Since its inception Kickstarter has helped birth many new innovations since it launched in 2008. As the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, every week tens of thousands of people pledge money to various projects from various fields like music, film, art, design, technology and more. But in order to for the project to come to life, it must first reach its funding goal. Here’s a list of the coolest 19 products that came from Kickstarter campaigns that achieved a funding goal of $100,000+.
19. spnKiX Wearable Mobility: $120,300
The spnKiX motor shoes are battery powered, motorized skates that strap right on to your shoes. They are hand controlled by a wireless remote, with all hardware and electronics are integrated into a frame made of fiber reinforced nylon. There’s also one motor and battery pack per foot.
18. Recoil Winders Cord Storage: $141,465
The Recoil Cord Winder, the only cord winder that is automatic, spring loaded, and designed to wind almost every one of the cords and cables that clutter our world. Available in 3 sizes, Recoil Winders are designed to wind the widest range of cords and cables, since electronic devices come with such a wide variety of sized and shaped cords.
17. Multi-Touch Keyboard and Mouse: $143,583
Multi-Touch keyboards and mice are the next generation in computer peripherals and these devices are composed of quality tempered glass, a solid metal base, and the finest components. They are designed using simple existing technology and have no moving parts. They also have rechargeable Lithium Polymer batteries and are completely wireless.
16. AQUA TEK S for iPhone 4 and 4S: $164,603
The AQUA TEK S is the first ever battery powered, solar charged, rugged under water iPhone 4/4S case made with technology enthusiast and adrenaline junkies in mind. Waterproof up to 20 feet and designed to withstand drops, falls and accidental spills, the outer shell is made from tough Poly-carbonate materials with rubber grips for added protection.
15. Trigger Happy Camera Remote: $167,287
The project only needed $25,000 to get started and it’s surpassed the minimum amount, allowing it to get funded in May. The TriggerHappy is a patent-pending camera remote to control your DSLR or high-end point-and-shoot camera with an iOS or Android device.
14. TouchFire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad: $201,400
The TouchFire fits right over the iPad’s on-screen keyboard and is completely transparent, so you can always see the keys underneath it. It makes your iPad feel like a normal keyboard.
13. Revolights Bike Lights: $215,621
The Revolights bike lighting system into an innovative solution used worldwide. The lighting system consists of 2 thin profile LED rings (white in front, red in back) that mount directly to each wheel rim (just below the brake calipers) using a series of rim specific clips.
12. CloudFTP: $262,351
CloudFTP is a pocket size adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with WiFi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.). It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and more.
11. ZBoard Weight-Sensing Electric Skateboard: $278,767
The ZBoard is the world’s first weight-sensing electric skateboard. Simply lean forward to go and lean back to stop. It’s faster and easier to ride than a skateboard, and more portable and fun than a bike.
10.The HuMn RFID Blocking Wallet: $295,402
The HuMn Wallet is lightweight, secure, slim, and designed to go where you go. Put it in your front pocket, slip it into your purse, or clip it onto your backpack. Our wallet is perfect in any situation from the beach, to bar, to the boardroom.
9. LunaTik Touch Pen: $309,183
While both are great on their own we would prefer to have our everyday pen be compatible with iPads and tablets with a click of a button eliminating the need to carry both items. This was the inspiration for the LunaTik Touch Pen. The idea was born from a desire to integrate our pen of choice, the rollerball, with the digital stylus.
8. Eyez by ZionEyez HD Video Recording Glasses for Facebook $343,415
Eyez embeds a 720p HD video camera within a pair of eyeglasses designed to record live video data and take pictures. The recorded data can be stored on the 8GB of flash memory within the Eyez glasses, transferred via Wifi/Bluetooth or Micro USB to a computer, or wirelessly transferred to most iPhone or Android devices. After a one-time download of the “Eyez” smartphone and tablet app, users can wirelessly broadcast the video in real time to their preferred social networking website.
7. CineSkates Camera Sliders: $486,518
CineSkates are a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package. CineSkates can produce shots that have previously been impossible or only possible with bulky and expensive equipment.
6. Galileo: $629,628
The Galileo is a revolutionary, iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly. With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking, and video conferencing, Galileo gives iOS devices endless possibilities of remote-controlled motion.
5. Printrbot 3D Printer: $830,827
Designed to be the simplest 33D printer yet, the all-in-one 3D Printrbot kit can be assembled and printing in a couple of hours. It’s so easy to put together that the its inventor Brook Drumm said a kid could build it.
4.Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker: $938,771
The HiddenRadio & Bluetooth Speaker is based off minimal, timeless design and user intuition. When asleep it hides all its functions, being silent and unanimated. To turn it on you simply twist and lift the cap; the further you lift the cap the more internal volume is created and will amplify to over 80dB of crystal clear sound.
3. TikTok + LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits: $942,578
The TikTok Watch Kit project was successfully funded on December 16, 2012 and simply transforms the iPod Nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches.
2. Elevation Dock for iPhone: $1,464,706
The Elevation Dock is simple to use, quick undocking, and it works with or without a case. It’s beautifully precision machined from solid aluminum and it comes in a gorgeous set of surface finishes, setting a new bar for quality and something that looks really good on your desk.
1. Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android: $5,125,640
The totally customizable Pebble E-watch connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. It features useful internet-connected apps and a minimalist yet fashionable design. The product was so popular that it exceeded its minimum $100,000 needed pledge, making it the most funded Kickstarter project!
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.