Global Accelerator HAX Spotlights Medical, Robotic and Agricultural Innovation

haxHAX, formerly known as HAXLR8R, shared 13 new global hardware startups and their products from HAX’s seventh Accelerator Demo Day and 10 new graduates of its first Boost program Demo Day. Since its founding in 2012 the global hardware investor  has accelerated 90 hardware startups. To learn more about the 13 new hardware startups from the seventh HAX class and the 10 new Boost companies, and to watch the recorded presentations from Demo Day, visit here.

Turner Duncan“The 13 graduates of HAX accelerator program are leading innovators that are solving major health issues such as anxiety, depression and spinal injuries, to making daily objects smart such as earphones, coffee machines and suitcases,” said Duncan Turner, managing director of HAX Accelerator. “Out of the 90 startups that graduated HAX over the past three years, several alumni such as Makeblock, Yeelink and Next Thing Co., are on trajectories comparable to the hardware unicorns such as Fitbit, Nest and Oculus.”

Incubated and ready to thrive, the seventh HAX class follows:

  • Auroma is a coffee science machine that has the ability to control all the parameters involved in making the perfect cup of coffee. The Auroma learns your preference over time and is able to adjust brewing parameters to make a cup of coffee tailored to individual taste. The company is based in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Berkeley Ultrasound is an ultrasound device used to help treat depression and the potential development of Alzheimer’s disease. The company is based in San Francisco.
  • Dispatch is a local, delivery-as-a-service, powered by small autonomous ground-based vehicles built for last-mile ground delivery. Dispatch is based in Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Grasp is an ergonomically designed, biometric, smart bike lock that uses fingerprint recognition. With Grasp there will be no need for keys. The company is based in Waterloo, Canada. Support Grasp on Kickstarter.
  • Intelligent Implants harness the latest advances in electro-therapeutics to speedup, control and monitor bone growth products for the spinal implant market segment. The company operates from the U.S. and Ireland.
  • Livin Farms, developed by Red Dot Design Award winners, offers a desktop insect farm grows the cleanest protein supplement. The company is based in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong. Support Livin Farms on Kickstarter.
  • Madada brings cosmetics to the tech world with pocket mirrors that track skin moisture, UV exposure and more. It can also be used as a remote for selfies. The company is based in Shenzhen, China.
  • Nua transforms belongings into personal assistants. Nua’s first product is the world’s first smart robotic luggage that follows you so there is no need to ever roll or carry a suitcase again. The company is based in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Pinpress is a dynamic, shape-shifting tool that gives you thousands of molds in one, unlike regular industry molds that only create one shape. Pinpress enables users to mass produce highly-personalized products. The company is based in Waterloo, Canada.
  • Pycno is a plug-and-play wireless sensor for agriculture. Users plug into the soil to get critical information used to optimize the use of water, fertilizer and electricity, and to increase the quality and quantity of their produce. The company is incorporated in Delaware.
  • Revols proprietary fitting technology delivers quick custom-fit wireless earphones that mold to user’s ears in 60 seconds. Sound powered by Onkyo. The company is based in Montreal. Support Revols on Kickstarter.
  • Simbe Robotics gives retailers unparalleled visibility into the state of merchandise in their stores through Tally™, the world’s first autonomous, shelf-auditing and analytics solution. The company is based in San Francisco.
  • Zenso is a wearable sensor to manage anxiety and stress. It teaches how to voluntarily control wearer’ heart rate through haptic biofeedback. The company is based in San Francisco.

The companies spent the last three months in Shenzhen, China, the components and electronic supply chain capital of the world,  creating a production-ready prototype and fine-tuning their business models and supply chain. HAX participants had access to seed funding, office space with a modern equipped workshop, and more than 50 experienced mentors and experts in design, manufacturing and logistics.


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