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Kickstarter looks back on 2013: three million backers, $480 million pledged

Kickstarter has posted a review of 2013, revealing the greatest projects to emerge from the crowdfunding site.

The Year in Kickstarter 2013 states that over the course of last year, three million people backed projects, with a total of $480 million (£292 million) pledged.

The impressive figure amounts to $1,315,520 (£799,126) pledged each day, with $913 (£555) donated to projects every minute.

19,911 projects were successfully funded, and Kickstarter listed some of the most popular and inspirational campaigns.

Among the success stories on the site was the Pebble smart watch and the Oculus Rift, both of which recently revealed improved versions at CES 2014. The Android-powered micro-console Ouya was also a big crowdfunding hit.

Some of the projects funded were truly inspirational too. The Atlas human-powered helicopter (pictured) took flight thanks to nearly $35,000 of backers’ donations while the ArduSat project took satellites powered by the Arduino platform into space.

Other well-meaning projects included making classrooms out of discarded shipping containers, opening a skatepark in Philadelphia and inspiring young engineers.

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