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Puracoat: Liquid Screen Protector
Many of us have dropped our smartphones at some point, and sadly unlike the bricks of the past, screens are fragile things prone to breaking.
Screen protectors and cases help prevent damage, but it seems that consumers want a more lightweight option — and so have supported Puracoat on Indiegogo.
Puracoat is a nanotechnology-based fluid that can be applied over an entire smartphone to protect the gadget from scratches and water damage — while retaining full smartphone functionality, which sometimes is lost when applying air-trapping sticky screen protectors. The makers say the protective liquid is "undetectable by the naked eye" and is "synthesized to be next only to gemstones in hardness."
Once a bottle is opened, the liquid has a shelf life of 18 months.
At the time of writing, over $23,000 has been raised of a $500 goal.
VoCore: A coin-sized Linux computer with wifi
VoCore is a wifi-enabled Linux computer the size of a coin.
The tiny computer, which also works as a router, runs on OpenWrt and is equipped with 32MB SDRAM, 8MB SPI Flash and uses RT5350(360MHz MIPS) chips, as well as an ethernet and USB port. The creators say you can use VoCore with wireless and USB devices including scanners and printers, and the computer can also be used as a portable VPN router, wireless speaker, offline downloader and for the remote control of Arduino.
At the time of writing, over $76,000 has been raised of a $6000 goal.
Sherlybox -- a private and shareable cloud on your desk
Sherlybox, touted as a "private and shareable cloud on your desk" is a gadget for sharing files, but keeping data on your own drives. The makers of Sherlybox say the system works in the same manner as cloud computing, but focuses on privacy by allowing for file sharing with friends — but keeping files on your own storage system.
Any size files can be shared without sending them to public clouds, but only with those you invite personally. The basis of this security is GatelessVPN, a type of virtual private network that works without central servers.
At the time of writing, over $100,000 has been raised of a $69,000 goal.
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