Haje Jan Kamps

Haje Jan Kamps is the director of portfolio at Bolt, a venture capital firm focused on hardware startups and enabling technologies. He was also a staff writer for TechCrunch.

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Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had

AARP dangles $10K prize in front of startups to help aging population

An impetuous 20-something year old team of startup founders may not automatically reach out to the AARP to bring its products to market. Ignoring the aging population isn't the sharpest move, however.

Media accelerator Matter is gunning for fake news

It's becoming harder and harder to read the news. We've gone around the bend from carefully balanced op-ed pieces from clearly identified special interest parties to a president whose grasp on the tru

UX tool suite Fuse raises $12M to make apps prettier and more productive

For end users, an app's user experience is, essentially, the product. No wonder, then, that app developers are investing more heavily in better user experience toolkits. Fuse is one example. The compa

New equity crowdfunding platform GrowthFountain launched today

There's no shortage of equity crowdfunding sites out there, but GrowthFountain thinks it has the special sauce to cut through the mayhem by thinking close to home. Focusing on investors local (or at l

Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

Smartphones are able to shoot astonishingly high quality video these days, but ultimately, the lenses and sensors built into your phone are too small to get a decent shallow depth of field effect. Bea

Wrist-mounted subwoofer Basslet announces pricing and shipping

Crowdfunded on Kickstarter last year, Lofelt's wrist-mountable subwoofer is shipping to its backers as we speak. Basslet will be available to order on February 7 for $199. I tried it out at CES and am

This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson? The whole saga started with a bird strike. Birds at airports can be a terrifying ordeal, so you'd be unsurprised to hear that airports pay a pretty penny

Munro Motor launches retro-style e-moped

Munro Motor is about to make a big splash in the world of small electric motorcycles. The Chinese company has developed one of the coolest-looking e-bikes around, called the Munro 2.0. The bike is sty

Suunto’s MoveSense makes developing your own fitness tracker way easier

Design, sourcing, miniaturization and manufacturing of a product as complicated as a fitness tracker is all ludicrously complicated, and often isn't core to its functionality. Suunto has shoved the se

Chip Pro is a $16 computer empowering makers to build IoT gadgets

Say you want to create the next generation of voice recognition-enabled, AI-ensmartened, buzzword-laden gadget. The fist thing you need to do is pick a platform. Arduino isn't powerful enough. The Ras

Indiegogo to add equity investment to perks-based campaigns this year

Since its launch in 2008, you've been able to back crowdfunding projects on Indiegogo in exchange for "perks." Last year, the company added JOBS act equity crowdfunding to the mix. Later this year, it

Peloton launches fitness bikes aimed at gyms

Peloton has seen great success with its exercise bikes for home use. Today, the company is doubling its product range (to two), with a bike aimed at commercial users. It's more rugged to stand up to t

Touch Surgery brings surgery training to augmented reality

Training surgeons on specific surgical procedures is expensive and hard. London-based Touch Surgery has created more than 200 training programs for surgical procedures to be completed on a mobile phon

VirZOOM mashes up VR, Fitbit and exercise bikes to bring vSports to the masses

Strapping a VR headset to my face and taking a seat on an exercise bike isn't my idea of fun, but fun was exactly what was served up when I tried out VirZOOM's platform. A cycling game was obvious, gi

Enlaps is a solar-powered, always-connected timelapse camera

Timelapse photography is fun, but complicated. For long-term projects, you need to feed power to the camera, and if you want your photos back, you need to rig up a data gathering solution. That change

Roland helps YouTubers get their audio right with Go:Mixer

Your cell phone has an awesome camera on it, but if you're doing streaming or YouTubing, you're going to need to look elsewhere to make your audio mix come together. Musicians and podcast heroes rejoi

Emotech shows off Olly, the most likable personal assistant around

Over the years, we've seen a lot of devices you can talk to to make them do stuff. That's all good and well, but apart from talking back to you, they don't really seem to care about you all that much.

Panasonic ups the ante on video with its new GH5 camera

To say that Panasonic is all but out of the camera race wouldn't be a huge overstatement. In the GH4, however, the company has had a shining beacon of hope. A profoundly competent mirrorless camera ai

FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

Japanese eye-tracking virtual reality headset FOVE is starting to ship its first units from its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The company originally planned to ship its product about eigh
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