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  • Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a startup focused on general artificial intelligence

    Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a startup focused on general artificial intelligence

    Microsoft has acquired Canadian startup Maluuba, a company founded by University of Waterloo grads Kaheer Suleman and Sam Pasupalak that also participated in TechCrunch’s 2012 San Francisco Startup Battlefield competition. Maluuba focuses on natural language processing, in service of pursuing general artificial intelligence, or building computers that can think like people. The… Read More

  • Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M

    Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M

    Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. The vast majority of the transaction is in cash ($360 million), with the remainder being paid out in restricted shares and options. The acquisition is expected to close before March 31, 2017. This marks Atlassian’s 18th acquisition and, as Atlassian president Jay Simons noted when I talked… Read More

  • Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    Knocki turns any surface into a switch

    What happens when you mix two software dudes, a little kid, and a light switch? You get the Knocki, a clever little device that connects to a wall or under a table. You can tap the surface to trigger events – turning on a light, muting speakers, etc. – and it is surprisingly small and easily-hidden. The founders are Ohad Nezer and Jake Boshernitzan, both of Houston… Read More

  • Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Meet Blitab, an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface. It’s one of the most affordable Braille devices out there and could change the way visually impaired people use computing devices. The company is participating in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. The devices for this niche market are really disappointing. There are specialized devices called… Read More

  • Pillar Technologies is making construction sites safer with smart sensors

    Pillar Technologies is making construction sites safer with smart sensors

    Construction sites can be dangerous places. And while recent advancements in safety technology have done a lot to help protect workers, there hasn’t been as much focus on protecting the site itself from things like fire, water and mold damage. Any of these three risks can cost construction companies (or insurance companies) millions of dollars in damages, and are the biggest causes… Read More

  • Matibabu uses light to diagnose malaria

    Matibabu uses light to diagnose malaria

    Matibabu, which is competing in our Hardware Battlefield at CES today, isn’t looking to cure any diseases. Instead, the Uganda-based company is looking to make it easier to diagnose malaria so those who are infected can get the right help faster. I actually first ran into Matibabu back in 2013 when the team competed in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup finales. Back then, the team won the… Read More

  • Munro Motor launches retro-style e-moped

    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 styled after the iconic Indian motorbikes, and its name is in honor of Burt Munro, who set a land speed record on an Indian motorcycle. Read More

  • Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

    Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

    Instead of tracking your health with a little band that’s on your wrist, Ran Ma thinks that the future is keeping track of your health — or at least parts of it — with technology that’s woven into the fabric of your clothes. That’s the target of Siren Care, a wearable company that looks to weave electronic sensors into its clothing in order to track changes in… Read More

  • BloomLife wearable helps pregnant women track their contractions

    BloomLife wearable helps pregnant women track their contractions

    Today’s wearables are only scratching the surface of what we can learn about our health. BloomLife, makers of a clinically validated wearable for pregnant mothers, wants to dig deeper when it comes to the health of the baby and the mother during pregnancy. The company demonstrated its wearable onstage today at Hardware Battlefield at CES. Women experience all kinds of crazy sensations… Read More

  • ShapeScale visualizes your body fitness with its simple 3D body scans

    ShapeScale visualizes your body fitness with its simple 3D body scans

    When it comes to isolating weight loss or weight gain on different parts of your body, it’s a lot more complex than just tracking a single number. ShapeScale, competing today on the TechCrunch CES Hardware Battlefield stage, is aiming to build a more visual way of tracking your fitness. The company’s product, a connected smart scale, creates 3D scans of a user’s body and… Read More

  • Venneos launches a device for faster, better imaging of individual cells in biotech

    Venneos launches a device for faster, better imaging of individual cells in biotech

    The imaging technologies used in the medical and biotech fields may be powerful and indispensable for research and diagnosis, but they also can be slow and clumsy — relics of techniques that go back decades. Venneos wants to change that with its new device, which allows easy and continuous monitoring of a handful of individual cells without any of the fuss or mystery of existing solutions. Read More

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