Crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, has provided the innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups among us a platform to potentially gain investments for our cool inventions.
From business plans, to geeky gadgets, some of the zany and wonderful projects have even been picked up by huge business, like social media giant Facebook.
The ethos is very much about allowing people to capture the public’s imagination with never before imagined projects and products they might want to, a look at this list of gadgets will show you the sort of gadgets people are dreaming up, many starting with backing on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is the gadget-lover’s dream; a place to find, purchase, back, invest in, and comment on emerging products pushing the boundaries of science and tech to their limits.
The history of Kickstarter
The fundraising site was founded by a musician called Perry Chen who collaborated with a designing after deciding he wanted to organise a festival. Launched in 2009 in the US and 2012 in the UK, the company is still in its infancy, but still boasts over 83,000 listed projects and over $461 million in pledged revenue.
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Kickstart works because start-ups only get the funds for their project if their target is reached (or exceeded), meaning at the point of launch there is already a captive audience vested in your product.
It is also more popular than conventional methods, because creative control is not relinquished. With other funding pots drying up, such as the Arts Council in the UK, innovative methods of fundraising are desperately needed to allow tech innovation to continue.
The site aims to inspire creativity, whatever the field, but some of the most mind-boggling offerings have emerged from the tech geek sphere. In 2014, over 22,000 projects received funding through Kickstarter!
Gadgets Started Through Kickstarter
The Artiphon is a multi-instrument, allowing you to play guitar, violin, and piano, as well as loop a beat.
Launched in March 2015, their funding goal was reached in just five short hours, and doubled within two days! The sleek device can host hundreds of apps, meaning the musical possibilities are virtually limitless and making it great value too at around $300. It is compact and portable; unlike the instruments it echoes and allows anyone of any age or ability to play music.
Another top Kickstarter gadget is Sense. A sleep monitoring device that reached its target fund in around seven hours.
Not only does Sense monitor sleep, it aims to improve our time spent in bed by providing us with information on how to correct our environment, such as if it is too hot, humid, noisy etc.
It will wake you up at the right point in your sleep cycle to avoid that ‘got out of the wrong side of the bed’ feeling.
Spinoff from the 3D printing industry, the 3Doodle, is another notable gadget to emerge from the website.
This device is quite simply mind blowing. Use the pen to doodle and watch it rise to life in front of your eyes. It is the world’s first 3D printing pen, using BS plastic, and can draw in the air or on surfaces.
The gadget makes 3D printing available to all and, due to its compact nature; it is much cheaper than a full sized 3D printer. Stencil kits are also in the pipeline to help 3Doodler’s replicate global landmarks and other awesome things.
The creators are collaborating with Etsy – known for its artsy, innovative clientele – to create artwork with the pen. They received $2,344,134 in pledges, after setting their goal at $30,000 – great work!
Clearly, there is a whole host of gadget start-ups from a variety of sectors getting a boost through the crowdfunding site for creatives.
Kickstarter is enabling innovation and allowing brilliance to shine through in every creative sphere, which we think is pretty great.