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Android telepresence robot Botiful introduced on Kickstarter

Move over OUYA, because today we've got another Android-based Kickstarter to talk about. Its name is Botiful, and its looking to infuse a little personality into those Skype video calls you make with your Android phone. Botiful is being touted as the "first consumer telepresence robot," and by docking an Android phone on the robot (and using the special Skype interface), it allows users on the other end to choose what they're looking at. For example, if you're talking to someone who is using a Botiful, you're given control over their robot, so you can remotely control what the robot does and who the focus is on.

Robert Bowling to provide first exclusive game for OUYA

Yesterday we learned that OUYA has former Kindle developer Muffi Ghadiali working on the project, but today we get a bombshell of an entirely different nature. Robert Bowling (of Call of Duty fame) has announced that his freshly-formed studio, Robotoki, will be supplying OUYA with its first exclusive game: an episodic prequel to Robotoki's upcoming game Human Element. Human Element is a post-apocalyptic zombie game set for release in 2015, and hearing Bowling describe it, this episodic prequel sounds like it will take place years and years before the events in the main game.

OUYA gets Ethernet port and tablet product manager

With over $5 million pledged and still 21 days to go before its Kickstarter campaign wraps up, OUYA is in a pretty good spot. Some remain unconvinced that OUYA will be able to pull off an Android-based console, but today, the team revealed what they're calling a "secret weapon." Muffi Ghadiali has been working behind-the-scenes on OUYA as the person in charge of the development of the product's hardware and software, and today the OUYA team announced his involvement in the project for the first time. Some of you may know Ghadiali from his stint at Amazon's Lab126, where he worked on developing hardware and software for the Kindle line of products. Now, he's all OUYA's and he's got a plan to take this project from mere Kickstarter campaign to smashing success.

Deeper: Smart Fishfinder for Android up for pre-order

For all you Fisherman or Anglers out there we have an awesome new Kickstarter project you'll surely want to check out. It's called Deeper and these guys have developed the worlds first smart fishfinder for smartphones and tablets. This is perfect for all Fisherman, and would make a great gift for Dad once they finally start shipping. This awesome gadget is up for pre-order now for just $149.

Wallee M Kickstarter campaign succeeds, works with Galaxy Nexus LTE too

When we reported on the Wallee M modular case/mount system this week, I made an impassioned plea for more support, as the creators were running out of time to reach their Kickstarter goal. I'm glad to say that after a last-minute push, they've raise the $35,000 necessary and will begin shipping out Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S magnetized cases and mounts in July. Hooray for quality Android accessories!

Wallee M Kickstarter is an awesome modular case for the Galaxy Nexus

Kickstarter has some great projects in the mobile space, and a lot of them are for nifty accessories you'd be unlikely to see anywhere else - check the Pebble Smart Watch for an exception. But finally there's a worthy case we can get behind, because the creators have wisely decided to include both the Galaxy Necus and the Galaxy S II in their support. If you're looking for a unique and certifiably awesome dock for your desk or car, check out Wallee.

Chameleon launcher gives early access to Kickstarter donors

There's a ton of launchers available at the moment, but depressingly few are for Android tablets (with Go Launcher HD being the best among them). Chameleon is a new tablet launcher that uses an impressive methodology: its layout changes depending upon the time of day, connection, or even GPS location, catering itself to which apps you use in which situations. Like seemingly everybody these days, the creators have started a Kickstarter campaign to get Chameleon finished and into the Google Play Store.

Kickstarter: Trigger Happy turns Android into a DSLR wizard

Professional photographers and enthusiasts know how essential a solid trigger system is for a successful shoot. We've seen versions of remotes for smartphones before, but most of them are limited to one or two DSLR cameras, and don't add much more functionality than a standard button. Enter Trigger Happy, a smash-hit Kickstarter project that received its full funding today. Trigger Happy is a physical cable adapter and app combo that can control pretty much every function of your DSLR.

Double Fine Adventure headed to Android

If you've been following the gaming world for the last few weeks, no doubt you've heard about Double Fine Adventure, the new point-and-click project from beloved indie developers Double Fine. What's notable about the project is that they're skipping the publisher model all together and getting funding directly from fans, with the help of KickStarter. There was so much money donated that they blew past their $400,000 goal almost immediately, and are currently sitting on almost two million dollars for the project. That being the case, they've decided to expand the game to both Android and iOS platforms.
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