Innovation Meets Kickstarter – 2014’s Top Funded Tech Ideas

February 11th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Although Kickstarter was originally launched as a platform to raise funds for creative projects specific to the arts, music and culture, it has proven to be a viable avenue for innovative project funding as well.

For instance, in 2010 a crowdfunding campaign led to over $130,000 in funding for The Glif , a gadget that enabled people to attach their iPhone to a standard camera tripod. In 2012, a standout Kickstarter-funded technology was the Pebble Smartwatch, which raised almost $10.3 million – a Kickstarter record – and offered users a way to receive notifications at a glance, without having to find their phones.

Innovation Daily Xconomy provided a nationwide list of the top 10 funded Kickstarter projects in 2014. Here are the top 5:

  1. Coolest Cooler – The 60-quart cooler includes a blender, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, cutting board, and other features for a portable party. It received $13.28 million in support.
  2. PonoMusic Player – The triangular-shaped portable music player is designed to play high-quality music files. It raised $6.2 million.
  3. Micro 3D printer – An affordable and consumer-friendly 3D printer designed for beginner use right out of the box. It raised $3.4 million.
  4. Sense – This device helps users track sleep behavior and raised $2.4 million.
  5. Anova Precision Cooker – The device can be attached to a pot while food is paced in a plastic zip bag and set for desired time and temperature. The cooker works by circulating water around the pot, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout. It raised $1.8 million.

Another innovation that is gaining quite a bit of national attention is the MeMini , a tiny wearable camera that allows users to simply press a button on the device to capture the moment. It raised $94,300 through Kickstarter.