Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011


The first thing you need in creating something cool is a good idea. The second thing, oftentimes, is a little cash. Enter Kickstarter, where anyone can post the details of a project and solicit the necessary money to make it happen. If enough people make pledges by a set deadline, the idea is funded and the donors get gifts specified by the project's creator. A Kickstarter effort can be anything from a wristband that turns an iPod Nano into a watch — which received a record $1 million in pledges — to a map of the U.S.A. made up of frying pans. Even if you never ante up any money, it's fun to see what creative people are coming up with.