Crowdfunding Corner: GPD Pocket2 laptop, Volta XL cable, NanoSound multimedia kit, Kumo mechanical keyboard

With so much talent in the channel, it can be difficult to sift out the freshest gear and potential tech giants of tomorrow. Stay ahead of the curve with PCR’s Crowdfunding Corner.


GPD HK is back with a new generation of its pocket-sized laptop. Available on Indiegogo, the GPD Pocket2 promises to offer “end-to-end premium mobile computing needs” for business professionals.

The powerful machine packs a UNIBODY magnalium design, traditional keyboard, Micro SDXC card slot, USB A ports, Intel Core m3-7y30 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 615, and is available in 6GB and 8GB RAM options. Despite all this, it weighs less than 500g, and with its 7-inch screen, it can easy fit in a small bag, or a big pocket.

“With 2.5 times the performance of the previous generation Pocket, streamlined sleek and stylish design, and a UNIBODY machined magnalium construction rivaling the MacBook, the palm sized GPD Pocket 2 satisfies the tastes and mobile office needs of the most discerning business professionals,” boasts maker GPD HK.

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The Volta XL is a magnetic cable that promises to work on any device. Boasting a lifetime warranty, Volta Charger’s latest cable is not only compatible with all of your USB C devices, it also fully supports 87W USB-C power adapter charging.

The cable features military-graded tangle-free nylon and detaches from your device safely if snagged. It comes with an array of magnetic tips, including USB-C, Micro USB and Lightning.

“With our reversible Volta Original magnetic cable and tips that connect instantly every single time, you can now use one cord with interchangeable connectors for any device,” says the cable maker, who has campaigned to project on Indiegogo.

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For those looking for a new Raspberry Pi project, Nanomesher has introduced three new kits designed to both entertain and provide a learning experience, one of which is the NanoSound Multimedia Kit.

Containing all you need to build your own low-cost network video or audio streamer, the Multimedia Kit includes a Pi Switch Cap with multimedia remote, a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (the latest 2018 model), a 5V 2.5A power supply with plug for your country, and a 16GB SD Card (with a choice of Volumio or OSMC Kodi system).

Those wanting a more professional look for their kit can download a free file for a 3D-printed case.

The Kickstarter project also features an IoT Weather Kit, which contains all the necessary hardware and software to build your own indoor air quality monitor, and the NanoSound Player Timbre Kit, ideal for audiophiles who enjoy Hi-Fi Audio-quality music.

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TheVan has taken to Kickstarter to showcase its new customisable portable mechanical keyboard, Kumo.

This new product is an evolution of TheVan’s classic MiniVan keyboard: a high-quality, fully-programmable keyboard for the modern user.

Designed to be portable as well as functional, Kumo features MX mount mechanical switches, is hot swap compatible, offers multiple layout options, and has customisable RGB indicator LED lighting.

“A programmable mechanical keyboard gives you the ability to style everything; the type of switch, styles and colours of parts, and the particular function of every key,” says TheVan.

“Hot swap compatibility means you can change your layout in a few quick snaps. Pull a switch out and pop it in where you need, or install a different feeling switch entirely. The choice is up to you.”

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