i.am+ buys Wink, the smart home hub formerly owned by Flex and Quirky

Wink — the smart home hub and platform originally incubated inside the failed connected object maker Quirky, and then acquired by Flextronics (now known as Flex) as part-payment for Quirky&#821

Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

Something happened to social media recently. I don't know exactly when things changed, but almost overnight, randomly scrolling through feeds became a lot less enjoyable. Flame-wars, bad news, fake ne

Wink’s smart home hub gets some key upgrades for its second generation

The smart home has come a long way in the two-plus years since the original Wink Hub was launched as a spinoff of New York-based hardware crowdsourcer, Quirky. Among other things, a number of major pl

Quirky Files For Bankruptcy While Flextronics Puts Up A $15M Bid For Wink

Quirky, the long-suffering startup that was once held up as a model for bridging the maker movement and corporate world, has filed for bankruptcy.

Connected Home Products Need To Shift From Nerds To Normals

While connecting devices in the home to the internet creates all kinds of interesting possibilities, the concept still has a ways to go before it really enters the mainstream — and there are a

Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

At their headquarters in Chelsea, crowdsourced invention engine Quirky and its manufacturing juggernaut of a partner General Electric threw back the curtains on their play for the connected home. T

Invention Machine Quirky Spins Out “Wink,” A New Business Focused On The Connected Home

New York-based “invention machine” Quirky, a company which turns crowdsourced ideas into real-world products you can buy like this popular flexible power strip, these connected milk jugs 

Quirky And GE Show Pity On Those Nest Left Out With A Smart Window AC Unit

Though Nest has made a dent in home automation with its smart thermostat, the company hasn't really addressed those of us who live in old apartment buildings with window AC units as our only summer sa

Gift Guide: Five Kitchen Gadgets Your Foodie Will Eat Right Up

More food is consumed during the holiday season than any other time. But that's the thing with food; you can't stay full forever. And so these gadgets, services and tools should serve your food-friend

Quirky, The New York-Based Invention Machine, Brings On Doreen Lorenzo As President To Build Out Product Categories

In an effort to scale its product development capacity, Quirky, the creation funnel for crowd sourced invention ideas, has hired as president Doreen Lorenzo, formerly the president of design consultan

2012: The Year Crowdfunding Was Kickstarted Into The Mainstream

There we were, circled around a bachelor party campfire and drunk on keg beer, discussing the viability of using Kickstarter to fund a sex toy startup. My buddy Dan (he goes by Dangerous D at karaoke)

Quirky Lands $68M From Andreessen, Kleiner To Build An Online Community For Inventors

Much like it is for entrepreneurs, being an inventor isn't easy. From the moment that magic light bulb appears, product developers have to navigate a bumpy road of financing, engineering, legalities,

Quirky Unveils The App-Enabled Milk Jug Of The Future: The Milkmaid

Back in early May, <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/05/10/ge-and-quirky-team-up-to-develop-the-milk-jug-of-the-future/">Quirky and GE</a> announced a contest that had users pitching ideas for ever

GE And Quirky Team Up To Develop The Milk Jug Of The Future

For just about a week now, GE and product development network Quirky have been running an interesting contest -- they've challenged people to come up with ways to improve everyday objects by making th

Quirky Raises $16 Million For Social Product Development Platform

<a href="http://www.quirky.com/">Quirky</a>, a social network for product development, has raised $16 million in Series B funding
 led by <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/financial-organization/no

Fly Or Die: How Will Color Solve The Loneliness Problem? (Plus, Amazon Cloud)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/fly-or-die-nguyen.jpg" /> In this week's episode of <em>Fly or Die</em>, we cover two big launches—<a href="https://www.amazon.com/clouddri

Video: Hands-On With The Quirky Switch Modular Pocketknife

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/glory_shot450.jpg">We've been dreaming of the Quirky Switch for months now, ever since it was first announced <a HREF="http://www.crunchg

Quirky Contort Keeps Your USB Cables Looking Sassy

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/www.engadget.jpeg">The Quirky Contort is basically a four port USB hub with a trick: it also acts as a cable organizer so after you plug

Trek Support Backpack Charges Your Gadgets, Plugs Into The Wall

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/trek_support.jpg" />So you're traveling through the airport, and you've got your backpack loaded up with all your gadgets. You get throug

The BoilBuoy Lets You Know When Your Pot Boils

One of the greatest problems facing the world today is knowing when your pot of water is boiling. You can’t watch the pot for obvious reasons, and if you don’t listen carefully you might m
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