Brian Heater

Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants

Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants

 Pasadena-based hardware startup Miso Robotics just got a big vote of confidence from investors, in the form of a $10 million Series B. This latest windfall led by Acacia Research Corporation brings the company’s total disclosed funding to $14 million and arrives as it ramps up production and gets ready to deliver its hamburger-cooking robot […]

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Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

 Brooklyn-based startup LittleBits has worked hard to shake the “tech toy” label. While the company’s done a good job getting its kid-friendly engineering kits into the hands of schools, a new partnership with Pearson will certainly add an extra bit of legitimacy to the company’s methods. The education publishing giant announced this week that it’s… Read […]

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Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

 Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But following a holiday season that failed to live up to expectations, the company recently […]

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Nuheara’s voice amplifying earbuds offer customizable hearing profiles

Nuheara’s voice amplifying earbuds offer customizable hearing profiles

 Nuheara’s new IQBuds Boost headphones exist in a a strange sort of in-between spot. Like the rest of the company’s line, they’re clearly one of countless devices looking to compete in the crowded world of bluetooth earbuds. Like the standard IQBuds before them, however, they’re also designed to boost hearing. But the Boosts are an […]

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Blocks hopes to court enterprise customers with its modular smartwatch

Blocks hopes to court enterprise customers with its modular smartwatch

 As we noted earlier this week, the mere fact that Blocks was able to bring its modular smartwatch system to market feels like a minor miracle. The company appears to have not taken the easy route in any respect. It could have launched an Android Wear device, but instead opted to skin a scaled down […]

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Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics launches a robot for programmers

Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics launches a robot for programmers

 Recent Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics brought a decidedly non-consumer-focused device to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. The Misty I Developer Edition is the first baby step for a startup with even grander ambitions than the one that gave birth to it. In June, the company announced a $11.5 million Series A led […]

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Will.i.am’s company buys Bluetooth earbud maker Earin

Will.i.am’s company buys Bluetooth earbud maker Earin

 i.am+ is a strange company — of course, we’d expect no less from a startup owned by Black Eyed Pea turned tech entrepreneur, Will.i.am. Probably best known for its gaudy Buttons headphones and the largely panned Puls smartwatch/wrist-band dealie, the company has been making some strange and seemingly disparate moves of late. At Dreamforce back […]

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Apple buys app development service Buddybuild

Apple buys app development service Buddybuild

 Apple continues to ramp up its efforts to court developers by making it easier to create and iterate their apps for its platforms. The iPhone giant has now acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver-based app tools startup that describes itself as “mobile iteration platform” focused on continuous integration and debugging tools. Read More Start the conversation, or Read […]

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Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

 Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason. The company made the decision just ahead of the holidays, a fact that founder and CEO Sam Jadallah recently made public with a lengthy Medium post now pinned to […]

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Rylo creates shake-free standard video from 360-degree shots

Rylo creates shake-free standard video from 360-degree shots

 I wasn’t particularly excited to take a meeting with another 360-degree camera company when I sat down with Rylo last week. It’s not that the tech isn’t interesting, or that there isn’t a future in it. For a majority of us, 360 video is, at best, an occasional novelty. But this Bay Area startup has […]

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