2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech
Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 
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Crowdfund Productions performed a study of 300 wearable tech projects on various crowdfunding platforms and have illustrated its findings in an infographic we have for you below.
The team at Crowdfund Productions identified that over $44,989,335 has been raised for wearable projects using crowdsourcing platforms at the time of this report. Most of this is from Kickstarter which had raised triple the amount of funds compared to Indiegogo. 
Kickstarter also saw a higher success rate, being eleven points higher than Indiegogo when looking at the percentage of campaigns that successfully raised their funding goals. 
2013 was a banner year for crowdfunding on both of these popular platforms. 68 wearable projects were successfully funded in 2013 compared to 19 in 2012. This totalled over $18.8 million dollars in funds. But it looks like 2014 is set to surpass this number with 45 projects already funded in the first quarter alone.


Crowdfunding Wearable Technologies Infographic

2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech

Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 

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PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013
Including:
Scanadu’s medical scanner, Scout, $1.2 million on indiegogo
Misfit Wearables’ activity tracker, Shine, $847K on indiegogo
amiigo’s fitness bracelet, $581K on indiegogo
Radiate’s smart workout shirt, $580K on Kickstarter
Hapilabs’ smart fork, HAPIfork, $135K on Kickstarter
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Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013

Including:

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CrowdMed - Platform harnesses the crowds to solve rare disease cases.
We recently saw Israel’s Medivizor platform aim to provide web users with more accurate health data than they would get with a simple Google search. Now CrowdMed is relying on the knowledge of a broad set of people in order to find out the potential causes of rare diseases.
via: refreshedforlife

CrowdMed - Platform harnesses the crowds to solve rare disease cases.

We recently saw Israel’s Medivizor platform aim to provide web users with more accurate health data than they would get with a simple Google search. Now CrowdMed is relying on the knowledge of a broad set of people in order to find out the potential causes of rare diseases.

via: refreshedforlife

Geography of Hate - Crowdsourcing Tech Plots out Most Aggressive Areas With Racist, Homophobic and Ableist Tweets 
Just a month or two ago I highlighted a site that kept count of homophobic language on Twitter. Floating Sheep’s visualization of hatred is extremely powerful.
Outside of the obvious social views on this map, what is most interesting from a pure technology perspective is how Twitter is consistently looked to (above all other networks) to take the pulse of a country.

Floating Sheep’s map charting hate tweets, which allows you to search on several flavors of hate, is a creative use of data and mapping to raise awareness.
via: fastcompany

Geography of Hate - Crowdsourcing Tech Plots out Most Aggressive Areas With Racist, Homophobic and Ableist Tweets 

Just a month or two ago I highlighted a site that kept count of homophobic language on Twitter. Floating Sheep’s visualization of hatred is extremely powerful.

Outside of the obvious social views on this map, what is most interesting from a pure technology perspective is how Twitter is consistently looked to (above all other networks) to take the pulse of a country.

Floating Sheep’s map charting hate tweets, which allows you to search on several flavors of hate, is a creative use of data and mapping to raise awareness.

via: fastcompany