In Star Trek, it's possible to wave a tricorder in the general direction of something mysterious and have the instrument tell you exactly what it is. This DIY spectrometer kit for your smartphone promises to do nearly the same thing, and it'll cost you just $65.
Space, you understand, is a long way from here. It's a long way straight up, which is one of the more difficult directions in which to travel. A particularly convenient way to travel straight up is with an elevator, and a company called LiftPort wants to fund the first stages of an elevator all the way to space, through Kickstarter.
In science fiction, there isn't a move much more epic than blowing up a dang planet (unless, of course, you destroy a star). Star Wars made a pretty big deal out of it, but in Planetary Annihilation, where robot armies wage an endless war across the cosmos, it promises to be commonplace.
Like so many gadgets, digital picture frames feel like they're not as good as they could be. They were cool (in theory), but ultimately hampered by low resolution displays, high price tags, and oh, tablets came out. Instacube is not another generic digi frame. It streams Instagram pics in real-time, has an actual "like" button, and is too cute to resist.
Hardly a week goes by without talk about the $99 Ouya game console. With under 35 hours to go and over $7 million in Kickstarter funding collected from over 53,000 funders, the little underdog console is getting two features that might push you over the fence to buy one: XBMC media player and TuneIn online radio.
You've probably seen a lot of fancy devices promising to boost the sound of your iPhone. It turns out there's at least one simple acoustical solution out there to consider. The AudioGlove iPhone case works by simply creating an acoustic channel around your phone's microphone.
There isn't really a perfect pen out there. Some prefer the control of a ballpoint; a few may like the give of a felt-tip; others still may opt for a pen that can write in space. For 22-year-old engineer Ian Schon, none of the options on the table were for him. So what is an enterprising young tinkerer to do? Why, design his own pen, of course!
This little telepresence robot is going to be hard to resist. It connects you with friends or co-workers via your smartphone. It's got three wheels and it allows remote users to control it via Skype to propel it around. Plus, it's small enough to fit in your computer bag. What's not to like?
In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a fridge gadget that shames you on social networks when you cheat on your diet, a GPS watch geared towards women and the iBike Powerhour for serious and novice cyclists looking to measure their rides.
How much would you pay to tweet from space? That's the question Tim DeBenedictis is answering through his Kickstarter project SkyCube, which is a nano-satellite currently in development that will orbit the Earth and broadcast messages uploaded by sponsors.