Devin Coldewey

Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button

Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button

Devices like smartphones ought to help people feel safer, but if you’re in real danger the last thing you want to do is pull out your phone, go to your recent contacts and type out a message asking a friend for help. The Women’s Safety XPRIZE just awarded its $1 million prize to one of […]

 Devin Coldewey

XNOR raises $12M for its cloud-free, super-efficient AI

XNOR raises $12M for its cloud-free, super-efficient AI

Between Microsoft Build and Google I/O, there are probably more people saying “AI” this week than any previous week in history. But the AI those companies deploy tends to live off in a cloud somewhere — XNOR puts it on devices that may not even be capable of an internet connection. The startup has just […]

 Devin Coldewey

Lobe’s ridiculously simple machine learning platform aims to empower non-technical creators

Lobe’s ridiculously simple machine learning platform aims to empower non-technical creators

Machine learning may be the tool de jour for everything from particle physics to recreating the human voice, but it’s not exactly the easiest field to get into. Despite the complexities of video editing and sound design, we have UIs that let even a curious kid dabble in them — why not with machine learning? […]

 Devin Coldewey

EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, SoftBank and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the play. Its promise is a constellation of […]

 Devin Coldewey

ReviveMed turns drug discovery into a big data problem and raises $1.5M to solve it

ReviveMed turns drug discovery into a big data problem and raises $1.5M to solve it

What if there’s a drug that already exists that could treat a disease with no known therapies, but we just haven’t made the connection? Finding that connection by exhaustively analyzing complex biomechanics within the body — with the help of machine learning, naturally — is the goal of ReviveMed, a new biotech startup out of […]

 Devin Coldewey

Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

When Luminar came out of stealth last year with its built-from-scratch lidar system, it seemed to beat established players like Velodyne at their own game — but at great expense and with no capability to build at scale. After the tech proved itself on the road, however, Luminar got to work making its device better, […]

 Devin Coldewey

GrokStyle’s visual search tech makes it into IKEA’s Place AR app

GrokStyle’s visual search tech makes it into IKEA’s Place AR app

GrokStyle’s simple concept of “point your camera at a chair (or lamp, or table…) and find others like it for sale” attracted $2 million in funding last year, and the company has been putting that cash to work. And remarkably for a company trying to break into the home furnishing market, it landed furniture goliath […]

 Devin Coldewey

MoviePass CEO backpedals on location tracking and talks strategy to break even by 2019

MoviePass CEO backpedals on location tracking and talks strategy to break even by 2019

 In a rare moment of contrition, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe admitted misleading both consumers and advertising execs with statements last week that the company tracks the location of users before and after they go to the movies. “We don’t do the things I described,” he told TechCrunch. As for location, “We don’t record it, we […]

 Devin Coldewey

FCC accuses stealth space startup of unauthorized satellite deployment

FCC accuses stealth space startup of unauthorized satellite deployment

 The FCC has denied a space startup permission to launch a collection of communications satellites after discovering that it had already launched some — after being told not to. Swarm Technologies, still in stealth mode, appears to have gone ahead with the deployment of four satellites deemed too small to be tracked and therefore unsafe […]

 Devin Coldewey

MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies

MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies

 Everyone knew the MoviePass deal is too good to be true — and as is so often the case these days, it turns out you’re not the customer, you’re the product. And in this case they’re not even attempting to camouflage that. Mitch Lowe, the company’s CEO, told an audience at a Hollywood event that […]

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