Creeping Towards Hardware As A Service


There seems to be cool new hardware everywhere I look these days. Swimming drones. Crash-proof flying drones. Creepy robots. Kickstarters like Hackaball, “a smart and responsive ball children can program to invent and play their own games.” Startups like Orion Labs, with their Star-trek-esque Onyx communicator. Last month I went for a run along San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and was promptly buzzed by a drone. This did not seem particularly unusual.

Then I came across the fascinating Hardware Trends 2015 deck from Haxlr8r:

A few lines in it which particularly struck me, though you should really read the whole thing if you’re at all interested in hardware and/or startups:

components are getting commoditized and products are global from day one … prototyping is easier and cheaper … low-cost automation, 3D printers and robots are expanding to new industries and entering workshops, labs, and homes.

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