Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015


We’ve scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the ‘coolest’ crowdfunding potential for 2015. In other words, hardware products with the potential to replicate, or outdo the Coolest Cooler’s 2014 success.

As Coolest’s founder Ryan Grepper learned, when it comes to the crowd, a great product isn’t enough. Having failed to meet his initial $125K Kickstarter funding goal, he spent the first-half of 2014 not revamping his product, but perfecting the science of crowdfunding. Eight months later the Coolest’s Kickstarter campaign brought in a record-breaking $13M.

The products we’ve chosen aren’t just innovative and awesome, but carry all the ingredients of a successful crowdfunding campaign: great timing, excellent exposure, solid financial backing, and that extra dash of the unexplainable.

Here’s who we’re excited about in the crowdfunding pipeline for 2015.

Cost: $99
Release: January-February 2015
Where to Find it: Kickstarter
Where: Paris, France

Prynt seamlessly brings the polaroid camera into the 21st century (and beyond). By pairing smartphone technology with a case that doubles as a photo printer, users can capture and print photos in seconds. This alone is sweet, but there’s more: enter, augmented reality.

The printed photograph, when held under a smartphone with the downloaded app, will replay the video recorded before the shutter button was hit. In other words, as long as you’re video recording before snapping your pic, you’ve got a printed photo that can move and speak.

You’ll need to see it to believe it.

Why Prynt’s a Top Pick: Prynt juices up an outdated technology with an unexpected and playful spin. With an accelerated year of development, a successful demo at HAXLR8R, a hefty number of social followers, and a strong media presence, Prynt is well-situated to take 2015’s crowdfunding cake.

Cost: $89
Release: January-March 2015
Where to Find it: Kickstarter
Where: Santa Clara, California

Podo gives the selfie-pole the final nudge it needs to fall off the ‘cliff of no return’–where bad trends go to die. Controlled by the downloadable app, Podo is a “stick-and-shoot” camera that suctions onto any flat surface, and resolves ever needing an extendable pole again–like for any reason, ever.

Connected by bluetooth, the photos taken by Podo are immediately uploaded to your smartphone, and the external camera itself is entirely controlled by the mobile app. Your phone’s camera acts as viewfinder, allowing you to preview and trigger photos. In addition, the app enables timelapse, videos to be shot, and photos to be set to an automatic timer.

Why Podo’s a Top Pick: Let’s face it, the selfie isn’t going anywhere and Podo manages to alleviate a lot of douchebaggery associated with the whole process. In addition to solving this pressing global issue, Podo has…

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