Internet of Things and Crowdfunding

Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms are quickly becoming the first stop for Makers and hardware manufacturers to test their product concept on the market, cover bulk upfront supplier costs, and bring their connected products to life. 

Twine, the sensor block system developed by Supermechanical was the first web enabled product to be a breakout hit raising over half a million dollars in January 2012, and the Pebble watch blew through Kickstarter's old funding records by raising more than $10 million during its month-long campaign.

Below we take a look at some of the successful (and a few not so successful) Internet of Things related projects that are driving this trend and where they currently stand in their development process.
 

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lifx

LIFX


"LIFX is the smartest light bulb you've ever experienced. It's a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love."


Current Status
: Preordering (Shipping August/September 2013)

Price: $79 and up

$1,311,963 Raised

smartthings

SMART THINGS


"YOUR WORLD, SMARTER - SmartThings makes it easy to connect the things in your physical world to the Internet. You can monitor, control, automate, and have fun with them from anywhere - at home, office, or on the go."


Current Status
: Sold Out

Price: $174 and up

$1,209,423 Raised

sticknfind

STICK N FIND


"Ultra small Sticker with Bluetooth Low Energy, that you can stick on your stuff, and use your smartphone to find them."


Current Status
: Available - Amazon page

Price: 2 pack $49.99

Apps: iOS, Android

$931,470 Raised

sparkcore

SPARK CORE


"The Spark Core is an Arduino-compatible development board that connects your projects to the internet."


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $39 and up

$567,968 Raised

twine

TWINE


"A wireless square with sensors and a simple web app to set rules, Twine tells you what your things are doing by email, text or Twitter."


Current Status
: Can be purchased - Amazon page

Price: $124.95

Reviews:

$556,542 Raised

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UDOO


"Android Linux Arduino in a tiny single-board computer. UDOO takes your DIY projects to the next level and it’s a powerful tool for education and creativity."


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $169 and up

$544,084 Raised

ubi

UBI


"The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it'll help you connect with your world."

Current Status: Preordering (Expected Fall 2013)

Price: $219 and up

$229,595 Raised

 
l8

L8 SMARTLIGHT


"L8 connects via bluetooth to your smartphone to display custom light codes for everything that happens on the internet and in your life."


Current Status
Preordering (Shipping expected for March 2013)

Price: $85 and up

$203,677 Raised

lumo-back

LUMO


"LUMOback is a wireless posture sensor and mobile app that leverages great design, proven science, and the latest advances in mobile computing."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $149

$200,504 Raised

sensordrone

SENSORDRONE


"Sensordrone Lets You Run Hundreds of Previously Impossible Sensor Apps -
Sensordrone can fit on your keychain, monitor your environment, and talk with your smartphone via Bluetooth.  Sensordrone already includes more sensors than anything else available, so you can run hundreds of new apps.  Apps that are surprisingly useful in your daily life, fun apps, scientific apps, and more."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $199

$170,018 Raised

airquality-egg

AIR QUALITY EGG

"#AirQualityEgg: A community-led air quality sensing network that gives people a way to participate in the conversation about air quality."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $185

$144,592 Raised

blink1

BLINK(1)


"blink(1) is a small USB light to give you glanceable notice of anything on your computer or the internet."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $30 and up

$132,318 Raised

tinyduino

TinyDuino


"The Tiny Arduino Compatible Platform - with stackable shield support yet smaller than a quarter!"


Current Status
: Delivering to backers

Price: $35 and up

$109,699 Raised

ninja-blocks

NINJA BLOCKS


"Ninja Blocks are powerful little computers for sensing and controlling things in your physical environment. Ninja Cloud is a web service that lets you connect your online life to your real world stuff."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $199

$102,935 Raised

plantlink-sensors

PlantLink


"Our internet-connected system makes properly watering your plants easier than ever before."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $79

$96,690 Raised

flojack

FloJack


"FloJack & FloCase bring NFC to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android legacy devices. The FloJack SDK is open for Developers. Hack it."


Current Status
: Preorders

Price: $39 and up

$95,646 Raised

tod-smart-beacon

TOD SMART BEACON


"tōd: A World of Interactions - Now it's easy to Protect, Interact, Track or Extend with this tiny Bluetooth 4 Peripheral that connects people, places, actions and things to the web. Create Your Own Personal Internet of Anything and Everything to Connect Your Life, Wherever You Happen To Be!"


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $32

$89,762 Raised

node-sensors

NODE


"World, meet NODE. With this modular, bluetooth enabled device, Variable Tech puts the power of practical sensors in your hands."


Current Status
Selling Now

Price: $149

$76,341 Raised

knut

KNUT


"Knut is a small, battery powered, Wi-Fi enabled device that enables you to monitor your valuables using your computer or mobile device."


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $95

$55,421 Raised

radioblocks

RadioBlock


"Simple Radio for Arduino or any Embedded System. The wireless modem you've been waiting for. Works with Arduino & other micros. Open source mesh networking base. FCC Certified. Cheap."


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $22 and up

$33,618 Raised

eve-alpha

Eve Alpha


"Eve is a plug in board for the Raspberry Pi mini computer. EVE is open hardware. A server for connecting all your wireless devices to a single point, no larger than a box of playing cards."


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $22 and up

$33,609 dollars (£20,964)

visualight

Visualight


"Visualight is an open-source Wi-Fi enabled light bulb that can visualize data as colored light."


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $80 and up

$27,143 Raised

readiymate

reaDIYmate


reaDIYmates are fun wi-fi objects that you can build easily. They move and play sounds depending on what's happening in your digital life.


Current Status
: Available Now

Price: $129 and up

$27,143 Raised

bitponics

BITPONICS


Bitponics is your personal gardening assistant.
It's a device and a website that will simplify hydroponic gardening. You tell it about your setup and what plants you're growing, and it provides you with a personalized growing plan that tells you how to achieve the best possible results.


Current Status
: Shipping to backers

Price: $499 and up

$23,662 Raised

Additional Projects:

  • Amiigo - Raised $580,698
    "The Amiigo Bracelet measures and tracks specific exercises, reps, sets, heart rate, calories burned. See your details immediately on your iPhone or Android!"
  • Thermodo - Raised $336,018
    "Thermodo is a tiny electrical thermometer that measures the temperature right where you are. iPhone, iPad, Android & more"
  • Ube WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer - Raised $307,600
    "Control your lights from your smart phone - While you're home or while you're away."
  • iSmartAlarm - Raised $225,576
    "Intelligent home security system, with motion sensors, infrared cameras, contact sensors, all at the touch of your finger with the iSmartAlarm from your iPhone."
  • BluTracker - Raised $180,303
    "Blutracker is an ultra small Bluetooth GPS locator. It has a range of over half a Mile, the battery lasts for over 2 months in between charges, it has a full GPS engine and motion detector."
  • BRCK - Raised $156,928
    "Your backup generator for the internet. The easiest, most reliable way to connect to the internet, anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have electricity"
  • MeterPlug - Raised $127,900
    "MeterPlug plugs in between any appliance and the AC outlet. It measures its consumption & sends that information to your Smartphone. It can also disconnect it."
  • Wattio - Raised $113,576
    "Wattio brings you a complete solution for saving and managing your home in a smarter way the Wattio's SmartHome 360º. Easy, online, cool."
  • Pinoccio - Raised $105,232
    "A wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, & built-in radio. An API to get your board talking to the Web right out of the box"
  • Tethercell - Raised $84,866
    "Tethercell is a revolutionary battery controller that enables you to connect to and control AA-battery-operated devices from your iOS or Android device."
  • Ibitz - Rasied $70,800
    "iBitz, a new approach to the virtual pet concept allows users to apply real life activity to the health of their GeoBotz characters and other games."
  • Smart Helmet - Raised $64,676
    "A cycling helmet with integrated heart rate sensor, allowing real time, accurate, hassle-free heart-rate monitoring!"
  • Stratus - Raised $50,023
    "The World's First Intelligent Faucet & Cloud-Connected Water Filtration System"
  • Wallet TrackR - Raised $47,915
    "The Wallet TrackR fits easily into any wallet - just like a credit card. When combined with the free Wallet TrackR iPhone app, it becomes a powerful new tool to keep you from losing your wallet.'
  • Smart Food Scale - Raised $46,850
    "Easy to use bluetooth food scale with companion iOS app that tracks what you eat and provides accurate nutritional information."
  • BlueBuddy - Rasied $31,933
    "Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 LE scuba diving logger"
  • Blip - Rasied $23,754
    "World's First Wi-Fi Blood Pressure monitor. Track data on the web using your home Wi-Fi network. Give it as a gift and monitor a loved one"
  • MyoLink - Raised $8,688
    "The ultimate open-source, wireless, wearable EMG / EKG / EEG biosensor platform"

 

Unsuccessful in their funding:


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Elphi: The Smart Plug for iPhone and Android
(Raised $61,154 of $90,000 goal)
Daisy WiFi: a small, low-power network device with sensors and controls
(Raised $14,108 of $50,000 goal)
Wovyn: Weaving your Internet of Things
($18,618 pledged of $100,000 goal)
uConTroll WiFi
($1,645 pledged of $28,000 goal)
Wi-Fi Audio Mixer
($2,829 pledged of $35,000 goal)
Lighting
  • Good Night Lamp - Available now
    "The Good Night Lamp is a family of internet-connected lamps. Turn the Big Lamp on and the Little Lamps turn on wherever they are."
  • Lumen Bluetooth LED Lightbulb
    "Lumen is a smart light bulb that allow you to control via your smart phone using Bluetooth 4.0"
  • Limitless LED
    "Wireless remote controlled LED light bulbs, replaces any standard light bulb. For use with iPhone and Android. Smarter Cheaper Greener!"
  • iLumi
    "Bright and energy efficient LED light bulbs you control wirelessly via mobile app, powered by Bluetooth & HyperLux(TM) LED technology."
  • Loochi
    "Simple & Open: Loochi is the first Bluetooth4 smart lamp - it is completely open-source from the plastic to the software!"
  • Yolo
    "Elegant LED lights controllable via WiFi bringing simple, approachable, affordable lighting controls to your smart phone."

Tracking

  • SpotLoss
    "Never lose your most important possessions again. Keep track of everything from your keys to your kids."
  • LassoTag
    "If you leave your bag it will call your iPhone. Know it's lost before it's lost."
  • Haytag
    "The World's Smartest Pet Tag. What would you do if you lost your dog or cat? HayTag is the new wireless pet tracking system that finds lost pets over long distances using your smartphone."

Sports

  • VeloComputer
    "1-Degree Precision Bluetooth Smart Sensor for cycling"
  • BEARTek - Audio control gloves
    "Bluetooth Audio Control While Wearing Gloves. Ski or motorcycle now with headphone control while your smart phone remains in your pocket."
  • ICEdot Crash Sensor
    'The ICEdot Crash Sensor pairs with your phone. If it detects a severe impact, your phone will notify your emergency contacts of your GPS coordinates."

Electricity

  • ON:NOT:ON
    "A power strip controlled directly from the smartphone browser through Wifi. It’s truly "plug'n'play". No computer or router required"
  • NPlug
    "Internet-Augmented Electrical Outlet. Monitors power consumption of your electrical appliances & make them smarter!"

Home

  • WIFI Air Particle Sensor
    "WIFI Air Particle Sensor for citizens, educators, hobbyists, and weather enthusiasts. Track the air particles in your environment."
  • Telesound
    "TeleSound was a cute speaker containing over 1,000 sounds that you and your friends could trigger from a smartphone or tablet over the internet"
  • Blip Wifi Scale
    "Wi-Fi weight scale provides timely reminders! Also, works on carpets and supports 10 users!"
  • KISI Smartphone Access System
    "Easy to use smartphone access system for your apartment."
  • SkyCam
    "Wireless video surveillance camera, allowing you to keep watch of your home, office, and loved ones from anywhere using Skype on your smartphone, tablet, or PC."
  • WallSensor
    "Small wireless sensor that attaches to your wall to detect the unique sounds of water dripping/rodents/termites and sends instant alerts."

Transport

  • Mojio
    "A breakthrough device that enables the world's first app store for your car"

DIY - Technical

  • miniSWARM
    "A wireless mesh Arduino board with USB, LiPo battery charger, built in range testing and over-the-air programming... cheap enough to leave in your project!"
  • Sapphire OS
    "An open source, wireless hardware and software platform for connecting anything to everything."


Ongoing (As of last update: June 2013)

 

Successfully funded

  • Udoo
    "Android Linux Arduino in a tiny single-board computer"
  • Button TrackR
    "Find & Track your lost and misplaced items using your iPhone or Android. Never Lose an Item Again!"
  • Scanadu Scout
    "A scanner packed with sensors designed to read your vital signs and send them wirelessly to your smartphone in a few seconds, any time, anywhere."
  • Wimoto
    "Monitor your home comfort, the weather, lawn and plant growing conditions, your pool temperature, home security and more from your iOS or Android device."
  • Helios Bars
    "The world's first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles. Utilize Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike."
  • DigiX
    "The ultimate 100% Arduino Due compatible dev board with Wifi and Mesh networking, Audio, USB OTG, and 99 i/o pins!" 

Still pushing towards target

  • iCookie
    "Tiny but always keep your valuables!!! Based on Bluetooth 4.0, iCookie can keep tracking your Child or iphone or belongings in the range."
  • URUL
    "Network development board Arduino Compatible+ WiFi+ Ethernet , it is complete router that’s can speaks to any MCU with complete network." 
  • Sonte
    "SONTE Film is the first ever Wi-Fi enabled digital shade that instantly switches windows from opaque to clear in less than a second."
  • MessagePetz
    "MessagePetz connects families and friends through a cool messaging platform and an adorable WiFi & Bluetooth connected Teddy Bear!"
  • iCelsius
    "Extend your smart phones/tablets with WiFi Wireless Sensors for home use in applications such as cooking, health, environment, and more"
  • CookieNAV
    "CookieNAV device uses low energy Bluetooth 4.0 to help you find a Parking Spot in any city in the world. You will save time and money."
  • Shuttr
    "Shuttr is a remote shutter release for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Samsung S3, Notes 2 and more. Taking self portrait or group picture can never be easier."


Will these projects turn into viable companies?  Can hardware costs be driven low enough to generate mass market adoption?  

Sound off with your thoughts on this trend in the comments below, or you can follow up on the latest projects looking for funding by visiting the Kickstarter Open Hardware section or checking back on this page as new projects are added.