Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. People have an oppornity to pledge money towards a project and get the rewards for doing so. Kickstarter made national attention when an idea about how to make potato salad was so successful. Here are the top ideas on Kickstarter.
A watch that looks similar to the Pebble
The Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It has downloadable watchfaces and useful internet connected apps. Pebble connects to the iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting the user with silent vibrations to incoming calls, e-mails and messages. The Pebble is designed for so many different things such as cycling, music, running and notifications. Cyclists can use the Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on a smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. The music control app plays, pause and skip tracks on the wrist. The pebble watch was designed based on a concept by Erc Migicovsky descibing a watch that could display messages from a smartphone. The Pebble raised $10 million for Kickstarter, making it the most successful product funded through the company. Best Buy, began selling Pebble watches in July 2013 and sold out within five days.
Cat Exercise Wheel
Sean Farley smashed his Kickstarter goal raising over ten times the amount for Fast Cat which is an exercise wheel for cats. More and More people are living in small city apartments with no outside area. Farley was inspired to create a product that helps cats get their necessary exercise. A cat need an enviroment that is stimulating. This means an enviroment with something to do such as windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and toys to play with. This product will help cats workout and it will stop boredom. It has already raised $300,000 on Kickstarter. The product release date is Sept 2014. In field testing, the product has proven to enhance the physical well being cats. There have been tests showing that cats kept inside can become bored and develop cat depression and other problems.
The Potato Salad Project
The potato salad project was one of the top campaigns for Kickstarter. Zac Brown created the potato salad project on July 3rd 2014. His goal was to make a potato salad for the first time by spending only $10. More than $35,000 was donated to Brown's project. Brown said it has always been his dream to do something that would connect people all over the world and Kickstarter has made his dreams come true. "I never thought it would go this far and $10 seemed like a good conservative goal," Brown said. I think people are responding to is the opportunity to come together and potato salad isn't controverisal but it seems to unite us all." The potato salad project has also spawned off several kickoffs including campaigns seeking funds to make guacomale, omelettes and coleslaw. Brown was thinking about potato salad for the 4th of July.