Projects made possible only through crowdfunding
But not all Kickstarter projects are made equal. Some projects effortlessly straddle the line between eccentric and practical, while some are just projects that only a specific niche of consumers could ever appreciate. Here are some Kickstarter projects that are of note:
The creators of Pebble knew they had a novel idea on their hands when they thought up the great, practical, economical smartwatch, but they probably didn’t anticipate the tidal wave of support that followed their Kickstarter project. 68,929 backers helped the project earn $10,266,845 – a huge leap from their goal of $100,000. Pebble now has over 4,000 dedicated apps in its store, allowing you to sync it with your Android and iOS phones seamlessly. O2, who is set to carry the watch in its UK release, said: “Started with Kickstarter funding that gave the Pebble its launch, this is the smartwatch that offers a week’s battery life, is water resistant to five fathoms and looks sleek on the arm … all in one of the most affordable packages available.”
- Air Umbrella
The umbrella is one of those things that has stayed pretty much the same since the beginning of time, and although we constantly get different styles of umbrellas, they all function in pretty much the same way: fabric stretched over some metal or plastic rods shield us from rain. The Air Umbrella, on the other hand, promises to revolutionize umbrellas by replacing the fabric with strong jets of air. The project received backing from 825 people, who were able to pledge $102,240 to the project – over 10x their original goal of $10,000. Air Umbrellas are set to be shipped by December of next year, but some believe it’s nothing more than a pipe dream.
- MaKey MaKey
This one is a little strange, but it’s perfect for anyone who wants to play games with bananas. MaKey MaKey advertises itself as “an invention kit for everyone”, and it truly does just that. Alligator clips and a USB cable allow you to make controllers out of just about anything – bananas, pencil drawings, even cats and dogs. “Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn’t already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape).” The project raised $568,106 of its $25,000 goal, and is now available for only $50 a kit!
- Yaba Portable Speaker
Forget conventional speaker designs, Yaba is the next phase of audio technology. Compact and lightweight, Yaba surprisingly creates big and beautiful sound, “turning any surface into a speaker”. It uses surface sound technology to turn anything from tabletops, coffee tables, books, laptops, or any other surface generates vibrant sound into speakers, and a newer version even lets you connect to a guitar and use the Yaba as an amplifier! The Yaba was funded by 682 people who pledge $45,978 – almost double the original goal of $27,000.
Ranking among the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time, the OUYA promised to revolutionize the way we played mobile games. By eliminating the one complaint we had (that tiny screen), the makers were hopeful that it could bring about a new era of gaming, where console and mobile gaming could finally be one. It raised $8,596,474 from 63,416 backers, but Forbes reports that the console “is basically dead“, redundiated by emulators, among other things.
Exclusively submitted to Techanalyzer by Jenni Birch