Portfolio Companies


We invest in the broad spectrum of technologies known collectively as hardware

This includes buzzwords like IoT, robotics, wearables, new battery chemistry, clean tech, virtual reality, STEM, bio tech, mobility technologies, drones, frontier tech, and much more. Here is how our portfolio “bingo card” currently punches:

Agriculture Tech Arts, Communication, & Entertainment Cleantech Education Tech Enterprise Health & Wellness Medical Devices Personal Safety Equipment Sports & Activity Tracking Other
IoT 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df
VR, AR, MR, & Haptics 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df
Wearable Devices 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df
Robotics 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df
New Materials & Nanotech
Other Hardware 779b9dc3928c2dbc304bcf6702bef6df


Our active investments include the following:


Sentio has created the first wristband that recognizes and tracks human emotions throughout the day. Their first product, Feel, is a Fitbit for emotions able to quantify and analyze emotions such as happiness, sadness, stress, anger, and satisfaction through their proprietary algorithms. The mobile application not only visualizes the results but also provides actionable personalized recommendations that help people achieve their well-being goals.

Rufus is building wearable technology to enable a superhuman workforce. The industrial/IoT startup is based in Los Angeles and focuses on enterprise tools that improve communication, increase productivity and keep workers safer on the job. 

PRODUCT SPECS: 
The Rufus Cuff is a ruggedized wearable with a 3.2” screen, 12-hour (full shift) battery, and runs the complete Android OS. It provides hands-free tools and includes sensors that allow for team monitoring, location-based assignments, alerts and safety checks.

FOUNDER STORIES: 
Gabe Grifoni
Paula Odysseos-Panayiotou

HIGHLIGHTS: 
~$800K in preorders, shipping October 2016
Pilots in warehouse, retail, automotive, and aerospace industries

PRESS & MEDIA: 
Future of Wearables in Government
Wearables and Public Safety
Wearables Beyond Fitness
USA Today Covers Rufus 
Rufus in the Workplace
Additional press

WEBSITE:
http://getrufus.com

RideBlock enables you to IoT your skateboard to track tricks, learn, improve, and compete with friends

Amped Innovation designs solutions for extreme affordability. 1.2 billion people globally who currently lack access to the grid. That’s one-quarter of the world’s population living without electricity.

The team partners with social enterprises to design radically affordable products that address basic human needs. Getting the price of electricity below that of kerosene is just the beginning.

The team, led by CEO Kurt Kuhlmann and COO Andi Kleissner, has developed the lowest-cost, highest-capacity solar power center on the market, with free pay-as-you-go tools to truly democratize energy access.  Amped brought down the cost of solar power centers through engineering and design, minimizing cost and quantity of components by a 10x factor over the competition while optimizing functionality within the microcontroller.

In the summer of 2016, the team completed initial field trials with distribution partners in East and West Africa, securing MOU’s for 170,000 units for next year.  Partnerships with leading NGOs and social ventures serving smallholder farmers have positioned Amped to deliver over 1.6 million solar power centers in the next five years.

In addition to the social impact of their innovation, Amped’s solution also helps end customers save $156M over 5 years in just kerosene and phone charging services, while reducing carbon emissions by 667,000 tons.

Amped’s legacy will be for creating a world in which renewable energies are cheaper, safer, and more accessible than kerosene.

Force Impact Technologies offers a full injury risk detection and analysis solution. Our technology consists of a mobile application that relays data and provides access to baseline and post-event neurological exams. Our cloud infrastructure supports global usage of our device. Our team portal lets leagues and organizations view and access player information from a web-browser. And our smart mouthguard improves the safety of all athletes, including helmeted and non-helmeted sports. The FITGuard successfully delivers indications of cranial force by use of the most accurate indication mechanisms on the market. With the dynamic ability for updates and constant evolution of the product.

Problem:
In any season nearly 10% of athletes will experience a concussion. As many as 3.8 million sports related concussions in the US every year. 47% of athletes do not self-report any symptoms after they have received a concussion. Lack of proper training and skill set to identify possible issues. No method to indicate an injury.

3D-SensIR captures reality to enable augmented reality.

The team develops handheld smart 3D LIDAR camera systems that captures and scans outdoor and indoor environments, and create photorealistic 3D models in real-time regardless of environmental conditions. Their solution is engineered to be ultra compact and intuitive. Co-founders Gregory Campbell and Rengarajan “Sudhan” Sudharsanan previous worked together at Boeing Spectrolab.

Canviz is building a wood-framed digital canvas for displaying art & photography as well as a platform for collecting, discovering and sharing great content.

The company is the brainchild of a group of technical and creative minds, drawing on over 25 years of experience at Dreamworks Animation, LucasFilm, PlayStudio, Sega and Activision. The team’s resume includes Oscar-nominated films, the best-selling videogame of 2014, a Siebel Scholarship, and a mobile game with over 100MM monthly active users.

PRODUCT SPECS:
22″ LCD
Backlit
Wooden frame
Direct link to the “marketplace”

FOUNDER STORIES: 
Matt Waters has a tech and arts background from Sega, Activision and DreamWorks Animation and a published paper in the field of optics.
Colin Zablocki worked in numerous gaming companies.
Joyce Pan held lead tech roles in companies including DreamWorks.

TRACTION:

  • 60 beta units in testing with customers and artists
  • Hundreds of product reservations from international community via WOM
  • Beta version of marketplace in testing with hardware and software experts

PRESS:

WEBSITE:
http://canvizis.com/

Emerge is a start up born from Singularity University, sponsored by Google and NASA, working to digitize touch. They are creating a consumer product that re-creates touch in mid-air, that integrates with virtual and augmented reality devices, allowing people to truly connect, feel present, and interact with digital content naturally.

PRODUCT SPECS: 
The team is on its third ultrasound prototype and is programming algorithms. A full product demo and VR experience will be available at demo day.

FOUNDER STORIES: 
Sly Lee
Isaac Castro Garcia
Mauricio Teran

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Established a relationship with University of Bristol’s Interaction Lab, one birthplace of the technology.
  • Selected for and won Samsung Developer Conference Pitch Competition in San Francisco in April, 2016. 
  • Attracted signed LOIs in each of the 4 AR/VR verticals (hardware/headset manufacturers, software, platforms, and content developers). 

PRESS & MEDIA: 

  • Sly spoke at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, along with other entrepreneurs and world changers such as the Dalai Lama. He co-hosted a panel “Leapfrogging Development: How New Technologies Will Accelerate Change”, led by Obi of Google X. 
  • The team was invited by the Embassy of Spain to host a workshop at IN3, an event for top investors and entrepreneurs from US and Spain.
  • Isaac was selected to co-MC the MIT Innovators Under 35 Award Ceremony in Spain for 2016.

WEBSITE:
www.midairtouch.com

Plobot is a programmable robot created to empower children to find creative solutions and use logical thinking. The robot promotes smart learning and physical coding without the need for computers. Plobot allows young learners to use smart cards that represent the same coding blocks that engineers use when developing software syntax. Parents and teachers are also able to track children’s progress through a series of educational activities.

Co-founded by Rodolfo (Rudi) Cossovich and Camilo Parra Palacio, Plobot brings fun, educational technology to children developing logical thinking.

To see the progress being made, please visit www.plobot.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can also pre-order your very own Plobot through Kickstarter.

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Looking for a beautiful way to share their digitally captured photos with future generations Karol and Brigid set out to create a wearable that focused on the true beauty of heirloom jewelry; the sentiment.

Luma Legacy, also known as Lily Grey, is a smart bracelet that connects charms to selected digital content. Technology-enabled jewelry for women that keeps them connected to their close friends and family. Luma Legacy’s mission is to offer women unique and relevant ways to express their individuality.

FOUNDER STORIES: 
Karol Munoz
Brigid Walsh

PRESS & MEDIA: 

Luma Legacy is one of five social wearable companies selected to pitch to Topshop and Arcadia Group this summer. More on this opportunity at Demo Day!

WEBSITE:
http://lumalegacy.com/