I recently wrote about crowdfunding and the exponential growth it has experienced and decided to share my favorite Kickstarter Projects, some of which I have backed myself. For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a crowdfunding platform allowing project creators post their project campaign, along with a video, pledges to raise a specific amount of money, and other important information and then backers can fund your project making it a reality.
The projects below range from virtual reality to vertical farming, from smart glasses to art books. Having personally funded over 15 projects, it is safe to say I have an obsession with the Kickstarter platform, along with millions of others. Kickstarter by the numbers: Over $3B pledged to projects; Over 120k successfully funded projects; Over 12M backers, 4M who are repeat backers.
My top 10 list:
1.Vue Smart Glasses– “Vue is the world’s first pair of smart glasses that are designed for everyday use. Offered in prescription, plano, and sunglasses.”
2. The Bolted Book Facsimile: An Exact Copy of Depero Futurista– “The first exact copy of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 iconic work of avant-garde graphic design and book-making.”
3. NIFTYX– “A Wearable Charging Cable Bracelet That Is Disrupting the World. Hand Braided with Italian Leather By Our Artisan. A Charging Cable disguised as a bracelet. You will never be out of cable with NIFTYX.”
4. Oculus Rift– “Developer kit for the Oculus Rift – the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games. OR was acquired by Facebook for $2B and is currently working on a new headset as well as VR applications.”
5. LuminAID– “Charge your gear anywhere! A 2-in-1 solar lantern and phone charger that packs down to 1″ thick. Portable power and light on the go!”
6. Darwin’s: On the Origin of Species Picture Book– “A picture book adaptation of the classical On The Origin Of Species. Great for children and grownups!”
7. UrbanX– “Convert Any Bike to an Electric Bike in 60 Seconds. Simply replace your front bike wheel with the UrbanX Electric E-Bike Wheel to instantly receive a 30 mile range with a 20mph top speed.”
8. Chip: The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer– “C.H.I.P. does computer things. Work in LibreOffice and save your documents to C.H.I.P.’s onboard storage. Surf the web and check your email over wifi. Play games with a bluetooth controller. With dozens of applications and tools preinstalled, C.H.I.P. is ready to do computer things the moment you power it on.”
9. Voyager Golden Record– “Experience the historic interstellar message for extraterrestrials the way it was meant to be played.”
10. Green Stalk– “A Vertical Garden Designed to Save Space, Conserve Water & Grow Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.”