Kickstarter became a revolution not long after it first opened for business. The crowdfunding model meant that anyone with an idea and some determination could bypass the middlemen and go straight to their customers — giving everyone a better experience.
It’s been no secret though that same model has been a bit of a stumbling block when it comes to actually getting a real product in the backers’ hands. While some high-profile failures have made headlines, there are plenty of great products which have come to life. Amazon has a storefront that highlights some of the products that began as an idea on Kickstarter. Here’s a few of the best.
When Apple unveiled the AirPods they were seen as a revelation — ditching the cable, adding Bluetooth, and integrating Siri. Bragi’s Dash in-ear headphones make the AirPods look like two tin cans. Touch controls, Bluetooth connection, 4GB integrated music player, fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, four size options, waterproof design, and 3 hours usage time with a power pack built into the case make them infinitely more feature packed than the AirPods.
Probably the most famous and well performing Kickstarted product of all time is the Pebble Smartwatch. Like Amazon’s own Echo creating an entire category of smart home assistants, the Pebble ignited the wearable market. The Time Steel was the last iteration of the Pebble Smartwatch before Fitbit acqui-hired Pebble late last year. Despite the demise of the company, enterprising engineers released a firmware update that means that the smartwatches will live on after the server shutdown.
Most earphones are designed to give the best overall performance across a range of different audio giving less-than-optimal sound reproduction across all genres. Pump’s in-ear earphones have been specifically designed for electronic dance music (EDM). For fans of the genre it will be a blessing to be able to ditch the EQ settings.
You may remember the days of the Polaroid camera, where for the first time you could take a photo on your camera, and moments later hold the printed photo in your hands. With the demise of Polaroid and the rise of digital photography, the physical photo has all but disappeared. Prynt aim to bring that back by attaching a mini printing case to your iPhone which brings back the Polaroid’s instant photo magic. Bringing it into the 21st century, when taking a photo you record a short video. Using the Prynt app the photo recipient can then view the video to bring the photo to life.
People like coffee. I mean, people really like coffee. If you are going to take the time and care to brew the perfect java, then it makes sense you’d take the same care in your drinking vessel. When I say vessel I do mean vessel, as the Goat Story coffee mug more closely resembles a viking horn than any modern coffee mug. Made of BPA free material, leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and with a real leather strap and cup holder it will certainly attract attention next time you head into your favourite artisan coffee house for a refill.
Losing your luggage when travelling can ruin the best planned trip. The written luggage tag has always aimed to help get your luggage back to you, but you can’t change the information to best reflect how to get your case back to you. Tagonce is a luggage tag with an NFC chip and QR code which can be read by the TagOnce app. It uniquely identifies your luggage and you can update information on the fly.
From the creators of The Oatmeal comes Exploding Kittens, a NSFW card game with kittens, explosions, and a lot of fun.