By Nick Heath | Innovation — every big tech company talks about it, but many of the new computers and gadgets that hit shelves are simply glossier versions of existing tech. Today anyone looking for a piece of technology that dares to be different can turn to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Anyone with an idea for a project can set up a page on these sites, outlining their vision and how much money they need to make it a reality. Freed from corporate constraints crowdfunded projects are pushing into interesting areas of technology, from VR headsets to low-cost supercomputing boards. Projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo have raised millions from individual backers, who pledge money to support projects in return for rewards, including the promise of receiving the finished product. It’s arguable these crowdfunded projects are already influencing the behaviours of the tech giants, with Samsung launching a competitor to the Pebble soon after the crowdfunded smartwatch’s release. Of course, anyone backing a project should be aware that projects can and have gone wrong, with various examples of teams burning through pledges and leaving backers without the finished product. That said, here are some of the most interesting and successful projects to come through crowdfunding websites: Structure Sensor Occipital’s Structure Sensor is […]
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