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

    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’s debts — has moved on to its third owner. i.am+, the “lifestyle technology company” owned by musician and entrepreneur Will.i.am, has acquired the company. Flex disclosed the… Read More

  • Meet Binky, the anti-social media simulator

    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 news, worse news and anxiety-fueling comment sections meant that social media is no longer the escapism it once was. Along comes Binky counter all of that, creating the ultimate anti-social… Read More

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

    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 players like Amazon, Google and Apple have stepped up their attempts to provide a central ecosystem for the increasingly populated world of connected home devices. But while the competition has gotten… Read More

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

    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. Read More

  • Connected Home Products Need To Shift From Nerds To Normals

    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 number of obstacles, according to Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. “In general there is a belief that the internet brings functionality to devices you could not have without it. Trying to crack the… Read More

  • Quirky, GE Unveil Their Vision For The Connected Home

    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. They re-launched their spinout, Wink, announced seven new gadgets for the connected home, and the development of something the company is calling a “microfactory” in San Francisco that… Read More

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

    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 and egg cartons, and even app-connected air conditioners built in partnership with GE, is now venturing further into the “smart home” space with the spin-out of a separate company… Read More

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

    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 salvation. But GE and Quirky haven’t forgotten. Today, they’ve announced a brand new smart AC unit called the Aros, as part of their existing multi-billion dollar partnership. Read More

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

    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-friendly loved ones quite handily. We’ll cover a range of products, including an ingredient-delivery service, a magical scale that measures the nutrition of your food, and one very… Read More

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

    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 consultancy firm frog design. Prior to Lorenzo’s arrival, Quirky operated without a president. Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman said that Lorenzo will be running product organization, the department devoted… Read More

  • 2012: The Year Crowdfunding Was Kickstarted Into The Mainstream

    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) had designed and handmade a compact speed controller for small vibrators (pic below). He was selling them at $75 a pop and apparently – I have yet to see or try one – they were… Read More

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

    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, patents and more. As a result, many great ideas never see the light of day. Quirky is on a mission to help the Idea Men and Women of the world bring their ideas to life. In fact, the… Read More

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

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

    Back in early May, Quirky and GE announced a contest that had users pitching ideas for everyday objects that could be improved by adding software to the mix. The eventual winner was — surprisingly enough — a smart milk jug that could tell users when their milk was going bad as well as when to buy some more. It may not have been the sort of project that most of us had expected… Read More

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

    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 them “smarter with software”. Unlike the traditional Quirky production and development process though, the winning concept will be fashioned into an actual working device by… Read More

  • Quirky Raises $16 Million For Social Product Development Platform

    Quirky Raises $16 Million For Social Product Development Platform

    Quirky, a social network for product development, has raised $16 million in Series B funding
 led by Norwest Venture Partners with RRE Ventures participating in the round. This brings Quirky’s total funding up to $29 million (Quirky quietly raised $5 million earlier this year). Quirky, which is brainchild of serial entrepreneur Ben Kaufman (he’s behind mophie and kluster), is… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Amazon Cloud and Color App

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

    In this week’s episode of Fly or Die, we cover two big launches—Amazon Cloud Drive and Color—and a Quirky DIY pocketKnife called the Switch. Just yesterday, Amazon launched its Cloud Drive, which is a general storage service in the cloud which is being pushed as a media locker, starting with music Color is the $41 million photo app nobody can figure out. Is it the future or… Read More

  • Video: Hands-On With The Quirky Switch Modular Pocketknife

    We’ve been dreaming of the Quirky Switch for months now, ever since it was first announced back in April, 2010 and now that dream is a reality. The Quirky Switch is basically a modular pocket knife that lets you create three sizes of knife using various pieces. I got a unit and discovered that this thing is truly DIY with a full complement of add-ons including a pen, a bottle opener… Read More

  • Quirky Contort Keeps Your USB Cables Looking Sassy

    The Quirky Contort is basically a four port USB hub with a trick: it also acts as a cable organizer so after you plug in all your goodies you can keep them all wrapped up and neat. The device costs $29.99 for pre-order ($35 when it comes out). Read More

  • Trek Support Backpack Charges Your Gadgets, Plugs Into The Wall

    So you’re traveling through the airport, and you’ve got your backpack loaded up with all your gadgets. You get through the security checkpoint, and now what? Well, how about if you could just plug your backpack in, and have it recharge all of your USB devices? What if that same backpack had a built in battery to recharge your devices whenever you need it too? Sounds cool, right? Read More

  • 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 miss when the water starts to boil and accidentally boil the pot dry. The solution? The BoilBuoy. A simple device that floats in the pot of water and then chimes when it starts to boil. The best… Read More