HAXLR8R, the Shenzhen-based hardware accelerator program, has graduated 10 new teams from its latest 15-week incubator. At an event in San Francisco last night, the 10 got a chance to pitch to assembled investors and spectators.
Cyril Ebersweiler, the founder of HAXLR8R, says this is the third batch to come out. He added:
The companies revealed at Demo Day show how quickly ideas can become functional and beautiful products that are manufacturer and consumer ready.
In alphabetical order, these are the startups:
A bionic baby mattress that sends bio-signals of mothers to their premature babies when they are isolated in an incubator (not of the startup variety). This helps to improve baby’s development and health. BabyBe has just kicked off its crowdfunding on Indiegogo.
This is an interactive and hackable toy robot that you control with an iPad app. See it being tested by the Engadget crew.
An outdoor shooting game that melds online and offline gaming using a digital gun called Dustcloud, paired with a location-based iPhone app and community. Dustcloud is launching on Indiegogo soon (not yet live).
This is a purse that charges smartphones wirelessly, for customers who demand more interconnectivity from the products and brands they love. Everpurse has completed a successful Kickstarter campaign that surpassed its $100,000 goal.
A wearable sensor that tracks movement in three dimensions to help sport practitioners, dancers, and anyone who needs to track movement and understand how to improve their movement. Notch is launching on Kickstarter soon.
A modular bit of hardware that can be configured for use with your favorite software using actual buttons, knobs, and sliders. Initially targeting image editors, it is expanding to musicians and many other applications, and replaces the traditional mouse and keyboard. It’s now on Kickstarter in a bid to reach a $100,000 goal (updated: correction).
Petcube is a sinister-looking little black box that actually does something adorable – it lets you remotely monitor your pets, and you can even play with them by directing a laser-pointer via your smartphone. Petcube has already wrapped up its successful Kickstarter.
A handheld device that automatically tunes and diagnoses any stringed instrument in seconds. It’s part of the so-called “quantified instrument” movement. Roadie Tuner is actively seeking funds now on Kickstarter and looks set to pass its goal.
This one is a wearable device that helps people avoid dozing off. Vigo monitors blinking patterns in order to detect signs of drowsiness and give users a nudge when they need it. I could use this at conferences. Unfortunately it looks like a Bluetooth headset, so you’ll look like a tit wearing it.
This little gadget is a programmable touch interface. You can use it to interact with other gadgets that use Bluetooth low energy. It could be used with Google Glass to save you doing all kinds of socially unacceptable ticks and jerks with your eyes and head in order to control Glass. The WearPoint could be worn on your wrist.
(Editing by Josh Horwitz)