The ultimate 3D printer, Android-powered iPhone cases and more [Crowdfund Roundup]


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Before everybody had a smartphone in their pocket, many carried palmtop computers to stay productive on the move. A British company is hoping to bring them back with Gemini PDA, an ultra-portable computer with a physical keyboard that fits in your pocket.

It’s just one of the awesome projects in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got the ultimate 3D printer, an iPhone case that has a built-in Android phone, and stunning sleeves for your MacBook.


These lightweight, water-resistant, and eco-friendly sleeves keep your favorite Apple devices protected while you’re on the move.

Markhor’s cases are available for the entire MacBook range, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil, while its leather pads are perfect four your keyboard and mouse. They’re made out of full-grain cow leather and felted wool, with built-in magnets that keep them closed.

A pledge of $25 gets you an Apple Pencil sleeve, while $39 gets you the Mouse Pad XL. The MacBook sleeves start at $65, and all products are scheduled to ship this June.


Need more Google with your Apple? The Eye case literally slaps an Android smartphone onto the back of your iPhone. It boasts a 5-inch display, up to 256GB of storage, its own SIM card slots, and wireless charging. There’s even an infrared blaster for controlling your TV.

Eye gives you the best of both worlds, and pledges start at just $95 with shipping scheduled to begin in August.


Snapmaker is a 3D printer with a difference. It’s made entirely out of metal for durability, and all of its parts are modular so it’s easy to repair. It’s highly precise for high-resolution printing, and its color touchscreen makes it easy to control.

Snapmaker is also capable of CNC carving and laser engraving. It’s the ultimate solution for designers, and its starts at $299 with delivery expected this September.

Gemini PDA

Remember palmtop PCs? British company Planet Computers is looking to bring them back with the Gemini PDA, ultra-thin clamshell device with fully-integrated physical keyboard that fits in your pocket.

The device comes with both Android and Linux pre-installed, and is equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE. It boasts a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a 10-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage with the option to add more via the microSD card slot. There’s also a built-in webcam and microphone, stereo speakers, and an 8,000mAh battery that promises 12 hours of use.

You can claim your Gemini PDA with a pledge of $299 or more on Indiegogo. Shipping is scheduled to begin this December.