• TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

    TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

    Deep in the wilds outside of Boston a team of mad scientists created the ultimate in robotic life: the iRobot Roomba, the ubiquitous, world-famous automatic vacuum that, for many of us, is our first brush with autonomous robotics. The Roomba’s brains came from a military minesweeper, its parts came from kids’ toys, and its mission – to clean up after us puny humans –… Read More

  • LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

    LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

    Big things are coming for littleBits — the New York-based startup that makes lego-style electronics kits. The company, originally conceived by founder Ayah Bdeir in the MIT Media Lab (and backed in part by its head, Joi Ito), has already picked up traction for its first product: kits for children and hobbyists to create fun objects at home (see more in the video below). Today, it is… Read More

  • Snapguide Picks Up Another $3M, Redesigns Its How-To iPhone App

    Snapguide Picks Up Another $3M, Redesigns Its How-To iPhone App

    Snapguide, the crowdsourced, how-to app founded by a veteran from Yahoo Pipes and another from Google’s Chrome business, is not yet focused on generating revenue, but it’s quietly building up a platform with an eye to doing so very soon. Today, the startup is announcing two pieces of news that will help it get there: another funding injection of $3 million; and a redesign of its… Read More

  • CMR Demos Its Printed Polarity Magnets

    Alabama-Based CMR Demos Programmable Magnets That Changes Polarity And Strength On A Whim

    Magnets are pretty basic – some poles attract, some repel, and you can use them to hold stuff up on your fridge. However, what happens when magnets can be “programmed” to react in different ways? Huntsville, Ala.-based Correlated Magnetics Research has some magnets that can do some amazing – and slightly spooky – things. Read More

  • Makerbot Opens New 50,000-Square-Foot Factory In Brooklyn

    Makerbot Opens New 50,000-Square-Foot Factory In Brooklyn

    Makerbot, the hardware darling that closed on a $10 million round of funding in 2011, has just announced that they will open their new factory and warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on Friday. The space is part of the old Brooklyn Navy Yard and will be set up in a complex of older warehouses that dot the waterfront. Read More

  • Shapeways Opens LIC Print Factory | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: 3D Printing Wizards At Shapeways Show Us Their Brand New Queens Factory

    It’s rare to see a company that is so established yet so cutting edge as Shapeways. The company, founded in 2007 as a spin-off of Royal Philips Electronics, began as a one-off 3D printing service that offered basic plastic items for sale online. Over the years, however, the company has branched off into some amazing materials – steel, ceramic, and even sandstone – and… Read More

  • In Praise Of Slow Hardware

    In Praise Of Slow Hardware

    In all the discussions I’ve had with hardware makers about their products, one thing is becoming clear: in the end, the cheap part is never cheap. Take a look at this post about a Kickstarter project for example. A maker, Michael Ciuffo, had recently funded a very cool QR code clock that used a simple array of LEDs to display the time in QR code. Read More

  • Crafters Make One-Off Prints Thanks to Spoonflower | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: A Return To The Textile Economy At Durham’s Spoonflower

    Making custom fabric has long been the domain of the big guys. Trying anything new, whether it was having a swatch of cool fabric made or printing a custom logo on some slip covers, has required minimum investments of a few thousand dollars and lots of waiting. Spoonflower solved that. Founded by entrepreneurs Gart Davis and Stephen Fraser, this Durham, NC company began shipping fabric out of… Read More