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Pebble

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US$150getpebble.com

If you thought Kickstarter was only for harebrained schemes like John's 3D Cat Manipulator, allow us to present Pebble watch. The Android- and iOS-compatible Bluetooth smartwatch secured over US$10m of funding from Joe Public. With its E ink screen the Pebble will alert you to new calls, texts and emails, give you control over your music, and track your marathon training (what do you mean, you're not marathon training?) via your phone's GPS. Thanks to its open-source nature it can be taught to do almost anything – it just needs someone to download the devkit and make an app. Plus it proves crowdfunding is a force to be reckoned with.

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