2011 has been a tremendous year for tech — Amazon launched a $200 Android tablet, AT&T and Verizon continued their LTE expansion, Apple killed off the Mac mini’s SuperDrive and Samsung introduced a well-received killer 5.3-inch smartphone. But tiny tech startups made their mark as well, proving that you don’t need an enormous R&D budget to spur innovation. Still, development isn’t free, and unless your social circle includes eager investors, seed money has been traditionally hard to come by.
For many of this year’s indie devs, crowdfunding sites have been the answer, with Kickstarter leading the pack. We’ve seen an enormous variety of projects — including a deluge of duds and plenty more semi-redundant iPhone accessories — but a few treasures soared above the swill to be featured in our Insert Coin series, with many of those meeting their funding goals and even making their way into the hands of consumers. Now, as 2011 draws to a close, we’ve gone through this past year’s projects to single out our top ten, and they’re waiting for your consideration just past the break.
Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.