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Bring Home Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Thanks To Sphero

bb8 Usually, when you fall in love with some cool gadget depicted on-screen in the latest science fiction blockbuster, the best you can hope for is that maybe, maybe some gifted entrepreneur will be inspired to bring it to life in the years to come. For the most part, that’ll be true of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (coming this December, as if you hadn’t already put it on your calendar). Read More

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Anthony Ha

September 3rd

Gadgets

Anova Acquires Hardware Marketing Startup Get Fresh For $9.2M

anova Okay, this one’s a little surprising: Anova, maker of an automated sous vide cooker, has acquired startup Get Fresh, and Get Fresh CEO Stephen Svajian has been named CEO of Anova. I wrote about Get Fresh back in 2013, when it was trying to help hardware makers promote their products by connecting them with consumer reviewers. Looking back, Svajian told me that Get Fresh’s… Read More

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Anthony Ha

August 18th

Gadgets

Chaotic Moon Is Building A Fitness Tracker For Wheelchairs

chaotic moon freewheel Here’s a different kind of fitness tracker — Freewheel, a prototype developed by Chaotic Moon Studios. The Austin-based design and development studio was in the news recently because of its acquisition by Accenture. Freewheel was created by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab, but the idea came from one of the studio’s content strategists, Tyler Hively, who uses a… Read More

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Anthony Ha

August 14th

Gadgets

Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

L3d Cube Looking Glass Founders Earlier this year, Looking Glass successfully raised $252,000 on Kickstarter for its 3D LED cube, dubbed the L3D Cube. Now the startup actually is shipping cubes — or rather, kits for assembling your cube — and co-founders Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are getting settled into a new office in Brooklyn. (Frayne is splitting his time between Brooklyn and Hong Kong.) So we stopped… Read More

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Anthony Ha

August 11th

Gadgets

Smart Bed Startup Luna Joins Y Combinator, Has Raised $1.3M In Private Funding

Luna Bed Cover Luna had a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, raising more than $1 million for a mattress cover that adjusts temperature, tracks your sleep and connects to other devices. Now the company is sharing more news. It’s part of the current class of startups at incubator Y Combinator, and it has also raised $1.3 million in funding from private investors — roughly the… Read More

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Anthony Ha

July 17th

Gadgets

Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street

Fitbit IPO 05 Signs outside the New York Stock Exchange declared that “Wall Street Is Getting Fit.” Activity tracking company Fitbit began public trading today, initially surging to more than 50 percent above its IPO price and holding steady for most of the day. We were at the floor of stock exchange to capture the start of trading (sadly, we couldn’t stick around for the celebrity workout… Read More

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Anthony Ha

June 18th

Gadgets

FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

fitbit Fitness tracker FitBit has updated the filing for its initial public offering with new pricing details. The company plans to sell just under 22.4 million shares priced between $14 to $16. At the high end, that would bring the total amount raised in its IPO to $358 million. The filing also states that FitBit stockholders plan to sell 7.5 million shares. Read More

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Anthony Ha

June 2nd

Gadgets

Meet Musio, A Robot That Talks Back

Musio AI Robot Natural language and machine learning company AKA says it’s taking the next step toward the creation of a robot that you really, truly talk to with a new project called Musio. Members of the AKA team demonstrated a prototype for me last week. As you can see in the video, Musio should be able to carry on a normal conversation, complete with bad jokes and (thanks to Bluetooth connections… Read More

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Anthony Ha

June 1st

Gadgets

Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

fitbit Fitbit just filed an S-1 declaring its plans to go public. The filing states that the fitness-tracking company aims to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (that number could change). It also says the company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FIT”. Read More

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Anthony Ha

May 7th

Gadgets

Hitting The Gym With Smart Apparel Startup Athos

athos If you’re looking for exercises and workout routines, there are plenty of apps that can help (in fact, FitBit just acquired one of them). But what about making sure that you’re exercising properly? How do you know you’re not working the wrong part of the body, favoring one side over the other, or doing anything else that might lead to an ineffective workout or even… Read More

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Anthony Ha

March 17th

Gadgets

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