Most ex­cit­ing Hard­ware Start- ups in Lon­don

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Tech­nol­ogy is all about in­no­va­tion. In or­der to cre­ate a tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, it is es­sen­tial to come up with a new idea with ad­e­quate sci­en­tific rea­son­ing to back it up. how­ever bril­liant your idea might be, it will be use­less if it can’t be im­ple­mented well with ba­sic sci­en­tific un­der­stand­ing. on the other hand, even if an in­di­vid­ual has great sci­en­tific skill, he can­not put it to use as long as he doesn’t have a good idea to sup­port it. A com­bi­na­tion of these two fac­tors with proper im­ple­men­ta­tion by a team of ex­perts in the field re­sults in a pro­duc­tive out­come. These hard­ware star­tups in the city of Lon­don have ex­celled in putting to­gether all these skills and re­defin­ing in­no­va­tion in terms of tech­nol­ogy.

KANO

Even though com­put­ers seem to be a de­vice mainly used for pro­fes­sional pur­poses these days, we must not for­get its rel­e­vance as it was the first au­to­mated ma­chin­ery which made in­tel­lec­tual tasks easy for the hu­man. This ma­chin­ery took a com­pact look with the ad­vent of the lap­top. Even when a small­est er­ror oc­curs in the com­puter, we got to call the ex­pert to fix it. But now you can not only fix but even build your own com­puter. Kano is a uk-based startup which pre­pares spe­cial com­puter kits

that can be as­sem­bled to­gether right from the scratch with­out the need of any ex­per­tise. Founded in the lat­ter half of 2013, this startup has al­ready re­ceived the award of the fastest grow­ing one by the year of 2016. You can not only cre­ate but also code your com­put­ers your­self. The as­sem­bling re­sem­bles that of Lego and has been proven to be child-friendly as well.

CUBETTO

here is an­other startup which pro­duces hard­ware re­lated to cod­ing. But it has a cer­tain twist to it. This cod­ing knowl­edge is specif­i­cally tar­geted on the kids of to­day, that too the young tod­dlers. With the in­volve­ment of tech­nol­ogy in­creas­ing in our lives, even kids these days are con­stantly in­ter­act­ing with var­i­ous de­vices for their en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses. But why not make this in­ter­ac­tion fruit­ful? Par­ents have a con­stant com­plaint of their chil­dren get­ting glued to tablets of gam­ing con­soles. The par­ents of these chil­dren want them to un­der­stand ba­sic sci­ence with­out the need of in­ter­act­ing with a screen. Keep­ing this in mind, Mat­teo Loglio along with a part­ner founded cubetto in 2013. The sole pur­pose of this startup is to pro­duce de­vices that can help chil­dren de­velop an un­der­stand­ing about tech­nol­ogy, sci­ence, maths, and en­gi­neer­ing. The startup has de­signed cuboid ro­bot made of wood. This tiny ro­bot has com­bined shapes to rep­re­sent the strings of code. By play­ing with such a de­vice, chil­dren will get a deeper un­der­stand­ing of pro­gram­ming.

PI-TOP

Talk­ing about hard­ware, it is im­por­tant not to miss out on of those cre­ations that back up a num­ber of ma­jor de­vices that in­volve com­plex func­tions. The es­sen­tial unit for this is the cod­ing soft­ware. This is be­cause this kind of soft­ware serves as the raw ma­te­rial which re­sults in the com­mands given to dif­fer­ent parts of the com­plex ma­chine which is usu­ally a com­puter. This com­puter in­stalls cod­ing soft­ware de­pend­ing on the needs of the user. What if you need a mi­cro­pro­ces­sor which is ef­fi­cient enough and yet not that ex­pen­sive? This Lon­don-based

startup started off as a stu­dent project in 2014 but soon be­came a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to sell lap­top hous­ing kits. Such a lap­top hous­ing kit is de­signed keep­ing in mind the de­mand for a low cost mi­cro­pro­ces­sor. The startup has al­ready gained the value of $6.37 mil­lion in the mar­ket. This startup pro­duces soft­ware ac­cord­ing to the needs of the con­sumer and a body to com­ple­ment it.

ELVIE

Fit­ness has be­come an is­sue to worry about as peo­ple are be­com­ing con­scious about their health due to the in­creas­ing spread of dis­eases. Talk­ing about var­i­ous ways to make sure one is fit, peo­ple usu­ally con­cen­trate on the ex­ter­nal ap­pear­ance of the body. But we of­ten miss out on giv­ing im­por­tance to the in­ter­nal sys­tem of the body. A startup of Lon­don has de­vel­oped fit­ness tracker which solely con­cen­trates on the well-being of women’s health. The main pur­pose be­hind per­form­ing Kegel ex­er­cises is to en­sure the main­te­nance of the pelvic mus­cles of a woman. But how can one know if her pelvic mus­cles are get­ting the ex­er­cise it needs or not? This is why Elvie has cre­ated a Kegel tracker to keep a check on the same which con­nects wire­lessly to an app. Prob­lems like uri­nary in­con­ti­nence take place when the pelvic floor mus­cles are too tight, weak­ened, or stretched. The health of these mus­cles mat­ter as they as­sist with blad­der con­trol, hold the core and abs, and en­ables sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion. This tracker is made of sil­i­cone which has to be in­serted in the woman’s vagina and shows its re­sults on the app. The startup raised $6 mil­lion in its lat­est fund­ing.

BLAZE

cy­cling your way through is a fun ac­tiv­ity which also acts as an ex­er­cise. But with the in­creas­ing traf­fic on roads, it has be­come a lit­tle un­safe to do this ex­er­cise as a means to com­mute from one place to an­other on the

roads. There is a Lon­don-based startup which aims to look after the safety of the cy­clist on the roads, be it day or night. Blaze fo­cuses on cre­at­ing prod­ucts for cy­clists based in urban ar­eas which are a per­fect amal­ga­ma­tion of tech­nol­ogy along with de­sign. The rea­son be­hind such ef­forts of the startup is that cy­cling is a great way to en­sure good health of a per­son along with a greener to­mor­row. This is why the com­pany has de­signed all kinds of prod­ucts which will make cy­cling fancier, safer, and more fun.

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