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Best of Kickstarter, 8/29/11

We’re starting off the week with an update on all the great Kickstarter projects we’ve featured so far. What am I talking about, you ask? What’s this Best of Kickstarter thing we’ve been blogging about every Monday? Well, it seems like everyone is pitching their idea to Kickstarter. We think that’s great, but with great power comes great responsibility, and while the 23-person Kickstarter team does their best to filter out the winning projects from the thousands and thousands of proposals they receive, there are still literally tens of thousands of new projects that launch each week. That’s a lot of ways to spend your hard-earned five bucks. Too many ways, actually. How can one person sort through it all? Relax, we’ll do it all for you.

We’re going to go ahead and skip over last week’s picks for the worst Kickstarter Projects because, really, who cares if they get funded or not? But the week before that we brought you a visual stunner, photographer Manjari Sharma’s elaborate Mumbai deity project, which, I’m happy to say, raised its funding and then some. Manjari – I look forward to receiving my Darhsan tote in the mail soon, thank you very much. Unfortunately MicroHome, an app that allows you to control the amount of energy used in your home or office, isn’t faring as well. It’s only raised a measly $60 out of $5,000. Maybe they should have started this project before summer, aka the season of A/C abuse?

The week before that we were very excited to tell you about Opera Kids, a documentary about a 5th grade class charged with the task of putting on their very own opera from scratch. For a while there it looked like maybe the filmmakers weren’t going to make it to $30,000, but I’m happy to report that when the fundraising bell rang they actually went over by $3k. Then there’s the YouTurn, a high-tech bike safety device with a hefty fundraising price tag. Worn like a glove on your left hand, it lights up a bright yellow chevron alerting drivers of your upcoming left or right turn. It works like your iPhone, with the arrow flipping left or right depending on how you hold your hand. As a biker, I’m pretty passionate about this project, and I’m bummed that after two weeks it’s still only raised 20%! But there’s 26 days left – plenty of time to get your pledge on!

Check back next Monday for a brand new batch of noteworthy Kickstarter projects.