Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

 Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience.
At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying… Read More

Lyrebird is a voice mimic for the fake news era

 A Montreal-based AI startup called Lyrebird has taken the wraps off a voice imitation algorithm that the team says can not only mimic the speech of a real person but shift its emotional cadence — and do all this with just a tiny snippet of real world audio. Read More

Oscar Health rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business

 Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business. The rollout comes as Oscar struggles with its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, now valued at $2.7 billion, to initial success. Oscar was the only startup that had the approval… Read More

Desktop Metal reveals how its 3D printers rapidly churn out metal objects

 Today, Desktop Metal revealed pricing and other details for its 3D printers, which can make objects out of hundreds of different alloys including steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. In terms of quality, the parts produced by Desktop Metal systems compare to injection-molded items, says the startup’s CEO and cofounder Ric Fulop.
While metal 3D printers have been around for decades… Read More

Greg Mark of Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave

 When a guy like Greg Mark emails it pays to reply. Mark, who is the eccentric and excitable founder of Markforged, a 3D printer systems that spits out ready-made carbon fiber and metal products, is always good for a glimpse into the future. This week he pinged me with a quick message: “We’re putting metal in the microwave.” And boy is he ever. His current system prints metal… Read More

MikMak is using mini infomercials to help retailers turn their stories into sales

 MikMak, the New York-based startup that is trying to make short and catchy infomercials (aptly named minimercials) the future of commerce, is launching a new feature to help retailers monetize their stories on Instagram and Snapchat. The new product is called Attach, and serves as a middleman between a retailer’s daily story on a platform like Instagram and the actual product available… Read More

Axios co-founder Mike Allen will discuss the evolution of media at Disrupt NY

 Thanks to his work at Politico, Mike Allen has been described as “The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” But he left the site last year and teamed up with Politico’s Jim VandeHei to launch Axios, a media startup that combines brevity with real reporting. Axios (the name comes from the Greek word for “worthy”) isn’t the only site focusing on short,… Read More

Collaboration startup Splice introduces sound effects to its library

 At his startup Splice, Steve Martocci said he’s aiming to build “the creative hub for the modern musician.” And with the latest addition to the service, he’s looking to work with sound designers and sound editors, too. Splice offers both collaboration tools and a library of royalty-free music samples, which it calls Splice Sounds. More recently, it’s expanded… Read More