Crowdfunding website Kickstarter is responsible for a new wave of gadget innovation, producing products ranging from mobile applications to gaming console platforms. Crowdfunding allows artists and entrepreneurs to post a project concept or idea and then collect funds from backers around the world. Depending on the amount pledged, backers often receive a copy of the project itself. This 21st century method of funding has brought some amazing projects and products to life. Here are eight kickin’ Kickstarter projects that made it.
Now your watch and your smartphone can work seamlessly hand-in-hand. With support for Android and iPhone, the Pebble Smartwatch will let you control apps and music, see incoming calls and texts and easily install new applications. Developers can also build apps for the fashion accessory.
The Pebble really struck a chord with potential users. The company’s campaign blasted past the original $100,000 goal in two hours and eventually raised more than $10 million between 68,929 backers. The original delivery date was in September, but due to the scale to which the project grew, this date was delayed.
As of press time, there wasn’t a specific release date, but backers were asked to request a watch color and submit a shipping address as soon as possible.