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Start Ups

TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

 Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch the…

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Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

 Meet Blitab, an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface. It’s one of the most affordable Braille devices out there and could change the way visually impaired people use computing devices. The company is participating in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. The devices for this niche market are really disappointing. There are specialized devices called Braille……

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Trigger tells you when Trump tweets about your stocks

 Very few people can move financial markets with their tweets, but like it or not, President-elect Donald Trump is one of them. And while you can’t do anything to prevent the madness, you can keep up with it using a new tool from Trigger Finance.  Originally a class project at Cornell Tech, Trigger makes it easy for users…

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Pillar Technologies is making construction sites safer with smart sensors

 Construction sites can be dangerous places. And while recent advancements in safety technology have done a lot to help protect workers, there hasn’t been as much focus on protecting the site itself from things like fire, water and mold damage. Any of these three risks can cost construction companies (or insurance companies) millions of dollars in damages,…

Gadgets

The Markforged Metal X prints real metal parts

 The new Markforged Metal X is pretty great. It is a full metal 3D printer that generates real metal parts out of powdered metal which is then hardened under massive heat and allows for amazingly strong and light materials. The printer uses tubes of powered metal bound with plastic. The “extruder” first creates the shapes…

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Sprig adds tips and equity to keep meal deliverers loyal

 Some Sprig customers might be bitter about getting guilt-tripped into tipping, but at least the startup is being sweet to its on-demand food servers. TechCrunch spotted that Sprig added a tipping feature to its freshly made meal-delivery app this week. Now Sprig has confirmed this is part of a wide-range of not-yet-announced perks for its…

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

 LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic…

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Suunto’s MoveSense makes developing your own fitness tracker way easier

 Design, sourcing, miniaturization and manufacturing of a product as complicated as a fitness tracker is all ludicrously complicated, and often isn’t core to its functionality. Suunto has shoved the sensors from its heart rate tracking strap into a developer-friendly package. Dubbed Movesense, it is designed to empower the next generation of fitness tracker creators to…