It may not get the attention of an Uber or a Snapchat, but Kickstarter is one of the most important companies founded in the last 10 years. Not only has Kickstarter helped thousands of inventors, entrepreneurs, and artists raise over $3 billion, it has given the general public an insider’s view of each’s creator’s journey to bring new ideas to life.
Getting personal updates from creators about the troubles and triumphs they experience as they try to bring a new product to market is one of the big reasons I love Kickstarter, but when it gets down to it, me and the 10+ million backers on Kickstarter really visit the crowdfunding platform for one reason: to get our hands on some awesome new products.
Sometimes those new products turn out to be not so awesome, especially if we have to wait months or even years to finally receive them. But there are a few Kickstarted goods that are so well designed that they have become crucial parts of my daily life. Each of them makes my life a little easier or more enjoyable, so I thought I’d share them so they might do the same for you. If there is a Kickstarter reward that you find yourself using everyday, please share in the comment section below!
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The SlimFold MICRO Soft Shell raised $169,300 on Kickstarter back in October 2014.
I knew it was time to retire my thick-as-a-brick back pocket bifold a few years ago, so when I came across Slimfold on Kickstarter I was immediately intrigued by the “crash tested” slim wallet. The only thing I was concerned about was durability, since my other wallet had endured a decade of me sitting (quite uncomfortably may I add) on it. Well…now that I have been carrying this thing around in my front pocket for over a thousand days it is showing no worse for the wear and I can 100% vouch for it being the best wallet known to man. The Slimfold Micro is a made-in-the-USA bifold crafted from durable technical fabric which is 100% waterproof, stain resistant, and machine washable. SlimFold’s creators say the Micro is ideal for 8 cards depending on the amount of cash you carry, but I currently have 13 in mine and it is still easily twice as thin as my old back pocket wallet. The SlimFold has improved my day to day comfort so much that it has become my go-to gift for friends and family and now I’m giving one away to you. Sign up for a chance to win a free SlimFold Micro or skip the wait and purchase one today for just $45.00 using the Amazon link below.
Just as annoying as a massive wallet in my back pocket is a set of jingly keys poking around in my front pocket, stabbing my leg or scratching my phone with every step. I missed out on KeySmart’s original Kickstarter campaign but once I saw how quiet and organized my friend’s keychain was thanks to KeySmart I took out my phone, pulled up Amazon, and bought one on the spot. Keysmart can fit up to 14 keys in its Swiss-army-knife-like key organizer but since my keychain was mostly filled with unused keys cut for mystery locks I was able to pare it down to just 4 keys and a super functional MyKee multitool. With the Slimfold and KeySmart I feel as if I’ve now shed 5 pounds from my pockets and I can’t ever imagine going back.
Wise Walker raised $20,301 on Kickstarter in November 2014.
My dog may be getting old, but he still loves his daily walks around the neighborhood. To be a law-abiding good neighbor, I have always carried a roll of dog poop bags with me on our walks, but I absolutely hated having to both carry and smell his poop on the entire walk back home. Luckily a family of entrepreneurs (including two 11-year old twin sisters) designed a simple solution to the problem. Wise Walker is a pouch that easily clips to your dog leash with three handy pockets: one for your keys and/or phone, a small pocket for storing and dispensing poop bags from a roll, and a cinchable double lined pouch that keeps your dog’s stinky poo bags out of sight and out of smell. If you’re tired of tying (and untying) your own pooch’s poo on your leash, pick up a WiseWalker for just $20.05 on Amazon.
4. Pebble Smartwatch: A Record Breaking Kickstarter
The Pebble Time raised $20,338,986 on Kickstarter in March of 2015.
It’s been over two years, but the Pebble Time still holds the record as the most funded Kickstarter project of all time. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Apple Watch, but as a no-nonsense smartwatch it can’t be beat. Most impressively, the Pebble Time’s battery lasts a whopping 7 days thanks to the efficient e-ink color display. In addition to functioning as a great fitness tracker and a smart alarm clock that wakes me up when I’m coming out of a deep sleep cycle, I love the Pebble’s simple smartphone notifications and huge library of apps. Best of all? Now that Pebble has been bought by FitBit you can pick up a Pebble Time for just $84.99 on Amazon.
5. Wood That Went To War Pens
Wood That Went To War Pens raised $18,914 on Kickstarter in August 2016. Check out the creator’s Kickstarter bio page here to learn about future projects.
There’s nothing technologically innovative about these writing pens, but oh boy are they awesome. Each of the pens pictured above were made from wood decking that lined the USS North Carolina, the most decorated battleship of World War II. After discovering the project and sharing it with my readers, I sprung for 4th and 6th from the left and love answering the often asked question “where’d you get that pen?” when I bust them out in meetings. Given the source materials used to make these Wood That Went To War pens, there is a very limited supply but a few are still available for sale in the creator’s Etsy store. Or you can follow him on Kickstarter to get notified about similar woodworking projects in the future.
6. One Second Everyday App
1 Second Everyday raised $56,959 on Kickstarter in December 2012.
1 Second Everyday isn’t a Kickstarter reward I could “get my hands” on physically, but it might very well be my favorite Kickstarter of all time. 1 Second Everyday is an incredibly easy to use video editing app for iPhone and Android that lets you compile one second clips from your daily life into super nostalgic montages. One thing I found awesome about using the app is it forces you to either get out and do something interesting everyday or find something beautiful about what is an otherwise mundane day. I shared my first year using the app on YouTube (which you can see above) but since 90% of my clips these days are of my 6-month old daughter cooing and sleeping, I spare my friends and followers from seeing my boring yet adorable compilations these days. If you want to use the app to start making your own 1-second video journals, click the button below for a download link.
In addition to using each of the above Kickstarters, another thing I do everyday is wake up and browse the latest and greatest Kickstarter projects before sharing them with my subscribers. If you want to get the coolest new products sent straight to your inbox every weekday, sign up for our CrowdedCreations newsletter.