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    Robotics Take Center Stage: Ten New Hardware Startups

    Recently, HAXLR8R held its Demo Day in San Francisco, where it revealed its fifth class of new hardware startups, which span the markets from wearables to security to biology. Each startup firm participated in a 111-day accelerator program in Shenzhen, China. While there, they had access to expert support in design and manufacturing, more than 50 experienced mentors, seed funding, and office space that includes an equipped workshop. Watch the recorded live demos.

    “Connected hardware is creating a new industrial revolution. Instead of the iconic jetpack of vintage science fiction, the future involves low-cost automation, innovative sensors, connectivity and communities built around physical objects,” said Cyril Ebersweiler, founder of HAXLR8R and venture partner at SOSventures. “This fifth batch combines expertise in robotics, AI, nanotechnology and biology to create not only groundbreaking but affordable and delightful products.”

    In just three years, HAXLR8R has accelerated 50 hardware startups.

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    Innovative Tech Startups

    Click through for 10 innovative new startups introduced by HAXLR8R.

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    Clarity – Know what you breathe!

    Clarity is the world’s first wearable air quality monitor. Created for China, India and other polluted places, Clarity helps users make smarter decisions with real-time updates on the air around them. The crowdsourced data will generate the world’s most detailed pollution maps. (It’s like Waze for air quality.)

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    Form – Because peace of mind at home shouldn’t have to involve cameras

    Form is introducing Point, a softer approach to home security. Point listens to the sounds of your home, senses what is in the air and alerts you if anything is wrong. It tells you about the things you care about most, like windows breaking, alarms going off or the presence of smoke. Point gives you comfort in knowing that all is fine when you are away — without cameras or complex security systems. Form was started by a Scandinavian team with Apple tenure.

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    KATIA – Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm

    KATIA brings the functionality of an industrial robotic arm to mainstream consumers. She can be trained by touch without programming and runs on an open source platform that can be extended by developers.

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    Linkitz: Kids want wearables too!

    Linkitz is the friendship bracelet for the digital age that is colorful, modular, smart and social. Linkitz can be personalized with unique light patterns and sounds using simple programming.

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    OpenTrons – The world needs a better way to build biotech

    Whether it’s a team making glowing plants that light up a room, a company growing animal-free leather in test tubes, or a global network of researchers developing cancer drugs in their garages, OpenTrons empowers people to make biotech. OpenTrons will have the same effect on biotech innovation as the 3D printer did on product design — making biotech faster, cheaper and available to anyone.

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    Petronics – Cats need a toy as smart as they are

    Indoor cats have a natural instinct to hunt that cannot be fulfilled by any cat toy available today. With sensors, actuators and artificial intelligence, Mousr is the only robotic cat toy that can see and react to a cat like a real animal would. Think of him like Pinky, but with a brain.

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    Prynt – Turn your smartphone into an instant camera

    Prynt is a case for smartphones that prints pictures instantly. Users can also access memories such as movies, gifs or secret texts by scanning their Prynt photos with the app.

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    Robo – It’s never too early to learn robotics

    Robo is the easiest educational toy for kids to awaken their interest in logic, programming and robotics. Use Robo’s modular elements and app to build a robot.

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    Voltera – Making electronic circuits is now as simple as clicking ‘print’

    Voltera‘s circuit board printer cuts hardware development time from months to days. By using conductive ink technology, the printer can create prototype boards in the time it takes to go get lunch.

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    Keyi: A modular robot from the future

    The CELL Robot is an amazing modular and mobile robotic toy and platform. If robots laid eggs, that would be CELL.

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