kickstarter

Keecker HomePod may be the entertainment system of the future

Remember those sci-fi movies (okay, we meant The Jetsons) where you could project things on the wall from a robot-like pod that followed you around? Well, it seems like the future has arrived. Sort of. The Keecker calls itself the very first true HomePod and it is a portable projector, entertainment system, home computer, instant museum/gallery and even security system, all in just one 16" tall pod that you can control with just your smartphone.

Z-Charge is a bedside charging and storage solution for gadgets

Have you ever had those mornings where you almost step on the phone that you placed on the floor the night or when your gadget suddenly drained overnight and you really needed to use it that morning? Yes, probably most of us have had at least one of those ever since we started sleeping with our gadgets and since it's the first thing we look for when we regain waking consciousness in the morning. Z-Charge is an upcoming product that aims to solve all of those early-morning gadget problems.

Pronto Fast Charge battery gives a full charge in 5 minutes

At least that’s what it claims. The Pronto Fast-Charge battery is a Kickstarter project that claims to be able to give you 8 hours of power on 5 minutes of charging. Sounds ridiculous, considering that fact that this is what irritates us to breaking point about our mobile devices – when you need to charge your device and there’s just no time for charging. This might just be our savior, yes?

First phone app for hearing impaired to come to Android soon

According to statistics, there are over 70 million people in the world who are suffering from profound to severe hearing loss. And obviously, they would find it extremely difficult or impossible to use mobile phones to make and take calls. But a new technology might just make it possible and its creators are raising funds to build make it a reality. It's called RogerVoice and it's an app that will make your calls for you and then translate in real time and give you a text transcript of what your caller is saying.

Arq Dock 2.0: a gadget stand and charger in one

If you were one of those who backed the charging dock Arq Dock 1.0 and were pretty happy with it but wanted to see some improvements, well, then get ready to open your wallets again. Arq Dock 2.0 is now looking for more "investors" to bring you a much improved version of the original, and this time around, it has more options for your smartphones or slim tablets. It can support both Apple and Android devices and can be used as just a dock for cased and caseless devices or can be used as a charging stand as well.

SlideUP Launcher development takes an unusual Kickstarter turn

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Android will never have a dearth of app launchers and homescreen replacements. There are different kinds of different qualities, appealing to different tastes and different needs. SlideUP is yet another one of those vying for your attention, but admittedly, it is a curious one that, at the very least, deserves a second glance. Not only does it offer useful functionality, it seems to be trying out a slightly new way of development, at least as far as Android launchers go.

AMPY powers gadgets using movement

One of the biggest challenges that mobile users face is keeping their gadgets charged up when they are out of the home or office all day and use their smartphone frequently. Often the only choice is to go with a battery case of some sort to keep things running. A new option has hit Kickstarter called AMPY.

Rico smart-home security device uses old smartphone for brains

I'd wager that most of us have at least one old smartphone sitting in the house somewhere unused. A new product has turned up that is called Rico and looks a bit like Wall-E's girlfriend from the animated film. Rico is designed to be a home security device and it can use an old smartphone for its eyes and brain.

Notion home intelligence system makes home alarms smarter

Home alarm systems have been around for a very long time. They are typically able to alert owners and law enforcement officers when something is going wrong in the home such as glass breakage or door opening. Notion is a new home intelligence system that makes home alarms much smarter.