FORM1: Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have taken on the FORM1 project to create an affordable, professional 3D printer for the masses, and the masses responded with resounding interest. With more than 2,000 backers and nearly 3 million pledged (breaking through the project’s $100,000 goal), it’s clear that there’s major support for FORM1 and consumer-level 3D printing.
TikTok: In 2010, Chicago designer Scott Wilson made history as one of the biggest successes to ever hit Kickstarter at the time. His creation, the TikTok and LunaTik wristbands, which converted the Apple iPod Nano into a watch, attracted 13,500+ backers, and almost a cool million in funding. He’d originally asked for just $15,000. With this initial success, TikTok and LunaTik are now sold by major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, and yes, even Apple.
Pebble: TikTok’s not the only watch that made it big on Kickstarter. The Pebble E-Paper watch with apps, iPhone, and Android has also been ridiculously popular, and it blew TikTok’s initial funding totally out of the water with nearly 70,000 backers and a whopping $10 million+, far surpassing their $100,000 goal. In fact, Pebble was able to earn $1 million in support in just 28 hours on Kickstarter.
Elevation Dock: Kickstarter loves design projects, and the Elevation Dock is no exception. Offering a better docking solution for the iPhone, Apple users flocked to this project and gave ElevationLab $1.4 million to create the dock of their dreams. Although the project ran into a hiccup when production ran late, and then Apple changed the iPhone connector, everything’s back on track and the Elevation Dock remains one of Kickstarter’s most successful projects to date.
Amanda Palmer’s $1M+ music deal: Amanda Palmer’s record deal is the highest funded Kickstarter music project ever, breaking the million-dollar mark for her record, art book, and tour with the Grand Theft Orchestra. Her original goal of $100,000 was reached within a day. Palmer has been so happy with her crowd funding success that she’s deemed this method of fundraising as the future of the music business.