Keychain Game Boys, iPad smart pens and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Plux
The AirPower alternative that won't break the bank.
Photo: Plux

Crowdfund Roundup bugApple’s upcoming AirPower charger is expected to cost a small fortune when it finally makes its debut (who knows when that will be). But there are more affordable options — like Plux, which also charges your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have a retro game console that’s small enough to carry on your keychain, an affordable “smart pen” for iPad, and more.

This ’50s-style Bluetooth speaker will blast you with nostalgia [Deals]

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The Lofree Poison is a modern Bluetooth speaker with a retro 1950s style.
The Lofree Poison is a modern Bluetooth speaker with a retro 1950s style.
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These days, everything old is new again. Pop culture is bursting with reboots, references, and a general nostalgia for the comfortable looks and feels of the past. Escapism aside, classic styles are classic for a reason, and they make a great look for modern technology.

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

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Kami-Oto iPad
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!

Super antenna iPhone cases, smart screen protectors, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Firefly case
Firefly boosts your iPhone's cellular signal.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugIf you’re plagued by dropped calls and slow data, say hello to Firefly for iPhone. Thanks to “super antenna technology,” this case can boost cellular, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity while protecting your iPhone from scuffs and bumps.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have smart screen protectors, levitating home security cameras, and more!

Moon is a smart home security camera that defies gravity

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Moon camera
Moon has 360-degree vision.
Photo: 1-Ring

Moon is the world’s first smart home security camera that levitates for 360-degree vision.

Without any blind spots, it can keep watch over an entire room, with automatic rotation when movement is detected. It also keeps track of temperature and humidity, charges wirelessly, and controls other home appliances.

Chocolate Hub 2 should ship with every MacBook

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Chocolate Hub
Chocolate Hub 2 gives you back all the ports you need.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple doesn’t think you need traditional USB ports and SD card readers anymore, but for the vast majority of MacBook users, that’s false. That’s why every model should ship with the excellent Chocolate Hub 2.

This pocket-sized device gives you back all the connections you frequently rely on, including USB and HDMI. It also has a built-in Qi charging pad for juicing up your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X on the move.

Bento Stack keeps all your Apple accessories neatly organized

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Bento Stack for accessories
Carry all your essentials with ease.
Photo: Bento Stack

Carrying all your Apple accessories with you wherever you go can be a pain. Your wires can get tangled, your AirPods can get lost, and your Apple Pencil can end up in more than one piece. That’s why you need the Bento Stack.

This compact, multi-compartment storage solution keeps more than 10 Apple essentials neatly organized when you’re on the road. It’s a must-have if you’re a frequent traveler.