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Hardware Startup Ideas



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

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

195
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.

185
1 year ago

A hardware startup that is building a fully autonomous delivery vehicle

149
2 years ago

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

135
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.

135
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.

132
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.

126
2 years ago

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

125
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.

125
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.

120
2 years ago

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

118
2 years ago

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

116
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.

115
2 years ago

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

114
2 years ago

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

113
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.

111
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.

109
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.

108
2 years ago

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

105
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.

105
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.

105
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.

105
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.

100
2 years ago

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

97
1 year 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.

97
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.

95
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.

91
1 year ago

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

91
1 year 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.

90
1 year 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.

88
1 year ago

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

88
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.

87
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.

86
1 year 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.

83
1 year 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.

83
1 year ago

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

81
1 year 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.

78
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.

77
10 months 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.

67
1 year 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.

66
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.

65
1 year 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.

64
1 year ago

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

63
10 months ago

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

61
10 months ago

A company that builds hardware/software for connected services.

60
1 year 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.

59
1 year ago

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

56
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.

53
5 months ago

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

47
1 year ago

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

44
5 months ago

Builds hardware for products like robo-advisors.

44
1 year ago

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

43
10 months 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.

43
11 months ago

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

41
5 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.

41
10 months 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.

39
2 years ago

Idea: Build custom apps around on-premise hardware

38
10 months 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.

38
6 months 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.

37
1 year ago

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

36
10 months 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.

36
1 year ago

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

35
1 year ago

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

35
11 months 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.

35
3 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.

35
2 years ago

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

34
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

34
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.

34
1 year ago

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

34
8 months 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.

34
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.

33
8 months 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.

33
6 months ago

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

33
1 year ago

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

32
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.

32
11 months ago

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

32
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.

31
1 year ago

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

31
6 months ago

A startup that makes hardware that monitors human movement.

30
5 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.

30
2 years ago

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

29
9 months ago

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

29
7 months ago

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

29
10 months 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.

28
9 months 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.

28
5 months ago

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

28
2 years ago

Idea: A programmable hardware add-on for Raspberry Pi

27
10 months 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.

27
7 months 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.

27
5 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.

27
9 months ago

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

26
4 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.

26
2 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.

25
4 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.

24
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

23
4 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.

23
4 months ago

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

23
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.

22
8 months ago

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

22
3 months ago

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

22
3 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.

22
2 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.

22
20 days ago

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

22
16 days ago

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

22
2 months ago

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

21
8 months 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.

20
3 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.

20
1 month 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.

20
1 month 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.

20
2 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”.

19
2 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.

18
3 months ago

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

17
1 month ago

A startup that designs hardware and software for building autonomous vehicles

17
1 month 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.

15
1 month 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.”

15
7 months 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.

14
2 months ago

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

14
2 months ago

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

14
7 months 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.

13
3 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.

13
28 days ago

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

13
22 days 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

13
24 days 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.

11
13 days 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.

9
2 days ago

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

3
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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