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25 tech products that raised over $1 million on Kickstarter ' and where to buy them

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 14 Mar 2019


Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.Raising more than $1 million, a select group of tech products on Kickstarter has enjoyed success that many crowdfunding campaigns can only dream of.Smart devices and headphones seem to draw consistent attention on the platform.But raising a lot of money doesn't always guarantee success, as proven by a few now-defunct companies that got their start on Kickstarter.These are the 25 tech products that raised more than $1 millionand still worth buying today.If you want an idea of what types of innovative products are going to burst into the mainstreamand want to give some financial support to make them a realityKickstarter's tech section is a great place to look. When it comes to tech, backers especially gravitate toward smartwatches, smart home and kitchen devices, and headphones.While backing a Kickstarter project has potentially large payoffs, it's not without risk. Some projects are never fully produced or released, and others shut down after a few years, leaving backers with unexplained holes in their wallets or products with useless, outdated software.Pono Music, Neil Young's studio quality MP3 player, is one of the top-funded projects in Kickstarter history, withmore than $6 million pledged by 18,220 backers, but it was discontinued in 2017. Meanwhile,smartwatch startupPebble racked up more than $43 million in funding for three of its projects before it filed for insolvency at the end of 2016. Its assets were ultimatelyacquired by Fitbit.We've left such products out in this round-up to spare you that frustration. Each of these 25 tech projects will go down in Kickstarter history for raising more than $1 million, and they're actually worth your money.Blink ' $1.069 million pledged by 6,879 backersBlink Indoor Home Security Camera System 3 Camera Kit, $229.99, available at AmazonBefore Blink became an Amazon company, it was a Kickstarter project. Its home security systems are affordable and easy to set up.Steadicam Volt '$1.112 million pledged by 6,203 backersSteadicam Volt, $98.99, available at AmazonSteadicam, which makes the camera stabilizers used in Hollywood movies, brings its professional technology to consumers with its a handheld stabilizer for smart phones and action cameras.Meater '$1.251 million pledged by 9,737 backersMEATER Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer, $69, available at AmazonThe first wireless meat thermometer helps you cook the perfect steak and chicken every time.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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