Hands-On Review: Elecjet's Apollo Traveller Power Bank is the first to use graphene composite

Hands-On Review: Elecjet's Apollo Traveller Power Bank is the first to use graphene composite

Battery technology has been getting better year after year, often with small evolutionary changes that increase efficiency and give us longer battery life or shorter charge times. Elecjet Technology recently released the Apollo Traveller Power Bank on Kickstarter, and the new technology used in this external power bank bodes well for the future of device batteries with a revolutionary change. Deliveries of the Apollo Traveller begin next month, but we were able to get our hands on a pre-release power bank for review.

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MIOPS Capsule360 Motion Control Box is a Kickstarter standout

MIOPS Capsule360 Motion Control Box is a Kickstarter standout

Earlier this year I wrote about the MIOPS Mobile Remote and Mobile Dongle, devices that work with DSLRs from a variety of manufacturers to provide smartphone control of the complicated cameras. The company is back with a Kickstarter campaign for another accessory that DSLR photographers are going to want, the Capsule360 Motion Control Box

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Kandao QooCam: 4K 360° and 3D 180° Camera, now on Kickstarter

Kandao QooCam: 4K 360° and 3D 180° Camera, now on Kickstarter

Those who have read Apple World Today for any length of time know that I have a real fondness for 360° spherical VR cameras. Combined with viewing the photos or video on a smartphone or tablet and just moving it around in space, or using a VR headset to view the content, they immerse the viewer in a complete spherical image -- it's just like being there! A new Kickstarter is underway to manufacture the world's first interchangeable 4K 360° & 3D camera -- the Kandao QooCam

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iMate -- launched on Kickstarter -- is a docking station for a plethora of Apple devices

iMate -- launched on Kickstarter -- is a docking station for a plethora of Apple devices

Launched today on Kickstarter, Grenoplus has announced iMate, a docking station that can power up a MacBook, MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models), an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro. It’s also the only docking station that comes with an Apple-certified Apple Watch Charger, according to Grenoplus Founder Alex Chan. 

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Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for iPhone X/8/8 Plus

Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for iPhone X/8/8 Plus

With the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last fall, Apple users finally got to take advantage of the Qi wireless charging standard. Mofin has a successful Kickstarter campaign underway to start production of its wireless car phone charger, which will retail for $49 starting in April. Take advantage of an early bird perk, and you can get the Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger for $24. Read along as we review a pre-production model of this wireless phone charger!

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Can't wait for AirPower? The Funxim Charging Pad provides similar capability for just $29

Can't wait for AirPower? The Funxim Charging Pad provides similar capability for just $29

Many of us who own both newer iPhones and Apple Watches were thrilled to see Apple's reveal of the AirPower charging mat, but disappointed to see that we'd have to wait until 2018 to actually get one of the cool devices. Now there's a Kickstarter campaign for a charging pad that provides much of the functionality of the AirPower at a fraction of the cost. The Funxim Charging Pad ($29, campaign has reached its funding goal) can charge both an iPhone 8/8 Plus/X and an Apple Watch at the same time just by laying the devices on the pad.

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Crowdfunding: Won’t Get Fooled Again

Crowdfunding: Won’t Get Fooled Again

My love affair with crowdfunding is officially over.

For a long time, I’ve been a huge fan of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, having backed a number of successful campaigns. I was even such a proponent of crowdfunding that Ross Rubin invited me to be his co-host on his Backerjack podcast. But now, you can count me out on spending a dime on any future campaigns.

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Streamz smart streaming headphones eliminate the smartphone for listening to music

Streamz smart streaming headphones eliminate the smartphone for listening to music

The last few days we've seen some amazing projects coming from the crowdfunding platforms. Today a new project launched on Kickstarter for Streamz, which are voice controlled smart streaming headphones. Streamz have built-in storage expandable up to 256GB, use Wi-Fi, have a built-in graphic equalizer, and can stream music from Spotify and Pandora without the need for an intervening iPhone.

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HITCASE PRO 2.0 knocks it out of the Kickstarter park; impressive case/mount/lens system

HITCASE PRO 2.0 knocks it out of the Kickstarter park; impressive case/mount/lens system

Just when I thought I'd seen every iPhone case on the market, HITCASE decided to come out with a case that pretty much does everything. The HITCASE PRO 2.0 (pre-order, CA$99 to CA$299 depending on the accessories you pick) is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof for drops up to 16 feet (5m), and works on the iPhone 6/6s/7/7 Plus. But that's just the start of this case system, which quickly bypassed its goal of CA$50,000 on Kickstarter and is expected to start shipping later this month.

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Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabilizer

Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabilizer

Are you familiar with the DJI Osmo gimbal? It's a device that holds its own camera, a smartphone, and/or a GoPro and allows for smooth video panning and tilting while keeping everything stabilized. In other words, if you want to hand hold an iPhone 7 Plus to film high quality video, you need a gimbal. Today, Dobot announced the start of its Kickstarter campaign to bring the Rigiet stabilizer to market for just $189 -- or $129 to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. The regular retail price is over $100 less than the DJI Osmo...

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Sanho HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub: A big hit with 2016 MacBook Pro owners

Sanho HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub: A big hit with 2016 MacBook Pro owners

Rather than buying a bucketful of dongles to give the 2016 MacBook Pro the same ports as the previous MacBook Pro models, almost 18,000 backers have pledged almost $1.6 million toward a Kickstarter campaign that does it all with one small hub. The HyperDrive from Sanho Corporation plugs into two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro and gives the user HDMI, USB 3.1 (two), microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports in return.

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Pre-order the "Woz-approved" Pocket Tripod for just $19.99

Pre-order the "Woz-approved" Pocket Tripod for just $19.99

You're sitting in the center seat in economy class with the people on both sides of you snoring away. It seems like the perfect time to just drift away with your favorite movie, but you don't want to hold your iPhone for 2 hours. So you reach into your wallet and pull out a tripod. No, you're not a magician; you're just a lucky person who took advantage of this Apple World Today Deal and pre-ordered the Pocket Tripod for $19.99. 

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ILDOCK gives your iPhone 7 a headphone jack and a way to charge it while listening to music

ILDOCK gives your iPhone 7 a headphone jack and a way to charge it while listening to music

Although some of us are thrilled with our iPhone 7 purchases and are using Bluetooth headphones or the included Lightning to 3.5mm adapter to listen to music, others aren't happy with the fact that they can't charge their iPhone while using that adapter. The $10 ILDOCK is a very popular ($115,953 pledged towards a $5,000 goal) Kickstarter project for a small dock that plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone 7 and gives you both a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Lightning port for charging at the same time. We got our hands on a pre-production version of this device for review, and we're happy to say that ILDOCK does its job very well.

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Fidget Cube: A low-tech creativity tool makes it big on Kickstarter

Fidget Cube: A low-tech creativity tool makes it big on Kickstarter

Antsy Labs is a Colorado-based design house that has created tech-related products in the past. Its Duet Dock was one of the first dual Apple Watch/iPhone charging docks we reviewed at Apple World Today, and it paved the way for a lot of other similar docks. But the company’s biggest invention doesn’t require a power outlet, needs no recharging, can fit in your pocket, and has no need for iCloud syncing. It’s the $19 Fidget Cube, and it may do more for productivity and creativity than a whole container ship full of Macs, iPhones and iPads.

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Dot: Physical push notifications, now on Kickstarter

Dot: Physical push notifications, now on Kickstarter

One of the holy grails of the Internet of Things is to have certain things happen in specific places. But there's a problem with that; right now, our devices don't have precise enough location capabilities to trigger notifications when you're passing by the refrigerator or walking to the garage. A group of five Berkeley engineers has teamed up to create Dot, a device that takes the concept of an iBeacon and makes it usable anywhere.

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