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Here are the full specs for ZTE’s Project CSX Hawkeye phone on Kickstarter

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Earlier this month, ZTE launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund its Project CSX phone, Hawkeye. Details have been pretty scarce about the phone for the past few weeks, but ZTE has finally started revealing more and more details about the upcoming phone. Today, the company has revealed full hardware specs (well,  almost) for the phone, which it plans to begin shipping and selling in September, if the Kickstarter campaign is successful.

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Previously, ZTE said the Hawkeye would have a 5.5-inch HD display, dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor on the back, and Android Nougat out of the box. Today, the company confirmed that Hawkeye would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor running things inside, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage, with microSD support up to 256GB. The dual rear cameras will have sensors of 12MP and 13MP, with optical zoom support. It will also have a 3000mAh battery, with support for Quick Charging 2.0 and a USB Type-C port.

To summarize, you can find a full list of Hawkeye specs in the table below:

 ZTE Hawkeye
Display5.5-inch display
1920 x 1080 resolution
Processor2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Dual SIMYes
CamerasRear: Dual 12 and 13MP sensors with optical zoom, PDAF
Front: 8MP
Battery3,000mAh
SoftwareAndroid Nougat
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports3.5mm headphone jack
USB Type-C
NetworkGSM bands: 850/1900/900/1800
UMTS/HSPA: 850/1900/AWS/2100
LTE bands: B2/B4/B5/B12(MFBI)/B7/B13/B66
CAT6
Dimensions156.4 x 75.8 x 7.9mm

There are a few other unique features on the Hawkeye that you should know about, too. One is a front-facing camera designed to detect the motion of a person’s iris, which can then be translated into any number of standard Android commands. The other feature is a self-adhesive case for the phone that will allow it it to stick to walls and other surfaces, so that the phone could be used without any kind of finger interaction at all, at least in theory.

Here are the full specs for ZTE’s Project CSX Hawkeye phone on Kickstarter

ZTE also plans to post a poll on its CSX website that will allow people to vote on 15 different colors and materials for the Hawkeye. The Kickstarter campaign is slated to end in just over a month, but so far, as of writing this post, it has only raised a small percentage of its $500,000 goal. The only reward tier in this campaign is $199, which will allow you to get one Hawkeye phone when it is released, again assuming the campaign reaches its goal. If it does not make its goal, ZTE will still give all of its $199 Kickstarter backers one of its current phones that is priced at about the same level as Hawkeye.

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Crowdfunding project of the week: The Compass Stone offers navigation without distractions

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Got time for some innovative tech in the midst of your holiday celebrations? We are back with another interesting ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, a weekly series in which we tell you about the hottest gadgets from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Let’s jump right into today’s featured campaign.

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Navigating on a phone is easy, but we can’t deny staring at a screen while walking around a new area is not the best way to enjoy the scenery. This is why K&L Inc has put together the Compass Stone, a navigation device that will keep you looking up, as opposed to staring down at your phone.

The concept is simple. All you have to do is set a destination from your smartphone. This pebble-shaped device features 12 LED lights, which can indicate in which direction you need to go to reach your destination.

The lights will flicker when you are close to your goal, and there will be a circling motion when you arrive. That’s it; no annoying voices, distracting screens or complications. Oh, and the device can also tell you the time.

Interested? You can sign up for one by backing the project with as low as €89. It’s not the cheapest product, but some of you will definitely enjoy it. Especially adventurers. The company has a long way before it reaches its €45,000, but with 36 days to go there is still a chance to see the campaign end in a successful manner.

Are you signing up?

Check out the Compass Stone on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router

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It’s time for another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ and you know we have been digging for some of the hottest tech in sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Let’s jump right into this week’s featured campaign.

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We have never really been keen on showing off our routers, right? These machines are pretty much something you hide away in a corner and keep out of the way. And the settings! Oh my… the settings are usually a mess to go through. But a new trend of better designed routers with simple app-managed options is rising. Today we are taking a look at one of these new generation WiFi routers – the Gryphon.

What makes the Gryphon special? Let’s start with the design. This is a gadget you will be proud to show off in the living room. It looks like an ornament, as opposed to some confusing piece of technology. But aesthetics are only part of what you get with the Gryphon.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router

The router is controlled through a smartphone app, which offers great smart features. The main highlight here is parental controls, really. Parents can use the app to set bed times, after which the internet would cut off. It’s also possible to select homework times, pause the internet, set age levels and more.

Of course, it’s simple to filter the internet and keep kids away from things they shouldn’t see. And if they legitimately need to access a restricted site, it is simple to request permission from parents. The administrator would then get a notification on his/her smartphone and choose whether to grant access or not.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router

One can also see how many (and which) devices are connected to the network, making it easy to choose who is allowed in. And you need not worry about malware, as the router itself checks data streams for malicious software, keeping all connected devices safe.

It just so happens to be a good router, too. The unit has tri-band WiFi with support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, powered by six antennas that provide a 2,500 square feet coverage. You can utilize mesh networking if one isn’t enough. There is also support for MU-MIMO technology.

If you won’t be using all the parental controls and security features, at least you will enjoy a powerful router that is super easy to use and set-up. Not to mention it looks rather nice.

Interested? We have seen similar options come to the market. Namely, Google WiFi and OnHub. Those offer almost the same features, but they won’t be cheap… nor will the Gryphon. This router will retail for $199 once it hits the market, but you can currently sign up for it by backing the project with at least $149.

The goal has been met, but those who get in line will have to wait until June 2017 to see shipments reaching their doorsteps. Are any of you looking to back this Kickstarter project? Hit the comments to let us know what you like about the Gryphon.

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Taps puts fingerprints on your gloves to make them smartphone friendly

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Winter isn’t the most popular season for smartphone users. Wearing gloves — most of which aren’t compatible with touchscreens — poses a real problem when trying to make a call or snap a quick photo. Well, not anymore.

A team based in Canada has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new product that offers a simple solution to a common problem. Meet Taps, the touchscreen stickers for your gloves.

Taps stickers will make your gloves touchscreen compatible, so you won’t have to take them off when you want to use your phone. Simply peel off a sticker or two, stick them to your gloves, and you’re good to go. Simple. In addition, every single sticker has a unique fingerprint, which means that if your device has a fingerprint scanner, you’ll be able to unlock it with the help of Taps. Genius.

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According to their campaign page, the stickers are flexible, waterproof, and highly durable. And thanks to the strong adhesive used, they shouldn’t fall off the gloves easily. The team has surpassed its initial goal — CA$8,000 — and has already raised close to CA$40,000.

The campaign is scheduled to run for another 14 days, so if you’re interested in finding out more or backing the idea, click the button below. By pledging 15 Canadian dollars, which is around 11 US dollars, you’ll get a Taps kit with four stickers – 40% off retail price. The team will start shipping them out next month, before Christmas.

So, any thoughts on the new and interesting invention. Do you see yourself using something like this?

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Crowdfunding project of the week: the Sevenhugs Smart Remote can control everything

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Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are home to great innovations, but they also host plenty of crazy projects we can live without. This is why we created the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series, where we highlight the hottest gadgets from this category. Shall we check out today’s featured product?

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The remote craze continues to be one of the biggest annoyances in many homes. I, for one, can’t manage to keep track of all my remotes. I have one for my sound system, another for my TV, another for my BluRay player and so on. A stranger would probably never know what to do with all these wireless machines.

This is why we believe the Sevenhugs Smart Remote is an interesting product to showcase in this article series. This remote control promises to work with everything… and we mean everything! It is not just a simple remote that can control your home entertainment system; this little guy can manage your smart home products and even perform its own unique functions.

Crowdfunding project of the week: the Sevenhugs Smart Remote can control everything

Let’s expand a little more on this. The Sevenhugs Smart Remote comes with a nifty screen that customizes its switches when you point at any operable appliance. Point at your TV and you will get your power, volume and channel controls (among other things). Point at the lights and you will be able to either dim or turn on/off. But then you can also get more interesting – how about pointing at your driveway to order an Uber ride? Totally possible.

This is because the Sevenhugs Smart Remote works with all major communications standards: IR, Bluetooth and WiFi. And it supports a plethora of smart services, including Sonos, Nest, Hue, WeMo, Roku, Apple TV, The Weather Channel and many other services.

But… how does it even know what you are pointing at? That is a very important factor. Sevenhugs has put together its own location-aware technology, which consists of sensors you place around your living area. These can locate your remote’s location and direction, giving the system precise information to know what you want to control.

Pretty awesome, right? And you guessed it: it won’t really be cheap. Retail price is estimated to be $299 once the remote launches. If you want to back this Kickstarter campaign, that price can be taken down to as low as $149 (as of the time of this article’s publishing).

Who is signing up?!

Check out the Sevenhugs Smart Remote on Kickstarter