constant fighting and bickering about who's turn it is to use the computer.
With those things in mind, the founder of eMachines set out to create a small and affordable PC to relieve parents of these quandaries. And with that, the $99 MiiPC was born; a prototype was built, and the project was released on Kickstarter for funding. The box – which can be connected to an existing monitor, keyboard, and mouse – is powered by modern-day tablet innards, like a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of flash storage. Read More
In a post to its official blog today, the team behind Chameleon Launcher announced version 2.0, which simultaneously hit the Play Store. The update, which is – for now – only available to Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers, brings a handful of popularly requested features. Perhaps the biggest of these is optimization for the small screen. Yes, Chameleon is now specifically optimized to work on your smartphone as well as it does on your tablet.
As part of the optimization (which supports screen resolutions of 720x1280 and up), Chameleon has gained the ability to hold multiple home screens in each context. Read More
As someone with approximately 1600 gadgets laying around the house at all times, I constantly have charging cables everywhere. On the floor. On the desk. On my nightstand. In the kitchen, living room, and even the car. You get the idea. For the longest time, I have used the binder clip trick to manage the flurry of chargers on my desk. But now, UDS – the creators of Capta and Vavo – have a better solution: Snable.
The company was cool enough to send me a couple of pre-production samples made with a 3D printer, so this is the first time that we've actually gotten to spend some hands-on time with a Kickstarter project before it even started funding. Read More