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.


LUMO Smart Posture Sensor

Goal: $100,000
Amount pledged: $200,503

As health gadgets gain in popularity, keep an eye on the company behind this device. Worn around your waist, the LUMO Smart Posture Sensor monitors your movements and gives your lower back a buzz when it senses that you’re not standing up straight. Its maker, LUMO Body Tech, turned to Kickstarter for validation before going into production and got it within a matter of weeks, ultimately raising more than double their goal amount. But they plan for this to be just the first in a line of wearable devices for improving health and performance and avoiding injuries. On the heels of their successful campaign, this week LUMO said they raised $5 million in Series A funding from investors, including Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

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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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