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Chicago Company Designs Turntable That Plays ‘Floating Records’

Recognizing a resurgence in popularity of vinyl records, a Chicago-based company has created an unusual turntable with a high-tech, modern design.

06/23/2015

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SnapPower: USB Charger Designed For Your Wall Outlet

There are two things around my house that disappear on an almost daily basis: reading glasses and USB chargers.

04/02/2015

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On Kickstarter, A Phone Case That Prints Pictures

In the modern digital world, images are instant and pervasive. Yet, there is still something magical, even romantic, about holding an actual photograph.

02/13/2015

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‘Smart Suitcase': Zipperless Bags With GPS Tracking

The suitcase is getting smarter.

11/24/2014

Poorcraft

Cheap Book Offers Good Advice, Shot At Famousness

Writer and travel fiend Ryan Estrada is launching the latest “Poorcraft” graphic novel and is offering random strangers a spot in the newest book, “Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here.”

11/19/2014

The Nope conceals your web camera. (Credit; Kickstarter)

Simple Device Can Shield You From Web Cam Snoops

A local entrepreneur has developed a simple and elegant way to protect your privacy while using your computer.

11/17/2014

Capsoles are designed to fit  the eyelets of Chuck Tayorls. (Credit: Capsole)

Capsoles: Customizing Your Chuck Taylors In A Snap

There was once a time when Chuck Taylors came in white and one would play basketball in them.

10/22/2014

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The Public Radio: One Radio Station, Housed In A Jar

To help assuage the pangs of guilt when radio fans stray from their favorite station, a design duo as come up with a simple solution.

09/26/2014

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Chicagoan’s Kickstarter Proves That People Want Cooler Playing Card Decks

Have you ever gotten bored by the look of your average deck of playing cards?

09/16/2014

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Creator Of Coolest Cooler: From Failure To Phenom With Kickstarter Record

Ryan Grepper’s first campaign to promote his radical redesign of the traditional cooler failed … miserably.

09/05/2014

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On Kickstarter: A Shirt That Cools You Off As You Heat Up

On any given summer day, the lake front path is filled with people clad in high-tech workout apparel designed to make them more comfortable.

09/02/2014

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DrinkMate: Delivers BAC Reading By Blowing Into A Phone

As Friday afternoon wanes, thoughts turn to meeting friends for a few well-earned drinks and conversation.

08/29/2014

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Forget The Keys And Combo, New Lock Opens With A Phone App

Soon, the lock and key may go the way of the typewriter.

08/22/2014

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Of All Things, A Butter Knife A Huge Hit On Kickstarter

Is there anything worse than clumps of hard butter on your breakfast toast?

08/18/2014

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Nice Ring To It: Turning Pocket Change Into Dollars On Kickstarter

College student Mark Wylie must have felt as if he were on a carousel, chasing the elusive brass ring.

08/04/2014

Bunch Of Balloons

Bunch O Balloons: Set Up A Huge Water Fight In Minutes

A backyard water balloon fight is the stuff of childhood legend.

07/30/2014

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Kickstarter Superstar: The Coolest Redefines The Cooler

When Ryan Grepper set out to rethink the good, old-fashioned cooler, he figured he would need about $50,000 in seed money to get the project moving. Grepper’s idea was to marry old-fashioned cooler technology with 2014 technology.

07/28/2014

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New Device Monitors Conditions To Help People Sleep Better

When somebody wakes up “on the wrong side of the bed” they know one thing: That person is cranky due to poor sleep.

07/25/2014

The Antioch Theatre closed earlier this year, but will be reopened after renovations funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. (Credit: Kickstarter)

Successful Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Antioch Theatre Back To Life

The Antioch Theatre will live on, after being on the brink of being closed for good.

07/23/2014

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Historic Wilmette Theatre To Stay Open After Getting Second Digital Projector

Carole Dibo, the theater’s director of education and artistic development, said the facility ran 35-millimeter prints for as long as it could. She expected the supply of prints to dry up in January, but she said the last first-run prints were shown in early March.

05/01/2014

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