Kickstarter is a website which enables people with an idea to raise enough money to build a product. It's a revolution in the way products are being made. The middle men is cut out completely as producers and consumers interact directly.  Here is how it works:

Three Projects I am backing with Kickstarter

13/10/2012 - 02:00

Kickstarter is a website which enables people with an idea to raise enough money to build a product. It's a revolution in the way products are being made. The middle men is cut out completely as producers and consumers interact directly.  Here is how it works:

  • Someone has an amazing idea but no money to build the product.
  • This person creates a project on Kickstarter detailing with video and text what he or she wants to make. A goal is set for the amount of money needed in a space of time.
  • Users can 'back' a project and 'pledge' that they will give an x amount of money. Most 'pledges' are connected with rewards (such as early access to the product).
  • If the goal is reached the starter of the project will receive the money. If it fails nobody's credit card will be charged.
  • As you can see it's a win/win situation. That's why I've backed the following three projects.

    Double Fine Adventure

    As a kid I was addicted to adventure games such as Police Quest, Kings Quest, Space Quest, Hero's Quest (later Quest for Glory), Leisure Suit Larry and Monkey Island. But the last decade the genre has been slowly dying. It just isn't a viable investment for a big game publisher anymore because it's too much of a niche. Bring in Tim Schafer (creator of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango). He started a Kickstarter project raising money to build a new adventure game. The project (as far as backing goes) is a huge success. But the best thing of all is that the whole process is documented. So every two months a new half hour episode is being released, showing how the game is being made. These episodes alone were worth me backing this project and I can't wait to play the finished game (which should be finished this month)!

    OUYA

    The OUYA tries to break open the Gaming industry by introducing a very cheap gaming console. I am not so much interested in the gaming aspect but moreover the way this device can be used for other things such as consuming media or function as a media player (XMBC is supported). It's not likely the OUYA will make me throw out my Xbox360 but at this low price point (only $99!) it's worth a shot!

    Slim Wallet

    I like simplicity (duh, who doesn't?) and I  try to pack as lightly as possible wherever I go (resulting in going on holiday forgetting underwear to an island which had no shops where to buy new ones, but that's a different story). So I really got excited when I saw this project popping up: Slim - The Thinnest Wallet. I hate my bulky wallet containing mostly stuff I don't need. In the end the Slim is nothing more than a piece of fabric but it suits my needs just perfectly. That's why I love Kickstarter because it gives me access to these simple yet very useful gadgets.

    Have you backed any projects? Let me know which ones, maybe I'm willing to sink in some money into those as well!