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Mobvoi launches new $200 smartwatch and $130 AirPods alternative

By | Android, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Assistant, China, computing, Gadgets, Google, indiegogo, Kickstarter, mobvoi, Qualcomm, smartwatches, TC, voice assistant, wearable devices

Chinese AI company Mobvoi has consistently been one of the best also-rans in the smartwatch game, which remains dominated by Apple. Today, it launched a sequel to its 2016 TicWatch, which was a viral hit raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, and it unveiled a cheaper take on Apple’s AirPods. The new TicWatch C2 was outed at a […]

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The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way

By | Coffee, Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, Kickstarter, TC

Most mornings, after sifting through the night’s mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse… and so tempting.

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Printrbot has shut down

By | 3d printing, Computer Hardware, Gadgets, Innovation, Kickstarter, Makerbot, printing, science channel, Startups, TC

Printrbot, a popular Kickstarter-backed 3D printer company, has shut down, leaving only a barebones website and little explanation. The founder, Brook Drumm, wrote that “Low sales led to hard decisions.” “We will be forever grateful to all the people we met and served over the years,” he wrote. “Thank you all.” Printrbot’s machines costs about […]

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Reflex aims to Kickstart film photography with a new old SLR

By | 35mm, Crowdfunding, film, Gadgets, Kickstarter, Photography, reflex, SLR, TC

 Mating digital photography with film seems to me an alluring yet ultimately quixotic endeavor; who doesn’t love the idea of a camera that combines the weight and handling of a 35mm SLR with the convenience and precision of a digital one? Yet it has never been done, and likely never will be. Reflex is the latest to try, though, with a new 35mm camera built for the modern tech-loving… Read More

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WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Kickstarter, Startups, TC, timeKettle, Translation

 This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype (it isn’t vaporware; we tried it, as you can see above) he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the money for their first run of the… Read More

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