hardware

  • 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

  • Hardware Crowdfunding: Where The Venture Dollars Flow

    Hardware Crowdfunding: Where The Venture Dollars Flow

    Crowdfunding dollars are only one source of capital for hardware startups. The other source, the one that gets even more attention, is venture capital. In the years since Kickstarter came into the world, venture investing in hardware has gone from non-existent to mainstream. Read More

  • Nutanix Lands $140M On $2B+ Valuation, IPO Could Be Next

    Nutanix Lands $140M On $2B+ Valuation, IPO Could Be Next

    Nutanix, a five-year old converged infrastructure provider, announced $140M in Series E funding today, based on a whopping $2B+ valuation. The funding comes from the two biggest Boston public market investors, which chose to remain nameless (but Boston isn’t that big so we’re probably talking Wellington Management and Fidelity). The company most recently scored $101M in January… Read More

  • Inside The Beep Factory

    When we first met Beep, a wireless audio system created by ex-Googlers Daniel Conrad and Shawn Lewis, it was still in prototype stage. Now, almost six months later, the team is preparing to assemble their first mass-produced units deep in the heart of San Francisco tech territory. They gave us a tour of their small facility and, more importantly, a peek at their manufacturing methods. Read on… Read More

  • Indian Inventor Makes A Decidedly Unsexy (But Cool) Open Source Glass Clone

    Indian Inventor Makes A Decidedly Unsexy (But Cool) Open Source Glass Clone

    Now don’t laugh. I see what you’re about to say: this project looks like a mess. But trust me when I tell you this thing could be slapped to your face sooner than later, provided you prefer not to trust Google with your location, photo, and activity data and provided you’re a lover of open source hardware. The guy in the picture, Arvin Sanjeev, is an inventor. He built an… Read More

  • Apple Sold 35.2M iPhones, 13.3M iPads And 4.4M Macs In Q3 2014

    Apple Sold 35.2M iPhones, 13.3M iPads And 4.4M Macs In Q3 2014

    Apple has released its latest quarterly earnings report, and the hardware story is one that you might have heard before: For the most part, the company sold more devices year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad, which continues to see slight declines as it did last quarter. By the numbers, Apple sold 35.20 million iPhones, 13.27 million iPads, 4.41 million Macs and 2.96… Read More