Kickstarter's year in review: 3M people pledge $480M

What company could claim to have helped launch satellites into space, brought US rappers to North Korea, been part of powering up the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and resurrected the TV show Veronica Mars? Kickstarter, of course.

This crowdfunding platform came out with its stats for 2013 on Wednesday and the year proved to be the company's best to date. In all, Kickstarter saw 3 million people pledge $480 million on projects posted to its Web site. That means $1,315,520 was pledged per day, coming out to $913 a minute.

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Christopher Lloyd arrives at CES in iconic time machine

LAS VEGAS -- Actor Christopher Lloyd arrived at CES 2014 in his iconic time-traveling vehicle from "Back to the Future," the DeLorean, as part of a celebration of the 120th year of Gibson guitars.

Despite owning a time machine, Lloyd, who was in character as Doctor Emmett Brown, was 15 minutes late to the event Tuesday. The car he pulled up in was an authentic re-creation of the vehicle from the movie, complete with flux capacitor and eco-friendly "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor." As he emerged, he was surrounded by puffs of smoke and enthusiastic camera-people.… Read more

Lego 'Back to the Future' Delorean on sale soon

Great Scott! The Lego "Back to the Future" time machine officially goes on sale on August 1.

The 401-piece set, which goes for for $34.99, includes a brick version of the highly modified Delorean seen zipping around in the movie trilogy, and it's full of little details that will surely satisfy Lego enthusiasts.

Aside from the inclusion of fantastic minifigure versions of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown (complete with two expressions), the Delorean package features a Flux Capacitor, Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, and a time display tile so you know what century your imagination is visiting.… Read more

Crave 81: Who let the dogs out? (podcast)

This week, the Crave team reveals its favorite Super Mario Bros.-themed lighting fixture, along with a $50 solution for adding sound effects to your doorbell. Japan offers up an off-the-grid vending machine and a rice cooker that communicates with your smartphone.

Plus, Crave's most dedicated "Star Wars" fan shows off his tattoos. And in Geek News, Eric discusses (no spoilers) the controversy surrounding the Mass Effect 3 ending, and shows off the trailer for a new space horror film, "Prometheus."

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Crave 80: Ewok Fight Club (podcast)

This week, the Crave crew and Admiral Sackbar recount the myriad geeky DIY gadgets and projects recently featured on the Crave blog. Also, Donald pitches his idea for a new Ewok TV special; Marvel comics take on a new dimension; and two upcoming movies, "The Lone Ranger" and "Battleship," are the subject of a healthy Geek News debate.

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The electric DMC-12: Time travel optional

DeLorean Motor Company showed off a prototype of an electrically driven DMC-12, which it promises to put into production in 2013.

You won't need a bolt of lightning to charge it up, and you won't be able to run it on eggshells and coffee grounds. Unlike the "Back to the Future" time machine, this DMC-12 electric conversion gets its electricity from the grid.

The DeLorean Motor Company (yes, it still exists), showed off the prototype at an owners' event last week. … Read more

Crave 27: Shoes (podcast)

Aside from all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains, it's been a relatively slow week for new gadget cravings. That said, we've got a few awesome gems to discuss in Jasmine's absence, including Delorean hard drives, the perfect vacuum shoes for Donald's recently admitted robot maid fetish, bike locks that take to the air, and social-network sneakers. Also, a pizza that should not be!

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You can't carpool in this time machine hard drive

In the words of Chandler Bing's on again-off again girlfriend Janice Hosenstein, "Oh... my...god!" Real fans of the "Back to the Future" series will undoubtedly love to get their mitts on this hard-drive makeover.

A 1:18 scale replica of the DMC-12 that was modified for time travel by Doc Brown in the sci-fi trilogy, this Delorean time machine hard drive comes with working gull wing doors and hood, a Mr. Fusion reactor, 1950s wheels and rims, and of course, a 500GB Seagate HDD stuffed in the trunk (though at $250 a pop, we'd have expected at least a 1TB drive under the hood and the speedier USB 3.0 connection). Then again, this is the perfect vehicle to store your entire collection of "Back to the Future" rips on. … Read more

Best DeLorean repossession of all time

One of the most enduring images of the '80s is also one of the decade's most notable gadgets: the DeLorean. Not just because Doc Brown turned one into an iconic time machine, but because there were some amazing and high-tech design elements throughout the machines, like the gull-wing doors, fiberglass and stainless steel construction, and Flux Capacitor.

All kidding aside, they're fantastic cars, yet still fairly expensive. One young man, due to the current recession, no doubt, had trouble paying for his DeLorean. So a team was sent to repossess it. Of course, a reality TV show crew … Read more

Twenty new DeLoreans a year? Maybe soon

According to this story in the Los Angeles Times, the semi-classic car featured in Back to the Future may be primed for a limited-run comeback.

DeLorean Motor Co. Vice President James Espey has 200 of the original V-6 engines in stock. While DeLorean Motor Co. still stays in business refurbishing and servicing early-1980s DeLoreans, Espey says they may start building new ones from the stock parts in the next few years.

Don't expect to see new DeLoreans all over the place. If it happens, Espey is quoted as saying new car production will be limited to about 20 per … Read more