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Sundance films and crowdfunded tech: 14 Kickstarters that kicked butt in 2013

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The starving artist trope is getting a revamp from the age of the Internet. People with great ideas are taking them outside of a notepad and making them happen with the help of generous strangers.

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Kickstarter opened the floodgates for new funding in arts, technology and a host of other sectors that people want to see completed but just don’t have the money.

The website has sent a rush of fresh talent into these mediums that are helped by the beauty of crowdsourced funding. Backers have shelled out $918 million on more than 125,000 projects since Kickstarter launched in 2009 and continue to give well into the New Year.

New and old artists, publishers and inventors have found more luck with the online format than the most famous foundations. According to the Washington Post, Kickstarter has given to more art projects than the National Endowment for the Arts.

Projects have racked up well past their initial goals. Some have been funded up to 200 percent of their asking tallies and fans of ideas continue to give in order to say they helped a great idea.

This list has explored some of the most popular and interesting ideas of 2013 that are now a reality.



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