Innovation on Kickstarter: The 10 Top-Funded Tech Ideas of 2014

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used by both beginners and experts right out of the box.

4) Sense, with a goal of $100,000, raised $2.4 million from 19,349 backers in August. San Francisco-based Hello created Sense to help users track their sleep behavior. The device sits on a nightstand and connects wirelessly to a small sensor that clips to your pillow to monitor sleep. Mobile applications pull it all together.

5) The Anova Precision Cooker, with a goal of $100,000, raised $1.8 million from 10,508 backers in June. We’ve noticed several of these sous-vide cookers in recent years, which says something about the influence that someone like Nathan Myhrvold can have as a populizer of our tech culture. The latest innovation is sous-vide cookers, from San Francisco-based Anova Culinary, connects to a smartphone, enabling users to cook food in airtight bags for long periods in a low-temperature water bath with a touch of a button.

6) Flux 3D Printer, with a goal of $100,000, raised more than $1.6 million from 2,707 backers in December. The 3D printer from San Francisco-based Flux Technology uses a built-in 3D scanner to support an array of interchangeable modules for laser engraving and other options.

uKeg Growler

uKeg Growler

7) The uKeg growler, launched with a goal of $75,000, raised more than $1.5 million from 10,293 backers in December. Portland, OR-based GrowlerWerks created a vacuum-insulated and pressurized stainless steel growler (a 64-oz beer jug). Designed with brass carbonation cap, pressure gauge, and tap that hint of steampunk fashion, the uKeg keeps craft beer fresh and carbonated.

8) Glyph (not to be confused with the Glif), with a goal of $250,000, raised $1.5 million from 3,331 backers in February. Avegant, which was founded in Ann Arbor, MI, (and moved to Redwood City, CA) describes the headgear as a mobile personal theater with built-in premium audio. The company says its flip-down display screen and noise-cancelling audio is a revolution in personal display technology.

9) AirDog, with a $200,000 goal, raised almost $1.4 million from 1,357 backers in July. The foldable four-rotor drone was designed by Palo Alto, CA-based Helico Aerospace Industries for filmmakers and action sports enthusiasts who use GoPro cameras. The AirDog automatically follows above an automatic tracking device that can be worn by an actor or action sports enthusiast.

10) HEXO+, with a $50,000 goal, raised $1.3 million from 2,336 backers in July. The six-rotor drone, is designed for use by filmmakers and action sports enthusiasts by Palo Alto, CA-based Squadrone System. The drone can be programmed for autonomous flight by using a smartphone to follow a target.

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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4 responses to “Innovation on Kickstarter: The 10 Top-Funded Tech Ideas of 2014”

  1. Bryan says:

    I think you meant ‘high-fidelity’ rather and ‘high-resolution’ music file for the Pono, unless you’re talking about the album art.

    • Bruce V. BigelowBVBigelow says:

      Bryan you’re right! I think “resolution” in this case refers to the claims that the Pono player is designed to play back digital music files that use up to 20 times more data than MP3 files. They say their digital audio files are not compressed like the MP3 format, and Pono frequently describes their audio quality as a better or higher digital resolution. I adopted their language without thinking about it as deeply as you have!

  2. Kevin Shiflett says:

    Hey everyone. My Kickstarter is now at 30% towards its goal, but I need your help to reach 100!

  3. YeahRight says:

    The article got it right. The most important thing is that startups can test if there is an actual market for the product. If you can’t sell it to the crowd, it’s very likely that you can’t sell it, period.