The Best Kickstarter Projects - Pebble Time smartwatch

The Best Kickstarter Projects in Tech

Posted 15/08/2016 by BrightHouse Team

Chances are you’ll have heard of Kickstarter, even if you’re not quite sure what it is. This new way of getting products and ideas off the ground has become increasingly popular over the years, enabling all sorts of projects to take flight.

Each project makes a profile on the Kickstarter site, pitching their idea to the general public through videos and images however they can. Then you can choose to help fund the idea to make it a reality, with different levels of reward for the different amounts you can pledge.

Many successful projects have come out of Kickstarter over the years, such as the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset, and the space sim game, Star Citizen - a record-breaker for crowdfunding.

New gadgets and technology are one of the most popular areas for Kickstarter, so we’ve put together our list of the top 5 best Kickstarter projects in tech.

1. Pebble Time

Smartwatches have been around for a while now, and are slowly becoming more popular amongst consumers. The Pebble watch has been one of Kickstarter’s success stories since its first version, the Pebble Classic, which raised over $10 million back in 2012, the most money raised for any product at the time. The latest versions, the Pebble Time and the Pebble Steel have raised over $20 million. This smartwatch uses an e-paper screen to allow for a 7-day battery life and a clear display even in bright daylight.

2. Superbook

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The Superbook is designed to turn your Android smartphone into a powerful laptop simply by plugging it in. You can take all the computing power of your phone and use it like a laptop, with a Windows-like operating system along with the full keyboard and trackpad. This exiting project is nearing the end of its fundraising period, and has raised over $1.7 million after setting a goal of only $50,000.

3. Tiko

3D printing is probably going to become more and more a part of our lives in the future, and the first consumer models are available now. However, they are pretty pricey at several thousand pounds. But now there’s Tiko, a simpler and much cheaper 3D printer with an elegant design that is the secret to its (hopeful) success.

4. OUYA

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OUYA is designed to be a cheap yet powerful gaming console that plugs into your TV, and where all the games are free to play. It runs on Android so will allow independent developers to create new games, something that’s difficult on mainstream consoles because of the costs involved. Minecraft is available on the console, giving it a big name to boost its profile, but hopefully more developers will see this as an opportunity to get more variety in console gaming.

5. Coolest Cooler

This cooler claims to be a cooler cooler, with built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. More than 60,000 backers funded this project with $13 million, meaning it will be going on sale in the near future. The Coolest Cooler features a host of tricks for the outdoor partyer, including a built-in bottle opener, a lid light, storage for plates and a knife, a pulling handle, and tyres designer for use on the beach.

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