/// Cool Kickstarter Projects
It used to be that if you needed capital to start a business, create a new product, or record an album, you either took a loan out from the bank or asked your friends and family for help. Now, there is Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Inventors and creators can simply post a project proposal on Kickstarter asking for donations. In return, those who pledge are rewarded with various gifts, from being listed in film credits to giving input into the direction of a product.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Kickstarter recently. This is, in large part, because of a record-breaking project from game design studio Double Finethat hit its $40,000 goal within eight hours of posting and is still raking in donations. The last time we checked, Double Fine Adventure had raised over $1.4 million. Before the big Double Fine news, the project that had everyone buzzing was the Elevation iPhone dock, which broke Kickstarter’s all-time record for the highest amount of funding for a single project. It currently has just over $1 million in funding, taking a recent second place to Double Fine (more on this project below).
PCMag recently spoke to Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler who said about 250 proposals come in every day, 60 percent of which are accepted. As of December 2011, Strickler said more than 150,000 people had submitted proposals and more than $125 million worth of projects have been funded over the past two years. If all this talk of Kickstarter success has got you itching to start your own project, make sure to follow our tips on how to get a Kickstarter campaign funded.
We took a look around Kickstarter and checked out some of the coolest tech-related projects that are currently seeking funding. Some have already reached their goals but are still taking donations, whereas others have just barely scratched the surface. Take a look at these 11 cool Kickstarter projects and if any strike your fancy, donate if you wish. Be sure to let us know about other cool tech-related projects we may have missed.
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