If you aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it is the worlds largest funding platform for creative projects including films, games, art and music. Since it's launch in 2009, Kickstarter has seen 5.8 million people pledge over $1 billion to 58,000 projects. Project creators set a funding goal and a deadline, if people like a project they can pledge money to make it happen! Projects must reach their funding goal in order to receive any money.
This all or nothing approach may seem somewhat strange, but it's a great way for a project to gain momentum and for backers to really feel involved in the process. It works too... over 44% of projects have reached their funding goals. 2013 was a huge year for kickstarter with hugely successful projects like Pebble, Oculus Rift, GoldieBlox and the Ouya games console.
I wanted to take a look at some of the most interesting Kickstarter projects that are live now...
Ring is a wearable devices that allows you to control anything! Pretty cool right?! Full project details here.
NailSnaps turns your pictures into one-of-a-kind nail polish stickers that you apply yourself for a custom nail art look. Can't say that it's one for me, but I do really like the creative freedon that NailSnaps gives the user. Full project details here.
The Screw Grabber is a new innovative tool partnership that aims to solve the non-magnetic screwdriver problem faced by DIYers the world over. Although it's not the most exciting product/project, I love the simplicity of Phillip Kaufman's invention. Full project details here.
Following the success of 2011's CineSkates project, Texas based photography company Cinetics have launched the Axis 360. Their compact, motorised tripod head and slider that allows the user to create dynamic video and time-lapse photography. The results really do look good, just take a look at their video! Full project details here.
SnapRays Guide Lights are designed to replace the standard outlet cover plate to provide guide lights without batteries, wiring or tricky fitting. This is a really elegant looking alternative to other plug in guide/night lights. Full project details here.