MEGATech News Crowdfunding Corner – February 2018 Dylan Duarte February 9, 2018 Features Prev2 of 3Next PocketSprite What is it about tiny technology that enamors us so much? It’s undoubtedly impressive to fit so much power into such small real estate, but why is it so appealing? I’m not asking because I disagree, but because I, too, can’t shake my love for powerful things that fit in the palm of my hand. The PocketSprite is the perfect example. My sausage fingers would be clumsy at best and destructive at worst, and yet here I am, considering hitting that “Back This Project” button. They’re coming in May, there’s no question. TeamPocket asked for $20,000 on Crowd Supply and they’ve already surpassed $30,000, with a whopping 40 days to go. While the $45 early bird specials are gone, you can still nab one for $55, and as far as I can tell there’s an infinite number available at that price. There’s also a “Hacker Edition,” which lets you physically put the device together yourself so you can see all its tiny, impressive guts. And then there’s the $199 Deluxe Edition made of aerospace-grade aluminium casing with a quartz screen protector, so you can be a real fancy pants. Kevin: The World’s First Virtual Roommate The video above is terrifying, as not only does it tell you that 1 out of 2 people in the US and Europe will experience a burglary in their lifetime, but it also outlines all the way that traditional security methods are ineffective. According to the folks at mitipi Ltd., the biggest deterrent against thieves is your actual presence. Unfortunately, we can’t be home every second of every day, so that’s where Kevin comes in. Ostensibly a smart speaker, Kevin will use a combination of lights and sounds to make it seem like someone’s home at all times, and it can be remotely controlled with its companion app. Though I can’t find any confirmation of this on their Kickstarter page, Kevin is clearly named for Kevin McCallister, the pint-sized protagonist of the first two HOME ALONE films (a theory that’s reinforced by the folks of mitipi doing the famous cheek-slap-scream in their promo video). In both films, Kevin fooled intruders into thinking people were present by using combinations of recordings, music, an inflatable clown, cardboard standees, and what I assume was miles of string. The virtual Kevin is much more practical, using an intelligent blend of acoustics and shadows to really make your empty home come to life. For roughly $265USD, you can secure a Kevin, which will ship in March of 2018. Prev2 of 3Next Share This With The World!