hardware

  • Nokia Teases “Something” That Either Is, Or Comes In, A Black Box

    Nokia Teases “Something” That Either Is, Or Comes In, A Black Box

    Nokia is getting back into hardware after selling its handset division to Microsoft, but its re-entry into the gadgets market doesn’t look like it’s going to be a phone. The Finnish company tweeted out a teaser for an announcement it’s making November 18, which included a photo of a device that looks quite a big like an Apple TV, or some kind of streaming set-top box. It… Read More

  • SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    The Amp is many things to many people. The iPhone-compatible device clicks over your device and offers a backup batter, dual speakers, and, for the audiophile out there, a noise reducing pre-amp that can make your tinny MP3s sound like a live orchestra (your results may vary.) Created by Alex Selig and Varun Srinivasan, the product is designed to improve iPhone audio exponentially. Using… Read More

  • HAXLR8R Increases Seed Funding For Its Next Round Of Startups

    HAXLR8R Increases Seed Funding For Its Next Round Of Startups

    Hardware accelerator HAXLR8R announced yesterday that it plans to offer companies in its next batch and beyond further options when considering taking seed funding and joining its program Read More

  • Narrative's Clip On Camera | One Lap

    Narrative’s Clip-On Camera | One Lap

    In this week’s episode of One Lap, Martin Källström of Narrative joined me at Thunderhill Raceway. I met Martin earlier this year while he was visiting San Francisco from Sweden. During our meeting he asked me for suggestions on how to spend a Saturday in the Bay Area. I immediately suggested that he join me at Thunderhill the next day. I neglected to mention that Thunderhill had… Read More

  • We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

    Hardware is the new hotness. This has been true for some years now: but today, the acorns planted by Arduino, TechShop, Kickstarter, lean prototyping, etc., are finally beginning to sprout into oaks. The best thing about this year’s Disrupt SF conference was that its Startup Alley boasted far fewer sugar-water SoLoMo apps…and many more nifty hardware start-ups. Read More

  • When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

    When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

    There are certain ways of doing things in hardware engineering, and engineers simply follow these rules because there’s no use fighting them even if they wanted to. Frankly, most don’t even think about it because it’s just a given, but during a recent tour of Facebook’s hardware lab, director of engineering Matt Corddry, says Facebook scale requires them to rethink… Read More

  • LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

    Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today [Update: confirmed]. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and… Read More

  • DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits empty, as few carry around the quarters and dollars with which to fill it. Read More

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