As the success stories keep piling up, so do the number of projects filling up crowdfunding websites with, among other things, neat hardware- and software-related products. Some projects, like Pebble, gain thousands of supporters as well as millions of dollars in funding (and end up at Best Buy’s retail stores). Other projects flop and don’t reach their necessary funding amount.
Rather than make you sift through all of these projects, we’re rounding up the best or most notable projects from around the web and delivering them to you in a simple roundup.
If there’s a project that you’ve backed – or even a project that you founded – be sure to leave a link below so it can be considered for the next roundup.
- eleMount: Premium Car & Camera Mount for iPhone & iPad (Kickstarter project) – These aluminum mounts with polyurethane pads are sleek and versatile. The project exceeded its goal extremely quickly and expects to have these shipped out in December.
- TILT Stealth: The Ultimate MacBook Pro Cooling Solution (Kickstarter project) – madMINDS, the company behind this project, already had a successful run with its TILT Kickstarter before. Now, the company is back with the TILT Stealth cooling station for 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros (Retina versions not included). It connects to the bottom of the computer, so it doesn’t slide around or get disconnected at the slightest move.
- Piper: Smart, elegant security and home automation (Indiegogo project) – While the Canary home security device raised over $1.7m (and you can still chip in to get your own for the next few of hours), the estimated delivery is set for May, 2014. Piper, on the other hand, will be shipped out November of this year. With motion and sound detection, a built-in camera that can record video and the ability to connect to other sensors and home automation devices, this device could be a huge hit this holiday season.
- Access IO for iMac (Kickstarter project) – The picture below says it all. Trying to plug in a simple USB drive or headphones into an iMac is frustrating – you have to flip around the device and hope you don’t pull out any other cords. With Snowmous’ Access IO, one USB port and the headphone jack are brought to the front of your 2012 iMac (the new, thin one). You can still grab one for just $15 that’ll be delivered in November.
- OrbitFront social film and game discovery site (Indiegogo project) – Expected to have a companion iOS app soon, this service will “distribute and host independent movies and video games.”