When Supermechanical turned toKickstarter to crowd source funding of its Internet of Things project, its cofounders were no doubt optimistic. But it’s questionable that even they would have believed that pledges amounting to nearly a half a million dollars — way more than 1,000 percent of the funding goal — would roll in with time to spare. But that’s what happened: as of 5:00 p.m. eastern time Jan. 2, some 3,548 people had pledged $497,939, with 20 hours to go before the deadline.
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