Coin: One card to rule them all

coin_device_20_nov_2013Coin got a lot of press last week with headlines like “Is this the future of your wallet?” and “New device combines all credit cards into super card”.

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LUCI – The thrilling conclusion!

LUCI is no more – GTX Technology has canceled the campaign, claiming to have found a private source of funding.

In many ways, this is the best possible outcome, but before I get into all the reasons why, let me share exactly what was said. (If you haven’t been following this saga, the original post will bring you up to speed.)
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LUCI – The lucid dream inducer


LUCI was supposed to induce lucid dreams, to detect when the user is in REM sleep and signal them to take control. Instead, with almost $400k CAD raised and only a few days left to go, evidence is mounting that LUCI is just another internet scam. Continue reading →

Nymi and biometric authentication


Nymi promises a future free of keys, PINs, and passwords, like a universal remote for modern life that uses your heartbeat like a fingerprint.

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Split – Tunes in your buds

SplitSplit is a completely standalone music player in just a couple of earbuds.  All of their claims are feasible on paper, but an aggressive schedule and no evidence that their form-factor prototype works as advertised raises doubts.

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SHADOW: Project Update #3

Link to original review

SHADOW reached its goal of $50k and still have 37 days to go.

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SHADOW: An impassioned plea from the creator

Maybe it’s me, but the spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination pervading the marketing for this product screams scam.  Needless to say, the following email did not help:

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SHADOW – An alarm clock with dreams of grandeur

shadow_title_20_sept_2013Link to Kickstarter

SHADOW – it’s dark, formless, and a lot less interesting when you shine some light on it.

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Lapa – A homing beacon for your valuable junk


Link to Indiegogo

The Claim:
Are you human?  Do you occasionally lose things?  Does it suck when you do?

With the power of social networks and other fashionable buzzwords, you can spend money rather than get your shit together!

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