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Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding site, has assembled a list of 2012's greatest hits which we've narrowed down to five of the more technology-related projects.
Conspicuously absent from the company's official selection is the massively popular Form 1 3D printer by Formlabs, which features game-changing technology that quickly sparked a patent suit by 3D Systems.
Tallying the numbers, in 2012 more than 2.2 million people pledged approximately US$320 million dollars, successfully funding 18,109 projects. A total of 17 projects raised more than a million dollars, with backers hailing from 177 countries (or 90 percent of the countries in the world). Of all the categories, the video game projects made the most money at more than $83 million pledged, with film and video projects trailing in second place at $57.9 million.