The Coolest Tech Kickstarter Campaigns from 2014
Kickstarer has been the starting point for so many cool innovations over the last six years. 2014 was a big year for Kickstarter too – we saw the most funded project of all time pull in over 13 Million dollars in funding. Now we’re not just reporting on the most successful campaigns from last year here, we’re reporting on the coolest products to come out of the crowdfunding mega machine in 2014.
Lix 3D Pen
If you’re not familiar with 3D printing yet, this pen could blow your mind. The Lix Pen allows you to create and draw three dimensionally into the air. No need for paper, you just need a base then you are creating. The pen heats a plastic filament and it is charged by USB which means you can take it anywhere with you. Unlike traditional 3D printers, you won’t be able to create bowls, cups and solid objects, but it has mass appeal to designers, artists and anyone who just loves to create. The Lix 3D Pen brings the 3D world into the palm of your hand at an affordable price of around $140.
Amount Raised: £731,690
If someone told you they had invented a new personal music player, you’d probably tell them they’re dreaming. If that person is Neil Young, you sit up and pay attention. The old rock ‘n roll master has put a new twist on things by producing music listening experience that sounds like you’re in the studio with the artist. A string of big name artists including Tom Petty and Eddie Vedder have described it as the best listing experience outside of a studio. Unique in shape and size, the Pono is available now for $400. The jury may still be out on how revolutionary this product actually is, but the Kickstarter hype surround the Pono has been huge.
Amount Raised: $6,225,354
The most successful Kickstarter campaign ever. I WANT ONE. OK, so this isn’t really a tech product, but admit it, you want one too. There isn’t much technical explanation required, it’s a simple idea that makes you wonder why it was never invented sooner. You can cool your drinks, mix cocktails, play music through the waterproof bluetooth speaker and charge your devices where ever you go. There are too many features to list here, but if this isn’t perfection, I don’t know what is. 13 Million dollars pledged by 62,000 backers can’t be wrong. If you didn’t back the campaign you will have to wait to get your Cooler until later this year.
Amount Raised: $13,285,226
FlyKly Smart Wheel – Electronic Bicycle Wheel
As the makers say “It’s cycling, just better”. When you add the smart wheel to your bike you have the power to roam where ever you want to. The wheel is a lightweight peddle assist mechanism that is controlled from your smart phone. The units 250W motor is powered by Lithium batteries that have the capacity to carry you at speeds of 16 mph and a range of 25 to 60 miles. Through the app you have the ability to measure speed, distance travelled, battery levels and all while monitoring your input and output along with the battery’s recharge levels.
Amount Raised: $701,239
Ninja Sphere – Device Tracker
This one’s for the wannabe control freaks out there. The Ninja Sphere let’s you keep track of everything in your life. You can know where your pets are, avoid leaving home without your keys, know when your teenage daughter sneaks out the door, or when someone is touching your wine collection. The Ninja lets you control all your appliances through one native app. The cool thing about the Ninja Sphere is that it learns and adapts to your patterns. If something doesn’t seem right at home it will notify you. This futuristic Kickstarter project pulled in seven times their original goal.
Target: $115,000 AUD
Amount Raised: $702,937 AUD
Micron – Timelapse Device
Timelapse photography is something most of us never attempt because it seems like it’s something reserved for the professionals. The Michron makes it easy, and beginner to advanced level users can connect it to their camera and synch it to a native app. There are timelapse apps on the market, however with the Michron you don’t need to stay connected. You can set and forget while you sit back and enjoy the view.
Amount Raised: $234,316
Sammy Screamer – Motion Alarm
You’ve got to love the name, and Sammy Screamer does exactly what it says on the box. When any item attached to Sammy is disturbed you will know all about it (and so will the would be thief). The device makes a big noise while also sending you a notification to your phone. It’s not rocket science, but Sammy Screamer provides an innovative solution for people that would otherwise need a more serious alarm system.
Amount Raised: $90,840
Fuse – Car App
The Fuse Car App allows you to connect with your car in a whole new way. Fuse connects you and your car via the app and through the cloud, this means that you don’t need to be in your car to receive live data (unlike with many other car apps). Track your teenager in the car, know if you’re running low on fuel or batteries and get updated if your car is getting towed. Of course you will never forget where you parked your car ever again. For business purposes, you can automatically keep a record of every trip you make and get detailed insight into fuel consumption and MPG.
Amount Raised: $79,024
Kolibree – The Connected Toothbrush
Kolibree is the world’s first electric toothbrush that connects to your smartphone. Kolibree is one part tooth brush performance monitor, one part game. Now we all love games, but we can’t say that about brushing our teeth, this is the genius of Kolibree. It tracks your brushing habits and monitors the areas that you are missing, preventing problems before they arise. You can share your results with your dentist too. Kolibree may have just made tooth brushing fun.
Amount Raised: $108,683