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Marketing and investment firm Wareness expands beyond hardware

Wareness team It’s been about three years since PR firm VSC launched Wareness, a “studio” within the larger organization that provides consulting services and seed funding to hardware startups. Since then, Wareness has backed 14 companies. The next step? Looking beyond hardware — founder and CEO Vijay Chattha told me that the studio is now looking to work with startups in… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 18th

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TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

metalman Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch the presentations live on TechCrunch tomorrow… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 7th

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SmartyPans tracks your meal’s nutrition as you cook it

smartypans As you can probably guess from the company’s name, SmartyPans is building a smart frying pan — which it just demonstrated onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. As explained to me by CTO Rahul Baxi (he co-founded the company with his sister Prachi Baxi, a nutritionist), SmartyPans aims to make it easier for users to track nutrition and recipe… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 5th

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SmartyPans tracks your meal’s nutrition as you cook it

smartypans As you can probably guess from the company’s name, SmartyPans is building a smart frying pan — which it just demonstrated onstage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. As explained to me by CTO Rahul Baxi (he co-founded the company with his sister Prachi Baxi, a nutritionist), SmartyPans aims to make it easier for users to track nutrition and recipe… Read More

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Anthony Ha

January 5th

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IAB study says majority of IoT owners are okay with ads on their devices

Internet of Things IOT It might seem a little weird to think about seeing ads on, say, your smart refrigerator — but according to a new study, Americans are actually pretty open to the idea of advertising on “Internet of Things” devices. The study was released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online publishers and advertisers) and conducted by MARU/VCR&C, which says… Read More

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Anthony Ha

December 15th

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Electric Objects slims down its digital art display and unveils a subscription art club

Electric Objects Electric Objects is announcing new ways to bring art into your home, with an affordable price tag. The New York City startup, led by Jake Levine (formerly of Betaworks), launched a Kickstarter campaign for its digital art displays in 2014, then started shipping them a year later. Levine told me he’s trying to tear down “the barrier between normal people … and art,” so… Read More

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Anthony Ha

October 18th

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New Lab is a new home for hardware startups in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New Lab New Lab, which co-founder David Belt described as “a collaborative workspace” for companies in fields like robotics and artificial intelligence, officially opened last month. The facility is located in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, in a building that was once used to housed assemble ships. Belt said he wanted to bring the building back as a manufacturing center, except updated… Read More

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Anthony Ha

October 7th

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New Lab is a new home for hardware startups in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New Lab New Lab, which co-founder David Belt described as “a collaborative workspace” for companies in fields like robotics and artificial intelligence, officially opened last month. The facility is located in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, in a building that was once used to housed assemble ships. Belt said he wanted to bring the building back as a manufacturing center, except updated… Read More

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Anthony Ha

October 7th

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Trying on Nike’s limited edition, self-lacing ‘Back to the Future’ shoes

nike-mags Nike announced earlier this week that it will be releasing a new edition of the Nike Mags, its self-lacing shoes inspired by Back to the Future — but only 89 pairs, which will be raffled off (tickets cost $10), with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation‘s research on Parkinson’s disease. I got a chance to (briefly) try on a pair of Mags and discuss the… Read More

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Anthony Ha

October 6th

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Sprimo takes a personal approach to purifying your air

sprimo We’ve written about a number of air purifiers before, but Sprimo is taking a different approach — instead of trying to clean all the air in the room, it creates a personalized stream of clean air for individual users. Now, a phrase like “personalized stream of clean air” might sound a little silly, but CEO Ray Combs and CTO Harold Han (who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from… Read More

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Anthony Ha

April 12th

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