backed or whacked

  • Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

    Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Part videogame accessory and part exercise equipment, the Virtuix Omni was inspired by the success of Kinect a few years ago, itself a response to the “Wiimote controller” that defined Nintendo’s last gaming console. While both products get you off the couch, they… Read More

  • Agent Smartwatch Banks On Design, Developers, Distribution To Survive Battle

    Agent Smartwatch Banks On Design, Developers, Distribution To Survive Battle

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A guy walks into a watch store and… a smartwatch business partnership is formed. OK, it’s not a funny joke; in fact, it’s not a joke at all. When Secret Labs’ founder and CTO Chris Walker walked into the House of Horology store… Read More

  • PlayJam Sticks It To The Video Game Giants

    PlayJam Sticks It To The Video Game Giants

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. It’s been six months since PlayJam’s GameStick started its off-again, on-again Kickstarter campaign that netted it nearly $650,000 — well beyond its $100,000 goal. While it attracted less than a tenth of the funds that its predecessor OUYA nabbed for its Android-based home… Read More

  • Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign

    Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Connectify, a Philadelphia-based software company obsessed with making the Internet faster and using Kickstarter to do so, this week pulled the plug on Switchboard, its most recent connectivity campaign. Alex Gizis, Connectify’s CEO, said his backers wanted it that way. Connectify is… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Reading And Writing Through Crowdfunding

    Backed Or Whacked: Reading And Writing Through Crowdfunding

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. An ancient and once-sacred bond between author and audience, reading and writing have become but two more tasks along with a multitude of other things that we do on a host of digital devices — watcing videos, listening to music, playing games, and really anything except using Facebook Home. Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Give PC A Chance

    Backed Or Whacked: Give PC A Chance

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. These days, it seems that anything that whiffs of the traditional PC has all the market appeal of a month-old banana. Microsoft and its hardware cohorts are trying to fight back against the image of the staid tower and notebook with touch-enabled, all-in-one computers, clickety-covered tablets… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Bridging Worlds Without Words

    Backed Or Whacked: Bridging Worlds Without Words

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. One of the hottest areas of tech interest right now is the Internet of Things, wherein everyday objects communicate with each other. As doorknobs and clothing learn to communicate, we can only… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: iPads In Good Standing

    Backed Or Whacked: iPads In Good Standing

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Backed or Whacked first explored the murky underworld of iPad wearing devices last November. The GoPad saw its Kickstarter campaign whacked despite a temptation-inducing expository video. With… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Get Together With The Band

    Backed Or Whacked: Get Together With The Band

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Last week, Backed or Whacked look at a trio of wristbands that can hold a buck, make a bun and prevent a burn all without any assistance from a successful mobile app platform. But as a host of… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Backed Or Whacked: The Battle Of The Bands

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Crowdfunding sites have become a breeding ground for smartwatches and even a fair number of dumb watches. But assuming one opts in for such a portable time-telling conveyance, that usually leaves… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: May The Funds Be With You

    Backed Or Whacked: May The Funds Be With You

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. There are a number of schools regarding the existence of alien intelligent races. Among those who refute that we’ve been able to detect extraterrestrials among us, there are a broad range of theories. Perhaps such beings don’t exist. Perhaps they haven’t advanced far enough… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Baubles For Your Bike – Part 2

    Backed Or Whacked: Baubles For Your Bike – Part 2

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Last week’s Backed or Whacked column looked at a trio of small, easily attached bicycle accessories that could beef up your ride’s horn, assist in toting shopping bags, or add more… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Baubles For Your Bike – Part I

    Backed Or Whacked: Baubles For Your Bike – Part I

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Back in January, Backed or Whacked looked at three crowdfunding projects that were aimed at getting novel takes on bicycles off the ground, or at least on the ground. But not every crowdfunded… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Pursuits Of Pet Peeves

    Backed Or Whacked: Pursuits Of Pet Peeves

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Our furry friends are often labelled our faithful companions, but their loyalty can often come at a price. Indiegogo inventors have been applying creativity to address each of these options to… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Covers To Cloak Your Keys

    Backed Or Whacked: Covers To Cloak Your Keys

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Once rejected by Kickstarter, the smartphone-controlled door lock Lockitron was a crowdfunding hit on its own site. Still, for the foreseeable future, most locks will be opened with the insertion… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Ups And Downs In A Yo-Yo World

    Backed Or Whacked: Ups And Downs In A Yo-Yo World

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Kickstarter has seen its share of campaigns that spin out of control, but it’s a lot more impressive when spin is in control. Seeing that potential, a trio of tethered toys has recently cropped up on the site, with each appealing to different levels of rotational robustness. Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: The Eyes Have It

    Backed Or Whacked: The Eyes Have It

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. In last week’s Backed or Whacked, I discussed watches, one of the mixes of fashion and function that many wear every day. Another example of such a combination is eyewear, where crowdfunding endeavors have taken approaches that range from high art to high volume in pursuit of… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Revenge Of The Dumb Watch

    Backed Or Whacked: Revenge Of The Dumb Watch

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Last year, Kickstarter launched a bumper crop of smart watches that connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone. The field was led by the record-setting Pebble, but also included products such… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Laziness

    Backed Or Whacked: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Laziness

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Beyond making their way in the dark, modern humans have many basic needs — maintaining well-being, feeling secure, and enforcing as much control over their domain as possible while… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: Smartphones That Light Up Your Life

    Backed Or Whacked: Smartphones That Light Up Your Life

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Last week’s Backed or Whacked focused on devices that can remotely provide input to smartphones; this week, we venture beyond the bounds of simple information retrieval and toward illuminated products that can actually be controlled by one’s pocket companion, particularly in… Read More