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Derringer electric bike pedaling uphill in Kickstarter campaign

Derringer, an upscale custom bicycle maker is trying to raise enough funds on Kickstarter to make the electric bicycle you see above. The problem is that the company needs about $8,300 a day for the next week or so to make the Kickstarter campaign a success.

Acton spins the Kickstarter wheel again with M Scooter [w/video]

It's a small niche that's home to a wide variety of vehicles, but if it's innovative enough, there just might be room for one more. The M Scooter from Acton is the latest personal electric transporter (PET) to get our attention. Designed to tackle "the last mile" of the commute, local errands, or campus – be it corporate or collegiate, this latest stand up scooter has a few neat tricks up its minimalist sleeve.

Crowdfunding Combat: Rideye Black Box Camera vs. RFLKT+ Smart Bike Computer

Ed. Crowdfunding Combat is a new recurring series on the TRANSLOGIC blog that profiles two active campaigns on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and asks readers to vote on the idea they like best. The TRANSLOGIC blog staff does not endorse or contribute to the campaigns featured within the Crowdfunding Comba

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MO-TO wooden cars are begging for a spot on your desk [w/video]

Normally when we report on promising crowd-funding projects, we're writing about things and ideas that we'd like to see come to life. In the case of this new MO-TO wooden toy car collection from Candylab Toys, however, the online world has already voted loudly that the product should come to market. With close to 900 backers raising about $52,000 more than the Seyth Miersma

Kickstarter Kombat: XploreAir Paravelo Flying Bicycle vs. Herobike Semester Bamboo Bicycle

Ed. Kickstarter Kombat is a new recurring series on the TRANSLOGIC blog that profiles two active Kickstarter campaigns and asks readers to vote on the idea they like best. The TRANSLOGIC blog staff does not endorse or contribute to the campaigns featured within the Kickstarter Kombat posts. Reader votes will have no di

EMW's JuiceBox Level 2 Charger a hit on Kickstarter for just $109

Plug In America worked hard to keep the federal infrastructure tax credit for EV charge stations active through 2013, but when the price of a home charger drops to $109, a 30-percent credit isn't that big of a deal. Sure, there are a lot of caveats here, but the cost of getting your home ready to charge your EV is certainly dropping.

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DIY electric bikes made easy with Rubbee [w/video]

Hey, it may not be the coolest looking thing in the world, but the newfangled Rubbee electric-bike kit will get you across town without pedaling. Or at least, some towns. UK-based Rubbee is looking to raise funds via Kickstarter to expand production for a roller-like contraption that may be attached to any bike and kick its electric-only speed up to as fast as 16 miles per hour.

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Son resurrecting Mickey Thompson's LSR Streamliner for Bonneville run [w/videos]

You've probably heard of Mickey Thompson, if not for racing home-built Indy cars or punting early Funny Cars down drag strips, perhaps for the tire company he founded, his successful forays into off-road racing or, crucially, his attempts to break land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In 1960, he became the fastest man in the world after going 406 miles per hour in his ra

R/C car-quadcopter seeks Kickstarter funding [w/video]

Go ahead and clear off your holiday wish list. You're going to need some space. Behold the B: the remote controlled offspring of a toy car and a quadcopter. The machine is capable of vertical take off and landing thanks to four seven-inch propeller blades mounted at each wheel hub. Each rotor makes use of a brushless motor and the body and components are made to withstand multiple hard impacts from crash landing. It even features an HD camera in the nose capable of recording up to 32 gigs of 720

Helios Bars Make Your Bike Smarter With Bluetooth GPS, LED Lighting [VIDEO]

For cyclists, the road can be a dangerous place, and it can become all the more dangerous when you have to look up directions to where you are going on your phone while pedaling away. That's why bike-tech startup Helios created Helios Bars, handlebars that turn your ride into a smart bike.

WaveSkate Brings Surfing to the Street And Vice Versa [VIDEO]

With the weather warming up, it's finally time to hit the waves. Why not have a little fun as you head to the beach? WaveSkate has created "the first and only" hybrid surfboard/skateboard, according to lead-man Yancey Meyer. The San Diego-based startup is currently seeking backers on the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

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Huzi Dream Car is a magnetic spin on wooden toys [w/video]

A playful design company has created a delightful set of wooden playthings. The Dream Car by Huzi Design was a successful Kickstarter campaign for a set of interchangeable wooden blocks that can be used to create any kind of car – no, not just a car, any kind of thing on wheels. Now available for sale, Huzi uses birch wheels affixed to walnut bases, and different bodystyles are made of poplar and coated with the same paint used for chalkboards. The

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Bugatti 'Blue Dream' plane being replicated with Kickstarter help [w/video]

Ettore Bugatti, the automobile designer behind the Automobiles E. Bugatti nameplate, was famed for his engine and vehicle designs. Yet few realize that the Frenchman also worked on a spectacular twin-engine racing aircraft, intended to compete in the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race, called the 100P. Designed by Louis de Monge, the low wing monoplane featured two engines, both mounted aft of the pilot (nearly end-to-end), driving twin counter ro

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Kickstart new web video series on increasing fuel efficiency, Ain't Fuelin'

You, too, can help fund a video series in which used cars are retrofitted (in a minor way) to get better gas mileage. Consider it your contribution to the ecology.

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Little Red Racing Car Kickstarter project a father/son affair [w/video]

Tales of fathers and sons, whether told for adults or for children, never go out of style. It's appropriate then that The Little Red Racing Car, a story about a father and son finding and restoring a 1955 Maserati 300S, is such a stylish piece of work.

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Dodge Dart Registry helps you crowdsource money for your next ride [w/video]

To be honest, we're surprised something like this didn't pop up sooner. Chrysler is riffing on gift registries for couples getting married or expecting babies and cross-pollinating it with a social media funding website like Kickstarter to help customers buy its 2013 Dodge Dart. The Dodge Dart Registry allows people to build and customize a n

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Euro classics buff book GranTurismo kicks off on Kickstarter [w/video]

While the launch of a new, car-based website is rarely newsworthy – of the hundreds we're tipped about each year, most are cesspools of spam or vanish in short order. However, the debut of an enthusiast-facing print magazine has actually become a pretty rare occurrence. So when we first caught wind of GranTurismo, we were intrigued enough to take a deeper look.

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