This Year's Gift Could Turn You Into Next Year's Tech Star
ARM, Cambridge, U.K., Dec. 8, 2014 - This year's festive season gift list will feature more products invented by startups than ever. The likes of the Pebble watch, the Kano computer and the 360cam were all created by tiny companies using widely-available development kits with crowd sourced funding. This raises the question: "Should this year's gift be the mass produced must-have present off the production line or should it be the chance to invent next year's sensation?"
In the run-up to the holidays ARM is highlighting 50 of the inventions based on its technology that have achieved support on Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. The devices were chosen by ARM from a long list of successful ideas over the last two years to be shown on a specially curated page. All were created by inventors using the same kind of ARM based technology that is enabling today's maker community.
Between them these projects have raised almost $40m and many have gone on to stellar success. The standout devices are the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift bought by Facebook in March 2014 for $2bn and the SmartThings home connectivity hub acquired by Samsung in 2012 for a reported $200m. When the Pebble watch launched on Kickstarter two years ago it attracted more than $10m and by March 2014 it had sold 400,000 units.
"Amazing things are possible when innovators connect with an audience that shares their passion," said Dominic Pajak, senior embedded strategist, ARM. "These startup projects are often solving problems outside traditional mass markets and serving new communities as well as sometimes crossing over to create high value companies. The maker movement is exploding, especially in the festive season as parents in particular seek to give their children the chance to get creative."
In total, Kickstarter has helped to attract $220m of support for more than 2,000 technology products, with a number of these new ventures going on to receive venture capital funding in excess of $300m. The 50 projects selected by ARM have been highlighted in order to inspire makers and we expect it will further accelerate the momentum behind these development platforms. The basic technology needed to create such products is now widely available with developers able to buy boards from the likes of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, with 3D printers sold by many electronic distributers.
Selection of ARM based projects on Kickstarter:
360cam: A handheld 360 degree camera that delivers recorded video, stills photos and easy real time streaming video over Wi-Fi.
Blossom: A Wi-Fi connected irrigation controller called Blossom which saves water and is easy to use and install. It has been designed to help people living in drought worldwide.
FLUX: All-in-one 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser engraving.
Kano: A self-build computer aimed at 8-11 years old children allowing them (and their parents!) to learn coding through engaging with games such as Minecraft.
LumoBack: A waist-worn sensor belt that helps correct bad posture and help in the prevention and treatment of bad backs.
For more, see ARM's curated page at Kickstarter.com/ARM
Join the conversation with industry experts during Kickstarter Week, Dec. 8-12, on the ARM Connected Community.
+44 1223 405244/ +44 7788 249712
Head of corporate PR, ARM
ARM is at the heart of the world's most advanced digital products. Our technology enables the creation of new markets and transformation of industries and society. We design scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.
Our innovative technology is licensed by ARM Partners who have shipped more than 60 billion System on Chip (SoCs) containing our intellectual property since the company began in 1990. Together with our Connected Community, we are breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and engineers, ensuring a fast, reliable route to market for leading electronics companies. Learn more and join the conversation at http://community.arm.com.
ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved. mbed is a trademark of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" refers to ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH) and members of its corporate group as constituted from time to time.
None of the information contained in this document may be adapted, republished, or reproduced in any form except with the prior written permission of the copyright holder, but links may be posted directly to this document from other websites, and the whole of the document correctly attributed and unmodified may be shared freely, unless the copyright holder at any time withdraws these permissions. This document is intended only to provide information to the reader about the relevant product(s) described or mentioned. All information is provided "as is" and without warranty. ARM makes no representation as to the product(s), and ARM shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the use of any information in this document or any error or omission in such information.
Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and data revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our energy-efficient processor designs and software platforms have enabled advanced computing in more than 225 billion chips and our technologies securely power products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. Together with 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of AI-enhanced connected compute from the chip to the cloud.
All information is provided "as is" and without warranty or representation. This document may be shared freely, attributed and unmodified. Arm is a registered trademark of Arm Limited (or its subsidiaries). All brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. © 1995-2022 Arm Group.