Cardboard keyboards, unique gaming mice and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Nintendo Labo comes to iPad... almost.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugNintendo has been making headlines with a range of do-it-yourself Switch accessories made out of cardboard. One of the best is a music keyboard, and now you can get one just like it for iPad.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have a gaming mouse with joysticks, an affordable “smart pen” for iPad, and more!

Lexip — the gaming mouse with joysticks

Lexip changes the way you game on Mac and PC by combining a mouse with a console-style analog stick and a two-axis joystick shell. It gives you the precision of a high-performance 8,200 dpi laser captor along with the simplicity of movement you get with a controller.

The added extras allow you to combine maneuvers, easily access your favorite load-outs, and control characters and vehicles like never before in desktop games. Lexip is compatible will the hottest PC titles, and genres like racing, building, and first-person shooters.

Lexip is available to pre-order through Kickstarter ahead of its launch this June. Ultra early bird pricing is €89, but you’ll need to move fast.

Aurga — the smart camera assistant

Add wireless controls, AI-powered automatic adjustment, and cloud storage to your DSLR with Aurga. This powerful add-on makes it easy to capture stunning photos faster than ever before.

Aurga helps you determine the optimal settings for any shooting condition, and provides six common options that you can activate with just one button. You can control it remotely so you don’t need to be behind your camera all the time, and see its viewfinder on your smartphone.

Aurga also lets you share your photos almost anywhere, and back them up to the cloud so you can’t lose them. It’s compatible with more than 60 popular DSLR cameras and it starts shipping in May. Claim yours today through Kickstarter with a pledge of $79.

Kami-Oto — a DIY music keyboard for iPad

Virtual reality headsets are so last year! The hottest trend in gaming for 2018 is Nintendo’s weird and wonderful Labo, a series of do-it-yourself peripherals made out of cardboard. One of them is a music keyboard just like Kami-Oto for iPad.

Made by a former Sony Computer Entertainment employee, Kami-Oto lets you play piano on your iPad using an affordable add-on you build yourself. The kit comes with everything you need, so all you have to do is set aside 30 minutes to make it.

Kami-Oto is set to begin shipping in August, and you can pre-order yours now for just $27.

Gospace — portable storage with 5G connectivity

Gospace is a portable storage drive and battery that lets you take all your data anywhere you go and stream it to other devices wirelessly over 5G.

Plug memory cards into its SD card slot to access music, movies, photos and more. Pair it with up to eight devices simultaneously, and connect it to your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts. And when your iPhone 8 or iPhone X is low on battery, Gospace can charge it wirelessly.

Gospace is all you need if you’re a multimedia hog. It starts shipping this May and is available to pre-order through Kickstarter now for $59.