A provisional or non-provisional patent can be obtained for a method, a device or an application. It can take years to obtain, but it is the only IP right that protects functionality (not ideas or concepts though!)
Do your research
Before commencement of any Research and Development, you should first check the free public databases which provide a great source of technical information.
Novel, inventive, industrial applicability
The Examiner will asses whether your invention satisfies each of these 3 criteria in order be patented. Software CAN be patentable, just NOT as such.
Do not disclose
Refrain from any marketing activities e.g. Kickstarter before filing a patent. Once publicly disclosed, your invention is in the public domain and may no longer be patentable.
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