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The Best Home Gadgets Funded Through Kickstarter


Kickstarter has raised huge amounts of money through the course of its lifetime, with a grand total of $529 million pledged across all projects in 2014 alone. The sheer volume of money spent underlines the diversity of the platform, as projects are launched across multiple sectors on a daily basis. The home and residential market has served as the inspiration for a number of innovative and successful Kickstarter projects, especially as smart technology has become increasingly commonplace.

With this in mind, we have collated six of the best and most innovative Kickstarter projects that are related to the home.

Here’s a list of three of the coolest currently-running projects on Kickstarter that will help you improve life around the house. Whether you are looking to sell your house or simply want to create a more comfortable living space, these products can add considerable value: –



If there is one common feature that binds smart technology, it is the capacity for wireless connectivity. Blink is a wire-free, high definition monitoring and alert system, which helps home-owners to incorporate modern security elements into even traditional properties. This battery powered system is flexible and entirely energy-efficient, meaning that it can be repositioned easily and offers a lifespan in excess of a year. Starting at just £30 in the UK market, this is an affordable piece of innovative technology that can instantly add value and security to your home.


Lighting is a crucial aspect of any smart, energy-efficient home, and while we are now in the fifth generation of LED fittings it can be difficult to replace every fixture within your home. Emberlight can help with this transition, however, as it enables you to control any interior bulb through your smartphone and even works with standard, non-LED fittings. Installing it is as easy as screwing your bulb into an Emberlight adaptor and then connecting the device to an existing Wi-Fi network, and this product has helped thousands of households to gradually adapt energy-efficient lighting.

iSensor HD

This is arguably one of Kickstarter’s most famous projects, as the iSensor HD had emerged as the world’s most trusted and reputable home security system. It offers a different function that the previously listed Blink product, adopting a narrow focus on camera security in order to offer the most in-depth protection to home-owners. It is also compatible with Wi-Fi, however, while it also communicates through Skype and delivers data directly to residents in real-time. The images captured by the iSensor HD are also high definition in their nature, although one of its most unique selling points is the fact that it consumers less power than any comparative HD IP camera device.

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Barnes & Noble Announces Mini Maker Faire, November 6–8, 2015


If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—then this will be of special interest to you!

In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble is putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all stores nationwide from November 6 through 8.

The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire will show up in three ways at each store:

– The Make Workspace: An area to experience the latest technologies in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming, and more.

– Meet the Makers: A special area will be set up in each store for Makers to showcase their projects. You’ll also be able to  apply to get more deeply involved with the Maker community.

– Make & Collaborate: Get hands-on with Making, sharing, and collaborating.

To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire and to submit an application to present your project at your local store, visit the Mini Maker Faire page. The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015. If you are selected to participate in this inaugural event, you will be notified by someone from the Barnes & Noble team by Friday, October 9, 2015.


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Walk Car


Meet Walk Car, a transporter that’s small, light and apparently easy to use! The product is battery powered and is about the size of a laptop. And can hold 265 pounds. Walk Car can go up to 6.2 miles per hour for up to 7.4 miles and needs three hours to charge.

Creator Kuniako Saito told Reuters in an interview, “‘What if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?’ and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems.”

The WalkCar could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo. It will launch later this year on fundraising site Kickstarter and if successful, its developers say it will ship next year, with a price tag of about 800 dollars.

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Tesla Charger Prototype


No, this isn’t Doc Ock’s arm….Tesla showed off a prototype of a new type of charger that uses snake-like appendage to automatically reach out towards a vehicle, and plug itself into the car’s charging port!

Elon Musk hinted at the charger project back in December by tweeting about it, likening the as-yet-unseen device to a “solid metal snake.” In October 2014, Tesla noted that it is working on an “electrically opening, self-closing charge port door on Dual Motor Model S.” The hands-off door would work nicely with the automated charger.

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The Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard


Luxury car company Lexus has just released this new video for SLIDE, a Hoverboard they have developed that uses magnetic levitation and nitrogen-cooled superconductors to float above the ground.


Creating SLIDE required re-engineering core technologies and uncovering true technical innovations. From assembling maglev technology into a board, to finding the right combination of superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen – every step pushed the team to stretch the possibilities of technology.


The hoverboard is constructed from an insulated core, containing HTSLs (high temperature superconducting blocks). These are housed in cryostats – reservoirs of liquid nitrogen that cool the superconductors to -197°C. The board is then placed above a track containing permanent magnets. When the board is cooled to its operating temperature the track’s magnetic flux lines are ‘pinned’ into place, maintaining the hover height of the board.

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Apple Announces WWDC Keynote Live Stream For June 8, 2015 & Updates Apple TV Channel


Apple has announced that it will be live streaming the Worldwide Developers Conference kickoff keynote, which starts at 10 AM Pacific/ 1 PM Eastern Time on June 8, 2015. The company has updated its Apple Events application on the Apple TV to feature next week’s streaming video.

At the conference, Apple is expected to introduce iOS 9, OS X 10.11, Apple Music and new Apple TV hardware.

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How To Create Your Own Recording Studio


Many individuals choose to cut down on recording costs by creating their own recording studios. With the right attitude, skills and equipment, individuals can make quality music in a personal studio. There are five simple steps for creating your own recording studio.

Have a Quality Computer

If you do not already have a fast computer you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, you just need to make sure that your computer possesses data at the appropriate processing speeds to handle the program that you will be running while you record.

Choose Your Recording Software

Selecting the right recording software is critical to your sound.  In this case, you get what you pay for. There are lower budget and even free software options available, however they will not create a high quality sound that professional software would. If you are just getting started, free or cheaper software is a good way to get your feet wet and get started, and you can upgrade as you gain more experience.

Install an Audio Interface

The audio interface is essential to the recording process, seeing as it connects the computer to all the recording parts. Depending on whether you use a MAC or a PC, you may need a specific type of interface. You also want to make sure that it has at least two input and two output jacks.

Purchase an Audio Mixer

The audio mixer is the piece of equipment that will manage all of the inputs, allowing you to adjust their outputs as necessary and to record. You will want to make sure that each channel on your audio mixer has adjustments for these essential parts:

– Panning

– Volume

– 3-band equalization

Select Your Microphone, Headphones and Studio Monitors

For each of these pieces there are a number of options available. However, there are a few things to consider that can help in your selection:

– Microphone: dynamic mics are better for recording voices, while condenser mics are better for capturing the sounds of different instruments

– Headphones: some headphones help to cancel out sound but provide less sound quality, while other headphones provide less sound isolation and a better sound quality

– Studio Monitors: monitors are of different quality, but you want to get monitors that provide a flat frequency so that you can hear the music as is, for the best mixing possible

While recording quality music is an intricate process, setting up your personal studio can be quite simple. By following the aforementioned steps you can create your studio and be on your way to composing your next big hit.


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The Collective Project: Robert Downey Jr. Delivers A Real Bionic Arm


When it came time for 7-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, to be presented with a 3D-printed bionic limb developed by Albert Manero, Robert Downey Jr. wanted in on the action.

Dressed as bionics expert Tony Stark, the star greeted the young superhero fan in a hotel room, where Downey compared his Iron Man gauntlet to Alex’s new arm. “You know who that is?” a Alex is asked in the video below. When Alex responds “Iron Man,” the actor can barely contain his joy.


Manero, a college student, is the founder of Limbitless Solutions, which develops affordable artificial limbs for, in Downey’s words, “families with kids who want to show the playground how badass they are.”


“I’m probably going to start farming out a lot of my tech work to Albert, too,” Downey says in the video. “I feel like he could cut the price point down on one of my suits, which is right now, I don’t know, about a billion and a half dollars.”

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Sesame Go: A New Video On-Demand Service to Access Your Furry Friends in Full-Length Episodes, Anytime


Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced Sesame Go, a new subscription video on demand service which provides the latest and greatest collection of full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street on the internet. Sesame Go is powered by the Kaltura MediaGo OTT Solution.

Sesame Go provides a safe, ad-free environment to watch your favorite Sesame Street content while using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Available as a web service through any internet browser, and optimized not only for Mac and PC computers but also for tablets and mobile devices, Sesame Go provides families with a child-friendly platform to instantly watch the latest full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street, plus hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volume 1 and 2. The service also includes episodes from seasons one and two of Pinky Dinky Doo, the animated series for children ages 4-6 produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, which uses storytelling and games to guide the characters through lessons in vocabulary and problem solving. Subscribe to Sesame Go at for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.


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Time-Lapse Video of The New Bigger, Faster Goodyear Blimp Being Built


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a time-lapse video detailing the building of the latest version of its iconic airship. The new Goodyear Blimp, which took its maiden voyage last month in the skies above Akron, Ohio, is bigger, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessors, hitting 80 miles an hour in that first flight, with the help of some tail wind.


Created in collaboration with the Zeppelin company, the lighter-than-air-craft features a semi-rigid structure highlighting in the video, making the airship technically not a blimp.


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