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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Bonx brings tunes and talk to the slick and slippery slopes

Electronics and water go together like, well, electronics and water. But how are you going to talk to your friends when you're knee deep in snow or plunging down a mountainside on a bike? Bonx to the

“Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

For people who feel that we are a little bit too connected these days, Kickstarter project Light Phone was promising a respite. It was scheduled to ship in May this year, but has seen a number of setb

Zencaster makes it easier to record high-quality podcast audio

With podcasting growing rapidly as a medium, a new generation of audio-recording tools are appearing. Zencastr is a great example. The company's new product, launched today, is designed to make it eas

Kickstarter smash hit INSTRUMENT 1 from Artiphon is now available to buy

Take a Chapman Stick, add a lot of tech in its belly and jam a USB cable up its jacksie and you get something that looks vaguely like an INSTRUMENT 1. It's a completely new type of musical instrument

This crazy $30,000 drone gives your 360° video wings

One problem with 360° videos is that you usually see a tripod or a hand holding the camera. One exception is the throwable Panono camera, but obviously you're limited to how long you can keep a ball

Doorman cancels unlimited deliveries, cites “losing money”

If you live in a building with a doorman, you don't need Doorman. If you don't, you do. The company is making it easy to accept deliveries when you're out and about, but realized it was getting so suc

Lume Cube is back on Kickstarter with a smartphone-friendly light source

When Lume Cube first crashed into the world's consciousness, they did so with an $80 smartphone-controlled, waterproof light aimed at the GoPro-loving extreme sports market. Today, the company launche

Streetography is a pictorial block party app for inquisitive photographers

Imagine if you could see a map of the city around you based on the photos that best represent the area. That's the concept of Streetography, a brand new photography app for iOS launched this week. The

Sharalike tries to bring your slideshow into the virtual world

Wait, wait, wait! Before your eyes glaze over at the word "slideshow," stay with me for a moment. Yes, we're all bored to tears with slideslows, but Sharalike's brand new VR app has been rubbing its m

Iris AI drastically expedites research through the power of artificial intelligence

There are more than 30 million research papers out there, and more than 3,000 papers are published every day. Put simply, you haven't a chance in hell to read all of them. So what's a poor researcher

Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

Content is consumed from the big screen in the corner and you're probably on your smartphone morning, noon and night. Cramming itself into the gap in-between is Loop, a retro-looking device aimed at a

Story Terrace raises $640K to write the story of your parents and your startups

Story Terrace today announced it has raised £500,000 ($640,000) to continue its mission to tell the stories of those you love. The customers are typically kids who want to buy a highly personal gift

Adobe teams up with EyeEm to expand its stock photography portfolio

It's been just over a year since Adobe launched its Adobe Stock photography service, with deep integration into the company's Creative Cloud suite. Today, it expands the number of photos available wit

Courtesy of GoFundMe, crowdfunding now comes with a guarantee, of sorts

Unscrupulous scammers have been pilfering money out of charity donation boxes for as long as they have existed. The rapid rise of crowdfunding platforms has moved this practice into cyberspace. GoFund

Check out this epic, expertly executed $77k Indiegogo backer troll

It doesn't get much more meta than this. Raising $77k on Indiegogo, the filmmakers behind It's All Good absconded with the money, spending it all on cocaine, prosti... oh, wait. No, it was limousines

Pullstring launches bot-authoring tools for fun & profit

Pullstring -- née ToyTalk -- today launched its eponymous product out of private beta and into the hands of creators of conversational interfaces everywhere. Out of the box, creators can make bots fo

Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook.

Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded P

Yi’s camera brings some underdog to the Micro Four Thirds market

You may know Yi Technologies from its action cameras or its fancy, carbon-fiber drones, but at Photokina, the company launched its first mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, the Yi M1. Sporting a 20 m

Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

After a smash-hit success crowdfunding campaign last year, Podo is back to do it all over again with the sequel to its Cruel Intentions-inspired camera. Turning any surface into an impromptu tripod wi
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