As the year comes to an end, we thought it would be appropriate to take a trip down memory lane and highlight a few success stories to come out of the crowdfunding world in 2014. This isn’t a list based simply on the most money raised, featuring all the projects you already know about. Instead, this list shines light on just a few of the most spellbinding crowdfunding campaigns of 2014.

3. PAVLOK: A Personal Coach Wearable That Shocks You!

Goal: $50,000 | Reached: $254,133


Meet Pavolk – the world’s first device that doesn’t just track what you do, but changes what you do. The personal coach wearable uses electric shock to force you to break bad habits and form new ones. Let’s say you’re too exhausted to go to the gym one day. Not only does Pavlok shock you, the app takes money right out of your bank account and posts on your Facebook “I didn’t go to the gym today.” Nothing like public humiliation, losing money, and electric shock to get you off your butt! While it may seem crazy, it works… which is why Pavlok got featured on everything from The Colbert Report to The Huffington Post.

2. Arist: Brews Coffee Like The Best Baristas – Anytime, Anywhere

Goal: $120,000 | Reached: $845,139


While some of us may be okay with getting coffee from the critically-acclaimed baristas at 7-11, many of our fellow coffee addicts around the world are always on the hunt for that perfect cup of joe. To all the fellow caffeine enthusiasts out there – fear not. The search is finally over. Arist, the home coffee machine, brews coffee like the best baristas in the world at the tap of a button. Clearly, we’re all hooked on the stuff because Arist got featured on over 60 publications during its campaign.

1. Sense:  Know More. Sleep Better.

Goal: $100,000 | Reached: $2,410,741


Even though we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping (or 1/2 our lives for some of us), we still have yet to perfect the art of the sleep cycle. Sense – the reinvention of the alarm clock – combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom. This brilliant device wakes you up at just the right time so you’ll never wake up groggy again.  It’s no secret that technology has victimized our quality of sleep. Sense is giving it back.

All of these campaigns prove one important aspect of crowdfunding: the most successful crowdfunding campaigns have a story that journalists will want to write about. Thanks for tuning in and feel free to add comments/questions below!

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