Node

Status: $21,368 pledged of $50,000; 22 days to go

NODE is one of the coolest projects we've ever seen on Kickstarter. As a handheld device packed with a three-axis accelerometer, a three-axis magnetometer, and three-axis gyroscope, NODE's potential uses are pretty limitless. The device connects to your phone via Bluetooth so as not to drain too much energy. The code is open source so anyone can build an app that takes advantage of the device. But when upon purchasing NODE, the user will also get an app which features three modules: KORE which lets you monitor all the sensors, CLIMA which lets you get an accurate reading on the current atmospheric pressures (weather), and LUMA which allows you to control the NODE's eight powerful LEDs. Variable Technologies, the company behind the NODE, plans to release many more modules in the future which will no doubt lengthen its list of uses.