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The best of Kickstarter and Indiegogo for April 2016

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1.SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM VEGA PLUS

Truth be told, we weren’t that impressed with the original Vega. Although we really wanted to like that modern incarnation of the ZX Spectrum, the hardware was unfortunately a bit rubbish.

This time round, the unit has transformed into a kind of Vita, if the Vita solely played games with eye-searing visuals that were programmed in 1983.

To our eyes, the D-pad still looks a mite suspect, but the newer approach appears to be a lot more sensible overall. Additionally, this version of the Vega reportedly supports an external keyboard, which is just as well, given how many ZX Spectrum games are keyboard-oriented.

Fund Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus on Indiegogo

2. Virtuali-Tee

This Kickstarter really wants to be educational, and its creators talk about getting kids excited about learning and technology. Mostly, though, you’re going to be attracted to the ick factor.

One person wears the T-shirt, which boasts a pattern that looks like a ribcage that desperately wants to be a crossword puzzle. Point the related app in its direction and you get a kind of x-ray vision that displays a beating heart and then flings you headlong inside the body for your own Fantastic Voyage.

Fund Virtuali-Tee on Kickstarter

3. Pins Collective

If your wearable preferences typically involve fewer guts than you get with Virtuali-Tee, then Pins Collective might be up your street. It’s based on a classic round badge, on to which you upload a custom animated design.

There’s nothing here for tracking weight, although we suppose you could use a suitably hypnotic animation and then suggest everyone see you as amazingly sleek or buff, depending on your preferences.

Note, though, that you only get 2.5 hours of battery life for your moving image — stills last for a rather more mammoth 74.

Fund Pins Collective on Kickstarter

4. Popslate 2

Oh, how iPhone owners mocked when they heard about Android devices that had E-Ink displays on their backs — before secretly thinking that was actually a pretty good idea.

popSLATE 2 brings the concept to Apple’s latest range of iPhones, integrating a battery case for good measure. The reportedly shatterproof screen can be personalised with all kinds of content, and the battery will handily add up to nine hours of talk-time. Just remember your other iPhone screen — the one you might put face-down when using popSLATE — is not so damage-proof.

Fund popSLATE 2 on Indiegogo

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