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The iCups are always fully charged.

Newest Apple-inspired product is...two cups and a string?

Apple fans who want only the finest in communications fidelity should skip the iCups, but Apple fans who want a good laugh will find plenty to like.

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Apertus is building an open camera design, programmable and coming with interchangeable "shields" to customize its abilities.

Crowdfunding helps Apertus' new, open way to make a camera

Thousands of euros are pouring in for a camera project to give digital-video folks an alternative to the power and control of big names like Sony and Canon. It'll be tough, but the timing couldn't be better.

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This electric skateboard is also a pack mule.

Movpak: If an electric skateboard and a backpack had a baby...

It's a backpack. It's an electric skateboard. It's the Movpak, an unusual form of transportation that folds up for portability.

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This watch is the perfect timepiece for the "Star Wars" fan in your life.

Wear the sands of Tatooine on your wrist

This limited-edition watch features sand from the "Star Wars" set of Tatooine in Tunisia, and is proudly worn by none other than Chewbacca himself.

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This toilet seat is a breath of fresh air.

Toilet seat with built-in fan sucks out the stench

Bad bathroom odors are conquered by Fresh Air Plus, a toilet seat with a fan and exhaust pipe that banishes smells to the outside.

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Turn any shoes into a soothing heat chamber.

Heated smart insoles keep your tootsies toasty

Digitsole connected insoles let you control the temperature of your feet through an app while also tracking distance and calories.

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'ArtLifting' site uplifts the homeless by selling their art

An online marketplace that celebrates and sells creations by homeless and disabled artists has turned to Kickstarter for help expanding its do-good reach.

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A starship sculpture in Vulcan.

Tiny Canadian town crowdfunding full-size USS Enterprise

A crowdfunding campaign aims to build a full-size working version of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" in the Canadian Badlands, but the funding goal is a long way off.

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Fancy-pants cooler captures Kickstarter funding crown

Move over, Pebble, your reign is done. The Coolest Cooler rides a blender-induced wave to more than $10.5 million in crowdfunding.

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David poses with a bag of pellets.

Forget filaments; Sculptify 3D printer uses pellets

A 3D printer on Kickstarter hopes to turn the tide away from filament and over to pellets to save techies money and expand printing options.

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Pepper spray gets a camera with The Defender

The Defender brings pepper spray into the modern era, adding 24-7 monitoring, automatic police alerts, and a camera that captures photos of assailants.

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The Star.21 takes a different tack on fitness bands

Yet another entrant in the ever-growing fitness band ecosystem, the Star.21 from Oaxis has a few points of difference from the rest of the crowd.

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