x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Designing a better future

Crowd-funding offers help not just for artists and filmmakers - designers can benefit too

Aflamnah isn't just for filmmakers and artists; designers can also use it, according to founder Vida Rizq. This may well be one of the best applications of the site, as getting manufacturers for new products and inventions in the region is notoriously tricky. This has proved popular for the US-only Kickstarter, with some of the most successful pitches being simple but innovative products.

Pebble is a wristwatch that connects with iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth, alerting the wearer to incoming calls and emails, and a remote for music. The project has attracted almost 70,000 backers and beat its US$10,000 (Dh36,700) target by raising $10.3 million.

Simplicity always wins out. Take the Elevation Dock - aimed at iPhone users, this solid-aluminium dock is made from the same material as the Apple unibody Mac. It's angled perfectly for video chat and can also charge a phone. That's it - just a good-looking product that Apple never made. It has attracted its developers almost $1.5 million in pledges and about 12,500 backers.