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Salesforce’s Benioff invests in smart pregnancy wearable startup

Bloomlife, a digital women’s health company, has closed on a $4 million seed funding round, bringing Bloomlife’s total funding to $6 million. Bloomlife will use the new funding toward commercialization efforts for a smart pregnancy wearable called Belli that measures contractions and displays them visually on a smartphone.

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THIS MAY BE THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE HARD CIDER AT HOME

Here’s what no one may have ever told you about making hard cider: It’s really easy. Scientifically speaking, if you leave almost any fresh fruit juice out long enough, natural yeasts will take over and it will start fermenting into alcohol. The problem is that your homemade cider may also taste terrible. That’s where all […]

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This pet camera lets you tease your cat with a laser even when you’re not home

The Furbo has competition. Petcube is launching two pet-centric cameras on Kickstarter today that let users monitor their pets when they’re not home. The Petcube Bites and Petcube Play come with 1080p video cameras that use night vision and can stream live. The devices connect through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and rely on a companion iOS and Android app.

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Targeting Out-of-stocks – Continued

As well as being one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was a noted inventor, scientist and author who in 1789 famously wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” Grocers nowadays can add one more certainty: out-of-stocks. In fact, out-of-stocks have been at […]

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Inside the PocketCHIP, a $49 Portable Linux Computer

In 2015, Oakland-based Next Thing Co. upped the ante by successfully Kickstarting a $9 computer it called “CHIP” to the tune of $2 million in funding. As part of its pitch, Next Thing Co. also showcased the PocketCHIP, a handheld version of the CHIP with a built-in keyboard and touchscreen display.

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Nura Headphones Adapt To You To Make Music Perfect

In 2006 Steve Jobs said, “Music is so deep within all of us, but it’s easy to go for a day or a week or a month or a year without really listening to music.” I find that to be true. It just feels weird to not listen to music to keep you company and affect your mood.

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Does your sous vide gear really need WiFi?

If you spend a considerable amount of time reading J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s writings on better cooking through science, you’ll come across his sous vide steak guide. I’ve read what Lopez-Alt and others have to say about the culinary method for preparing a slab of beef, or, more specifically, that cooking a thick steak in a low-temperature […]

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The PocketC.H.I.P. Is the Handheld Linux Machine I’ve Been Looking For

The variety of ways people have found to cram the palm-sized Raspberry Pi computer inside a handheld device are some of my favorite Pi projects. But those projects are usually expensive, and some even require a 3D printer. The PocketC.H.I.P. isn’t nearly as powerful as a Pi, but it’s still the handheld machine I’ve wanted for a long time. […]

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China’s Hax Accelerator to invest in Indian startups

BENGALURU: China-based Hax Accelerator, a startupaccelerator dedicated to hardware ventures, is looking to invest in India. Launching a global report on the hardwarespace , Benjamin Joffe, general partner at Hax Accelerator, said the platform is planning to invest around $100,000 each in Indian startups in the hardware space that it identifies.

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Particle CEO Zach Supalla’s Road Map for Navigating the IoT Frontier

Zach Supalla is the founder and CEO of Particle, a self-described “prototype-to-production platform for developing an Internet of Things product.” Particle offers two wireless-enabled microcontroller boards, the Photon and Electron, as well as software development tools and an Internet of Things Cloud platform for both Wi-Fi and cellular connected products.

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Designed In China: Part Two

For the second episode in Click’s Designed in China special, the Click team travel to China’s tech capital, Shenzen, to meet with some of China’s largest technology companies and tour the city’s famous electronic market.

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A quick look at the state of hardware technologies in China and beyond

In the past few years hardware investment has come into its own as a major force in the tech world beyond the walls of medical devices (where it had been relegated for years). A recent report from HAX, the hardware accelerator backed by SOSV shows just how far the movement has come in a relatively short time.

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Liégeois. Starter en e-santé. Témoignage d’un expat’…

Le Liégeois Julien Penders est l’un des deux fondateurs de Bloom Technologies, société orientée e-santé qu’il a créée à San Francisco avec son acolyte américain Eric Dy. L’objet connecté, doublé d’une appli, mis au point est un dispositif de surveillance personnalisé de grossesse, baptisé “Belli”. Nous vous en avions déjà parlé.

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La Chine devient la première puissance informatique au monde – 23/06

La bataille du numérique se corse un peu plus. Ce jeudi, la Chine a pris la première place du Top 500 des supercalculateurs, dépassant les États-Unis. Et pour cause, le supercalculateur chinois Sunway TaihuLight a été sacré comme le plus puissant au monde. Il réalise plus de 93 millions de milliards de calculs à la […]

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Foobot – Indoor Air Quality Monitor

Foobot is the first most complete smart monitor helping you take control of your indoor air quality. By scanning 24/7 your environment and learning from your habits, Foobot will provide you warnings and actionable advice to keep fresh air at home.

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Maker Movement, a new industrial revolution

A new industrial revolution, the Maker Movement. The trend perfectly combines DIY ingenuity and tech entrepreneurship, revolutionizing the way individuals and industry approach innovation. And it’s spreading across China in a big way.

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Building the ‘Monstrously Large’ PocketC.H.I.P. @nextthingco

If you attended the most recent Maker Faire Bay Area you might have encountered the 7’5″ tall functional replica PocketC.H.I.P. in Expo Hall. And if you’ve ever attended any Maker Faire you know that buttons and interactive elements of any project will be user-tested by button-mashing kids and adults alike!

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Headphones Adjust to How You Hear Music

Personalized music and exceptional sound quality are becoming the new trend in the entertainment and technology industries. One headphone maker is looking to change the way its users listen to their tunes by adapting to a person’s individual hearing.

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This tiny, open-source Game Boy lookalike has started shipping

The Arduboy looks like a tiny knockoff Game Boy — and in a lot of ways, that’s exactly what it is. Funded on Kickstarter last year, the Arduboy promised to let owners create and play their own games and install new games built by the community. And now one year later, it’s been shipping to backers over […]

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Nura Headphone Adapt to Your Eardrums

Whether or not you think about it with regularity, the fact remains that no two people hear things exactly the same way. From genetics to our unique ear canals and even the way we develop over time, sound hits our eardrums in different ways. And the new Nura headphones, on Kickstarter now, know exactly how to compensate […]

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Hardware Startup of the Week: Prynt

Coming up with a new idea for a hardware product is a great way to find a USP and to stand out in the market. Everyone is always looking for that next big thing that will change the world in the way that other disruptive technologies have.

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Target’s New Robot Helper Is Busy At Work On Aisle 3

The retail giant is testing robots in a San Francisco department store. Simbe Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup, built the robot called Tally that it says can roll autonomously around the store while scanning products to determine if they have been misplaced, mispriced, or are low in stock.

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Dr. Lyssa Neel on Inspiring Girls to Give Technology a Try

Dr. Lyssa Neel founded Linkitz in 2012, a wearable electronic toy company focused on recruiting young girls to tech and STEM careers. Linkitz won the Ontario-based Northumberland 100 competition in 2013, was accepted to the prestigious hardware-focused HAXLR8R program in 2014 and is currently developing its first-generation toy product line.

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The Pockulus VR Headset May Look Funky, But It’s Only $49

TODAY’S MOST POPULAR low-end VR headset, Google Cardboard, uses your phone to transport you to alien worlds. But there’s another inexpensive option, one that lets you play 3D games using just a palm-sized computer and a 3D-printed face mask, no phone required.

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Female Founder Spotlight: Katharina Unger of LIVIN Farms

LIVIN Farms, the makers of the LIVIN Farms Hive, are making it easy for consumers to grow their own sustainable food in the form of insects in their own homes. A recent HAX Accelerator grad, LIVIN was founded by Katharina Unger, an industrial designer who was born and raised in Austria.

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Prynt – Transforming an iPhone Into a Polaroid

Prynt review from Scott Kramer, the contributor from Forbes. Prynt is the iphone case that print your photos out like a polaroid camera. There are two ways to use Prynt: First, print the photo immediately from your fresh photo shots. Second, print photos that have existed at your phone. Moreover, the photo paper is not […]

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Digitally weary users switch to ‘dumb’ phones

Some phone users start buying phones with limited and no internet futures. LightPhone is a phone that makes you far away from your smartphone. Analysts say more and more people prefer to have a simple phone when they go out at the evening, the LightPhone is perfect for people want to distouch from the internet […]

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Band Industries on Running a Global Startup out of Beirut

The music tech startup – As an engineer and a musician, Bassam Jalgha started his hardware journey with an idea to assist musicians tuning strings easier. Bassam Jalgha and his co-funder Hassane Slaibi went though HAX Accelerator in Shenzhen, came out with the product Roadie, the instrument tuner. Roadie was launched on 2013 Kickstarter campaign […]

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Why The Internet of Things Hasn’t Gone Cellular Yet

Particle just came out with the last product “Electron” to be the first to have cellular radio and data plan build in. The CEO of Particle Zach Supalla spoke some perspectives why IoT hasn’t gone cellular yet, it is because the wireless carriers don’t do small scales , data plans aren’t ideal, the hardware in […]

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Raise Edible Insects at Home with the Livin Farms Desktop Hive

Livin Farms has created a world’s first desktop hive to raise edible insects at home. This desk makes people can easily raise mealworms with a beautiful design desk hive, when insects have been lowered to the bottom drawer, they are all ready to eat! Edible insects are nutritious that can be the sources of protein […]

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Biggest Social Impact in 2015/16

The Social Impact award highlights projects that helps us all to live more harmoniously both with our environment and with one another. Babybe has got the award of Editor Choice Winner.

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The Formlabs Form 2 Brings The 3D-Printing Magic (Again)

Home 3D printing has grown by leaps and bounds over the past half decade. While some of the fluff and excitement has gone out of the technology, it is still the closest thing to magic we have in our world. The idea that we can apparate objects out of thin air, that we can convert […]

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A Health Food Revolution Cooked Up In China With Bugs

Remember when eating bugs still had some shock value? “We’ve come a long way in just the past three years, now everybody has heard about the topic of eating insects,” says Katharina Unger, the founder of Hong Kong-based startup Livin Farms.

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11 Views of Hax Demo Day

The first startup accelerator to focus on hardware formerly called Haxlr8r, now simply Hax, debuted its latest class of graduates this week.

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Why is this robot in the grocery store?

Tall and skinny, with round blinking eyes designed to make it seem friendly, Tally is a new kind of retail worker. It is an inventory-tracking robot, able to tell when a store shelf is running low on tomato soup, or if a rogue can of tuna has ended up in the wrong spot.

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Preemadonna Turns Your Smartphone Into A Nail Salon

Preemadonna just unveiled the Lacey Nailbot, a nail decorating robot, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. The Lacey, which will retail for $199, uses your smartphone’s back camera and prints full color art on nails in just a few seconds.

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Prototype to product: how to manage your manufacturing

Manufacturing is one of the final obstacles for hardware startups and it can be a rage-inducing affair. Flaky suppliers, the belated realization that crucial parts aren’t easily made or found, and the huge cost of a defective product run could spell the end of a small, pre-revenue company.

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Shenzhen: China’s start-up city defies skeptics

Shenzhen, China (CNN) – Soon after computer engineer Terry Ouyang finished university, he found there was plenty of work with industry behemoths such as IBM. But it wasn’t long before he ditched the corporate ladder to make hardware on his own terms.

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Future of hardware on display at latest HAX Demo

When a university cut the funding for her 3D bio-printing project, researcher Jemma Redmond gave her school the finger…literally. Now she’s leading a startup called Ourobotics that is paving the way for the printed delivery of fully-formed human-tissue digits and a whole lot more.

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Straight From Shenzhen: HAX Spawns Cool Tech Projects

A bunch of great hardware projects on Kickstarter right now have one thing in common: they all came out of the startup accelerator HAX. The folks at HAX (formerly Haxlr8r) invite promising teams with working prototypes to come to Shenzhen, China, for four months.

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HAX Partner on Helping Hardware Startups ‘Cross the Bridge of Death’

Even though venture capitalists put more money into hardware startups last year than ever before–$2.56 billion according to Dow Jones Venture Source data–these companies still face a steep challenge getting from prototype to full-blown production, says hardware investor Benjamin Joffe, a partner at the San Francisco- and Shenzen-based HAX accelerator.

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HAXLR8R changes name and boosts funding for hardware startups

HAXLR8R, the Shenzhen, China and San Francisco hardware accelerator that works with startups to teach them how to manufacture their own products, has changed its name to the friendlier HAX Accelerator as of this Monday. It also now has up to $300,000 to offer participants in its program, up from $100,000, according to Benjamin Joffe, […]

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