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.



Goal: $950,000
Amount pledged: $8,596,474

Topping $1 million in just over eight hours, Ouya is an open-source, Android-based game console that lets anyone create a game. The $99 game machine holds Kickstarter’s record for the most money pledged in a day (more than $2.5 million) and is expected to ship at the end of December. Despite the campaigns success, some have expressed skepticism over whether the console can deliver an experience on par with other game systems. But it shows the strength of the gaming community on Kickstarter and has already attracted attention from publishers Square Enix and Namco Bandai and has a few dozen confirmed games.

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  1. 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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