Crowdfunding http://www.stuff.tv/sg/crowdfunding/news en-SG Glowing alien grenade or intelligent sleep tracker? Either way, it’ll add flair to your bedside table http://www.stuff.tv/sg/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tossing and turning all night? Falling asleep at work? Sense wants to help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sense-hot-stuff.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Put that away before it hatches. I don&rsquo;t want to be eaten today.</strong><br />Shhh. Calm down. This isn&rsquo;t an alien egg. Not that we&rsquo;re sure what alien eggs look like, mind. For all we know, this could be an exact replica of an Arlekocythian spawn pod from Xathros, in Nebulon 7G.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not. It&rsquo;s Sense &ndash; an intelligent, sleep tracker. Say Hello.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Er, Hello Sense. What do you&hellip; I mean&hellip;. what does it do?</strong><br />Besides from looking awesome you mean? Well, Sense is all about sleep. More specifically, making sure that you get enough of it, as well as ensuring that your conditions are optimised to get the best sleep possible.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s packed with numerous sensors which tell you how good the conditions in your bedroom are for getting a decent kip.&nbsp;</p> <p>An ambient light sensor measures &nbsp;how dark your room is for starters. The darker the room, the better you&rsquo;ll sleep.</p> <p>Sense also packs in temperature and humidity sensors, and over time, it&rsquo;ll tell you what room temperature is ideal for you to nod off in easily.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even got a particle sensor to measure dust and pollen. Maybe you&rsquo;ll need to buy an air filter after all?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Clever stuff. But how does it know how well I&rsquo;m sleeping?</strong><br />Sense comes with a Sleep Pill which attaches to your pillow. It uses a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to record even the tiniest of your movements during the night.&nbsp;</p> <p>An accompanying app can show you how well you&rsquo;ve been sleeping, and it can even tell you what disturbed you in the middle of the night, thanks to its sensors.</p> <p>Sense also has a built-in microphone, so it can let you know if a noise like a car alarm (or a snoring partner) disrupted your sleep in the middle of the night.</p> <p>You can even check up on your bedroom when you&rsquo;re out and about, thanks to Sense&rsquo;s built in Wi-Fi smarts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff2.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff4.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Impressive. Can I ditch my alarm clock too?</strong><br />You sure can. The Sense app lets you set what time you want to get up, and it can rouse you awake at a moment when you&rsquo;re in the lightest stage of sleep, thanks to the data being fed to it from the Sleep Pill.</p> <p>A proximity sensor lets you dismiss the alarm with a lazy wave of a hand too, although given our snooze addiction, that sounds a little too dangerous to us.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff3.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sold.</strong><br />Well, we haven&rsquo;t told you where to get it from yet, but we applaud your enthusiasm.</p> <p>You can pick up Sense from US$100 on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and you should have it settled comfortably in your bedroom sometime in November. Sweet dreams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443418 at http://www.stuff.tv This smart feeding station uses face recognition and scales to stop your cat getting fat http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trim Mr Tibbles down to size and banish his waddle for good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How do I food?" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bistro-cat-feeder-hot-stuff.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A blender for cats? Surely PETA will have something to say about this&hellip;</strong><br />Heavens no. This is about as far away from a cat blender as you can get, thankfully.</p> <p>This is the Bistro - an all-in-one feeding and monitoring station for your beloved feline companions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A what now?</strong><br />It&#39;s a cat feeder, and a smart one at that. It&#39;s designed to let you monitor your cat&#39;s eating and drinking habits via an accompanying app.</p> <p>Load sensors beneath the feeding tray and water reservoir determine how much has been consumed, and the large platform has built-in scales to measure your cat&#39;s weight.</p> <p>Over time, Bistro will dispense more or less food, to make sure your cat doesn&#39;t end up looking like a stuffed furry pillow on legs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Omnomnomnom" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-5.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1591" height="1193" title="The sum of its parts" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-1.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Excellent stuff. But I have two cats, and I&#39;m not paying for two feeders.</strong><br />That&#39;s where the clever facial recognition technology comes in. It&#39;s specifically designed for feline faces, and each cat has its own profile.</p> <p>When a particular cat steps up to the plate, Bistro recognises it and dispenses food accordingly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1033" height="775" title="Laugh at me, and I&#039;ll claw your face into hamburger meat" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-3.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s all very well, but what if one cat steals the other&#39;s food?</strong><br />A very good point. The best you can do is limit the amount of food dispensed, but even then, if you&#39;ve got a determined greedy cat, there&#39;s not much you can do.</p> <p>Still, the Bistro has a camera which lets you watch your cats munch away, so if you do see a renegade kitty stealing its sibling&#39;s lunch, you can scold it when you get back. Not that that&#39;ll do much good.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1171" height="878" title="I need to go on a diet" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-2.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>This is a smart feeder, so I&#39;m guessing it&#39;s social too?</strong><br />Bingo. You can share your cat&#39;s life with other c̶r̶a̶z̶y̶&nbsp;cat people online, and can even see reviews and ratings for different types of cat food from other owners. It&#39;s like Facebook, but furrier.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1604" height="1203" title="Cat lover Nirvana" alt="This smart feeding station uses facial recognition technology and scales to stop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-4.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Mr Tibbles deserves the best. I&#39;m in.</strong><br />He&#39;ll be delighted. You can grab a Bistro for a special discounted proce from <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bistro-the-smart-feeder-that-recognizes-your-cat-s-face" target="_blank">indiegogo</a>, where it&#39;ll set you back US$150 (S$186), with an extra US$40 (S$50) shipping if you&#39;re outside the US or Taiwan. Now if only he&#39;d stop bringing back dead birds...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wiy8DRIuh9U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cool for cats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart feeder that recognises your moggy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bistro-cat-feeder-hot-stuff1.jpg?1405558339" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur#comments Crowdfunding Hot Stuff Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442312 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the weekend strong with our morning roundup of the fun and the fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fire Phone" alt="Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-opener_0.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Federal Trade Commission sues Amazon over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As expected, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon yesterday, alleging that the company made it too easy for children to purchase digital content on the company&rsquo;s devices&mdash;and made it too difficult for parents to get refunds thereafter. Amazon saw the writing on the wall last week, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">sending a letter to the FTC</a> saying it was preparing to defend itself in a courtroom after discussions between the parties failed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Amazon&rsquo;s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents&rsquo; accounts without permission,&rdquo; asserted FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement released yesterday. &ldquo;Even Amazon&rsquo;s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.&nbsp;We are seeking refunds for affected parents and a court order to ensure that Amazon gets parents&rsquo; consent for in-app purchases.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amazon believes that its current practices meet the FTC&rsquo;s standards, but the commission clearly thinks otherwise. Back in January, Apple agreed to refund at least US$32.5 million of in-app purchases not authorized by parents, as well as add the kind of consent that the FTC wants Amazon to implement in its own digital storefront.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/07/10/ftc-sues-amazon-over-kids-in-app-purchases/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crowdfunded attempt to revive abandoned NASA satellite likely fails </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) satellite was launched in 1978 and essentially left to quietly die in space in 1997. It was more recently discovered to still be floating around the sun and seemingly be functional in some respects, so some former NASA employees raised nearly US$160,000 via crowdfunding and reached an agreement with NASA to try and make contact with the probe and try and bring it back to life.</p> <p>Initial attempts to fire the engines last weekend were successful, but subsequent tries have failed&mdash;it seems that either the nitrogen tanks are tapped, or there are issues with the fuel lines. If the scientists can&rsquo;t sort it out, then the ISEE-3 could be lost forever. They have a limited window of time to try and reposition its orbit before the satellite is likely out of range for future communication.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/10/330255777/the-little-spacecraft-that-couldnt?ft=1&amp;f=1026">NPR</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5886807/isee-3-space-probe-rescue-ends">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: Fully Charged: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/fully-charged-nasa-s-deep-space-rocket-enters-production-oculus-rift-sales-stopped-china-and-">NASA&rsquo;s deep space rocket enters production, Oculus Rift sales stopped in China, and the playable Tetris t-shirt</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ISEE-3" alt="ISEE-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/isee-3.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo 3’s last Easter Egg finally found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly seven years after its release, Halo 3 has finally revealed its (supposedly) final hidden Easter Egg. Long teased by Bungie, some intrepid fans found the message&mdash;it&rsquo;s a personal note from Adrian Perez, former developer and senior engineer at the developer, to his wife. &quot;Happy birthday, Lauren&quot; may not the most thrilling discovery after all this time to the average fan, but it&rsquo;s always fun to see these things discovered long after the game&rsquo;s been released.</p> <p>In this case, you have to click in both thumbsticks on the loading screen when playing the game on December 25. Assuming Lauren Perez&rsquo;s birthday is indeed on Christmas Day, then we hope this little-big secret helped make up for all those years of getting one gift to cover both occasions.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/10/halo-3s-final-easter-egg-has-been-found">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuKaWd6_Stg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte#comments Amazon Console games Crowdfunding Gaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1441798 at http://www.stuff.tv Wireless charging docks can be sexy too http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wireless-charging-docks-can-be-sexy-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, they really can. We&#039;ll prove it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="700" height="525" title="Their minimalist design brings all the smartphones to the yard. Sorry. That was awful." alt="Wireless charging docks can be sexy too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swich-main.jpg?1404436676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I don&#39;t know what I&#39;m looking at exactly, but it sure is pretty.</strong><br />You&#39;re currently admiring the Swich, a wireless charging smartphone dock which, as you&#39;ve noticed, is strikingly pretty.</p> <p><strong>But I thought docks were supposed to be ugly and boring?</strong><br />That&#39;s what people said about PCs, remember? &quot;Who cares if they&#39;re beige?&quot; they said. &quot;They&#39;re meant for spreadsheets, not beauty competitions&quot; they cried.</p> <p>You know what those people were? Short sighted. You&#39;re not short sighted, are you friend?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Well, I wear glasses, but -</strong><br />The point is, who are we to judge what should and shouldn&#39;t be beautiful?</p> <p>Sure, a smartphone wireless charging dock is nothing more than a slightly more convenient way to pump electricity into your pocketable friend, but if it&#39;s sitting on your desk in plain view all day, then why not make it look like it belongs in a design museum?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="623" height="467" title="It looks nicer than our house." alt="Wireless charging docks can be sexy too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swich-dock-1.jpg?1404436676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I guess. As long as it&#39;s not slathered in plastic and cheap veneer&hellip;</strong><br />Not at all. The base and charging surface are crafted from ceramic, while the connecting arm is solid American walnut.</p> <p>The charging surface is slathered in an acrylic foam sheet with micro suction cups to firmly hold your device in place too. It also rotates, which will come in handy for watching movies. Form, meet function.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="623" height="467" title="You can smell the wood from here." alt="Wireless charging docks can be sexy too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swich-dock-4.jpg?1404436676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s not using some proprietary complicated giga-watt micro-juicing technology is it?</strong><br />&hellip; No. the Swich uses standard Qi charging technology, which is supported by almost every single phone that&#39;s capable of wireless charging.</p> <p>iPhone owners will need an adaptor case to get in on the fun, but once they do they can plonk their iThing down and enjoy the cable-free experience just as much as their Android counterparts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="994" height="746" title="Back in black." alt="Wireless charging docks can be sexy too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swich-dock-2.jpg?1404436676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Let me guess. It costs more than my car.</strong><br />Not unless your car has three wheels, half an engine and no windscreen. While it&#39;s pricier than many other docks (it&#39;ll set you back <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/604134477/swich-wireless-charger-for-iphone-and-android" target="_blank">US$140 (S$175) on Kickstarter</a>), it&#39;s far handsomer too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">All the hottest stuff, on once scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="623" height="467" title="Action shot" alt="Wireless charging docks can be sexy too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swich-dock-5.jpg?1404436676" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/wireless-charging-docks-can-be-sexy-too/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:10:57 +0000 Elissa Loi 1440936 at http://www.stuff.tv Banish closing time forever with the Synek beer dispenser http://www.stuff.tv/sg/banish-closing-time-forever-table-top-beer-dispenser/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Counter-top tap system recreates American-style craft brew pub in your own home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Synek beer dispenser" alt="Synek beer dispenser" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Synek-craft-brew-dispenser.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Does it come with a bartender?</strong><br />Not the entire pub, obviously. Just the most important bit: cold, fresh beer that tastes of beer rather than a metal can.</p> <p><strong>So no dartboard then?</strong><br />No. Neither is there a built-in jukebox, an add-on that writes rude graffiti in your toilet or a soundtrack of someone talking loudly about football. The Synek system is just a blender-sized gadget that stores microbrews for up to a month and dispenses them at the perfect temperature.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How about cheese and onion crisps?</strong><br />How many pints have you had already? Can you come back when you&#39;re sober?</p> <p><strong>But I&#39;ll never be sober - that&#39;s the whole point, isn&#39;t it?</strong><br />Fair enough. The system uses disposable bags (costing about US$1 each) that you can fill at your favourite craft, micro, nano or home brewery. These snap into place inside the Synek, which keeps them fresh, cold and pressurised until you&#39;re ready to quaff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="746" title="Invisible barmaid pours perfect pint" alt="Invisible barmaid pours perfect pint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/synek2_0.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does it fare with British-style real ales?</strong><br />I didn&#39;t think you were that fussy. Synek is suitable for cask-style secondary fermented hand-pulled real ales, although you might want to adjust the temperature so they don&#39;t come out too cold.</p> <p><strong>Can I get one before closing time tonight?</strong><br />No. Synek is still raising money for its beer delivery system on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1620669801/synek-any-beer-ever-made-fresh-on-your-counter">Kickstarter</a>. Units are pre-ordering for US$299 (about S$375), which is US$50 cheaper than the retail units will be when they arrive next spring.</p> <p><strong>Next spring? I&#39;m thirsty now!</strong><br />Previous Kickstarter darling <a href="http://www.brewbot.io/">Brewbot </a>is promising to ship out its first fridge-sized digital home-brew systems any day now - although they do cost a bladder-emptying &pound;2180 (S$4665).&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/01/keurig-for-beer-synek/">Mashable</a>] <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff">More splendid Hot Stuff</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="799" title="Synek with beer bag" alt="Synek with beer bag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Synek21_0.jpg?1404349828" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beer is my ally </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Synek beer dispenser banishes closing time </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/banish-closing-time-forever-table-top-beer-dispenser/news#comments Crowdfunding Home Hot Stuff Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:04:21 +0000 Elissa Loi 1440816 at http://www.stuff.tv This portable Android-powered projector puts a 250in screen in the palm of your hand http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/portable-android-powered-projector-puts-250in-screen-palm-your-hand/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, you can share your delightful cat videos with the entire train carriage. Professor Bojangles will be famous at long last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="779" height="584" title="Shiny" alt="This portable Android-powered projector puts a 250in screen in the palm of your " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/odin-porjector.jpg?1403573581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Oh wow, a projector. Never seen one of those before.</strong><br />Sigh.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes, this is a projector, and you&rsquo;ve undoubtedly come across many of them in your bitter travels. But how many had an Android heart beating within?</p> <p><strong>Er&hellip; none?</strong><br />Exactly. The Odin projector by the oddly named Dos Owls is a miniature, battery-powered projector with quad-core internals capable of powering Android 4.4 KitKat completely independent of any other device.</p> <p>That means you can run Netflix, browse the web, play games and work on documents, using nothing but the projector itself.&nbsp;</p> <p>One yard from a wall will give you a 25in image, while 10 yards bumps that up to a whopping 250 inches.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even got two 4W speakers, and two USB ports, making it a self-sufficient portable media powerhouse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://sketchfab.com/models/5d2e8aec3baf4623a1625db34f71225b/embed" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><strong>That&hellip; that actually does sound pretty useful. But how bright is it? How long does the battery last?</strong><br />All excellent questions. There&rsquo;s no official lumens figure given, and we have to admit, the videos we&rsquo;ve seen suggest that you&rsquo;ll need a dark room for an optimum viewing experience. The 854 x 480 resolution won&rsquo;t blow you away either, although a two hour cord-free battery life should be enough to stream a couple of episodes on Netflix before you need to recharge.</p> <p>Not the best projector specs in the land then, but this isn&rsquo;t exactly supposed to replace a high-end fridge-sized home cinema projector. The Odin is a portable all-in-one solution to sharing content with a group of people, with the least hassle possible.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&rsquo;ll consider it. How much is it?</strong><br />The Odin is currently available on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/832648575/odin-android-smart-projector-to-carry-in-your-pock" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> for US$500 (S$625), with an estimated delivery period set for December. It&rsquo;s raised US$189,000 at the time of writing. If it keeps up this momentum, it should comfortably reach its US$250,000 goal within two weeks.</p> <p>All that&rsquo;s left is for you to decide if you want in on the smart micro projector revolution&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="https://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="774" height="580" title="Kickstand!" alt="This portable Android-powered projector puts a 250in screen in the palm of your " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/odin-projector.jpg?1403573581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/portable-android-powered-projector-puts-250in-screen-palm-your-hand/news#comments Android Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Projectors Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:20:46 +0000 Elissa Loi 1439941 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony’s Xperia T3 announced, the plastic HTC One (E8) launches soon, and Batman: Arkham Knight slips into 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/fully-charged-sony-s-xperia-t3-announced-plastic-htc-one-e8-launches-soon-and-batman-arkham-knig <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New phones, the Dark Knight, and crowdfunding lead our morning roundup of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia T3" alt="Sony Xperia T3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-t3.jpg?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s Xperia T3 seems slick for a mid-range device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve got two of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia headsets in our current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">Top 10 Smartphones</a> list, so news of another model is well worth hearing. In this case, the upcoming Xperia T3 isn&rsquo;t fighting for a top-of-the-line position against the HTC One (M8) or Samsung Galaxy S5, but it looks quite nice for a mid-range option.</p> <p>Sony says the Xperia T3 is the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s slimmest 5.3in smartphone,&rdquo; and it features a 720p display, a quad-core 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon processor, and a 2500 mAh battery, along with Android 4.4 KitKat. It also has 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, although it also takes microSD cards up to 32GB.</p> <p>Available in white, black, and an eye-popping purple, the Xperia T3 is slated to be available worldwide from the end of July, but there&rsquo;s no word on pricing just yet. In this case, aiming to lead the middle of the pack could result in another very appealing handset from Sony.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/stand-out-from-the-crowd-with-the-stylish-and-slim-xperia-t3-smartphone-from-sony/">Sony</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/03/sony-xperia-t3/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Sony Xperia Z2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic-backed HTC One (E8) expanding beyond China soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-">heard a fair bit</a> about the so-called HTC One (M8) Ace in recent weeks, but it&rsquo;s got a new official name&mdash;the HTC One (E8)&mdash;and it&rsquo;s on the move. HTC&rsquo;s blog post on the device says that it&rsquo;ll be launching early this month in select markets, but declines to share specifics.</p> <p>As previously revealed, the HTC One (E8) keeps the internals and great display of the (M8) while swapping in a polycarbonate exterior and shedding a couple of premium features: namely the Duo Camera and the infrared TV remote functionality.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re most curious to hear how much HTC expects for this streamlined option, as well as how wide an international net the company plans to cast with this release. We should have details on both very soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.htc.com/2014/06/introducing-htc-one-e8/">HTC</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/htc-one-e8-is-a-plastic-m8-coming-early-june/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="649" title="HTC One (E8)" alt="HTC One (E8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-e8.jpg?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Batman: Arkham Knight slips into 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big game launches often slip out of the holiday season, and Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest such casualty, as a new trailer released today&mdash;which offers a slick look at the Batmobile added this time around&mdash;mentions a new 2015 worldwide launch target. It had previously been dated for an autumn 2014 debut.</p> <p>Arkham Knight is Rocksteady&rsquo;s first entry for new-gen consoles and PC after creating Arkham Asylum and Arkham City (last year&rsquo;s Arkham Origins came from a different studio). No doubt, adapting to new technology played a role here, and it&rsquo;s always better to wait a little longer for a great game than to start playing a compromised one on time. Keep telling yourself that.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AykgIIWdPM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter eases regulations for launching campaigns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Prior to yesterday, every proposed crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter had to undergo a review by the service, during which a community manager would check out the details and offer feedback. That may not necessarily be the case for all campaigns going forward, as the site unveiled tweaks to its submission process.</p> <p>Users will still have the option of having a campaign reviewed before posting it live to the world, but many will simply be able to launch right away&mdash;an algorithm will decide whether your campaign can begin, based on factors like description, goal, and whether you&rsquo;ve run a campaign before.</p> <p>Considering some of the junk that appears on the site, we hope this doesn&rsquo;t open up the floodgates and make it difficult to find interesting endeavors in the future.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/introducing-launch-now-and-simplified-rules-0">Kickstarter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-kickstarter-project-weve-seen-today-and-its-fake/news">This is the best Kickstarter we&rsquo;ve seen today, and it&rsquo;s a fake</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="747" title="Kickstarter" alt="Kickstarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kickstarter-launchnow.png?1401935608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/fully-charged-sony-s-xperia-t3-announced-plastic-htc-one-e8-launches-soon-and-batman-arkham-knig#comments Console games Crowdfunding HTC One (M8) Sony Xperia T Wed, 04 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438580 at http://www.stuff.tv SAM smart plugs let you automate just about any home appliance or gadget http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sam-smart-plugs-take-fuss-out-home-automation/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Technology is a puppet, and you are its far-reaching master... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="626" height="469" title="Yep. Plugs can be smart too" alt="SAM smart plugs take the fuss out of home automation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sam-plug.jpg?1400038758" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everything seems to be smart these days. Phones, watches, glasses&hellip; hell, even your toothbrush has enough brains to outsmart your pet hamster.</p> <p>But not everyone&#39;s lucky enough to have clever lightbulbs or sentient thermostats. And that&#39;s where SAM comes in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SAM is a Kickstarter project created by SensePlug, and it allows you to transform any existing plug-wielding piece of kit into a smart, connected gadget.</p> <p>Each SAM plug lets you remotely turn any connected device on or off remotely via Wi-Fi, thanks to an accompanying app.</p> <p>The process can be automated too, letting you turn lights on in the evening to ward off burglars when you&#39;re out, or automatically fire up a fan or heater when pre-set temperatures are recorded by the in-built temperature sensor.</p> <p>Other sensors include motion sensors so that you can have that automated intruder klaxon you&#39;ve always wanted, as well as an ambient light sensor which can crank up the night light protect little Timmy when it gets dark.</p> <p>Not only that, but you can track your electricity usage in real-time too, though presumably only for the gadgets that are hooked up to the smart plugs themselves.</p> <p>​Automated actions are also handled by the app, in an &#39;if this then that&#39; manner, and you can set custom alerts to keep on top of things while you&#39;re away.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="669" height="502" title="Smarter than your average plug" alt="SAM smart plugs take the fuss out of home automation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sam-plugs.jpg?1400038758" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="700" height="525" title="SAM smart plugs take the fuss out of home automation" alt="SAM smart plugs take the fuss out of home automation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sam-plug-app.jpg?1400038758" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2001761642/sam-the-smartest-smart-home-technology/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The smart plugs are available from <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2001761642/sam-the-smartest-smart-home-technology" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> in two form factors - the SAM Plug and SAM Strip. The latter offers three plugs and additional two USB charging ports, and the colour LEDs can be modified on both versions to whatever hue you fancy.</p> <p>The SAM Plug is currently available to back from US$44 (S$55), while the SAM Strip can be yours for US$109 (S$136).</p> <p>While the Plug will be US-only for the time being, the strip will be available in EU and UK versions too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sam-smart-plugs-take-fuss-out-home-automation/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Tue, 13 May 2014 15:24:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437098 at http://www.stuff.tv This is the best Kickstarter project we've seen today, and it's a fake http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-kickstarter-project-weve-seen-today-and-its-fake/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comedians&#039; spoof project is far from the worst idea on the site </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KitchenGymA.jpg?1399704309" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kickstarter is one of the best places on the internet to buy in early on the gadgets of the future, but it&#39;s also&nbsp;one of the best places on the internet to have a laugh at other people&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">doomed business ideas</a>. However, not all of that comedy is unintentional: lurking in the Food section is a video that&#39;s just a little too funny to be true.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Called &#39;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458164253/kitchen-gym-get-fit-juice-up-lengthen-your-life">Kitchen Gym</a>&#39;, it&#39;s ostensibly a weight loss system dreamed up to slim down Graham Lewis, a formerly hard-living music PR man who gave up drugs and, in the words of his partner Rybekah, &#39;ate himself into a fat mess&#39;. Rybekah&#39;s solution was to get him to squeeze fruit in a leotard, and now they want at least &pound;30 (S$62) for a DVD of that happening.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458164253/kitchen-gym-get-fit-juice-up-lengthen-your-life/widget/video.html" width="800"></iframe></p> <p>It soon becomes clear that the project isn&#39;t really the work of burned-out media idiots but professional comedians Jamie Glassman and Rachel Stubbings, and it&#39;s not a serious pitch but a well-aimed send-up of the many half-baked ideas that make it onto crowdfunding sites.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as we&#39;re aware, this is the first time Kickstarter has been used as a platform for a comedy sketch, and it&#39;s a clever approach. We&#39;d be interested to know if Jamie and Rachel have any more projects planned, and what&#39;ll happen if they actually reach their &pound;6000 goal.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far</a></p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/edge/ubuntu-edge-smashes-crowdfunding-record-its-not-enough/news" target="_blank">Ubuntu Edge raises $10 million through crowdfunding, and loses the lot</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KitchenGymB.jpg?1399704309" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/best-kickstarter-project-weve-seen-today-and-its-fake/news#comments Crowdfunding Thu, 08 May 2014 12:47:21 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1436855 at http://www.stuff.tv CleverPet is a gaming console that will level up Fido’s intelligence http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cleverpet-gaming-console-will-level-fido-s-intelligence/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just make sure he doesn&#039;t get addicted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Jab for food" alt="CleverPet is a gaming console that will level up Fido’s intelligence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CleverPet_Dog8_0.jpg?1399520582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>My dog is already smart enough. She doesn&rsquo;t need this</strong></p> <p class="p1">Woah, we&rsquo;re not insinuating anything here, protective pet-rent. Do you have a job?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Yes, of course. A 9 to 5 just like anyone else</strong></p> <p class="p1">Exactly, so it&rsquo;s inevitable that Princess is left alone at home for a few hours every day. What do you think she does all day aside from sleep, pace, and bark at people who dare venture within two steps of your front door?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Should she be doing something else?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Wouldn&rsquo;t you be bored cooped up at home? She can&rsquo;t exactly turn on the telly, you know. An occupied dog equals a happy dog, plus, a food reward system can&#39;t hurt too. And we have the perfect solution. Or rather, <a href="http://getcleverpet.com/" target="_blank">CleverPet</a> does.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Explains why I come home to chewed-up shoes. Tell me more</strong></p> <p class="p1">We knew you&rsquo;d see the light. <a href="http://getcleverpet.com/" target="_blank">CleverPet</a> is a Wi-Fi connected device that sits on the floor of your home and three touch pads that light up. When your pooch paws or noses the pad, she&rsquo;s rewarded with a treat that swivels out grandly.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>That doesn&rsquo;t sound like it needs much brain work</strong></p> <p class="p1">Hold on. It might start out simple like rewarding Princess once a pad is touched, but when lighting comes into play, it&rsquo;s a whole different ballgame.</p> <p class="p1">Once she has mastered touching the lighted pad, it could advance to getting her to touch the pads only when they&rsquo;re lit a certain colour, or touching the right pad in your voice commands through the speaker. But not to the point where she can start unlocking the main door on her own, so don&#39;t worry.</p> <p class="p1">You can choose to create new interactions via the app or website, or simply let CleverPet do its own thing.<iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453211280/cleverpet-a-console-that-teaches-and-feeds-your-do/widget/video.html" width="480"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Dispense me treats, thing on the floor" alt="CleverPet is a gaming console that will level up Fido’s intelligence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CleverPet_Dog6_0.jpg?1399520582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where can I get one? Should be cheaper than replacing all my shoes</strong></p> <p class="p1">The <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453211280/cleverpet-a-console-that-teaches-and-feeds-your-do" target="_blank">CleverPet</a> is currently doing its rounds on Kickstarter, and is going for US$160 (S$200) if you pledge your loyalty to the cause early. Just watch out for your dog refusing walks in favour of staying home to play with CleverPet once you get it.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Or when she gets sick of it, you could always replace the dog treats with jellybeans and make yourself feel better after a particularly deflating day at work.</p> <p class="p1">Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453211280/cleverpet-a-console-that-teaches-and-feeds-your-do" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hot-stuff" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR MORE INTELLIGENCE-BOOSTING HOT STUFF</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cleverpet-gaming-console-will-level-fido-s-intelligence/news#comments Crowdfunding Hot Stuff Thu, 08 May 2014 03:34:12 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436732 at http://www.stuff.tv The Micro is an easy to use US$300 3D printer designed for everyone http://www.stuff.tv/sg/micro-easy-use-u300-3d-printer-designed-everyone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This could very well be your first jump into the wondrous world of 3D printing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Brains with looks to match" alt="The Micro is an easy to use US$300 3D printer designed for everyone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-micro-software.jpg?1396921985" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>3D printers have been around for quite some time now, but like 4K TVs, we&#39;ve yet to see them invade our homes.</p> <p>The Micro is looking to change that with its affordable US$300 price tag and user-friendly design.</p> <p>Easy on the eyes, The Micro offers plenty of design tweaks to ensure a less stressful printing experience.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the actual 3D printing side of things, The Micro features a motion chip for automatic levelling and calibration, along with self-lubricating carbon fibre rods and a ceramic heater for rapidly heating up.</p> <p>It also claims to be the quietest 3D printer ever made with the lowest power consumption to boot, and it supports replaceable nozzles for tinkerers who want to take things further.</p> <p>The greatest specs in the world mean nothing without the software to back it up, and The Micro creator M3D LLC has designed the 3D printing software to be as easy to use as possible.</p> <p>It supports touch screen controls and has a simple interface, while an in-built search function lets you scour the web for objects which you can then watch come to life in front of your very eyes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Advanced users have the option to enable expert settings which serve up more options for tweaking models and it&#39;s compatible with Windows, Mac or Linux-based systems.</p> <p>If all that sounds promising to you then head on over to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/m3d/the-micro-the-first-truly-consumer-3d-printer" target="_blank">The Micro&#39;s Kickstarter page&nbsp;</a>where you can slap down US$300 to pre-order one today to be delivered in August.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/man-hacks-3d-printer-beastly-air-hockey-robot/news" target="_blank">Man hacks 3D printer into an unstoppable air hockey robot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="601" height="451" title="Plastic filament spool" alt="The Micro is an easy to use US$300 3D printer designed for everyone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-micro-spool.jpg?1398271379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="A little frog gets into an argument with a fetching yellow vase" alt="The Micro is an easy to use US$300 3D printer designed for everyone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-micro-stuff.jpg?1398271379" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/micro-easy-use-u300-3d-printer-designed-everyone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/micro-easy-use-u300-3d-printer-designed-everyone/news#comments 3D printers 3D Printing Crowdfunding Geek accessories Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:37:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435017 at http://www.stuff.tv Ubuntu Edge smashes crowdfunding record, but it's not enough http://www.stuff.tv/sg/edge/ubuntu-edge-smashes-crowdfunding-record-its-not-enough/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sorry Pebble – you&#039;re not the biggest kid on the crowdsourced block anymore. But hey, at least you got made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="832" title="Ubuntu Edge smashes crowdfunding record by raising more than US$10 million " alt="Ubuntu Edge smashes crowdfunding record by raising more than US$10 million " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ubuntu-edge-back.jpg?1392945783" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Canonical&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ubuntu-edge-smartphone-cum-pc-revealed/news" target="_blank">Ubuntu Edge superphone</a> has overtaken the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pebble/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Pebble smartwatch</a> to claim the title of the product with the highest amount raised for a crowdfunded product.</p> <p>The Edge project is on US$10,350,776 at the time of writing, breezing past the Pebble&#39;s previous record of 10,266,844 raised on Kickstarter. It&#39;s not all good news though.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/edge/ubuntu-edge-smashes-crowdfunding-record-its-not-enough/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/edge/ubuntu-edge-smashes-crowdfunding-record-its-not-enough/news#comments Crowdfunding Edge Smartphones Ubuntu Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:57:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432659 at http://www.stuff.tv The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects that should should never have made it past the napkin-drawing stage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1204" height="671" title="Hands up if you&#039;re holding a terrible product!" alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202014-01-23%20at%2017.12.34.png?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last year, Kickstarter received US$480 million to Kickstarter projects, an astonishing US$913 every minute of every day. It produced an Oscar winner, and it launched satellites into space.&nbsp;</p> <p>This article isn&rsquo;t about those guys. Down on the other side of crowdfunding, in the well-hidden spaces you can only get to through exhaustive scrolling, there are huge reserves of truly awful ideas from people who really, really want to be rich, but haven&rsquo;t thought it through...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPhone case that’s a cigarette lighter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tired of having to look in your pocket for a lighter? Fed up with your iPhone being less than 1cm thick? Sad that your hands aren&rsquo;t covered in burns? Time for a <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/firecase-a-case-that-turns-your-phone-into-a-lighter" target="_blank">Firecase</a>: it only adds about as much bulk as a normal iPhone case with two digestive biscuits Sellotaped to the back, and it contains a metal coil that heats up like a car cigarette lighter, letting this century&rsquo;s go-getters enjoy last century&rsquo;s respiratory diseases.</p> <p>Worried about fire? Don&rsquo;t be - fire is your friend! Also, the Firecase automatically shuts off after five seconds, and it takes most things waaay longer than five seconds to catch fire. Except cigarettes. And human hair.</p> <p><strong>Asked for: US$20,000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: US$734 (3.7%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" title="Dial E for Emphysema" alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130916160050-DSC_0001.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iPhone case that’s a cigarette </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;re at a party, or in a meeting, or just hanging around at the bus stop. A couple of people have iPhones. Is anyone impressed? Nope. You whip out your your new iPhone 5S. There&rsquo;s a couple of appreciative glances - you got the gold one, obviously - but what happens next blows people&rsquo;s minds. Attaching an attachment to the <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vapecase-the-world-s-first-cell-phone-case-vaporizer" target="_blank">Vapecase</a>&#39;s&nbsp;built-in 510 eCig connector, you being <em>smoking your phone</em>. Yeah, people are looking now.</p> <p><strong>Asked for: US$50,000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: US$911 (1.8%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can imagine Columbo puffing on one of these" alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vapecase_web2__59806.1388533294.1280.1280.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The magic pebble of lies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The TARC aims to replace your smartphone but, according to its Indiegogo page, it &lsquo;is not another electronic device. It has no operating system. It has no transistors. There&rsquo;s no battery to install.&rsquo; Instead, this magic bean &lsquo;amplifies and focuses thought waves&rsquo;, allowing you to send telepathic messages to other TARC users. It even has its own security, offering &lsquo;mind shielding against psychic attacks&rsquo;, and battery life is indefinite, because it runs on gullible people&#39;s money.</p> <p>Paris Tosen, creator of the TARC, says he designed it &lsquo;for the kind of person who knows that they came here for a reason&rsquo;, and that reason is to give money to Paris Tosen.</p> <p><strong>Asked for: CAD$15,000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: CAD$1166 (7.8%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="826" title="Scientifically proven to work just as well as homeopathy" alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130706145607-Tarc_image5.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cards that let people know you’re a scumbag </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever worked as a waiteress, you&rsquo;ll know how valuable it is to have feedback from your customers. Especially the ones who are angry, or drunk, and who couldn&#39;t care less that&nbsp;there&rsquo;s only one of you and you&rsquo;ve already been working for ten hours.&nbsp;But what about those moments when your customers are too busy or drunk to properly lecture you on how you&rsquo;re failing at your job?</p> <p>Well, now there&rsquo;s a solution. Instead of the tip they would normally leave to help supplement your barely-survivable wages, they can leave a little card with some clip art and a perky message that tells you off for being a bad servant and exposing them to a tiny inconvenience. Careful not to smudge it with your angry tears!</p> <p><strong>Asked for: &pound;500</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: &pound;47 (9.4%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="For the discerning scumbag-about-town" alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/douchecards.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craptris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s a well-known fact that Alexey Pajitnov, the guy who invented Tetris, never got a penny for developing one of the most popular games of all time. It&rsquo;s also untrue: Pajitnov began earning royalties in 1996, and still does. However, he&rsquo;s never made a game that came close to Tetris&rsquo;s elegant simplicity.</p> <p>And neither has Andrew Herzman, from Long Island, NY.&nbsp;Herzman&rsquo;s game,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/qopel/game-app-for-smartphones">Qopel</a>, is comfortably one of the worst ever made. It&rsquo;s designed to be &lsquo;much like Tetris&rsquo; in that it features falling blocks, but where Tetris has a confusion of different shapes, Qopel has squares. Yep, it&#39;s just squares. They do change colour as they descend jerkily down the screen, but the background is a dark grey-blue. Some of the blocks are grey, some are blue. Most are quite difficult to see - it has, Herzman is quick to point out, none of the &lsquo;flashy graphics&rsquo; that ruin other games.</p> <p>Oh, and it costs at least US$5: more than&nbsp;<em>The Room</em>, more than&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<em>Ridiculous Fishing</em>. Or at least it would have done, if anyone had bought it. They didn&rsquo;t.</p> <p><strong>Asked for: US$3000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: US$0 (0%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1198" height="897" title="We used to play a fair bit of Shape Avoider on BlackBerry back in the day. Good game." alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202014-01-22%20at%2017.18.52.png?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheevos: the Movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s difficult to tell if this pitch for a movie is the work of a very clever comedian or a very massive idiot. We&rsquo;re going with the former, because <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/481281587/cheevos-the-movie-bboy360-reaching-100k-gamerscore/?ref=kicktraq" target="_blank">we can&#39;t believe this person actually exists</a>. Although the trailer doesn&#39;t really make the plot clear, the film begins with the main character, Bboy360 (full name Bboy Krust Dog 360) celebrating 100,000 Xbox 360 Achievements or &lsquo;Cheevos&rsquo;, as they are apparently called by his fellow idiots. He is elated until he discovers that another gamer - and a female one, at that - has more Gamer Points than him.</p> <p>From there it&#39;snot clear what exactly Bboy 360 thinks will happen, but the film&rsquo;s US$150,000 budget seems to be mostly dedicated to flying other gamers to LA to go to a basketball game and a nightclub with him. Oh, and there&rsquo;s breakdancing. Lots and lots of breakdancing. At one point he breakdances on an iPad, which is either a great piece of planned physical comedy or just a cretin flailing about on a broken computer.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Asked for: US$150,000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: US$232 (0.15%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/70Bb64RMU2Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The parental responsibility abnegation device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;Darling, I&rsquo;m just going to check on the baby.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Oh, don&rsquo;t bother.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Really? I thought we were supposed to...&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah, we&rsquo;re supposed to, but guess what: I bought a <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/baby-vital-signs-monitor" target="_blank">Baby&rsquo;s Fairy</a>. It&rsquo;s like a big man&rsquo;s wristwatch that you attach to your tiny child, and then you have this monitor that tells you if it&rsquo;s still, you know&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Alive?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah! So stop fretting and let&rsquo;s open another box of wine, okay?&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Asked for: US$50,000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: US$5741 (11.5%)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="796" title="It&#039;s like having a Tamagotchi! A lonely, frightened Tamagotchi." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130915154836-DSC00069.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Narcissist-stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The problem with selfies is that taking endless pictures of your own face is moronic. But the <em>other</em> problem with selfies is that they&rsquo;re taken too close to your face. So obviously the solution is to carry around a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/838381937/cellfie-great-photos-under-your-finger" target="_blank">telescopic golf club</a> with a Bluetooth button that lets you hold your phone another three feet away, allowing you to take slightly better terrible pictures. Because otherwise you&rsquo;d have to use self-timer or ask someone else to take a picture of you, and that would just be awful.</p> <p><strong>Asked for: &pound;8000</strong></p> <p><strong>Got: &pound;1088 (13.6%)</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/10-worst-tech-lifestyle-photos/feature" target="_blank">10 of the worst tech lifestyle photos&nbsp;</a></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/amazon/8-most-hilarious-amazon-reviews-we-ve-ever-seen/feature" target="_blank">8 of the most hilarious Amazon reviews we&#39;ve ever seen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="700" height="507" title="Damn we look good in these vests! Good thing I&#039;ve got my Cellfie! " alt="The 8 worst crowdfunding ideas so far" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cellfie-2.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When crowdfunding ideas go wrong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Say no to bad crowdfunding projects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20130916160050-DSC_0001_0.jpg?1396609319" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature#comments Crowdfunding Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:03:54 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1431693 at http://www.stuff.tv David Braben talks Kickstarter, Raspberry Pi – and Elite: Dangerous http://www.stuff.tv/sg/raspberry-pi/david-braben-talks-kickstarter-raspberry-pi-and-elite-dangerous/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The creator of Elite chats about his upcoming sequel, and the hurdles of crowdfunding </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Elite: Dangerous" alt="Elite: Dangerous" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/elite-dangerous-01.jpg?1390442219" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>David Braben created the open-world game with Elite. And he did it in 1984, with 22KB of memory to play with.</p> <p>More recently, he&#39;s served as a trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, helping to bring the educational mini-computer to life. And his studio Frontier Developments is beavering away on <a href="http://elite.frontier.co.uk/" target="_blank">Elite: Dangerous</a>, a multiplayer sequel to the original game &ndash; which has raised over &pound;2m through crowdfunding.</p> <p>We cornered him for a chat about the upcoming game, Raspberry Pi &ndash; and Kickstarter.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the current status of Elite: Dangerous? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, the game&#39;s coming together &ndash; there are so many different moving parts to get working, but it is coming together and we&#39;re very excited by it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One of the big requests from fans is for populated, living planets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We have planets in it &ndash; you can fly your spaceship down to the surface, get out, walk around, get back in and fly off. That will come. We will do it properly with time, it just won&#39;t be there on day one. There is so much game even without that, it&#39;s untrue. And when that comes, there will be even more game!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1QC3aHzVnlQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> People seem to want the Earth. Literally </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>People want everything! They want to be able to hunt dinosaurs in the wild, and see alien creatures flying around on Jupiter. It&#39;s a big job &ndash; and I would rather we do it properly, gradually, than do it all on day one. Because day one wouldn&#39;t come!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What d&#039;you think of big brands using Kickstarter as a proof of concept? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The problem is, when people say that they want something, there&#39;s a difficulty in determining how broad that vocal group is, how many people actually want it.</p> <p>I think it&#39;s an acceptable way forward; it would probably be better if people made that clearer, what the purpose of going for it is. I think there&#39;s some negativity because it&#39;s seen as depriving others from the flow of Kickstarter revenue &ndash; but that implies that the people who are contributing to a Kickstarter would have contributed to a different Kickstarter had they not contributed to this one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VE8B4KptyVI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What are your thoughts on the next-gen consoles opening up their platforms to indies? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the things that frustrates me is that a lot of indie games are &quot;Triple-A&quot; &ndash; I mean, the term &quot;Triple-A has been so abused to essentially mean Call of Duty. Even the term &quot;indie game,&quot; you know&hellip; is Frontier an indie? Technically speaking, we&#39;re independent, but we&#39;re a big company. I think arguably we are, but in a lot of the mindset of this, where you&#39;re talking about two or three people working out of a back bedroom &ndash; which obviously I was once &ndash; maybe we&#39;re not indie any more in that sense.</p> <p>But I think that the principle of what they&#39;re doing is, they&#39;re opening it up to new games. And I think that&#39;s a tacit admission that it was to an extent closed to new ideas, it was harder to get new ideas through up to that point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xbox-One-With-Kinect.jpg?1390442219" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How can Raspberry Pi reach the &quot;lost generation of tech,&quot; who&#039;ve been consumers of gadgets, not creators? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I think it&#39;s a challenge. The way we came at Raspberry Pi, was actually to create the ability for people to self-learn &ndash; and that wasn&#39;t restricted to children. I don&#39;t think we&#39;ve got all the materials ready yet, but we&#39;re on a path, and they&#39;re getting better by the day. It&#39;s a difficult hill to climb, but hopefully we can catch those people.</p> <p>One of the advantages with children is, because there&#39;s organised education and because the kids have a lot more time to learn, they&#39;re actually a good target, for want of a better term. So it&#39;s really about providing a means for people to educate themselves, and anyone who cares enough about it hopefully would come along and participate.</p> <p>Part of the impetus behind Raspberry Pi was the way in which modern computers are virtually closed down. And the problem is, they&#39;re virtually closed down for sensible reasons &ndash; the reason companies close their machines down is so that they&#39;re easier to use, so that there are fewer viruses. They&#39;re more useable as a commodity, but ironically it&#39;s created a space for things like Raspberry Pi, that let it all hang out, if you see what I mean.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Raspberry Pi" alt="Raspberry Pi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Raspberry%20Pi.jpg?1390442219" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/raspberry-pi/david-braben-talks-kickstarter-raspberry-pi-and-elite-dangerous/feature#comments Apps and Games Crowdfunding Raspberry Pi Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:42:13 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431588 at http://www.stuff.tv EmoSpark is a real-life Samantha that exists only to make you happy http://www.stuff.tv/sg/emospark-real-live-samantha-exists-only-make-you-happy/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If only people could be half as sensitive as this artificial intelligence console </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="396" height="297" title="EmoSpark is a real life Samantha that exists only to make you happy" alt="EmoSpark is a real life Samantha that exists only to make you happy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/emospark.jpg?1390820910" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, lonelyhearts. There’s someone, or rather something, out there for you.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">At the beginning of your relationship, the EmoSpark can only offer up perfunctory gestures like sharing generic content via platforms like YouTube or Facebook to cheer you up. As it reads your reactions to its suggestions, it learns to comfort you better in time. It’s not just about the feels too; the EmoSpark is well-versed in over 39 million topics courtesy of Freebase, Google’s collection of online knowledge, so ask it anything at all. Except to hand you that book over there because, well, it’s a limbless cube.</p> <p class="p1">Even when you’re apart, you can still interact with it via your mobile devices. It also has the ability to interact with other digital toys like the Sphero, all in the name of your happiness, or the future robot revolution.</p> <p class="p1">If a compliant cube-like partner is what you've always seeked, a lifetime of self-serving companionship could be yours from US$249 (S$320). And should your relationship not work out, you can always dump it - literally.</p> <p class="p3">Source:&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emospark-first-a-i-home-console" href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emospark-first-a-i-home-console" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/odQw5BDnCRs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/emospark-real-live-samantha-exists-only-make-you-happy/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/emospark-real-live-samantha-exists-only-make-you-happy/news#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Robots Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:53:53 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431550 at http://www.stuff.tv