17 Most-Funded Hardware Projects on Kickstarter

kickstarter logoIt’s only been five years since Kickstarter was founded, and already there have been $1 billion in pledges from 5.7 million donors to fund 135,000 projects. Talk about a phenomenon!

As a team of engineers and makers, we were interested in what the most-funded hardware projects have been. Call it a fun research project. Below is what we found, starting at the 17th most-funded project and, at the bottom of the list, the most-funded hardware start-up.

You’ll notice that there’s a good mixture of geographies going on, with density in the San Francisco and Boston areas. You’ll also notice that some of these projects were successfully funded more recently, but others still maintain a top ranking after a few years.

17. SYNEK – Any beer tapped fresh on your counter

SYNEKFunded: 259%
Pledged: $648,535
Fund Date: July 24th, 2014
City: St. Louis, Missouri

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

16. World’s first roast-grind-brew coffee machine

roast-grind-brew coffeeFunded: 504%
Pledged: $681,461
Fund Date: December 8th, 2013
City: Berlin, Germany

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

15. OwnPhones: Wireless, Custom-Fit, 3D Printed Earbuds

ownphonesFunded: 306%
Pledged: $767,472
Fund Date: August 25th, 2014
City: San Diego, California

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

14. Electric Objects: A Computer Made for Art

electric objectsFunded: 3150%
Pledged: $787,612
Fund Date: August 7th, 2014
City: New York City, New York

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

13. Printrbot: Your First 3D Printer

printrbotFunded: 3323%
Pledged: $830,827
Fund Date: December 17th, 2011
City: Lincoln, California

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

12. NudeAudio Super-M

nudeaudioFunded: 1119%
Pledged: $839,834
Fund Date: August 15th, 2014
City: San Francisco, California

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

11. Almond+ : 802.11ac Touchscreen WiFi Router + Smart home Hub

almond+Funded: 342%
Pledged: $855,625
Fund Date: March 9th, 2013
City: Taipei City, Taiwan

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

10. Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

parallellaFunded: 119%
Pledged: $898,921
Fund Date: October 27th, 2012
City: Lexington, Massachusetts

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

9. castAR: the most versatile AR & VR system

castARFunded: 263%
Pledged: $1,052,110
Fund Date: November 14th, 2013
City: Seattle, Washington

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

8. Blink: Wire-Free HD Home Monitoring & Alert System

blinkFunded: 534%
Pledged: $1,069,386
Fund Date: September 4th, 2014
City: Boston, Massachusetts

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

7. RigidBot 3D Printer

rigidbot 3d printerFunded: 3466%
Pledged: $1,092,098
Fund Date: May 10th, 2013
City: Springville, Utah

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

6. Structure Sensor: Capture the World in 3D

structure sensorFunded: 1290%
Pledged: $1,290,439
Fund Date: November 1st, 2013
City: San Francisco, California

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

5. The World’s First Full HD 360° Camera

full hd 360 cameraFunded: 946%
Pledged: $1,149,068
Fund Date: July 4th, 2014
City: Lille, France

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

4. Glyph: A Mobile Personal Theater With Built In Premium Audio

glyphFunded: 603%
Pledged: $1,509,506
Fund Date: February 21st, 2014
City: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

3. Earin – The Worlds Smallest Wireless Earbuds

earinFunded: 543%
Pledged: £972,594
Fund Date: July 23rd, 2014
City: Malmö, Sweden

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

2. 3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen

3DoodlerFunded: 7813%
Pledged: $2,344,134
Fund Date: Mar 25th, 2013
City: Boston, Massachusetts

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

1. SCiO: Your Sixth Sense (Pocket Molecular Sensor)

SCioFunded: 1381%
Pledged: $2,762,571
Fund Date: June 15th, 2014
City: Tel Aviv, Israel

Learn more here:  Kickstarter Link

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