Makers

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…

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

In Praise Of Slow Hardware

5:33 pm PDT • May 6, 2013

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…

In Praise Of Slow Hardware

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…

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

Hidden amidst the winding pathways of Llewelyn Park, New Jersey, America’s oldest gated community, steampunk designer Will Rockwell is building a future that never was. He began his career as…

TC Makers: Inside Will Rockwell’s Steampunk Workshop

Online retailer Grand St. hopes to solve all that, by providing a marketplace to makers, helping to throw a spotlight on interesting gadgets that might otherwise fly under the radar.…

E-Commerce Site Grand St. Raises $1.3 Million To Give Makers A Place To Sell Their Gadgets

Since we started Makers I’ve made it a priority to try to visit Adafruit Industries, the amazing Manhattan-based electronics shop run by Limor Fried. Fried started her company out of…

TC Makers: A Walk Through Adafruit Industries With Limor Fried

A buddy of mine who lives in Shenzhen said that the best tech business to be in – the one that offers the most profit for the least amount of…

TC Makers: Engineering The Perfect iPhone Cover At Element Case

What do you do when you already have the coolest job in the world? You start a business where you can have another amazing job on evenings and weekends. Daric…

TechCrunch Makers: An Evening At The Van Brunt Stillhouse

TechCrunch Makers: Bossa Nova Robotics & Mobi

4:42 pm PST • December 31, 2012

When I first saw Bossa Nova Robotics Mobi I was amazed. It was a robot that stood on a single, large ball and could roll through tight spaces and between…

TechCrunch Makers: Bossa Nova Robotics & Mobi

While I don’t often hold stock in random pronouncements by magazines, I’m shocked and thrilled that Entrepreneur Magazine named Limor Fried, founder of Adafruit Industries, as their 2012 Entrepreneur of…

Lady Ada AKA Limor Fried Named Entrepreneur Of The Year
Hardware

A Very Makers Gift Guide

2:26 pm PST • December 17, 2012

It’s been a weird year for hardware: the biggest, most news-worthy launches haven’t come out of Cupertino or Tokyo but out of small Kickstarter campaigns that have, in the end,…

It’s rare to see the creation of a product from idea to implementation but Blink Steady, a unique, multi-sensor bike light, allowed us to do just that. Created by Benjamin…

TC Makers: A Visit To The Brooklyn Factory Where They Make The Ultracool Blink Steady Bike Light

When we first wandered up to the suburban home that house Centeye Inc., we were a bit confused. Could this be the place where a mad roboticist was building tiny…

TC Makers: Centeye Creates Insect-Like Flying Robots In A DC Basement

It’s not often you get to interview a nuclear engineer and a physician who run a tiny vaporizer factory out of an oversized garage outside of San Francisco so today…

TechCrunch Makers: Inside The Thermovape Factory

Gil Weinberg is a Ph.D with a background in jazz. More importantly, however, he’s an expert in the field of artificial intelligence, especially in how it intersects with concepts of…

TechCrunch Makers: Georgia Tech’s Musical Robots

It’s been months in the making, but here it is: the first episode of TechCrunch Makers, featuring Bre Pettis of Makerbot. We visited Bre’s downtown Brooklyn factory where he and…

TechCrunch Makers Episode One: Inside Brooklyn’s Makerbot With Bre Pettis

We’re about to launch a new video series called Makers here at TechCrunch and we’d love to hear from any and all hardware based startups. I want to hear about…

Makers Wanted: Are You A Hardware Start-Up? Talk To Us

Many of you like your digital photo frames. I’m of the opinion that they’re going to hit mass-market prices and really take off in the near future. Until then, you…