Bunch O Balloons

Bunch O Balloons

Product: Bunch O Balloons
Company: Tinnus Enterprises
City: Plano, TX
Goal: $10,000
Raised: $929,160
Backers: 21,455
Funding Date: August 21, 2014
Founder Josh Malone has created an attachment for water hoses that allows as many as 100 water balloons to be filled at one time. It also ties the balloons.

Cobblebot

Cobblebot

Product: Cobblebot 3-D printer
Company: Cobblebot
City: Houston
Goal: $100,000
Raised: $373,916
Backers: 1,208
Funding Date: August 7, 2014
Cobblebot 3-D printer: Invented by Jeremiah Clifft, the Cobblebot is a customizable 3-D printer that can print as large as 15 inches x 15 inches x 15 inches.

The Mister

The Mister

Product: The Mister
Company: The Mister
City: Houston
Goal: $50,000
Raised: $166,140
Backers: 613
Funding Date: December 14, 2014
A group of Houston engineers created the Mister: an Internet of Things device that attaches to an outdoor air-conditioning unit. When a temperature threshold is met, the device sprays a fine mist around the unit cooling the intake air, which makes the unit consume less power.

3SX

3SX

Product: 3SX
Company: BSX Athletics
City: Houston
Goal: $50,000
Raised: $121,897
Backers: 548
Funding Date: April 11, 2014
3SX: Dustin Freckleton and Nithin Rajan founded the company in 2012 and brought a wearable device that tracks heart rate, cadence, pace, calories burned, and lactate threshold to Kickstarter last year.

Fluux LiquiMetal

Fluux LiquiMetal

Product: Fluux LiquiMetal
Company: Fluux Design Lab
City: Houston
Goal: $20,000
Raised: $112,768
Backers: 1,435
Funding Date: April 3, 2014
Fluux Design Lab founder Krunal Patel says the company’s mission is to explore and bridge the gap between material science and artistic expression. To wit: desk knick-knacks go high-tech.

Axis360

Axis360

Product: Axis360
Company: Cinetics
City: Austin, TX
Goal: $75,000
Raised: $666,456
Backers: 648
Funding Date: April 26, 2014
Cinetics was founded by Justin Jensen in 2011, when his first successful Kickstarter earned him almost $500,000 for a mobile tripod called CineSkates. Cinetics did even better last year when Kickstarting its newest product, Axis360, raising almost $700,000. Axis360 is a motor system that can to rotate or slide a camera.

Watches

Watches

Product: Rubicon watches
Company: Rhyno Outfit Inc.
City: San Antonio, TX
Goal: $50,000 and $50,000
Raised: $66,081 and $88,467
Backers: 193 and 151
Funding Date: March 19, 2014 and Oct. 28, 2014
This military-themed watchmaker ran two successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2014, both of which were among the largest in San Antonio. Now it is seeking to enter the retail market in 2015.

Sabertron

Sabertron

Product: Sabertron
Company: LevelUp Inc.
City: Austin, TX
Goal: $195,000
Raised: $233,852
Backers: 1,318
Funding Date: June 14, 2014

Computer engineer David Lynch developed these high-tech styrofoam swords so that his kids could keep track of who won when they were having sword fights. An accelerometer helps record when the soft blade has impacted an object. Then, wireless communication technology, similar to that in a smartphone, helps the Sabertron differentiate when it has hit another sword or an opponent’s body. The company is now accepting pre-orders for delivery later this year.

Aquaponics

Aquaponics

Product: Aquaponics
Company: Sustainable Harvesters
City: Houston
Goal: $75,000
Raised: $75,012
Backers: 105
Funding Date: January 1, 2014
Andrew Alvis and Matthew Braud founded Sustainable Harvesters. Their product, Aquaponics, is a renewable hydroponic farming system that uses aquaculture.

Escape: the Curse of the Temple

Escape: the Curse of the Temple

Product: Escape: the Curse of the Temple
Company: Queen Games
City: Dallas
Goal: $20,000
Raised: $246,416
Backers: 2,742
Funding Date: May 7, 2014
The Escape board game is a real-time cooperative board game in which players must escape from a cursed temple before the temple collapses.

"A Billion Entrepreneurs"

Product: “A Billion Entrepreneurs” movie
Company: Tinnus Enterprises
City: Dallas
Goal: $10,000
Raised: $929,160
Backers: 21,455
Funding Date: August 21, 2014
Founder Jimmy Newsom founded A Billion Entrepreneurs Foundation, a nonprofit that aims” to plant the seed of entrepreneurship into generations of people throughout the world,” according to its Kickstarter page. “A Billion Entrepreneurs” is a movie to encourage entrepreneurship.

Firearm Zero

Firearm Zero

Product:Fireteam Zero
Company: Emergent Games
City: Rowlett, TX
Goal: $50,000
Raised: $164,465
Backers: 766
Funding Date: April 1, 2014
Michael Langlois, Christian Leonhard, and Loic Muzy, have created Firearm Zero, a fantasy warfare board game.

The Worship Initiative

The Worship Initiative

Product: The Worship Initiative
Company: The Worship Initiative
City: Dallas
Goal: $100,000
Raised: $154,191
Backers: 1,339
Funding Date: March 28, 2014
Shane Everett and Shane Barnard created the Worship Initiative, a Christian music education program, including recorded songs and other material, for church musicians. The Kickstarter video is a strange mix of Christian music and hunting scene in which one partner tracks the other partner and shoots him with paintballs.

Oil prices might be sliding down, but the party’s still strong in Texas. How else can we explain that Kickstarter’s most-funded project from the Lone Star State last year was the “Bunch O Balloons,” a water-hose attachment that fills and ties 100 balloons in one go.

The Plano, TX, project took in nearly $930,000—blowing away its $10,000 goal—from 21,455 backers last August and is in production this spring, according to its Kickstarter page. Looking around the state, the top Kickstarter projects feature a variety of projects from wearables to aquaponics, and from an education program for Christian musicians to a “liquid metal.”

The biggest funded project in Texas is still Virtuix Omni, a virtual reality gaming system created by Jan Goetgeluk in Houston, which raised a little more than $1 million in 2013. Goetgeluk has taken Virtuix beyond the crowdfunding realm, and in December, raised $2.7 million right before taking the company to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Who knows? In time, some of these other startup entrepreneurs might be joining Goetgeluk and Virtuix Omni along the path to the marketplace.

National Correspondent David Holley contributed to this report.

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763.