Articles about kickstarter

You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I don’t know what to do with my arse. Should I be swivelling on it? Should I do it leaning forward with pressure applied to the small of my back? Or would I be better advised to do the business standing up? For various reasons, I am in the market for a standing desk: that is, a desk that you can work at while standing upright …
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Jul 2016
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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Kids tend to spend far too much of their childhood in an unproductive way," it says here. I quite agree. It was the same when I was a child. All that counting numbers and spelling words they made me do over the years was a massive drain on my television-watching time. "Research shows that children have an increasing problem …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Jun 2016
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Republicans move to gut FCC and crush its net neutrality crusade with paralyzing budget rules

A new budget proposal would effectively bar the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from enforcing its net neutrality provisions. Buried deep within the House Appropriations Committee budget proposal [PDF] is a set of new rules that limit the FCC's ability to use its funds for activities including the regulation of " …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

Stone me! Pebble bags $7m

Pebble has raised $7m to develop two new versions of its smartwatch and a fitness tracker. The biz that created a mass market for smartwatches back in 2013 with a Kickstarter appeal has returned to the site to create the Pebble 2, Time 2 and Pebble Core – and found immediate backing. The biggest change in the new watches will …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2016
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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

VR headset company Oculus has backtracked on a promise not to lock down its software to its hardware. In an update put out this week, the company's digital rights management (DRM) system now checks whether the Oculus Rift headset is attached to the computer when playing a game. If it isn't, the game won't play, effectively …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR. It was a gimmicky technology cursed by the “P” word (“potential”) and huge, ungainly headsets that generated a flurry of interest in the late 1990s that quickly evaporated. Today, it’s big news …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016

Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

An Italian "microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics" outfit is offering smartphone and tablet owners the chance to get up-close and personal with the world via "an ultra portable and very affordable set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope". Working with the Istituto …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2016
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016

Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

Judging by the hype around Facebook VR, you'd think the '90s never happened. Back then, the Social Network™ didn’t exist and it was the era’s video game giants – Sega and Nintendo – rolling out virtual reality with great fanfare. However, both of the Japanese games giants cancelled their efforts before launch: Sega’s Virtual …
Mark Pesce, 13 Apr 2016

How Remix's Android will eat the world

Interview Which platform will the next billion people on the internet use? Is it more likely to be Microsoft’s Windows squeezed onto low-cost mobile hardware, or a mobile OS given some steroids? Three former Google executives are betting it's the latter. And based on Jide’s early showing, a revved-up Android called Remix OS is a serious …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Can Tesla make enough spare parts? Can it make enough CARS?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together to talk about Tesla, Dell and VCE news, Revolv and Infinio. Our special guest this week is Sheryl Koenigsberg (aka @StorageDiva), senior director of marketing at Infinio Systems. …
Team Register, 06 Apr 2016
Pebble Time

Pebble axes quarter of its workers after fitness pivot

Smartwatch trailblazer Pebble is laying off a quarter of its staff to refocus on the fitness segment of the wearables market. Pebble has raised some $50m over the past year, with $20m coming from a Kickstarter campaign, but hasn't shipped any new kit since the round last September. In retrospect, we can see that the recent …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Mar 2016

Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

Deep dive Jide’s Remix OS is Android for a desktop or tablet OS: with multitasking, overlapping windows and the shortcut conveniences you need for productivity-style work. And the firmware tweaks to make it run well on x86 processors. I’ve seen what the next billion internet users will be running. Jide was founded by three Google …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016

Brit geeks craft bijou Pi Zero gaming controller

A group of Brit geeks has hit Kickstarter with the R-Kade Zero - a diminutive piece of gaming kit based on the Raspberry Pi Zero. Described as "one of the smallest and minimalist gaming controllers around", DTronixs' R-Kade Zero comes in two flavours - the JS/4 (joystick plus four control buttons), and the 2STIK (two joysticks …
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2016

US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

The list of what the Romans ever did for us is impressive indeed, and apparently includes taking time between building aqueducts and making wine to invent the pivoting scissors, in around 100AD. What the Romans unforgivably didn't ever do, though, was crack just how to cut wire mesh with scissors without doing yourself some …
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2016

Brit uni rattles tin for ultra-low latency audio board

A team from London University's Queen Mary (QM) tentacle is rattling the tin down at Kickstarter for its "Bela" - an open source "embedded computing platform developed for high quality, ultra-low latency interactive audio". Sitting atop a BeagleBone Black, the Bela cape offers "8 analogue inputs, 8 analogue outputs and 16 …
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2016
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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

Review It's been nearly two and a half years since the OpenShot video editor released an update. The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release. The Kickstarter backers got their first look at OpenShot 2.0 beta at the end …
Pebble Time

Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

Pebble delivered a major update today to its watches, which boast the biggest third party app ecosystem of any wearable platform. The update is in two parts: new firmware for the devices, and new companion apps for iOS and Android. Pebble had added a Health app to the watch, allowing third parties to use the biometric API. …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2016

Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has determined that Charlie Lyne's 10-hour Paint Drying contains "no material likely to offend or harm", and has accordingly awarded it a "suitable for all" U certificate. Nicely described by the BBFC as "a film showing paint drying on a wall", Paint Drying is the result of a …
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2016

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

Kickstarter-funded developers are trying to create of a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the world of data centers. Yes, data centers. Server Tycoon will place the player in charge of a small server farm with the goal to build their facility into a massive compute center, competing against other players in the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2016
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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My prospective client is staring at my nuts. The quality of my work is apparently not too important. What really matters are the warm bits that dangle between my legs. Indeed, the human resources rep is insisting that I be prepared to present my lobster and urchins on demand, as regularly as possible. You’d think I would be …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Jan 2016

Never mind the patent trolls. Here's a riddle: What about the inventors?

The mania for hoverboards is causing an outbreak of painful patent ignorance, says a top litigator. EIP’s Matthew Jones, who has litigated in tech and pharma cases, highlights the seizure of a Chinese hoverboard maker’s wares at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month as an example. Changzhou makes the “Surfing …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jan 2016

Live-streaming paper plane drone takes to the skies

For an example of just how far paper plane and drone tech have come since the historic launch of our Vulture 1 aircraft back in 2010, look no further than the PowerUp FPV - described as the "first ever paper airplane drone with a live streaming camera". Various configurations of PowerUp The chaps behind the PowerUp FPV have …
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2016

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Are you thick or what? No, really, how else can you explain why you invest vast sums of money on daft schemes that nobody wants? Long-time readers of this column may remember my little Tech City adventure a while back, in which I managed 2,000 sq ft of chic hipster office floorspace in the heart of London’s so-called "silicon …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Nov 2015

Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

A cheeky Brit has agreeably decided that if the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is going to charge filmmakers to submit their work for certification, he's going to make the longest possible film of paint drying ever to hit the silver screen, and oblige the censors sit through every minute of it. Just how long the …
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2015

£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

The company behind the troubled ZANO nano-drone project has pulled the plug, leaving thousands of Kickstarter backers in the lurch. The UK's Torquing Group Ltd tin-rattled its way to a record £2,335,119 from 12,075 people for the "world's most sophisticated nano drone - aerial photo and HD video capture platform". Although …
Lester Haines, 18 Nov 2015

Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox

A London-based "networked studio of invention" is rattling the tin down at Kickstarter for the net-connected Tingbot – a custom case for the Raspberry Pi with LCD touchscreen which promises to transform the fruity minicomputer into "a platform for creative applications". For a pledge of just 50 quid – and that compares …
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2015
Automatic asteroid mining

US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

Asteroid mining operation Planetary Resources is as pleased as punch with those members of the US Congress who've backed "historic legislation" H.R.2262 – aka the "SPACE Act of 2015". The act "recognizes the right of US citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain as property and encourages the commercial exploration and …
Lester Haines, 11 Nov 2015
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Buy a slice of the next Facebook with just your credit card and browser

America's financial watchdog says anyone with spare cash will be able to buy a slice of a startup online without having to fill out mountains of paperwork. Until now, if you fancied plowing your some of savings into a fledging biz – say a trendy but privately held San Francisco tech upstart – there are all sorts of …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2015

Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

US home-brew tech outfit PicoBrew has raced past its Kickstarter fundraising target for its Pico "fully automatic craft beer brewing appliance". The device will produce five litre batches of "fresh personalized craft beer" in 5-7 days with minimum hassle, thanks to "convenient pre-packaged ingredient PicoPaks produced by …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2015

Yahoo! crypto! queen! turns! security! code! into! evil! tracker!

Yahoo! crypto ace Yan Zhu has found twin attacks that allow websites to learn the web histories of visitors users by targeting HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). The timing attack, which works regardless of cookie clearing, was demonstrated on Firefox and Chrome last Sunday at the Toorcon security conference. The attack …
Darren Pauli, 28 Oct 2015

Web giants, Sir Tim slam Europe's net neutrality rules on eve of vote

Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, Kickstarter and other tech companies, as well as the creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, are urging European politicians not to vote in favor of net neutrality regulations on Tuesday. Both have sent letters highlighting a number of "loopholes" that have been introduced as the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2015
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Connected Data gobbled for $7.5m? More like an $80m funding round

CEO Q&A The $7.5m purchase of Connected Data by Imation can be looked at as an $80m funding round with a potential bonanza from a successful Imation restructuring-driven stock price rise. Also, as well as the $7.5m paid up front, there is a potential $5m earn-out in more Imation stock based on revenue targets in the two halves of 2016 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
Connected Data Transporters

How much? Imation buys Connected Data for $7.5m. No, really

Imation has bought Geoff Barrall’s Connected Data startup for just $7.5m, and finally appointed a new, although interim, CEO. The Clinton Group is the activist investor now in control of Imation’s board and it’s appointed board director Bob Fernander, a Clinton nominee, as interim CEO. He was interim president. Another Clinton …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

The Skarp Laser Razor has resurfaced on crowdfunding portal Indiegogo, shortly after being ejected from Kickstarter for breaching rules "requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards". According to a post on the Skarp Technologies Facebook page, Indiegogo "have been incredibly helpful & they …
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2015
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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

KickStarter has suspended funding for the Skarp Laser Razor, a crowdfunded effort to replace conventional razors with a laser-powered shaving implement. Reg readers have shared a KickStarter communique in which the crowdfunding platform says “we’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2015
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Fast, wireless access to Tor? Just maybe

Portable Tor routers have a serious image problem. But one of only two companies to have actually done it right plans to fix that.Should you believe the hype this time around? Quite possibly, yes. It was only a year ago that the tech community got excited about the idea of a small, lightweight router that would connect you …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Oct 2015

So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

In September last year, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team wrapped a successful Kickstarter campaign to take the launch of our Vulture 2 rocket-powered spaceplane to the US of A. As long-term readers know, this tin-rattling was prompted by a quite remarkable series of events - involving the attempted import …
Lester Haines, 02 Oct 2015

Rocketeers aim for the Moon with first-stage £600k tin-rattle

A couple of lunar hopefuls have launched an audacious Kickstarter tin-rattle aiming to raise £600,000 towards sending a spacecraft to the Moon. The co-founder of amateur space outfit Copenhagen Suborbitals, Kristian von Bengtson, and "serial entrepreneur" Chris Larmour hope to raise the cash to get their audacious "Moonspike" …
Lester Haines, 01 Oct 2015
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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

Men with beards have invented a razor which shaves with a laser. Californian startup Skarp is the brainchild of follicle boffin Morgan Gustavsson, who has worked on medical devices for hair removal. Skarp Technologies says its razor is powered by a small laser, which cuts through hair for a shave which is closer than using a …
Simon Rockman, 29 Sep 2015

El Reg unfurls awe-inspiring Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

We're delighted to report that we at Special Projects Bureau HQ have just taken delivery of the updated version of the famous Integrated Space Plan (ISP), although we're not quite sure if we have a wall space big enough to accommodate the breathtaking scope of its vision. Katarina behind the ISP Following a successful tin- …
Lester Haines, 18 Sep 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Oracle – now all your instances are belong to us

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Sarah's away, so Ed and Greg cover Chicago cloud taxes, Oracle taxes and HP axes. Special guests Garrett Rysko and Luke Pendergrass talk about their Kickstarter campaign, Kaia. This week, we check out... (1:00) …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2015
NASA's design guide from 1976

NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

NASA has released its graphics manual from 1976. The manual (PDF) explains how the agency's logo, typeface and other visual identifiers are to be used. NASA's administrator of the time, Richard H, Truly, writes in his introduction that the manual is no mere document for style wonks but ““a new tool to enhance and symbolize …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2015
Robin phone is lightweight

The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

A motley crew of ex-google engineers is crowdfunding the “Robin” smartphone, which claims a whopping 100GB of storage. In fact, what makes the device special is its reliance on always being connected to dynamically provide off-loaded storage. The company behind the phone, Nextbit has developed some memory management software …
Simon Rockman, 02 Sep 2015

Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

First Look A Kickstarter project to produce a dual-SIM iPhone is really a separate phone which the iPhone connects to via Bluetooth. The Kickstarter campaign for the 'PIECE' claims it will “Change The Way You Use Smart Phones”. It goes on: “Carrying two phones isnconvenient! [sic] It is not fashionable or stylish; it costs a lot and is …
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

Ever wanted to shoot the shit with “friends and strangers” while on the bog? Fear not because the Pooductive app has emerged that allows you to do just that, AND it’s free. The realtime messaging service allows users to make contact with like minded individuals in other countries or those in your own that are within a 250 to …
Paul Kunert, 23 Aug 2015
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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

Product Roundup Bored of summer yet? I'm guessing that you, just like everyone else, assumed that as a lecturer, I get the summer off. No chance. Yet on the days I do escape this hellhole of forthcoming teenage subjugation, I am keeping myself busy – during unpredictable lightning storms, or sweltering and unseasonable conditions – playing with …
Lucy Orr, 17 Aug 2015
Ouya

Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console. Razer said in a Monday release that it had agreed to acquire Ouya, taking on all of its staff members and software products. The Ouya hardware division, including the Ouya Android games …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
Neil Armstrong's Lunar suit

SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

The very suit in which pioneering 'naut Neil Armstrong made his historic moonwalks is to go on show to the public – thanks in large part to a successful crowdfunding appeal for half a million bucks that will bankroll the exhibition. The Smithsonian Institution said earlier this month that it hoped to raise the cash to fund the …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2015
Neil Armstrong's Lunar suit

Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

The Smithsonian Institution has launched a bold attempt to raise $500,000 from the public so that it can exhibit the historic spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong for the first landing on the Moon. The Washington DC organization marked the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11's touchdown on the Moon by creating a Kickstarter campaign to …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jul 2015