Thanks for the reference! It is exciting to see new product ideas enter the space!
I don’t take the majority of electronics / gadget Kickstarters and IndieGoGos seriously anymore, though – there are just too many Projects that fall far behind their scheduled delivery dates, make up arbitrary discounts from “retail” as rewards, when retail pricing is very difficult to set until the product manufacturing cost is finalized and the market analyzed, poor quality and dropped features, etc…
But on a more positive note, I wonder if there are analytics that give a breakdown of Projects / Campaigns by category. My guess that the following are very popular categories – and many of the products in these categories are very similar and will be entering a very challenging crowded marketplace with well-funded competitors with huge headstarts. There’s far less innovation than the glossy videos and optimistic comments imply!
- Home Automation Systems: I can name a couple dozen by searching, but without peeking I can think of: WigWag, Alyt, Homee, Hive (it’s right above my editor here, so that’s not cheating), …
- Voice or Gesture controllers.
- Whole home / multi-room wireless speaker systems.
- Smart watches
- Hardware Builder and Prototyper kits.
- Yet another thin wallet.