Normally when we want to purchase accessories for our favorite tech devices, we jump directly to Amazon, eBay, or use Google Shopping Search. Although these websites are great stores and outlets that offer very competitive pricing, sometimes innovation is not the top priority.
The website Kickstarter however, offers plenty of innovation. Marketed as the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, the website is a place to find goods of all niches. However, their technology division is one of their fastest growing.
The products on Kickstarter are essentially goods that are developed by small businesses and even individuals. Whenever a good is purchased, or pledged on Kickstarter, it helps raise funding for the specific product or business idea, but a Kickstarter pledge is far from a charity or a donation.
Instead, the pledge that you make guarantees that you will receive the item you are pledging towards as long as enough people pledge, or confirm to buy the product. Once a product becomes 100% funded, it can enter production.
Most of the time, if you pledge towards an item that never receives 100% funding, then no worries as your money will be refunded as soon as the pledge period expires.
However, each product or item on Kickstarter is a bit different, in which you can view specific details on the item page before you decide whether or not to pledge. Here’s an example of different pledge levels for an item:
Absolutely do not pledge to any Kickstarter items unless they are items that you truly want and would find useful. This is not a paid or sponsored post, but rather a hype post. Kickstarter helps beginning entrepreneurs and small businesses to be able to push products to market. Many of the people on Kickstarter are just individuals like you and I who believe in their business ideas.
If you believe in them also, then the website helps to fund projects that may have otherwise never seen the light of day; most times because the individual or small business could not acquire enough funding to develop and produce a product on their own. With enough pledges, however, items can be developed with a guarantee that people are interested in them and that people will buy them.
As mentioned above, Kickstarter offers items of all niches. Being a technology website, here are some current tech products:
TapCaps by Alice Ning:
A simple, stick-on item that you can attach to a glove or other wearable item that mimics the feel and texture of the human hand. Tapcaps allow you to effectively use your touch screen smartphone even if you are wearing winter gloves, work gloves, etc…
CloudFTP by Daniel Chin:
A simple Wi-fi driven device that has a port for storage devices like external hard drives. Once storage is added via USB, the device can be used to add additional wire-free storage to devices like iPads, iPhones and other tablets.
GameStow by Brandon Chez and Andrew Prelusky
GameStow is a cloud based product that helps keep track of game progress. Start playing a game on one computer or device, and resume playing where you left off on another GameStow enabled device.
Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. Although not a tutorial, today’s post, as mentioned above, is more of a website introduction post to encourage and help beginning entrepreneurs in the technology industry. Websites like Kickstarter undeniably help to push technology forward, and also help individuals to succeed, while still giving a product back to the supporters.
If any of our site visitors have ever purchased anything from Kickstarter or a similar purposed website, feel free to leave a comment regarding the experience.