Kickstarter is an incredible community. Post a project, and receive funding from generous backers—if, of course, the project is worthy. And backing projects does not demand complete selflessness. Different pledge levels result in different levels of reciprocation—from a simple thank you to receipt of the actual proposed product upon production. Below, 5 entrepreneurial ventures that might spark your own creativity, or tempt you to pledge.
Dream of being a musician but you're too lazy to practice? Then you may want to consider joining the Imaginary Marching Band, a collection of open-source wearable instruments that allow users to create music through pantomime. Pledge $150 or more, and you'll receive your very own "imaginary" instrument, which can reproduce a full range of notes using MIDI data output from the player's gloves.
Official Kickstarter Page; $3,683 pledged of $10,000 goal, 13 days to go.
They don't call it the city that never sleeps for nothing; NYC is awash with a 24/7 glow, and Kirsten—AKA "Chief Neonologist"—has set out to digitally preserve every single neon sign in the city. Kirsten is currently working on a digital guidebook, spread across three separate platforms: a Flickr photo set (430+ photos and counting), a Google map, and a Project Neon blog on Tumblr.
Her end goal? "A free iPhone app that will map the location of about 100 of New York's best neon signs all over the city with photos, descriptions, and location, so residents, visitors, and New York fans can see what a spectacular collection of neon signage New York has."
Official Kickstarter Page; $3,271 pledged of $5,000 goal, 4 days to go.
Avid cyclist John Loughlin proposes that bicycle locks should be as thoughtfully designed as the bicycle itself—and apparently many others agree with him. His Kickstarter project has reached over double its initial goal in pledge money, with 8 full days remaining. Loughlin calls his lock both "sexy" and indestructible.
Official Kickstarter Page; $89,137 pledged of $37,500 goal, 8 days to go.
Posted by Kogeto, proud creators of an advanced panoramic video camera coined "Lucy", Dot is a more portable version of its precursor—a 360º panoramic lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4. Simply attach the lens, place your iPhone in a location with a prime view of the action, and let it get to work capturing immersive panoramic video in real-time.
Official Kickstarter Page; $52,479 pledged of $20,000 goal, 37 days to go.
Enter the world of Thunderbeam, a psychedelic, open-ended adventure game coded for the iPad, with a deeper gameplay than most games played on iDevices. Described as a "carefully steeped brew of 70's science fiction from England, Japan and the States", the game features original songs and sound design by The Octopus Project, and artwork from illustrators Rachel Morris and Ian Berry.
Official Kickstarter Page; $15,509 pledged of $20,000 goal, 13 days to go.