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1 year ago

Two different hardware startups that aim to help businesses set up a server farm on the cheap. Both claim their products are the lowest-cost solution for businesses looking to set up a private cloud.

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1 year ago

A startup for the deaf and hard of hearing that utilizes text to speech to allow people to connect with others in real time.

260
2 years ago

A startup that sells ready-made food for people who live in an area where it’s hard to get good quality food

254
1 year ago

M-KOPA is a tool allowing developers to create their own specialized hardware. The founders say the company has sold $4M worth of hardware over the last two years, though they’ve only launched on Kickstarter today.

230
1 year ago

This startup will help prevent people from losing their data due to hardware failure.

230
10 months ago

A platform that’s like a meal-kit delivery service but for restaurants with a focus on healthy food. It’s a big market that’s hard to crack.

221
1 year ago

A company that helps companies sell to more budget conscious customers by creating a demand for products that are otherwise hard to sell.

190
2 years ago

A hardware startup that is building a fully autonomous delivery vehicle

182
2 years ago

Idea: Make a Digital Library of Hard-to-Find Books

166
1 year ago

A startup that lets people create VR content using their phones. The company has already raised $8.2 million to build three apps that use different VR hardware.

164
2 years ago

A maker of smartphones and tablets, the startup wants to sell its own operating system and make its own hardware.

159
2 years ago

A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.

156
1 year ago

A startup that builds hardware startups. The founder, Jibran Salfi, built his first hardware startup at age 20, and has since been working at Nest Labs. He was the first employee at Nest Labs, and was part of the team that built the original Nest thermostat.

153
1 year ago

A hardware company that wants to create smart hardware to help people manage their lives. The company wants to build smart devices that can help people find what they’re looking for, identify emotions, monitor health, and automate household tasks.

147
1 year ago

The company wants to make negotiating harder than it already is by providing a simple, searchable interface for employees to search the market for best deals on everything from Amazon Prime subscriptions to a new suit.

145
1 year ago

A platform for school districts to help coordinate transportation and other services. The startup wants to help school districts, colleges, and universities navigate a complex system of transportation and other services that can be hard to keep track of.

144
2 years ago

Hardware startup building a device that uses body heat to cut down on your energy consumption.

142
2 years ago

A health-maintenance company for the elderly, focusing on their social needs. The company’s founder and president, Alejandro Ortiz, said that for many older people, social engagement often goes missing, making it harder for them to stay healthy.

141
2 years ago

A hardware company building a connected kitchen to help manage and measure food preparation.

141
2 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building a new type of computer that’s designed to be secure, power efficient, and small enough to fit on a keychain.

139
2 years ago

A way for companies to keep track of their employees' safety and productivity data, and automatically reach out to them to provide support if they're having a hard time.

136
2 years ago

A social network for the deaf, modeled after its popular iPhone app. The company has expanded its offerings to include audio versions of the app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

136
2 years ago

A company that helps its customers build their own hardware. Once they have the specs for the product, they can create a 3D design, and get it printed at Shapeways at a fraction of the cost of other companies that do the same thing.

133
2 years ago

A provider of hardware and software for smart and connected products. The startup is working on a solution that can control industrial machines remotely via a smartphone app.

133
2 years ago

A startup that makes and sells a $25 hardware device that plugs into your smartphone and lets you make maps of the world.

132
2 years ago

A software & hardware startup that makes a $100 credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner

130
2 years ago

A cloud service for companies to manage their hardware inventory from a central dashboard.

129
2 years ago

A hardware company that builds its own Bluetooth devices with a focus on connecting medical devices to the internet. It recently raised $5 million in a Series A led by Family Offices.

127
2 years ago

A hardware wallet that allows users to store and use any cryptocurrency.

127
2 years ago

A translator that translates the voice of a user's phone into text. The startup, which was founded in May, says that a lot of the time people are talking to themselves, and that voice-to-text software works great but is hard to use.

126
2 years ago

As a person’s social circle expands, it gets harder to keep track of old and new friends. Fellow is a service that helps you keep track of everyone you know, and share them with others.

125
2 years ago

 Gives entrepreneurs and startups easy access to the hardware they need to build and run their business. Founded by a former Microsoft engineer, the company has raised $2.5M and is launching in beta today.

125
1 year ago

A way to connect hardware to software, a way for developers to access hardware components without writing code, and a way for hardware companies to easily build apps with hardware components that they need.

124
2 years ago

A hardware startup that builds medical devices. It’s the first company to make a 3D printer for producing pacemakers.

123
2 years ago

A startup that has an online forum for people to talk about their problems For example, they would help people going through a divorce or would help people who are going through a hard time at work

122
2 years ago

A tool that helps the deaf and hard-of-hearing understand the information they’re hearing.

122
2 years ago

A company that wants to re-create the good old days of the local neighborhood hardware store for modern consumers. They want to build a modern version of the mobile app that lets people buy and sell their stuff in a local community.

121
2 years ago

A hardware company that creates and sells motion sensors for use by startups

121
1 year ago

A privacy-focused cryptocurrency that uses multiple layers of encryption to make transactions hard to trace. The company’s software prevents transactions from being saved to a public ledger.

121
2 years ago

A startup focusing on the hardware side of the IoT ecosystem, building a “smart battery” for things like refrigerators and air conditioners.

119
1 year ago

One of the most common complaints about shopping carts is that it’s hard to compare prices. 3D Cart hopes to help with that by showing the prices from the retailer’s site directly on the cart page.

119
2 years ago

The startup, based in the Netherlands, has built a device that turns any Android smartphone into a camera. It promises to ease the process of sharing photos, while also allowing users to take photos that are harder to take with a traditional camera.

118
2 years ago

The startup says it’s a better version of the traditional “pay-once-and-get-everything” package that’s popular with consumers, which works well for a lot of products but can be hard for more high-tech products.

118
1 year ago

 A 3D printing service for hardware engineers and product designers.

118
2 years ago

A system that lets companies quickly and easily build their own hardware products, with a goal of making it easier for companies to build hardware at scale.

117
2 years ago

A business that brings a suite of software and hardware tools to help home cooks learn to cook from scratch.

114
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to manage virtual attendees for events, which are usually hard to track and often not included in the database. The startup is releasing a beta version of its software in mid-November.

113
2 years ago

This is a startup that makes hardware that makes it easier to pick up and carry your coffee without scalding yourself. The company is currently only selling to the US, but they’re looking to expand internationally, and have raised $1.3M in funding from DFJ.

113
1 year ago

The 2018 edition of the Y Combinator Demo Day featured 41 startups in three different tracks: Hardware, Software, and Networking & Events. The startups were chosen from 5,000 applicants by Y Combinator.

113
2 years ago

Blockchain hardware for smart homes. The company wants to build a $200 smart lock that would allow owners to automate their home with blockchain tech that would allow them to unlock the door remotely.

111
1 year ago

A messaging service for companies to send and receive messages without requiring employees to have smartphones. The company is working on a product that will work with existing hardware, like a tablet.

111
2 years ago

This startup aims to overhaul the way employees are evaluated and compensated in the workplace. It’s designed to eliminate the “rat race” and create a better environment for those who want to work hard and see their contributions recognized.

110
2 years ago

This startup is building a new kind of pay-as-you-go mobile device, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from music to glasses to medical and molecular research. The device is meant to be flexible and easy to use, with a range of options for the hardware and software, and a monthly fee that is based on usage.

110
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a C++ library that allows hardware designs to be shared on GitHub. The company’s CEO says that the concept is similar to the Arduino open source hardware platform.

109
2 years ago

A real estate startup that’s building software and hardware to provide renters with a customized lease agreement that’s “as easy as sending a text message”. The startup is building a suite of software to provide leases and automated service agreements.

109
2 years ago

A software/hardware company that builds AI-powered IoT devices like TVs and speakers.

108
2 years ago

A tool to help companies estimate the time it will take to complete software development projects. Currently only for-profit SaaS companies, the startup wants to expand into the nonprofit and hardware sectors in the future.

107
2 years ago

In the US, there are a lot of jobs that pay the minimum wage. The startup is based in the Philippines, and its founder says it’s easy to get a job there for the minimum wage, but hard to get paid more.

106
2 years ago

A digital storefront for low-income people to buy used items from other people across the country, with a focus on items that are hard to find in the country.

106
2 years ago

This startup is building a mobile-first platform that allows users to share and resume their favorite YouTube videos, in lieu of uploading to their own platforms or working hard to monetize their content

104
2 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building ruggedized bitcoin hardware that can be sold to businesses and consumers. The company is currently working on a $1,000 device that it says can be used for up to a year on a single battery.

101
2 years ago

A hardware startup that’s building a way for software to run on physical products, such as a keyboard or a mouse, instead of being software-only. The startup wants to create a device that can connect to a computer and transform a physical object into a fully-functional computer.

100
2 years ago

A company that turns any spare bit of hardware into a secure cloud server.

100
2 years ago

A startup that wants to be the Amazon for home services, making it easier for customers to buy a service without having to rely on a retail retailer. The company has already signed up a number of local hardware stores.

99
1 year ago

Experts are expensive and hard to find, but this startup is trying to make them more accessible to small businesses with a platform that offers social media marketing advice.

98
1 year ago

The startup is pitching itself as a “Google Docs for people who have a hard time in meetings”.

96
2 months ago

A hardware startup that’s trying to create a “mini-computer” for IoT projects. The device is meant to be used in “anyplace, anytime, with any device”.

94
11 months ago

A group of four co-founders who launched the software for digital assistants in February, who then later launched a hardware startup.

92
2 years ago

A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

91
2 years ago

An online hub for people who are visually-impaired and hard of hearing. The site’s founders say that they’re currently in talks with hearing suppliers to help them build a suite of apps for users.

90
1 year ago

This startup is building an app that helps you browse and buy clothes in a world where it’s hard to find a style you like. At launch, the app will feature over 1,000 brands from across the world, but the plan is to expand to everything.

89
2 years ago

The product is a hardware device that uses machine learning to help you take the best shot of a face. The startup uses AI to learn faces and pair them with photos of them taken by users. It’s the company's first product, which was launched in June, and was a finalist in the class of 2018.

86
2 years ago

A hardware company that makes sensors, including ones for weight and hydration, for home and for athletes. The company believes consumers will use devices such as the Nike FuelBand to track their health and exercise habits.

86
2 years ago

Part of the problem with software is that it’s hard to measure how well an app is working. AppZilla wanted to solve that problem by building a platform for developers to track their app’s stats. The startup is focusing on mobile apps, and has already raised $1.5 million.

86
1 year ago

A company that builds hardware/software for connected services.

86
9 months ago

A new product that helps companies find the best possible options for their data center, ranging from the optimal hardware to the best locations. This is a pitch to be added to Startup Weekends.

86
2 months ago

A product that allows consumers to collect and share their life’s moments in the form of text, audio, video, and pictures. The company claims they’re the first company to blend AI-driven software, powerful hardware, and mobile-friendly design to create a stand-alone action camera, the Zing Camera.

85
2 months ago

A maker-y startup that sells a wide variety of custom knobs and hardware.

85
2 years ago

A grocery delivery business in the UK. Postmates offers services like same-day grocery delivery, which is especially useful to people living in urban environments where it’s hard to get to grocery stores.

84
2 years ago

A hardware startup that allows you to make your own Bluetooth earbuds.

82
2 years ago

A hardware startup that wants to integrate sensors and cameras into shoes. The company collects information on how people walk, which it then uses to train computer vision algorithms to detect hazards and improve safety.

80
1 year ago

A company that wants to help small businesses manage their point-of-sale systems, including software that powers the POS and other hardware like cash registers.

78
1 year ago

There’s a lot of demand for this kind of help, but it’s hard to find that help. A company called Pay-Per-Request is looking to bring the help of a professional notary to the masses at a low cost. The idea is that people sign up for the service and then request notaries for various tasks, get them for a low cost, and then pay for the ones that they like.

78
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help women who are having a hard time finding high-quality, affordable maternity clothes.

77
2 months ago

A startup that makes it easier to turn physical products into digital ones, turning physical products that could be easily replicated into ones that are harder to duplicate.

77
2 years ago

The first public hardware offering from Spin, a company that makes a 3D printer, will be a small plastic ball that you can use to make jewelry.

76
2 years ago

A platform for advertisers to find and target the right demographics and psychographics. The startup is also working on an ad tech platform for brands that want to target “hard-to-reach” consumers.

76
1 year ago

A startup that makes hardware that monitors human movement.

75
1 year ago

A hardware startup that makes a smart lightbulb that can be controlled via an app.

74
2 months ago

A hardware startup making smart lock hardware that can be used with the latest smart home platforms.

74
5 days ago

A hardware startup that makes the first “connected” pair of wireless earbuds. It’s first product is a $99 set of earbuds with a charging case.

70
2 years ago

A startup that’s working to bring mobile-first design to the web. The company’s founder says that on desktop, responsive websites are too complex and hard to work with. On mobile, the opposite is true: sites are too simple and often hard to use. Sway is working to change that with a product that uses all the same features on mobile as it does on desktop.

69
11 months ago

Builds hardware for products like robo-advisors.

69
2 years ago

A startup that helps contractors bid for jobs, with a focus on projects that are often hard to nail down.

67
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform for the company to launch a hardware product that can automatically detect when a customer is about to run out of battery.

67
11 months ago

A company looking to re-invent the voice-activated assistant. The company, which launched in May, has built an API that integrates with any hardware.

66
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies manage their IT infrastructure, from the hardware all the way to the software.

65
2 months ago

A startup that helps with recruitment. Founders have a hard time finding good developers to hire and have had to spend hours sifting through LinkedIn profiles, applying to jobs, and then waiting for responses.

64
2 months ago

A startup that is building hardware to help users find the best route home, even if they don’t have a GPS device.

63
2 years ago

Idea: Build custom apps around on-premise hardware

62
1 year ago

A software and hardware system that helps people to prepare and track their taxes and taxes for other people and companies.

62
1 year ago

A project from a hardware engineering company, which wants to make a programmable, modular robot with an open source hardware ecosystem.

61
1 month ago

A company that builds hardware for manufacturers. The company is a hardware startup looking to disrupt the supply chain.

61
1 year ago

A startup looking to build a custom hardware-based software platform for the hotel industry.

60
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help people check their credit score, which is sometimes hard to get because of privacy concerns. Its service offers the ability to report your financial well-being to the Federal Trade Commission in one step. The company is pitching it to companies like Capital One and Chase.

60
1 year ago

A company that wants to build a hardware-based solution to the security problem of the internet of things. The startup wants to build a chip that can secure a device through a physical security system.

60
1 year ago

College employment data is hard to get, and many prospective students are unaware of job-seeking opportunities in their region.

60
1 year ago

A business that helps companies create and test new products. The startup takes the form of a virtual office that helps clients test new product ideas on everything from mobile apps to hardware.

60
1 year ago

This startup is working on a hardware solution for power outages.

59
11 months ago

A startup that builds the infrastructure for data centers in the cloud. The company is building a portfolio of hardware and software, including a custom-built system that can handle multiple GPUs.

58
1 year ago

A business intelligence suite that helps companies track product change data for products like software, hardware, or services.

57
1 year ago

A physical hardware system that helps people remember what they’re supposed to be doing at work.

57
2 years ago

Idea: The first hardware investment platform that allows investors and inventors to reach each other

55
2 years ago

Idea: A hardware startup looking to build a “developer’s dream”, a library of easy-to-use and open source hardware tools for electronics prototyping.

55
1 year ago

A startup that helps people build virtual reality experiences and help create immersive experiences for brands. Notable for its location-based VR hardware for gaming and entertainment, the company is building a virtual reality platform for malls and shopping centers.

55
1 year ago

A custom-built security system to protect mobile devices, with a team of designers and engineers that build the actual hardware and software. The startup is staffed by former Google employees and was spun out from Google to focus on security.

55
2 months ago

 The startup's goal is to make health tech more accessible by simplifying the experience for users. Instead of needing to learn about a piece of hardware, you can just enter your symptoms in the app and find the best patient-specific treatment for you.

55
2 months ago

This startup is building a flexible accelerator for hardware startups. The accelerator’s first round is due in November.

55
1 year ago

A self-driving car startup that builds its own hardware, to create a platform for car manufacturers to build autonomous cars.

54
1 year ago

A B2B software company that helps hardware manufacturers and distributors sell to retail stores. The company’s founders say that in the past year it’s already signed and closed on 125 deals and has more in the pipeline.

54
1 year ago

A hardware startup that’s building a ground-based sensor network to monitor air pollution, with an eye towards monitoring air quality in the developing world.

54
1 year ago

A tool that helps you communicate with people who are deaf/hard of hearing.

54
1 year ago

Open source hardware/software for providing access to the Internet, built on Amazon Web Services.

54
1 year ago

A startup that aims to “make it easier for everyone in the world to have a home internet connection” with a hardware product that plugs into an electrical outlet.

53
1 year ago

A small hardware startup that wants to be a platform partner for IoT that helps companies deploy their own autonomous devices.

53
5 months ago

This is a startup that makes apps to help people with autism and ADHD, with a goal of helping kids who have a hard time sitting still with distractions.

53
1 year ago

A company that provides a software and hardware platform for people who want to monitor air quality and track air quality changes.

52
2 years ago

A startup that produces hardware and software for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

51
1 year ago

A startup that works with brands to raise awareness about products that are out of stock, or from niche brands that are hard to find.

51
1 year ago

A startup that provides a hardware solution for IoT devices, which is connected to the cloud through your phone.

51
7 months ago

This startup is building a device to help hard of hearing people navigate public spaces.

51
20 days ago

A software/hardware startup that is building an industrial-grade 3D printer for deposition of materials at industrial scales.

51
1 year ago

This is a hardware company that wants to build the ultimate game controller. It’s meant to be a new generation of the Xbox controller, which is a multi-purpose in-game controller with a touchpad and a gyroscope.

50
1 year ago

A paid subscription service for people looking to take their homes to the next level, with plans starting at $399. They want to create a “designer” lifestyle for people that want to buy a house but don’t want to do a lot of the hard work.

50
1 year ago

A startup that’s building an app for the “smart agriculture hardware” industry.

50
1 month ago

A company that builds Bitcoin mining hardware and wants to make building your own custom mining equipment easier. The founders built the first Blockchain-based mining device over a year ago.

50
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building an end-to-end solution for businesses making hardware to help them get funded and bring their product to market. They want to automate a lot of the backend work needed to launch hardware like creating a company and getting funding.

49
1 year ago

A set of hardware tools to improve digital security and resistance to phishing and malware.

49
1 year ago

This security startup is building a unified facial recognition system that works across multiple cameras and can be built into software, hardware, or even the cloud.

49
11 months ago

This company is partnering with universities to provide an online solution to help students stay on top of their schoolwork. It’s especially useful for students in the US, where they say it’s hard to keep track of due dates.

49
11 months ago

The startup is building an open source custom-built hardware for internet of things devices.

49
2 months ago

A company that builds and deploys drones, using a proprietary hardware/software platform. The company claims to be profitable, with plans to be cash-flow positive by the end of 2019.

49
2 years ago

Idea: A programmable hardware add-on for Raspberry Pi

48
1 year ago

A company that wants to bring on-demand, on-premise video conferencing to the masses. It plans to use its own video hardware, and a platform owned by the company, to make it easier for people to book, manage, and pay for video conferencing.

48
8 months ago

A new hardware platform for the Internet of Things that lets hardware be built with a common set of APIs. The hardware itself is open source, and the company will work with developers to make the hardware work with other software.

48
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a solution to address the need for early-stage investment in the medical device industry The company wants to help hardware startups run more efficient clinical trials

47
1 year ago

In 2015, when asked about the app, founder and CEO of Asana, Dustin Moskovitz, said, "...it's not like you would have to go through and check every single piece of content on Facebook. It's not that hard to check if it's a link to a website. ... But we can't be 100% sure that the link is safe. And you want a social network that's not going to take you down."

47
1 year ago

A startup that has built a hardware-based IoT sensor that is able to wirelessly and privately track and share your health and fitness data. The team has built a prototype and hopes to bring it to market in the next few months.

47
10 months ago

A product design company that builds products for companies like Kickstarter, Yahoo and Walmart. They’re a hardware startup, and focus on the products they build.

47
5 months ago

A startup that wants to create a hardware wallet for the billions of people who don’t currently have one.

46
1 month ago

“Things you can’t sell online anymore”. The startup is building a website for people who have a lot of physical things that are hard to sell online. It’s currently focused on antiques and collectibles.

46
7 days ago

A hardware-based hardware lab that checks hardware quality and functionality.

46
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps brands and agencies plan out their Instagram marketing strategies. The founder is a former head of marketing at Instagram (who worked on its mobile app) and says that brands still have a hard time figuring out how to adapt their advertising to the platform.

45
1 year ago

A new type of hardware, the “fiducial marker,” which is meant to replace the fiducials in your product data, making it more accurate and useful.

45
1 year ago

This startup is hard at work building a new way for people to make money on their phone, with a focus on mobile-first design for apps

45
1 year ago

An online tool that allows you to compare the cost of your hardware, software, cloud, and services across all your use cases, enabling you to make the best business decision for your needs.

45
10 months ago

A company trying to build a hardware hub that allows companies to track their hardware inventory, monitor it, and automate the process of sending it to customers.

45
1 month ago

You know how it’s hard to get those 15 minutes of exercise you’ve been promising yourself Your phone’s always in your pocket, and you’re always distracted. The app uses a combination of motion-activated sensors and beautiful audio prompts to keep you working toward your goals.

45
1 year ago

A hardware company that makes it easier for people to possess and grow their own cannabis. They’re supplying this solution to dispensaries in Colorado, where Gov. John Hickenlooper has shown support for legal weed in the past. The company is already in business in Canada, and is looking at expansions into other states.

44
6 months ago

A startup that builds hardware for self-driving vehicles, with an app that helps teach other people how to code for self-driving vehicles.

44
6 months ago

A startup that designs hardware and software for building autonomous vehicles

44
1 year ago

A hardware wallet for bitcoin. A recent redesign has brought in some features that were previously only available for the Ledger.

43
10 months ago

People who have trouble remembering passwords have a hard time finding them, either because they’re buried in a cluttered desktop or because they’ve been changed by a hacker. Passwords is a new service that aims to make passwords easier to find by condensing and organizing them into one account.

43
9 months ago

A “computer vision platform” that combines software, hardware, and algorithms to help companies better track their assets.

43
9 months ago

A platform for third-party developers to build apps and games for the hardware.

43
9 months ago

A hardware company that’s selling a $199 device that connects to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS to track eyewear, supposedly more accurately than existing solutions.

43
8 months ago

A startup that helps more users finish their workouts by offering a more personalized approach to telling you how hard to work out.

43
1 year ago

Micro-loans for the unbanked, with a minimum term of 9 months, a maximum term of 20 years, and a minimum interest rate of 2%. The goal is to offer a lifeline for the unbanked, who often have a hard time obtaining a traditional bank account.

42
1 month ago

 After selling their hardware startup Linear, the founders of the company started SaaS software startup Level which is building out an integrated package to help people manage their finances. Level’s goal is to be a one-stop-shop for checking your credit scores and loans, and paying bills.

42
18 days ago

This startup is building a hardware hub that can turn any old computer into a hotspot, allowing users to connect to faster Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

42
11 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to use the Amazon Echo and Alexa. They’re building a hub that allows users to control their lights, thermostat, pool pump and more with voice commands, without needing to install separate hardware.

41
2 months ago

A platform that connects people with spare hard drives to those with extra bandwidth to donate them. The company uses these spare hard drives to build out storage services for institutions and companies.

41
1 month ago

A hardware startup looking to build a camera to be worn on a dog’s collar, which can detect its owner’s mood and alert them if it gets too dark.

41
9 months ago

A startup for “proxies” that lets you run your own hardware without having to purchase, store and maintain your own servers. The service lets you rent a virtual server that runs the same software and is located in the same data center as your own.

40
6 months ago

A platform for hardware startups to manage hardware production, shipping, and sales.

40
5 months ago

A messaging platform for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, with text-to-speech translation and closed captioning.

40
7 months ago

An e-commerce platform that features custom-built construction hardware stores, and an iOS app to help contractors and designers manage their projects.

39
9 months ago

A social network for people who have a hard time connecting with other people offline

38
8 months ago

A bitcoin miner that makes extra money by selling spare hardware to miners that don’t have the time to mine.

38
1 month ago

A startup that helps users find and organize their contacts in a single database, a task it claims is harder than finding a partner to a friend on Facebook. The startup is looking to build an app that brings together all of your personal contacts into a single place.

38
1 year ago

The startup aims to sell a $2,500 piece of hardware accessory to install in a car, which allows users to remotely control the vehicle while they’re not in it.

37
10 months ago

A hardware startup that wants to make your home a smart one, with smart products like lights and door locks that could detect when you’re at home and turn on.

37
8 months ago

A company that’s building a platform to make it easier for people to manage their home security, with a hub that’s meant to support additional hardware over time.

37
8 months ago

A startup that’s building hardware that enables and tracks connected objects to collect statistics automatically. The company wants to make the world more “smart”.

37
7 months ago

A startup that helps access control systems integrate with your smartphone. The startup, which was founded in June, is based in the DC area, and has already built a marketplace for hardware, and is working on an API to integrate the system into your phone.

37
7 months ago

A tool to help developers build their own hardware. The startup’s CEO is an ex-Apple exec who says he’s building hardware for “everyman.”

37
6 months ago

A startup for open hardware, allowing businesses to use pre-existing hardware in their own products.

37
11 days ago

A startup that is building an IoT-based smart home system, with an inbuilt app that you can use to control your home. The idea is that the startup itself is a hardware hub, connecting hardware from different vendors with a single app. The company is backed by Y Combinator.

37
2 years ago

Idea: TrackR aims to help keep track of your things, be it keys, pets, or anything else that you might lose The hardware is a small device that can connect via bluetooth to your phone

36
6 months ago

A platform that helps bring open source and open hardware together. They’re focused on the hacker community and makers more broadly.

36
1 month ago

Military veterans are often in search of employment when they leave the service, and are often left with a gap in their resume that’s hard to fill. This startup is working to help them get back into the workforce by building a platform to help them find jobs and apply for positions, and connect employers with talent.

36
2 years ago

Idea: A hardware product that seamlessly integrates with your existing credit card reader so that you can accept credit card payments in person.

35
6 months ago

A hardware startup that sells a low-cost, low-energy, laser-based 3D printer that can print out objects from a 3D file. The team at PRINT.AI is led by a serial entrepreneur who has participated in Y Combinator, including projects such as Exakte and Foundry.

35
3 months ago

A startup whose goal is to integrate sensors and analytics for smart cities. The startup wants to lower the costs of providing Internet to cities by providing infrastructure, hardware and software.

35
3 months ago

A hardware startup that aims to bring security cameras online without needing to be plugged into a computer.

35
10 months ago

A niche product for having a hard time sleeping due to snoring or other sleep issues, Sleepio is a smartphone app which uses an algorithm to give real-time feedback on how well you sleep, and then sends you targeted advice to help you improve your sleep.

34
4 months ago

A hardware startup that takes a radically different approach to computer security. Rather than trying to block malware, the company says it can help protect against it by learning to predict what types of attacks are likely. It’s meant to work with mobile devices, and has a deal with Facebook to “secure” the social network’s billion users.

34
3 months ago

"Philadelphia is a hotbed of tech startups, with more than its fair share of innovators. But with so many talented people hitting the streets, it can be hard to distinguish the real innovators from the pretenders." -  Philadelphia Magazine

34
1 year ago

This startup is working to create a new version of the Raspberry Pi, which will be smaller and better suited to control things like smart home appliances and lighting and other IoT devices. Right now, companies like Amazon and Google are building their own mini PC and smart home-computing devices, but RightBit hopes to make it cheaper and easier for other hardware makers to produce their own.

33
5 months ago

It’s hard to focus on one thing when you’re in college and have a million responsibilities. Middleman helps you organize your life by letting you create a “bucket list” of things you want to accomplish, and then organizing those around your schedule.

33
9 months ago

A hardware startup that aims to enable more automation and less manual labor in the home.

32
9 months ago

A startup that provides subscriptions for a “smart” kitchen in which everything on the market is connected to a central system. It’s working with a hardware manufacturer on a modular smart refrigerator that works with an app.

32
7 months ago

A platform for startups that want to bring their products to life through hardware. It’s meant to be a cheaper alternative to other prototyping and hardware startups, by linking to their own manufacturing partners.

32
9 months ago

A platform that digitizes video and makes it available on YouTube. The company is also working on a way to monetize the videos (which they say is not hard to do.)

31
7 months ago

A startup that builds hardware for emergency responders to manage their “mobile command center”

31
3 months ago

A company that makes modules to help developers build out their own hardware.

31
3 months ago

Building a custom hardware wallet for bitcoin users

31
6 months ago

A company that sells a $50,000 security system made up of a garage door opener, a smart lock and a $49 video camera. The startup’s hardware is intended to let people live in their homes with their pets, and it has a product roadmap that includes a pet-friendly version of its camera

30
5 months ago

A platform for managing hardware and software settings, and making it easier to manage settings using a simple interface.

30
4 months ago

A textual language translation app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

30
5 months ago

Instead of having to buy an expensive hardware device to measure your blood pressure, they’re going to come out with a $10 smartphone app that works off of a few sensors. The startup aims to reduce the cost of healthcare by getting more people to use the device.

28
2 years ago

Idea: A soft-keyboard for mobile devices. The startup says their product is meant to make it easier to type on touch screens, leveraging a 3D-touch feature that allows users to press in harder on their mobile phones.

27
7 months ago

A company building an R&D lab for hardware startups to work out of.

27
6 months ago

A startup that helps organizations like Ace Hardware and Lowe’s keep track of how much inventory they have on hand and how much they sell each month.

27
5 months ago

A hardware company that wants to build a hardware-based receipt printer that can produce receipts on demand. The company wants to use the same materials as the paper industry, which is more sustainable than inkjet.

27
5 months ago

A startup that wants to create a version of Amazon, where consumers can buy products directly from brands. The startup says they’re building a storefront that’s all about discovery and discovery is the hard part.

26
3 months ago

A credit card for students, who often have a hard time getting approved for a credit card. It includes a special student-friendly credit card account, with a lower interest rate.

26
5 months ago

A hardware startup that makes hardware for use with smartphone apps, such as a Bluetooth keyboard for your phone.

25
4 months ago

Closed-door meetings are a big part of how businesses communicate, but they can be inefficient, or even make communication harder. Fusic is an app which allows teams to use a shared whiteboard to brainstorm ideas and plan, with the idea that faster ideas can arrive at the right times, and lead to better decisions.

25
3 months ago

A company that builds open source hardware, selling sensors and actuators to control different systems.

25
3 months ago

This startup is looking to “help businesses and developers get early access to the latest IoT tools and SDKs”. The company is a one-stop shop for IoT-related technologies, including hardware, software, and security.

23
3 months ago

A startup that aims to create a universal app store for third-party hardware hardware modules. The idea is to cut down on the hardware fragmentation that plagues the tech industry.

21
4 months ago

The company wants to build virtual reality software to help people with PTSD, who often have trouble leaving their house. The startup’s VR software allows users to explore a virtual environment, and, with the help of VR hardware, experience a different setting from inside a virtual environment, allowing them to feel less anxious.

19
2 years ago

A startup that provides a directory of professionals who can provide hard-to-find services like making a denture

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2 years ago

A startup that helps people with their resume if they are having a hard time getting one above a certain number

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2 years ago

Idea: A company that will clean up your old hard drives

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2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a platform for shared office space. The company’s founders say that it’s already profitable and has $2.8 million in revenue, with $10 million in annual recurring revenue. The company is installing $10 million in hardware in the next two years. It’s currently profitable.

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2 years ago

Idea: We all have a hard time picking a restaurant to eat at in busy cities like New York. The startup is coming up with solutions to make that experience easier.

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