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Piksi GPS with centimeter accuracy hits Kickstarter

Piksi GPS with centimeter accuracy hits Kickstarter

The GPS in your smartphone sure is a handy piece of equipment, but it’s not always all that accurate. The Piksi RTK GPS, on the other hand, can pinpoint locations within one centimeter — and it costs less than $1000. That might seem expensive at first glance, but RTK GPS setups typically sell for a heck of a lot more (like 6-10 times that much). The high-precision chips are most commonly found in top notch surveying equipment, and the folks that require those devices are quite willing to pay for their unmatched accuracy. San Francisco’s Swift Navigation wants more people to be able to harness the…

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Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The much anticipated Misfit Shine, an elegant physical activity monitor and one of the most successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns in history, has officially launched in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Shine will be available in Apple Stores in Europe and Australia later this month. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121114/SF13534 ) Shine measures the intensity and duration of your physical activity and provides metrics such as steps taken, distance travelled, and estimated calories burned. Wear it at night to track sleep as well. Shine comes with a clasp and a sport band so you can wear it in…

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Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

File this Kickstarter project under “that’s so crazy, it… almost certainly won’t work”. A US company wants to herald a new era of space exploration by flinging things into space with a giant slingshot called the “Slingatron”. HyperV Technologies Corp calls it a “railroad to space” and is trying to crowdfund $250,000 (£165,000) for the project. Put simply, the Slingatron would hypothetically involve accelerating payloads around and around in an ever increasing-diameter circle until the payload was travelling fast enough to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull and fly into space. On Earth, that speed is 11km per second, or around Mach 30 (30 times the speed of…

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Former Astronaut Launches Kickstarter Bid for Plasma Rocket Documentary

Former Astronaut Launches Kickstarter Bid for Plasma Rocket Documentary

A former astronaut's rocket company is...

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UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

Photo Courtesy of Novalia Kickstarter

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited are inviting small investors to be part of their story by backing their work through crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The team have released a project to manufacture a poster, with printed smart-phone-like capacitive touch. The user simply touches the poster and hears the drums; it’s that simple. In return for their support, investors will receive a fully functional interactive poster from Novalia’s first, full scale production run. The project offers two different versions; the first connects via Bluetooth to an app running on an iPhone or iPad & plays the drums wirelessly through the iOS device. The second is a standalone…

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