Kickstarter has emerged as the leading crowd-funding platform over the last year, and eagle-eyed technology watchers have clubbed together to back some fantastic projects through 2013.

If you want to see the biggest trends in technology, just take one look at Kickstarter.

From Boxer8's Ouya Android gaming console to the Pebble smartwatch and assorted 3D printed goodies, the technology section is overflowing with concepts with synopses that read like a dictionary of technology's latest buzzwords.

So now the first Class of Kickstarter has graduated thanks to the accumulated pennies and combined cents of thousands of willing backers, what does 2014 hold? We've scoured Kickstarter for the hottest projects you'll be buying next year.

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1 Project Hoverbike

Hoverboard
Where we're going, we need hoverbikes now!

Funding goal: $250,000

Hover skateboards, jetpacks, and now hoverbikes: shut up and take our money.

The stuff of school-boy dreams the world over, it's little wonder the opening sales patter from Michael Poole references Dr Emmett Brown from Back to the Future.

He wants $25,000 to create the prototype of his hoverbike, which looks more like the Podracer from The Phantom Menace. The technology works in the same principle as this year's Martin's Jet Pack, which sets a precedent that this floating bicycle might be more than just hot air.

TR says: It might be crazy, perhaps even impossible. But if there's a chance this hoverbike can be made, we're completely behind it.

2 LUCI Advanced Lucid Dream Inducer

LUCI
LUCI could well be dream tech

Funding goal: $40,000

"This is a dream. Take control." Those are the words Lucid uses put you in the driving seat of your nocturnal hallucinations with its lucid dream inducing tech.

The Inception-inducing gadgetry works, according to its makers, by monitoring your REM sleep and when you're comfortably dreaming about your usual nonsense, it plays an audible warning through attached headphones. The idea is that when you become aware you're dreaming you can take control, and do whatever you want.

TR Says: Like something out of a science fiction film but if Lucid is as good as its creators say - and we are not entirely convinced - it could be the first time we've truly hacked into our dreams. What really interests us is whether regular users could become addicted to their dreams. Something that good will always become a phenomenon.

UPDATE: Turns out Lucid was actually all a dream and the Kickstarter has been cancelled by the creator, with no reason given. Thanks for the heads up Sukisszoze.

3 QU-BD One Up

Funding goal: $9,000

QU BD
3D printing on a budget

3D printing is getting huge, but it's a pricey business. A MakerBot will set you back around $800, so it's no surprise that the $200 QU-BD One Up has caught the eye of a few investors.

With over $200,000 invested, Chelsea Thompson has smashed her original target, thanks to her open source 3D printer design. Being open source, it means all components are freely available and what's more, the company is releasing the source files at the end of the funding cycle, which presumably means modders will be able to get their hands on it and make some tweaks.

TR Says: The world of 3D printing has been - until now - prohibitively expensive. However, this 'entry-level' printer certainly has the right price tag to take the world by storm, and is destined for big things in 2014.

4 The Porta-Pimpressive

Funding goal: £$36,000

Kickstarter
Putting the Pi into Pac-Man

Some Kickstarters appeals aid organisations who should really be able to fund their own projects, but this is crowd-funding in its purest form: one man's dream becoming a reality.

Despite its name, the Porta-Pi does not turn your Raspberry Pi into a toilet suitable for festivals and outdoor events, but instead a DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet.