After Hardware.co’s last batch of startups pitched mobility and logistics solutions with practical applications for some of the world’s toughest social and economic challenges, we had a hunch that IoT and hardware startups could be the key to improving living standards around the globe. For Batch #6: Quality of Life, we’ve selected 8 startups that aim to do just that.
Hear and Know (France) are tackling the security challenges that with their dedicated hardware beacons and accompanying mobile app, making use of signals made by existing emitters to create a fast and precise tracking solution. This technology could be a game-changer in Alzheimer’s care. HaK’s electronic companions work indoors and outdoors for weeks without charging, providing carers of Alzheimer’s affected people with frequent and reliable updates on their location.
iBreve (Germany) is creating a digital health solution with a women-first approach. Their biofeedback tool can be attached to any bra, where it’s optimally placed to measure breathing, chest expansion, temperature and heart-rate. iBreve alerts users about stress-induced health risks and helps them actively cope with stress through guided exercises designed by health experts through their mobile app.
Next Labs (India) aim to bring seamless smart technology to more homes with their open ecosystem, allowing developers and manufacturers to connect their IoT products without having to rely on multiple hub architectures. Users will be able to control all their devices with their voice without having to rely on complicated mobile apps to enjoy the benefits of a smart home, from improved security to more efficient energy use.
Mero Tech (Canada) is making our buildings smarter, starting from one of their biggest challenges: bathrooms. MeroTech combines in-house sensors with a cloud platform to help bathroom maintenance teams gather real-time, long-term data needed to clean more effectively and flexibly than ever, raising hygiene standards, boosting customer satisfaction levels and reducing environmental impact.
NanoIC (USA) is a system semiconductor company tackling the global counterfeit market with their smart tag and reader system that’s impossible for counterfeiters to replicate. Millions die each year after consuming counterfeit medicine, a global challenge that NanoIC brings us closer to solving.
Mio Kiosk (Lithuania) is creating a smart mobile kiosk that brings us drinks, snacks and whatever else we might need when we’re spending time with friends and family outdoors. MIO is a sustainable, electric-powered robot that can handle navigation around obstacles, autonomous restocking, contactless payments and more.
SONORRARI (Germany) lets us physically feel music and sound on our bodies, creating intense sonic experiences with therapeutic effects, confirmed by reports by test participants. This cost-effective hardware innovation could greatly benefit the deaf and hearing impaired, along with those suffering from nerve-related diseases.
Kwema (USA) is building an immediate response network for women in danger with their bracelet wearables and app. Wearers can send emergency alerts to friends and family, a community of app users closest to the location, and third party services including campus police, security firms and law enforcement.
Want to learn more about these startups and their tech? Tickets are now available for our Show & Tell event on July 31st, where the Batch #6 startups will pitch and provide hands-on demonstrations with their prototypes – click here to grab yours.