hardware

  • Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies Crunch Network

    Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies

    As the Greater China Investment Partner for 500 Startups, I have been finding myself fielding an increasing number of questions about the manufacturing process in China, especially as we see more investments in the hardware and connected devices space. Based in Beijing, I have made numerous trips to southern China in the past year, specifically Shenzhen — I even shared in an… Read More

  • Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

    Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

    Facebook revealed the final piece in its scalable data redesign today, one that completes its vision of redefining traditional hardware and software to make it more flexible to meet the needs of Facebook’s scale. To that end, they announced a new open-source modular switch platform called 6-pack. The key piece to understand is that Facebook has focused on separating the hardware and… Read More

  • Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding Crunch Network

    Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding

    For months, investors have talked about how crowdfunding is changing the hardware investing landscape. The theory goes that the advent of Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow companies to test product-market-fit in a notoriously challenging category. And the numbers suggest there may be something to this: Venture investing in hardware companies increased 233 percent from 2007 to 2013 according… Read More

  • Hemingwrite Modernizes The Typewriter With An E-Ink Screen And Cloud Storage

    Hemingwrite Modernizes The Typewriter With An E-Ink Screen And Cloud Storage

    Distraction-free writing software is one of those things that seems unlikely to ever go away, despite the fact that I’m willing to bet 90 percent of users who buy it use it once and never again. A new hardware startup out of Detroit is hoping that a physical solution might help users focus on the writing, in much the same way e-readers allow people to focus on books without getting… Read More

  • 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

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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