The Twine Project
There's a group on Kickstarter that wants to produce these little sensor blocks (time, temperature, moisture, vibration, etc.) that know how to use wifi to send messages (email, text, tweet, http). Simple setup, simple application, major possibilities. (They give the example of a moisture sensor texting you "basement flooding!") This seems to me a much more likely path to get to the "smart house" than the over-engineered showpieces by tech companies. Modular and user-defined.
Their funding goal was $35K and they're currently at $445K; they're on track to get nearly a half million in pledged funding. (That's pretty incredible conceptually, too.)
As my wife said, "Isn't it amazing when you can see the future coming?"
Also, a funded campaign that's heading toward production:
Revo Bike Lights
Bike lights that mount on your wheel rims. They use ultrabright LEDs to create the effect of a headlight and a brake light by synchronizing to the spinning of your wheels.
It's like those persistence of vision toys that create images with a strip of LEDs moving back and forth (and, indeed, they have adaptations of those for bike spokes), except that this is put to a practical purpose. Nice!
Or if you're really holding out for a bizarre and furry Kickstarter item, there's the Monster Violinist still trying to make his goal. Yup, a fiddling werewolf is out busking... It's even a hard economy for creatures of the night.