The Week in Crowdfunding, August 10, 2012: The Oculus Rift VR gaming headset shatters its goal with $1.5 million+ raised so far

By Editor August 10, 2012

Standout technology projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding destinations:

Oculus has raised more than $1.5 million in less than 10 days on Kickstarter for its Oculus Rift immersive virtual reality headset for gamers. It has shattered its goal of $250K via 6,424 backers. With 21 days left to go in the campaign, this may be a record-breaker. Oculus Rift Kickstarter Page

Speaking of record-breakers, video game console Ouya reached the end of its Kickstarter campaign yesterday, raising nearly $9 million. Its original goal of $950K now seems modest. The trick at this point will be to deliver a product worthy of all that money and all of those pre-orders. Ouya Kickstarter Page

Launched in late July, FreedomPop’s Kickstarter campaign for its iPod sleeve that purports to turn the device into a free 4G wireless iPhone is moving forward at a healthy clip. So far, it’s raised more than $39K of its $100K goal with 34 days to go, reaching the 30 percent mark—often cited as a predictor of success. FreedomPop Kickstarter Page

New Project of the Week: (note that this is not an endorsement of any kind, but an effort to highlight recently-launched crowdfunding projects for StartUp Beat’s readers)

Name: nomoreTMI

Platform: Indiegogo

Description: “nomoreTMI intends to get rid of TMI (Too Much Information) from your Facebook updates and give you the information that you are looking for.”

Raised so far: $788.

Days remaining: 44

Link: nomoreTMI Indiegogo Page