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Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. Be sure to check out our write-ups of all 85 startups from day 1 plus our top picks, as well as the full set from day 2. But now, after asking investors and conferrin...
Tags: Apps, Biotech, Food, Funding, GreenTech, Hardware, Health, Logistics, Startups, TC


Hammerhead raises $4.2M to build a smarter operating system for bikes

Hammerhead founder and CEO Piet Morgan is a bicyclist, and he started the company because he wanted a better navigation system. So Hammerhead , the H1, and subsequently built Karoo, a “cycling computer” that supports navigation and training. But Morgan told me his ambitions is bigger than that. After all, he sees a future where electric bikes need smart range projections, where bikeshare fleets need to be managed, where social training programs like Strava can pull data from the bike itself and...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Garmin, Morgan, Karoo, Hammerhead, Zipp, Steve Schlafman, Robin Thurston, KB Partners, Primary Ventures, Piet Morgan, KB s Keith Bank


Prototype prosthesis proffers proper proprioceptive properties

Researchers have created a prosthetic hand that offers its users the ability to feel where it is and how the fingers are positioned — a sense known as proprioception. The headline may be in jest, but the advance is real and may help amputees more effectively and naturally use their prostheses. Prosthesis rejection is a real problem for amputees, and many choose to simply live without these devices, electronic or mechanical, since they can complicate as much as they simplify. Part of that is the ...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Robotics, Prosthetics, Medtech, Lausanne, EPFL, Amputees, Prosthesis, Artificial Limbs, Silvestro Micera


DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that predict and automatically react to the patient’s needs. Ordinary cuts and scrapes just need a bit of shelter and time and your amazing immune system takes care of things. But soldiers not only receive far graver wounds, but under complex conditions that ...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Government, Medical, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Darpa, Medtech, Paul Sheehan, BETR


Mental well-being took center stage at CES 2019

This week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed with many of the year’s biggest new devices. But over the last several years, The Sands has become the place where the real magic happens. The segment of the show known as Eureka Park is where the startups and accelerators congregate, often times showing off products that are still years away. A quick walk around the floor (insofar as someone can walk quickly with that much humanity slowly shuffling through the halls) sheds a lot of light ...
Tags: Hardware, Sleep, Tech, Meditation, Mental Health, Fda, Las Vegas Convention Center, Eureka Park, CES 2019


Iota Biosciences raises $15M to produce in-body sensors smaller than a grain of rice

Fitness trackers and heart rate monitors are all well and good, but if you want to track activity inside the body, the solutions aren’t nearly as convenient. Iota Biosciences wants to change that with millimeter-wide sensors that can live more or less permanently in your body and transmit what they detect wirelessly, and a $15 million series A should put them well on their way. The team emerged from research at UC Berkeley, where co-founders Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz were working on impro...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Fda, Ultrasound, UC Berkeley, Medtech, Lagos, Implants, Shanda, Carmena, TechCrunch s Startup Battlefield


Puma reissues its nerdiest shoe ever, the RS-Computer

No one has any trouble tracking their steps today. But how can you make sure people know you’re doing it? Ostentatiously checking your phone or watch every five minutes is a pain. What if I told you there was a shoe with a step-tracking computer sticking out of it where everyone could see? It’s a Puma . It was born in 1986, and will be reborn in 2018 — briefly. The RS Computer was among the early stumbling steps of the personal computer era, when everyone thought that, since people were buying...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Hardware, Shoes, Tech, Tokyo, Puma, Casio, Zack Morris, London Berlin


Apple Watch’s ECG feature is already proving its worth

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watch with electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That’s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often times rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related issues. The ECG feature, which monitors your heart rhythm and can detect AFib,* went live ju...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Hardware, Tech, Reddit, Apple Watch, ECG, Atrial Fibrillation, Brian Heater, Apple Watch Series 4


The Apple Watch’s ECG feature goes live today

ECG/EKG was easily the new Apple Watch’s most lauded feature. It’s also been the most delayed. Of course, this kind of serious health feature is the sort of thing you need to get exactly right, for reasons that ought to be pretty obvious on their face. Electrocardiogram finally goes live today for Series 4 owners as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update. It’s an important feature — and one that will go a ways toward helping establish the wearable as a more serious health monitor. The new featu...
Tags: Apple, Health, Wearables, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Apple Watch, ECG, Electrocardiogram


Sleep-tracking ring Oura surpasses $20 million in funding

Oura Health, a sleep-tracking and sleep-improvement platform, just surpassed $20 million* in a funding round led by MSD Capital with participation from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Sunrise founder Dave Morin, JUMP founder Ryan Rzepecki and others. This round comes a couple of years after the Finnish company raised €5 million from MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito and others. Oura is a smart ring that tracks your sleep habits to help you achieve better sleep. It does t...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Sleep, Tech, Intel, Michael Dell, Will Smith, Kevin Lin, MSD Capital, MIT Media Lab, NTC, Joi Ito, Dave Morin, Motiv, OURA


Sleep-tracking ring Oura raises $20 million from Michael Dell, Lance Armstrong and others

Oura Health, a sleep-tracking and sleep-improvement platform, just raised $20 million in a funding round led by MSD Capital with participation from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Sunrise founder Dave Morin, JUMP founder Ryan Rzepecki and others. This round comes a couple of years after the Finnish company raised €5 million from MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito and others. Oura is a smart ring that tracks your sleep habits to help you achieve better sleep. It does this ...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Sleep, Tech, Intel, Michael Dell, Will Smith, Kevin Lin, MSD Capital, MIT Media Lab, NTC, Joi Ito, Dave Morin, Motiv, OURA


Loro’s mounted wheelchair assistant puts high tech to work for people with disabilities

A person with physical disabilities can’t interact with the world the same way as the able, but there’s no reason we can’t use tech to close that gap. Loro is a device that mounts to a wheelchair and offers its occupant the ability to see and interact with the people and things around them in powerful ways. Loro’s camera and app work together to let the user see farther, read or translate writing, identify people, gesture with a laser pointer and more. They demonstrated their tech onstage today ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Berlin, Events, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Song, Steve, Battlefield, Startup Battlefield, Loro, Disrupt Berlin 2018


First ever drone-delivered kidney is no worse for wear

Drone delivery really only seems practical for two things: take-out and organ transplants. Both are relatively light and also extremely time sensitive. Well, experiments in flying a kidney around Baltimore in a refrigerated box have yielded positive results — which also seems promising for getting your pad thai to you in good kit. The test flights were conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland there, led by surgeon Joseph Scalea. He has been frustrated in the past with the inflexibi...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Uavs, Baltimore, University Of Maryland, IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering, Joseph Scalea, Joseph Scalea He, Scalea


Wynd announces a new air purifier and desktop monitor

As far as goals for hardware startups go, you could do worse than ridding the air of allergens, pollutants and the like. Launched in 2016 as a Kickstarter project, Wynd is going back to the crowdfunding well this week for two new hardware products. Wind Halo is a pretty nice-looking (from the press material) desktop air monitor featuring a set of 10 sensors. In fact, the design language on the thing really brings to mind the Echo Spot — still arguably the nicest-looking of Amazon’s Alexa dev...
Tags: Apple, Health, Amazon, Startups, Hardware, Halo, Alexa, Wynd, Air Filters, Wind Halo


Withings launches a fitness tracker for some reason

Withings is back with, of all things, a fitness tracker. It’s a bit of an odd addition, two months after the company re-launched, post-Nokia. The company’s first product, the Steel HR Sport, picked up where it left off with another sport-focused hybrid smartwatch. The Pulse HR, meanwhile, finds it looking back at wrist-worn fitness trackers. It’s a strange addition, really. After all, smartwatches represent a rare bright spot in the world of wearables — fitness trackers, not so much. Heck, ev...
Tags: Health, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Withings, Nokia, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Steel HR Sport


Fitbit targets employers and health plans with Care

When it launched the Versa back in March, Fitbit also announced plans to pivot. While the company will continue to operate in consumer hardware, it’s also shifting much of its focus toward healthcare. A month earlier, the company had acquired Twine, a platform that serves as part of the foundation of its new health coaching   service, Care. Announced today, the system uses the new Fitbit Plus, combined with the company’s off-the-shelf hardware to provide additional health insight, one-on-one...
Tags: Apple, Health, Hardware, Tech, Fitbit, Care


Spire Health Tags are now on Apple’s shelves

Spire’s Health Tags, the dark and tiny devices you stick on your clothes to gather all sorts of health data from your steps, heartbeat and stress levels is now available at your local Apple Store. The company started out with a breath tracking device to detect when you are feeling tense and help calm you down. But four years in and its now all about the wearable “tags” you stick on items of clothing like your pants or sports bra. Yes, yes, there are lots of gadgets out there to gather similar in...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Hardware, California, Tech, Software, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Apple Store, Wearable Devices, Vitali


Kegel trainer startup Elvie is launching a smaller, smarter, hands-free breast pump

Elvie, a Berlin-based startup known best for its connected Kegel trainer is jumping into the breast pump business with a new $480 hands-free system you can slip into your bra. Even with all the innovation in baby gear, breast pumps have mostly sucked (pun intended) for new moms for the past half a century. My first experience with a pump required me to stay near a wall socket and hunch over for a good twenty to thirty minutes for fear the milk collected might spill all over the place (which it d...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Elvie, Berlin, Tech, Amazon.com, Smartphone, Breastfeeding, United States


AliveCor gets a green light from FDA to screen for dangerously high potassium levels in the blood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted AliveCor the designation of “breakthrough device” for its ability to detect a rare but dangerous blood condition called hyperkalemia without taking any blood from the patient. Hyperkalemia is a medical term describing elevated potassium levels in the blood and is usually found in those with kidney disease. The correct amount of potassium is critical for the function of nerve and muscles in the body, including your heart muscle. A blood potassium ...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fda, Vic Gundotra, Mayo Clinic, U S Food and Drug Administration, Neural Network, AliveCor, AliveCor s KardiaMobile


Nima launches food sensor to detect peanuts

I’m deathly allergic to nuts, so I felt super excited when I heard about the Nima peanut sensor. I’ve ended up in the emergency room numerous times because there were nuts in something I thought did not contain nuts. With Nima, I could’ve tested those specific foods before consumption and probably avoided a trip to the ER. Nima, a TechCrunch Battlefield alum, is gearing up to launch a peanut sensor, its second product, on September 12. The sensor is able to detect even the tiniest trace (1...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, Hardware, Tech, Nima, Startup Battlefield, Epi Pen, Shireen Yates, TechCrunch Battlefield


VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own. I talked with lead researcher Nitish Padmanaban at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, where he and the others on his team were showing off the latest version of the system. It’s meant,...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Accessibility, Disability, Vr, Vancouver, Stanford University, SIGGRAPH, Nitish Padmanaban, Padmanaban


Femtech hardware startup Elvie inks strategic partnership with UK’s NHS

Elvie, a femtech hardware startup whose first product is a sleek smart pelvic floor exerciser, has inked a strategic partnership with the UK’s National Health Service that will make the device available nationwide through the country’s free-at-the-point-of-use healthcare service so at no direct cost to the patient. It’s a major win for the startup that was co-founded in 2013 by CEO Tania Boler and Jawbone founder, Alexander Asseily, with the aim of building smart technology that focuses on wo...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Apps, Wearables, Europe, UK, Hardware, Elvie, France, Trust, Tech, Biofeedback, NHS, United Kingdom, Healthcare, National Health Service


Peloton CEO John Foley will join us at Disrupt SF

Half a decade after its founding, Peloton became a unicorn. During its short existence, the company has found tremendous success riding the wave of successful spin classes that includes the likes of SoulCycle and Flywheel. Peloton offered a unique take on the space, harnessing technology to provide a state of the art version of the phenomenon from the comfort (and privacy) of the user’s home. Peloton’s pricey bikes live-stream spin classes, through a subscription based service. Since its ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Soulcycle, Foley, John Foley, Peloton, Disrupt Sf, Flywheel Peloton


Peloton acquires music startup Neurotic Media

Peloton, the unicorn spin (and now treadmill) business that lets users work out via livestreamed classes, has today announced its first acquisition. The company acquired Neurotic Media, a B2B music aggregation and streaming service. Atlanta-based Neurotic Media was founded in 2001 by Shachar “Shac” Oren, who will become a VP at Peloton serving under Peloton’s Head of Music Paul DeGooyer. The entire Neurotic Media team and offices will remain in Atlanta, continuing operations as a standalone s...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Apps, UK, Hardware, Media, Tech, Atlanta, Canada, Peloton, West Side of Manhattan, Peloton Digital, Neurotic Media, Shachar Shac Oren, DeGooyer


This smart prosthetic ankle adjusts to rough terrain

Prosthetic limbs are getting better and more personalized, but useful as they are, they’re still a far cry from the real thing. This new prosthetic ankle is a little closer than others, though: it moves on its own, adapting to its user’s gait and the surface on which it lands. Your ankle does a lot of work when you walk: lifting your toe out of the way so you don’t scuff it on the ground, controlling the tilt of your foot to minimize the shock when it lands or as you adjust your weight, all whil...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, South America, Robotics, Prosthetics, Vanderbilt, Michael Goldfarb, Goldfarb, Prosthesis, Mike Sasser


Taste test: Burger robot startup Creator opens first restaurant

Creator’s transparent burger robot doesn’t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That’s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world’s freshest cheesebuger for just $6. On June 27th, after 8 years in development, Creator opens its first robot restaurant. We got a sneak peek…err…taste. When I ask how a startup launching one eatery at a time could become a $10 billion company, Creator co-founder and CEO Alex Varda...
Tags: Health, Google, Food, Startups, TC, Wtf, Hardware, California, Stanford, San Francisco, Tesla, Restaurant, Gm, Silicon Valley, Mcdonalds, Pacific


HoloLens acts as eyes for blind users and guides them with audio prompts

Microsoft’s HoloLens has an impressive ability to quickly sense its surroundings, but limiting it to displaying emails or game characters on them would show a lack of creativity. New research shows that it works quite well as a visual prosthesis for the vision impaired, not relaying actual visual data but guiding them in real time with audio cues and instructions. The researchers, from CalTech and University of Southern California, first argue that restoring vision is at present simply not a ...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Accessibility, Augmented Reality, Collins, HoloLens, University Of Southern California, Caltech


Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event is run in partnership with TechCrunch, the official media partner. Attendees, nominees and winners will get deep discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, later this year. The Europas Awards are ba...
Tags: Health, Social, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Gaming, Cloud, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, London


Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller is an inspiring example of inclusive design

Every gamer with a disability faces a unique challenge for many reasons, one of which is the relative dearth of accessibility-focused peripherals for consoles. Microsoft is taking a big step toward fixing this with its Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device created to address the needs of gamers for whom ordinary gamepads aren’t an option. The XAC, revealed officially at a recent event but also leaked a few days ago, is essentially a pair of gigantic programmable buttons and an oversized direc...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Xbox One, Tech, Accessibility, Xbox


Smart dresser helps dementia sufferers put their clothes on right

It goes without saying that getting dressed is one of the most critical steps in our daily routine. But long practice has made it second nature, and people suffering from dementia may lose that familiarity, making dressing a difficult and frustrating process. This smart dresser from NYU is meant to help them through the process while reducing the load on overworked caregivers. It may seem that replacing responsive human help with a robotic dresser is a bit insensitive. But not only are there rar...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Smart Home, Robotics, Nyu, Winslow Burleson



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