With more than a dozen projects raising more than $1 million (some in less than a day), 2012 was a banner year for Kickstarter. Here are GigaOM’s favorite campaigns from the worlds of connected devices, open-source technology and publishing.


ATOMS Express toys

Goal: $100,000
Amount pledged: $126,140

Hoping to raise the bar in the world of connected toys, Boulder, Colo.-based ATOMS Express last month launched its Kickstarter campaign for a set of sensor-based electronics sets that lets kids create innovative, iOS-controlled projects. The ATOMS are sets of inputs, a logic unit and outputs that kids can mix and match to make the items they already have (like LEGOs, costumes and action figures) more interactive. For example, the “Magic Wand” kit includes an accelerometer input and a light output that could let kids turn off lights or close a door when they wave their “wand.”

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  1. san diego fiber installer Friday, December 21, 2012

    Love kickstarter. Cant wait till we see some traction with the Jobs Act next year. :)

  2. Hello Ki Mae, can you please check out my project ELECTRO PONG on Kickstarter. Thanks in advance! Juan Acevedo

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