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Hardware Startup Ideas

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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A hardware startup that is building a fully autonomous delivery vehicle

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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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Idea: A programmable hardware add-on for Raspberry Pi

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Idea: Build custom apps around on-premise hardware

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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