This catalog of the Kickstarter's successes provides some insight into what exactly folks are willing to pay for.
Most functional jetpacks aren't really jetpacks. They're rocket belts, or ducted-fanpacks. To make an actual jetpack, you need some jet engines, and two guys have stuck four (barely) hobby-grade engines together into what they hope will become a working strap-on flying device.
A Kickstarter that offers 30 games from noted indie creators for $15 is nothing to sneeze at, but that's not even the product that's being promoted. There's actually no product at all: this Kickstarter is pushing for the creation of a dedicated game space in Los Angeles. That begs the question, what is a game space?
Instagram is a hit for folks who want to give their pictures a funky retro look, but you're still stuck with looking at them on the digital screen of your computer or tablet. This tiny projector moves the viewing end of the experience back into the 1970s by turning your pictures into tiny little slides that you project on a wall.
Taking pictures of birds is about to get a lot easier than frantically running after them with the biggest telephoto lens you can steal: now on Kickstarter is a remote controlled bird photo booth that lets you take spectacular bird pictures without having to work for it.
The Memoto isn't a camera like you're used to. It doesn't have a button. Instead, it'll automatically take pictures from wherever you've clipped it, and then it'll create a "searchable and shareable photographic memory" of everything, from high adventure to a lowly stroll.
Kickstarter is a proven way to fund concepts, video games, passion projects and more. Now, one successfully Kickstarted game is in dire straits, and it's an example of what it looks like when a crowd-funded project goes sideways.
Deep down inside, we all wish we had cute and fuzzy ears that we could wiggle to express our emotions. At least, I know I do, so I assume that the rest of you do, too. Such fantasies are in the process of being realized through Kickstarter, where you can now preorder some brain-controlled movable ears.
We cover a lot of concepts, often deliberately ridiculous. Not so that they'll never exist, but to make you think: why not build "earthscrapers" that pierce deep into the Earth? We first saw the ridiculously great Ostrich Pillow last year, and now, after a successful Kickstarter, it's being made into a fully realized product.
We've already grown accustomed to robot drones in the skies, and thanks to Google we're seeing the rise of self-driving cars on the road, so it's only natural that someone moves this dynamic to the seas. To that end, a group of inventors created the Robotboat Mark VI.