Category Archives: HWTrek

HWTrek Now Accepting Inventor Applications for its Hardware Innovation Tour in Asia

HWTrel Logo- 2.10.14HWTrek (Hardware Trek) recently announced it will be hosting its Asia Innovation Tour April 8-9, 2014 in Taipei and April 11-12, 2014 in Beijing, China.  The company will award 15 lucky innovators with round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and the opportunity to experience the manufacturing sector of China firsthand.  The deadline for the application is March 23, 2014.

The tour provides inventors of wearables and Internet of Things with the opportunity to visit the facilities and see the assembly lines of prominent manufacturers and suppliers in Taiwan and China, including those that build products for technology leaders such as Apple, Sony and Nest.  In order to be considered, all hardware creators and startup organizations must present a simple, working prototype of wearables and Internet of Things hardware inventions.  These working prototypes must also fall under one of the following categories:

  • Wearables
  • Industrial Applications
  • Sports
  • Toys / Games
  • Cameras / Audio & Video
  • Family / Home Automation
  • Mobile Device Accessories
  • Auto
  • Health and Science

To apply for HWTrek’s Asia Innovation Tour, register as a project creator on HWTrek and present your hardware idea as a project draft. Email a screenshot of your project draft tolynn.chen@hwtrek.com.

More information about the tour is available at http://newsroom.hwtrek.com/?p=378.

HWTrek Streamlines Go-to-Market Process for Inventors by Releasing its 2014 RFQ Tool and Crowdfunding Guide

HWTrel Logo- 2.10.142014 is slated to be a groundbreaking year for the consumer hardware market.  With a wide ranging support program that features its open and neutral consumer electronics community platform, HWTrek (Hardware Trek) provides aspiring startups and inventors with expert guidance, end-to-end support and access to investors in order to help foster innovation and bring next-generation inventions to market.

The global community for digital electronics recently published its Request for Quotation (RFQ) Tool  and comprehensive Crowdfunding Guide.  Both tools are an essential part of HWTrek’s community platform, streamlining the RFQ process and providing best practices for successful crowdfunding campaigns to bring consumer electronics concepts to fruition.

Learn a New Approach on How Crowdfunded Hardware Is Made with HWTrek During the Internet of Things Berlin MeetUp on February 19

HWTrekHWTrek, a global community for digital electronics, is kicking off 2014 by sponsoring its first international MeetUp on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 PM in Berlin, Germany.

Join HWTrek’s Project Mentor Martin Feuerhahn at the Internet of Things Berlin MeetUp, taking place at the IXDS facility, located at Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40 in Berlin, as he speaks on how HWTrek’s community platform is changing the way crowdfunded hardware is brought to market.

This discussion is targeted at hardware inventors in the following categories:

  • Audio/Video
  • Auto
  • Cameras
  • Family and Home Automation
  • Health
  • Mobile Device Accessories
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Toys/Games
  • Wearables

who are seeking expert advice on their prototypes, understanding how the manufacturing process works and how to get their idea funded.  Martin will also demonstrate how HWTrek experts can help inventors find the right key components or module boards they need to make their products.

MeetUps are one way HWTrek is demonstrating its commitment in helping inventors’ ideas come to life.  In addition to funding, HWTrek also helps inventors bring products to market through its exclusive partnerships with over 130 HWTrek experts from top manufacturers in Asia (the same ODMs/OEMs that manufacture products for Apple, Sony, Nest, etc.), providing inventors the ability to partner with them early in the process to successfully build their connected devices/hardware.

To further promote entrepreneurialism, HWTrek has also teamed with Taiwan Mobile Innovation incubator (TMI), launching a hardware accelerator program that generates funding to help launch startups.

To visit with HWTrek during the Internet of Things Berlin Meetup, please sign up at http://www.meetup.com/IoTBerlin/.   

 

 

HWTrek Launches Enhanced Consumer Electronics Community Platform

HWTrekHWTrek is revolutionizing the way hardware is brought to market.  The company recently announced the debut of its enhanced community platform – an easy-to-use, open and neutral digital medium that unites hardware inventors, design and manufacturing experts and financial backers to foster innovation and cross-functional communication in order to bring next-generation hardware dreams to fruition.  The global platform is specifically designed to provide its participating individuals and companies with the tools necessary to achieve their goals, while also offering an opportunity for its network on industry experts to showcase and demo their solutions; examples of these include xBeacon and the Zigbee Solution.

The HWTrek community platform simplifies the go to market process for inventors in the consumer hardware space, helping them to develop, fund and showcase their latest technologies and solutions.  Participating inventors in the wearable, sports, toys/games, cameras/AV, family and home automation, mobile device accessories, auto, health and science categories can leverage HWTrek’s platform to bring their ideas to reality in five simple steps: create, collaborate, source, crowdfund and build.

After submitting an innovative idea, inventors can leverage HWTrek’s direct channels to access successful executives in technology design, marketing and intellectual property, as well as 130+ HWTrek experts from top manufacturers in Asia, to collaborate on product design, production costs, materials, and more.  Inventors can then work with the expert community to create successful crowdfunding campaigns that allow them access to capital to fund the cost of building the invention through local venture capitalists, seed capital or pre-A funding.  Once inventors have reached their funding goals, they can once again collaborate with community to build and trademark their products.

Over 400 hardware designs have been featured on HWTrek’s innovative platform since its initial launch in September 2013; and in the wake of the platform’s success, many have flourished.  One example is BeLuvv, who leveraged the platform to successfully raise $11,235, 113% of its target funding goal, for its wearable device called Guardian.

For more information about HWTrek and its enhanced consumer electronics community platform, go to http://htwrek.com.

 

5 Days Left to Score Pre-order Perks for the SIM+ Case, Turning your iPhone 5 into Dual-SIM Phone!

HWTrek LogoRecently, HWTrek announced a crowdfunding campaign for The SIM+ by Digirit – a stylish cell phone case that converts the iPhone® 5 into a dual-SIM phone eliminating the hassle of switching SIM cards for business or when traveling or missing important phone calls and messages.  Now, you can pre-order The SIM+ for February delivery!

The SIM+ innovative cell phone case protects and expands on the hardware capability of the iPhone® 5 – enabling it to carry two SIM cards.  By coupling hardware with clever software, The SIM+ enables you to easily switch between SIM cards without having to remove The SIM+ tray or turn off your phone.  Additionally, The SIM+ interface that controls the SIM cards automatically appears in your Settings menu after fitting the case to the phone.

Media including CNET, MacLife, eWeek and Gizmodo (France) are already buzzing around this new creation crowdfunded by HWTrek.

So, what are the perks for pre-order customers?

  • $55 Gets you one (1) SIM+ plastic phone case with a SIMs carrier unit (white or black), and one (1) SIM aluminum cover (silver)
  • $59 Gets you one (1) SIM+ plastic phone case (black or white) and one (1) SIM aluminum cover with SIMs carrier unit (black, red or silver)
  • $90 Gets you the Titanium Special: one (1) SIM+ plastic phone cover with SIMs carrier unit (black or white) and one (1) SIM aluminum cover (black, red or silver). Additionally, customers will receive one (1) SIM Titanium cover.

To pre-order today, go to http://www.hwtrek.com/projects/the-sim3/6.