The top Kickstarters of 2014 (Wired UK)


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2014 was the year when crowdfunding moved from something that you
do to something your parents do. With that change came a huge
increase in donations, pushing a coolbox that plays music to a frankly ridiculous $13.2 million
(£8.4m) in funding. But that’s just the peak of the pyramid. Read
on to see which campaigns we chose as our favourites of the
year.

Coolest Cooler

A year ago the coolbox market was stuck in the dark
ages, but a bunch of product designers from Portland reinvented the
concept entirely with the Coolest. It’s not just a coolbox, it also
crushes ice, has inbuilt lights, includes a chopping board and
bottle opener, plays music from a portable bluetooth speaker and
has USB ports so you don’t run out of battery on your phone. It’s
also now the highest-funded product ever on Kickstarter with more
than $13.2 million (£8.4m) in funding. More than
50,000 of them will be shipped in the coming months — so expect to
see one on a beach near you as soon as summer rolls around.

Earin

Overly large bluetooth earbuds are the textbook
definition of a first-world problem, but that didn’t stop a pair of
teensy-tiny earbuds designed in Sweden from raising almost
£1,000,000 on Kickstarter. They have no cables or attachments at
all, are fully waterproof and come in a neat capsule that not only
stores the buds but also charges them when they’re not in use. Next
time you’re shouting at someone on the street, they might not be
able to hear you at all.

Flux All-in-One 3D Printer

Many 3D printer projects
have graced the hallowed halls of Kickstarter over the years, but
the Flux is one of the most interesting. Not only does it 3D print,
but it also 3D scans, can perform laser engraving, and has the
ability to be expanded in the future with even more nozzles through
an open module SDK. The team raised $1.3 million (£830,000),
blowing away their $100,000 (£64,000) goal but still have lots of
work to do before delivering the machines before the middle of
2015.

SCiO

For years, geeks have fantasised over Star Trek‘s tricorder — a device that can scan and
gather information on any object just by pointing at it. Now that
fantasy is becoming a reality with the help of $2.7 million (£1.7m)
from Kickstarter — which will go towards the creation of a pocket
molecular spectrometer, allowing you to get instant information on
anything around you. Not bad for science fiction.

uKeg Pressurised Growler

Finally, beerheads rejoice — you can now enjoy your
homebrew in perfect condition at all times. The uKeg pressurised
growler is a steampunk-designed flask that keeps beer cool,
carbonated and delicious for hours. It raised $1.5 million
(£960,000) on Kickstarter for manufacturing, and should be
delivered before May next year — ideal for use in combination with
the Coolest Cooler.

Those are our favourite crowdfunding campaigns of
the year, but I bet we forgot to mention yours. Correct our
oversight in the comments below.

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29 December 2014 | 12:01 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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