Gaming accessories for tablets and smartphones have been largely more novelty than useful, but the Israel based company has dreamt up this mobile gaming add-on that you wear around your index finger and will play nice with your touchscreen device. Claiming to bring the best capabilities of a joystick and a mouse, the Ringbow hosts a D-pad with nine direction control, supports Bluetooth and can automatically integrate with mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. The SDK has already been available to developers to optimize the accessory for games so it could be coming to an iPad or Galaxy S3 soon.
Backers: 2,009 | Money raised: $113,237 (funding successful) | Link: Ringbow
Revolights could finally be a solution to the eternal problem of bicycle visibility, both for other road users and cyclists themselves. The lights themselves are two very thin LED rings that mount onto the inside of your wheels. A thin wire connects this light ring to a small USB battery whilst a magnet provides the speed and orientation information to the LEDs, which keep time with your pace to light up at the back and front of the bike. Clever stuff indeed.
It could be the sci-fi nerd in us, but the chance to start rolling around the streets of London like we're in the ENCOM mainframe had us throwing fivers at the screen like wedding confetti.
Backers: 1,442 | Money raised: $215,621 (funding successful) | Link: Revolights
Galileo for iPhone 4S
Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt are the founders of Motrr, and the sort of robot enthusiasts that you expect to come up with whacky ideas like the Galileo. Stick your iPhone in this robotic dock, connect it to your iPad, and BAM! You have a remote control camera stand, one which you can use for video conferencing, Skype calls, video, cinematography and a whole host of other stuff.
The Galileo is capable of full 360° pan, and moves at 200° per second, so it's no slouch either. We love the idea, and clearly we aren't the only ones. The project smashed it's target of raising $100,000 by raising over $700,000 from over 5,000 interested backers.
Backers: 5,227 | Money raised: $702,427 (funding successful) | Link: Galileo
Republique is a stealth action game developed by some of the industry veterans that brought you the likes of F.E.A.R, Halo: Reach and Metal Gear Solid. Designed specifically for touch based devices with a separate PC and Mac version in mind, Republique is the attempt at bringing a triple A title to the touch devices. You help young women, Hope, escape her country ruled by 1984-esque government through the control of computer hardware and surveillance cameras.
Backers: 11,611 | Money raised: $555,662 (pledge successful) | Link: Republique
The great irony of all the new iPad hype was that after people had finished drooling over the new Retina display, most of us wanted a keyboard that would transform the tablet into a laptop.
The iPad Brydge is not the first product to try and fill this gap in the market. But where others have failed, the Brydge looks like it would succeed, thanks to it's Apple-esque styling and solid build quality.
Backers: 1,433 | Money raised: $315,699 (funding successful) | Link: iPad Brydge
iPhone 4S Elevation Dock
The Elevation Dock is everything that every iPhone dock made in the last half a decade should have been. It isn't made out of lightweight, tacky plastic, you don't need to hold it down to get your phone out, and it does look fantastic.
Instead, designer Casey Hopkins has made the Elevation Dock out of solid aluminium, and designed it so well that you would think this was an Apple product. The low friction connection means that your iPhone slides out of the dock when you want it to with no fuss, and it adjusts to fit different iPhones and iPod Touches as well as offering improved acoustics for hands-free phone calls and Facetime.
Backers: 12,521 | Money raised: $1,464,706 (funding successful) | Link: Elevation Dock
Multi-touch Keyboard and Mouse
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future of computing. The entire thing is operated by touch control, and thanks to the lack of moveable parts and the tempered glass surface, this keyboard isn't going to break down after a small spillage. The potential for a touch sensitive input device like this is enormous, especially as inventor Jason Giddings is making the accompanying software open source.
As an additional bonus, Jason Giddings claims his invention is "coffee and donut resistant", making this mouse and keyboard combination essential for modern day Kojaks everywhere.
Backers: 550 | Money raised: $143,583 (funding successful) | Link: Multi-touch Keyboard and Mouse
Double Fine Adventure
When talking about Kickstarter it’s hard not to mention the success story of Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure game. Tim Schafer, a beloved gem of the gaming industry known for making high quality, whacky videogames, wanted to make another point and click adventure game of the quality of his previous endeavours into the genre which were much loved by their fans. Knowing any publisher today not presented with a generic brown and grey Call of Duty clone would laugh in his face, Schafer appealed to the Kickstarter community and raised $3,336,000 quite a fair bit more than his original $400,00 asking.
Backers: 87,142 | Money raised: $3,336,371 (pledge successful) | Link: Double Fine Adventure
If you like your tech, you know that the so called 'smart watch' is a concept that has been around for a while. As of yet, no-one has managed to marry functionality and design to make the idea successful, but that could be all about to change.
Developed by Pebble Technology in Palo Alto, California, the Pebble Watch is fully customizable to work in harmony with your iOS or Android phone. It will alert you of calls, with caller ID, display short text messages when they arrive, let you control your music and even uses your phone's GPS to make itself into an activity monitor. Those are just a few examples, and there are more Pebble apps on the way too...
Backers: 48,005 | Money raised: $7,112,264 (funding successful) | Link: Pebble Watch
When we say Shadowrun, you probably think of the rather average Xbox 360 FPS released a couple of years ago. Go back a little further and you'll find that Shadowrun was originally a pen & paper RPG (a la Dungeons & Dragons), and after that it was an excellent action RPG with versions on both the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive.
Original creator Jordan Weisman is bringing Shadowrun back, reimagined and updated but true to its original pen & paper roots. Expect a deep and immersive RPG experience centred on story-telling.
Backers: 36, 276 | Money raised: $1,836,447 (funding successful) | Link: Shadowrun Returns
Winning the award for cleverest name, SolMate is an iPhone 4S case that does solar power a bit differently. Again, the idea of getting old grandpa Sun to juice up your phone isn't a new one, but while ordinary solar charging accessories need direct sunlight to generate power, SolMate's high-efficiency solar panel with SolCurve technology can generate power in the shade or even indoors.
With such efficient technology and killer aesthetics, the SolMate looks primed to go a long way if it makes it into production.
Backers: 427 | Money raised: $61,575 (funding successful) | Link: SolMate
TouchFire is the brainchild of long-time technology product designers Steve Isaac and Brad Melmon. Simple put, it's a transparent silicon rubber keyboard that fits snugly over the iPad's soft keyboard.
TouchFire has been designed with perfect resistance, so you can rest your fingers on the keys without triggering buttons, but when typing you get the feel of a keyboard. The device itself fits into place via the magnets build into the iPad and it's flexible enough to fold away when you want to use the whole screen.
Backers: 3,146 | Money raised: $201,400 (funding successful) | Link: TouchFire
Skyjacker by Digitilus is an open-world space combat game based on the Abyss in Lights books written by Eugene Zhukov. Think GTA in space with a more epic scale. The game engine incorporates high destructibility and damage models, for example, if you wanted to slow an enemy ship down send a few friendly torpedoes towards its engine. Since beginning the Kickstarter project on the 30th of June 2012 Digitilus has garnered $90,000 towards their $200,000 goal.
Backers: 2,462 | Money raised: $97,331 (needs $200,000) | Link: Skyjacker
Clang is a peripheral based sword combat game from Neal Stephenson a self-proclaimed sword fighting fanatic. Unhappy with the way sword fighting was being portrayed in modern video games (*cough* Skyrim *cough*) Stephenson decided, using intuitive recognition technology, to make his own sword game that brought across the true finesse in fighting with a sword. Initially a one on one PC based combat arena it will eventually evolve into a full-fledged adventure game complete with realistic sword combat. It gained its entire asking fund of $500,000 on July 9th 2012.
Backers: 9,023 | Money raised: $526,125 (pledge successful) | Link: Clang
ZionEyez HD Recording Glasses
The eternal problem of video recording is that you always miss those spontaneous, unpredictable moments that are worth saving and sharing. If, like Steven Tyler, you don't want to miss a thing than read on, because thanks to ZionEyez you don't have to... provided you're one of those tits that wears sunglasses on the London Underground, or during monsoons.
The ZionEyez have a 720p HD video camera embedded in the frame, which records video and takes stills, and these files can be stored in the onboard 8MB flash memory, or transferred to another device via Wifi, Bluetooth, or Micro USB. Not only that, but if you download the ZionEyez app, you'll be able to broadcast your video in real-time via social networking.
Backers: 2,106 | Money raised: $343,415 (funding successful) | Link: ZionEyez
The digital card game for iOS, Android, Facebook, Mac, PC and Linux has been described as Magic the Gathering meets The Walking Dead and works similarly to OMGpop’s Draw Something. So, you can pick it up and play other people anytime, anywhere you want. Featuring incredibly high res card detail with real actors and locations, Z is an intuitive, fun card game for the modern, technologically aware gamer.
Backers: 106 | Money raised: $18,998 (needs $25,000) | Link: Z
We're not sure how much difference a T3 contribution would make to a project that passed its $950,000 pledge total in just one day and hit the $5m mark with 21 days still to go before the deadline. So why all the fuss? Well, the hackable Android games console that will cost £99, is being backed by several high profile figures in the tech industry including Jambox designer Yves Béhar and Xbox co-creator Ed Fries. The console itself will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and pack a meaty quadcore Tegra 3 processor, a wireless gamepad, 8GB of storage and full HD support all of which is aimed at bringing the best of Android gaming to your TV. It's split the world of gaming, but if T3 had a spare $20, we'd definitely put our money in.
Backers: 39,583 | Money raised: $5,046,557 | Link:Ouya