The TechCrunch International Event in Beijing is now only a few weeks away! From August 11 to 12, the event will feature talks, roundtable discussions and startup pitches. Guests to take stage this time range from well-known hardware technologists, high-profile venture capitalists to rising entrepreneurs.
A breed of new hardware is emerging to transform the air we breathe, the way we eat, the house we live in, among a host of other things. At the TechCrunch event, we will hear three prominent hardware makers speak about their Internet of things.
Sonny Vu, Founder & CEO of Misfit Shine
Misfit Shine is a wearable device. Concise in its design, there is no button, no screen, but only 12 LED lights served as its outlet. Misfit’s interactive system is rather simple, by tapping twice you will receive time and amount of exercise; by tapping one more time, the device goes into sports mode.
As the founder of Misfit, Sonny Vu has been a successful entrepreneur. He founded AgaMatrix back in 2001, a company that develops and manufactures a line of diabetes products designed to improve the quality of diabetes care. Later he introduced the first Iphone-compatible blood sugar testing wearable device, and Apple has authorized it to be sold on Apple Store. As of now, AgaMatrix brings in millions of dollars in revenue each year.
Michael Buckwald, Founder & CEO of Leap Motion
Leap Motion provides a powerful and sensitive touch-free 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. It can track the movement of both hands and all 10 fingers with up to 1/100th millimeter accuracy and no visible latency.
Michael Buckwald is the Founder and CEO of Leap Motion. Before he started this journey, Michael served as the CEO of Zazuba.com. Zazuba offers business and customers the abilities to take and make reservations online. Zazuba was later acquired by a yellow-page company. In addition, Michael was in charge of deploying computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael graduated from George Washing University with a double major in Philosophy and Politics.
Kanishk Parashar, Founder and CEO of Coin
Coin is a smart card that saves all of your card information, including credit cards and membership cards. After pairing it with your phone, you can choose which stored card you wish to use for different situations.
Before founding Coin and working for Flickr, Parasha had worked for PayPal and created paying service SmartMarket in 2010. Although it was downloaded many times, no one has yet purchased anything with it.
Looking into the future of payment methods, many companies decided that it would eventually evolve around mobile technologies. Coin, however, takes a more traditional path and released its “smart” card. Would Coin eventually work? Let’s hear it from Kanishk Parashar at TechCrunch Beijing Summit.
On top of the three guest speakers mentioned above, the Co-founder of Bellabeat Urska Srsen will join us as a keynote speaker as well. Bellabeat is a small device that connects with one’s phone to record and play the baby’s heartbeat for those exciting moms-to-be.