Hardware

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An outpost out west
Bolt, backer of consumer electronics startups, expands to San Francisco
Autodesk's design and fabrication workshop on Pier 9 in San Francisco, where Bolt's west coast crew will be based.
Born in Boston just two years ago, Bolt is expanding to San Francisco. The investment fund makes small investments in hardware startups — like a digital tip jar or a wristband that tries to shock you out of bad habits — and then gives them access to a complete machine shop, along with design and engineering experts. Read More
Smarter stuff
Entrepreneur and Media Lab researcher David Rose talks 'enchanted objects'
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New book out this week from serial entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab researcher David Rose, entitled, "Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things." Rose is doing two local events: one at Bolt on Tuesday night, and one on Thursday at the Harvard Book Store. We sat down a few days ago to talk about what exactly an "enchanted object" is. Read More
Hardware strikes back
Boom in hardware startups hits Techstars Boston
EcoVent is the maker of a more efficient heating and cooling vent.

Techstars, a program for assisting and investing in technology startups, is generally thought of as the most prestigious program of its kind in Boston. But from the launch of Techstars Boston in 2009 until this year, the accelerator program had almost exclusively accepted startups in the software arena.

For the 2014 class, a major shift occurred: Out of a dozen startups, three are developing hardware devices and one is in a related space, with software to let physical devices communicate with each other over the Internet.

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