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TechGeniux Top Ten Kickstarter Projects Of All Time!

Posted by: on May 20, 2015 | No Comments

Crowdfunding is revolutionizing the way products come into reality. Manufacturing that depends on the middle man, the investor; the publisher is being traded for direct access to the buyer. This model where people can fund products they are interested in and take part in the development is working. It is more than working; it is causing a revolution of creativity and invention, especially in the tech world! So far in 2015, groundbreaking inventions have been funded by tens of thousands of backers expected to total over $5 billion dollars this year. The largest yielding results are coming from video game projects and inventions that use smartphone integration. See 10 of the top projects of Kickstarter from highest to least grossing.

1. Pebble Time (Watch)
Raised: $20,338,986 (2015)
The Pebble Time hit its modest $500,000 goal within 33 minutes, and by midday, all 10,000 watches available advance order at $159 each were gone. With Apple gearing up to release its new smartwatch “The Apple Watch” device in April 2015, the smartwatch market competition is gearing up for some amazing new products with competitive competition from other watch manufactures. The Pebble Time watch will definitely be a key leader as this new era of smartwatch technology mature in the coming years.

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2. Coolest Cooler
Raised: $13, 285,226 (2014)
The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion. What Kickstarter list is not complete with a cooler topping the list? That honor belongs to the Coolest Cooler project. With an amazing 62,642 backers clocking in at $13.2 million this project is definitely cool in our book.

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3. Pebble Technology (Watch)
Raised : 10,266,845 (2012)
Upon launch The Pebble watch smashed the Kickstarter record book and successful took in $10 million in 2012 from early adopter backers. The Pebble device really told the experts that this wearable market is doable and was ready for the long haul. I’m sure there were a few early devices that predated the Pebble but failed to gain any traction with tech savvy experts or tech enthusiast. The Pebble Watch set the tone for wearable devices and continue to do so in 2015.

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4. Exploding Kittens (Card Game)
Raised : $8, 782,571 (2015)
Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck. Talking about a tabletop game full of excitement this game hit Kickstarter with a force in 2015. With a whopping 219, 382 backers this card game is truly one the coolest card games on the TechGeniux top Kickstarter list in 2015!

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5.Ouya (Android Game Console)
Raised $8,596, 474 (2012)
The Ouya is a microconsole running its own version of the Android operating system, developed by Ouya Inc. Julie Uhrman founded the project in 2012. She brought in designer Yves Béhar to collaborate on the design of the project, and Muffi Al-Ghadiali as product manager to put together the engineering team. Development was funded via Kickstarter, raising $8.5 million and becoming the website’s fifth-highest earning project in its history. (Source Wikipedia)

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6. Pono Music ( Digital Music Player)
Raised: $6, 225, 345 (2014)
With over 18, 220 Kickstarter backers the Pono Music player took to Kickstarter in 2014 with good vibes. “Pono” is Hawaiian for righteous. What righteous means to our founder Neil Young is honoring the artist’s intention, and the soul of music. That’s why he’s been on a quest, for a few years now, to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music. In the process of making music more convenient – easier to download, and more portable – we have sacrificed the emotional impact that only higher quality music can deliver. However, the world has changed in the last 10 years – technology has solved some of the underlying problems that forced that tradeoff. You no longer have to choose between quality and convenience when listening to music – you can have both. This is the fundamental idea behind PonoMusic. (Source Pono Music Kickstarter)

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7. The Veronica Mars Movie Project
Raised: $5,702,153 (2013)
With an astonishing 91, 585 backers the Veronica Mars Movie project was a huge success in 2013. Veronica Mars is a 2014 American neo-noir mystery comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Rob Thomas and co-written with Diane Ruggiero. It is a continuing film adaptation based on Thomas’ UPN/CW television series of the same name and stars Kristen Bell reprising her role as the title character. Its executive producers are Joel Silver, Bell, and Jenny Hinkey. Warner Bros. Pictures opened the film in the United States theatrically and on video-on-demand on March 14, 2014.

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8. Reading Rainbow (Educational Platform)
Raised: $5,508,815 (2014)
On May 28, 2014, LeVar Burton started a Kickstarter fund to revive the show and materials. In under twelve hours the show had reached its $1 million goal. The new goal is to create an educational version for schools to use, free of cost to those schools in need, and help America get back to high literacy rates. They are also going to create a website for students to use to assist them with learning how to read. The campaign reached the US$1,000,000 goal on May 28 just before 8 p.m. EST, less than 12 hours after the campaign had launched. The following day, May 29, 2014, they reached two million dollars (double their goal) at 1:15 p.m. PST.[16] The campaign raised $5,408,916 on Kickstarter with another one million from Seth MacFarlane, and 70,000 raised via direct contributions. The grand total is $6,478,916. With 105,857 backers, the campaigns holds Kickstarter’s record for most backers and is the 8th highest amount raised on Kickstarter (as of March 1, 2015). (Source Wikipedia)

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9.Torment: Tides of Numenera ( Tabletop Role-Playing Game)
Raised: $4,188, 927 (2013)
Torment: Tides of Numenera. InXile, a mid-sized independent game developing team out of California, believes they can make the best role-playing games by communicating and being published by the actual gamers directly, instead of the traditional way of using publishers. It looks like they were right as they received huge amounts of support from the gamer-base and others in the industry. Torment: Tides of Numenera is a single-player role-playing game, set in the world of Monte Cook’s setting, Numenera. The game aims to be a rich, fantasy role-playing experience, with depth which pays its respect to the original Planescape: Torment game. The backers that supported bringing this game to reality totaled 74,405 people.

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10. Project Eternity (PC RPC Games)
Raised: $3,986,929 (2012)
Pillars of Eternity (Known as Project Eternity) is a computer role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. It was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux on March 26, 2015. The game is a spiritual successor of the critically acclaimed game series Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, along with the game Planescape: Torment. Obsidian started a crowd funding campaign for it in September 2012 which raised $4,163,208, at the time the highest funded crowd sourced video game on Kickstarter. The game uses Unity Technologies’ Unity game engine. (Source Wikipedia)

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That concludes the TechGeniux top 10 Kickstarter projects of all time (At this time).  Did we leave a project out? Let us know in the comments.

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