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We live in a hyper connected world and the 'Internet of Things' (IoT for short) is the network of physical objects (things) which are embedded with electronics (sensors and connectivity) and software which enables these objects to collect and exchange data - or simple put, 'connected things'. In the home environment, IoT devices/appliances range from simple 'smart' thermostates or lightbulbs to advanced home automation and security elements. Most IoTs are a natural progression of technology of everyday devices that make a lot of sense, some are entirely new devices or innovations, while others are frankly, senseless and outright weird.

Crowdfuding has certainly contributed to the number of IoT devices now available thanks to the creative way people have applied connected technology to solve everyday problems or to simply make life (in a very connected world) a little easier. 2015 saw a considerable amopunt of IoTs launded on varioues crowdfunding platforms and here I have selected those projects which I think are the best.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 22:16

Best crowdfunded coffee projects of 2015

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Sometimes I think the only way I ever actually make it through whole year with out going half crazy is all thanks to the volume of coffee I consume. I am sure I am not the only one and judging by all the coffee related crowdfunding projects that were launched this year, it sure seems like coffee was once again a big hit in 2015.

From maunal hand coffee grinders to fully automated bean-to-cup machines (and everything in between), crowdfunded projects that tapped into the second largest traded commodity in the world made 2015 a great year for crowdfunding coffee addicts. As one of these said crowdfunding coffee addicts, I have selected the top six coffee related projects funded via crowdfunding in 2015.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:19

Best crowdfunded card game projects of 2015

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2015 was an explosive year for crowdfunding! With total funds raised estimated to be almost double that of 2014, with an estimated amount of over US$30 Billion dollars raised. Card game projects funded on crowdfunding platforms also had an explosive year with 'Exploding Kittens' setting crowdfunding records as well as raising a whopping US$8.7 million.

I have backed a few card games over the last few years and I must say that 2015 had some of the most creative, daring and simply put 'fun' games I have seen. Here are the six best crowdfunded card game projects which I think were the best some of which I backed myself (or wish I had)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 06:25

Best crowdfunded playing cards projects of 2015

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Be it purely for the looks or to add to add to your collection, if you were looking for creative alternative playing cards the scope of crowdfunded projects 2015 would certainly not have disappointed you. From video game inspired artwork to the art and tradition of Dia de los Muertos, playing card creators and artists draw have created decks of cards to suit any persons fancy or to compliment any collectors collection. Noted this year is also the use of different materials and effects used to create truely amazing cards, these include cards with a metal appearance with a prismatic effect to lenticular lens motion designs.

I am fascinated by the creative medium that playing cards offer artists and designers and how crowdfunding platforms now allow these artists to launch their projects to connect their art and passion to a ever growing market. OUt of the dozens of really great projects I have selected the six crowdfunded playing card decks which I think were the very best of 2015.

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