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Trending Crowdfunding Projects in the First Week of October 2023

In the world of crowdfunding, innovation knows no bounds, and every new month brings forth a wave of exciting projects vying for the attention and support of eager backers. As we step into the first week of October 2023, the crowdfunding landscape is abuzz with a diverse array of groundbreaking ideas and inventive creations.

Join us as we embark on a journey through the top ten trending crowdfunding projects of the first week of October 2023. From the GENKI Alpine Collection’s gaming peripherals to the ClickPack Travlo’s anti-theft travel backpack, this curated list highlights the ingenuity and creativity of creators and inventors from around the globe.

1. Kickstarter - GENKI Alpine Collection
  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 308,114
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 2,017 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 616%

The GENKI Alpine Collection is making waves in the world of gaming and content creation with its innovative ShadowCast 2 Pro and Covert Dock 2. The ShadowCast 2 Pro, designed for pro gamers, influencers, and videographers, takes USB video capture to a whole new level. Unlike many other capture cards that only support 4K60 input, this device stands out by offering both 4K60 input and output, allowing for buttery-smooth gameplay recording and streaming in full 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. It even pushes the envelope further with the ability to achieve a frame rate of 144 frames per second at 2K/1440p resolution and an astonishing 240Hz at 1080p, ideal for breathtaking slow-motion replays. The addition of an extra HDMI port for zero-latency passthrough enhances the gaming experience, and support for HDR and VRR brings stunning visual quality and smoother gameplay. With low latency and compatibility with various devices, including iPads, ShadowCast 2 Pro offers a world of possibilities for gamers and content creators. Its smaller sibling, the ShadowCast 2, may be compact, but it packs a punch with 1080p60 capture quality, reduced latency, and the world’s smallest capture card form factor. With compatibility across different platforms, including iPads, it provides a convenient solution for gamers and videographers seeking a sleek and efficient setup for their content creation needs.

  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 183,745
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 1,413 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 1224%

The Hybrid Pint Glass by Elevated Craft® redefines the art of beer drinking with a perfect blend of design and functionality. It boasts a meticulously designed glass insert that pairs flawlessly with a hybrid steel base, offering both elegance and practicality. The glass is achieved through a food-safe physical vapor deposition process, ensuring a premium finish. What sets this pint glass apart is its integrated bottle opener in the steel base, eliminating the need to search for an opener. The chillable glass insert, paired with a vacuum-insulated steel base, keeps your beer cold from the first sip to the last. Its Art Deco-inspired fluted ribs not only enhance aesthetics but also reflect light beautifully. Easy to clean and stable, this pint glass is a must-have for those who appreciate a perfectly poured beer. It enhances the drinking experience by allowing for a proper pour that unlocks the beer’s full flavors and aromas, thanks to its innovative design. Moreover, it’s versatile and suitable for a range of icy beverages, making it an excellent addition to any home bar. With an embedded co-molded polymer ring for longevity and protection, the Hybrid Pint Glass is the latest addition to Elevated Craft’s barware collection, offering both style and security.

3. Kickstarter - Jack in the Box Puzzle
  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 132,371
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 1,255 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 133%

The “Jack in the Box Puzzle” is a captivating and enigmatic puzzle designed by Rod Bogart. It consists of eight solid aluminum blocks that fit together perfectly to form a cube when packed inside the accompanying acrylic box. However, there’s a hidden puzzle within this cube, which adds an element of magic and mystery to the experience. The goal is to figure out how to fit a three-dimensional star inside the box along with all eight cube pieces, and the name “Jack in the Box” provides a hint to the challenge. The elegant metal stand that holds the cube is called the ‘jack.’ The puzzle’s production quality was meticulously elevated from a 3D-printed version to a high-precision art object made of die-cast aluminum and injection-molded acrylic. Special attention was given to the design details, including a dimpled texture on the cuboids for accessibility and a high-grip emery coating for stability. The puzzle is not only a brain-teaser but also a display-worthy, heirloom-quality work of art that promises to mesmerize and challenge puzzle enthusiasts.

4. Kickstarter - Loog Piano
  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 161,398
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 627 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 163%

The Loog Piano is a portable digital piano designed for both children and adults, offering musician-grade sound and design. Unlike typical children’s keyboards, it features high-quality sound and piano-action keys that allow for dynamics, ranging from soft to loud playing. The instrument is compact, equipped with built-in speakers and a rechargeable battery for easy portability. It comes with an accompanying app offering lessons and game-like exercises, making it suitable for beginners of all ages. The piano is crafted with solid wood and a sonically transparent fabric top to emulate the output of an acoustic piano. With 37 keys spanning three octaves, the Loog Piano provides a professional playing experience in a user-friendly design, complete with flashcards for chord and scale learning.

5. Kickstarter - Elfin Fountain
  • Launch time: 2023.9.27
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 38,429
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 511 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 384%

The Elfin Fountain introduces a pumpless design for pet fountains, offering ease of use and safety. Traditional water fountains for pets come with submerged pumps, which can be challenging to clean and pose electrical leakage risks. Elfin Fountain’s NatureFlow Hydration System redefines pet fountains with easy-to-detach parts that can be rinsed directly with water for effortless cleaning. It employs MagDrive™ technology to dispense water, separating electronic components from the water source, ensuring both safety and durability. The fountain features dual water modes, timer, and intelligent modes, along with a cordless design and a long-lasting battery, making it convenient for pet owners. It operates quietly at just 35 dB, ensuring a serene environment. Moreover, it includes a filter to keep water clean and is made of FDA and RoHS-certified materials for pet safety. The Elfin Fountain is designed for practicality, making it a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing addition to your pet’s oasis at home.

6. Kickstarter - Slimca HERE
  • Launch time: 2023.9.27
  • Pledged In 48 Hours: US$ 12,448
  • Backer In 48 Hours: 239 Backer
  • 48 Hours To Reach Goal: 120%

Slimca HERE, a compact and versatile tracker designed to safeguard your personal belongings from getting lost. With worldwide tracking capabilities integrated into the Apple FindMy App, you can effortlessly locate your items on a global scale. Slimca boasts a slim profile, akin to that of a credit card, ensuring it seamlessly fits into your wallet without adding bulk. This device includes a handy Finder feature for your wallet, seamlessly integrating with the secure and encrypted Apple Find My Network, utilizing Bluetooth technology for item tracking. Furthermore, Slimca provides separation alerts to keep you informed when you part ways with your possessions in unfamiliar environments. Additionally, it features an ultra-slim USB-C connector, ensuring compatibility with standard USB-C cables.

  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 22,537
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 373 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 450%

The Adaptev Headlamp is a lighting solution designed to deliver hands-free illumination that seamlessly adjusts to your every move. Drawing inspiration from Porsche headlights, this innovative headlamp utilizes advanced gyroscope sensors to dynamically adapt the light’s direction according to the wearer’s head movements, ensuring precision and optimal illumination at all times. Offering a total of seven versatile lighting modes, including an Adaptive mode, it delivers maximum brightness and focused light output. Crafted from premium materials, it combines comfort with durability and boasts IP67 waterproof and shockproof features. Weighing a mere 96 grams, it’s lightweight and conveniently USB rechargeable, providing up to 14+ hours of runtime on the low setting. Whether you’re hiking, fishing, running, or embarking on outdoor adventures, the Adaptev Headlamp guarantees a seamless and immersive hands-free lighting experience.

8. Kickstarter - MOTION ZERO
  • Launch time: 2023.9.28
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 59,716
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 533 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 398%

MOTION ZERO is a meditation tool designed to make meditation more accessible and efficient. While meditation can be practiced without any aids, MOTION ZERO aims to assist those who may find it challenging to enter and maintain a meditative state on their own. By providing a mesmerizing visual stimulus in the form of a spinning metal egg, it helps individuals enter a meditative state more quickly. The tool encourages users to clear their minds and focus on the egg’s movement and patterns, gently pushing out any distracting thoughts. MOTION ZERO offers various modes, including a timer mode, focus mode with randomness sensors, anchor mode to maintain concentration, and play mode for customization. It’s not just a beautiful piece but a practical aid for meditation, relaxation, and mindfulness, reminding users to take care of themselves and providing a captivating focal point for meditation practice.

9. Kickstarter - National Park watches
  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 76,647
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 242 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 766%

5 must-see National Park watches that offer a unique way to tell time through moving illustrations, created by Xeric. These timepieces feature self-winding mechanical movements with jump hour complications, eliminating the need for batteries or charging. The Arches Day & Night watch transitions between day and night scenes, with the sun indicating daytime hours and the moon showing nighttime hours. The Gates of the Arctic watch displays hours using a star and a moon during both day and night, symbolizing the limited daylight in Alaska during winter. Each Asterisk timepiece is individually numbered, with production limited to 999 pieces per color. These watches boast a 38mm hand-finished stainless steel case, sapphire glass for scratch resistance, and a quick-release strap system for easy customization.

10. Kickstarter - ClickPack Travlo
  • Launch time: 2023.9.26
  • Pledged In 24 Hours: US$ 60,432
  • Backer In 24 Hours: 317 Backer
  • 24 Hours To Reach Goal: 630%

The ClickPack Travlo is an anti-theft travel backpack designed to provide peace of mind for travelers, gym-goers, and anyone living an active lifestyle. It offers an expanded 45L capacity with a layered storage system, ensuring organization, privacy, and accessibility. Users can customize the storage layout to their needs. The backpack includes compartments for electronics, daily accessories, personal supplies, and even discreet storage for personal belongings. It’s equivalent to a 20-inch suitcase and features an expandable storage section with a shoe compartment. The backpack also offers waterproof pockets, quick-access side and top pockets, and security features such as TSA custom locks, stretch rebound wire locks, and double explosion-proof zippers. Its AirCell straps distribute weight evenly, and it has a breathable vertebral region and weather-ready design with a rain cover for added protection.

Allen Jones

Allen Jones

Allen Jones, a Columbia Marketing alumnus with a decade in crowdfunding, founded Hunt4Best in 2019. A crowdfunding pioneer, he noticed faux "crowdfunding communities" aggregating projects without real community spirit. To counter this, he led a team to create Hunt4Best—an authentic crowdfunding community. It dissects industry trends, showcases top projects, and fosters crowdfunding expertise exchange. With his team, Jones developed the F-P-E analysis model, a comprehensive framework driving Hunt4Best's operations.

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