All over Europe, we’ve witnessed a growing number of lean hardware companies popping up, trying to change the way you automate your home and appliances, keep track of your fitness, record memories, monitor air quality, lock doors and bikes, and about a million other things.

Hardware may or may not be the new software, depending on who you ask, but an increasing number of entrepreneurs are jumping into the hardware (+ software) space, thanks to the rising speed and flexibility of the manufacturing supply chain, and the decline in costs and risk.

It’s one of the more interesting trends we’re keeping track of here at Tech.eu, but it’s quite a daunting task to keep track of so many projects and companies being started in such a wide range of European countries.

In an effort to start seeing the forest for the trees, we’ve put together a fairly comprehensive list, featuring 50 of the most exciting lean hardware startups in Europe we could find. Like other lists, I’m sure we’ve missed a few here and there, but hey, that’s what the comment section is for.

Despite the numbering, note that the list below is in no particular order.

The 50 most exciting lean hardware startups in Europe:

Narrative - automatic lifelogging camera

1) Narrative (Sweden)

GetNarrative.com

Description: “A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory.”

Status: Buy now for $279 (starts shipping – free of charge – in March 2014)

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2) Tado (Germany)

Tado.com
“One third of the energy consumed around the world is used for heating or cooling buildings. We believe in state-of-the-art intelligent technology that fully automatically ensures that no energy is wasted.”

Status: Buy now for 299 euros (or rent for 8.25 euros per month)

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Jolla - we are unlike

3) Jolla (Finland)

Jolla.com – “Jolla was born in 2011 out of passion of its founders towards open innovation in the mobile space. At the core of Jolla is Sailfish, the most modern, mobile-optimized operating system. Running on Sailfish we are creating Jolla smartphones.”

Status: Buy now for 399 euros sans shipping costs (Europe-only)

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CubeSensors - Improving indoor living (1)

4) CubeSensors (Slovenia)

CubeSensors.com

“Make your home healthier, your office more productive. Just place a small, stylish, cordless and connected Cube in each room.”

Status: pre-orders starting at 235 euros for a small pack

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5) Lock8 (Germany / UK)

Lock8.me – “Use your smartphone as an e-Key to easily lock and unlock your smart bike lock. Smart sensors and detectors.

Push notification and community alarm service + bike GPS tracking.”

Status: Pre-order now for $199 (ships mid-2014)

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6) Brightup (Germany)

Brightup.de
“Through personalized and smart lighting brightup empowers you to create and enjoy the best light quality at home. An intuitive plug and play solution for wireless home light automation.”

Status: Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign kicked off last week

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NeuroOn - Changing the way you are working and resting

7) Intelclinic / NeuroOn (Poland)

Intelclinic.com
“NeuroOn is the world’s first brainwave – monitoring SLEEP MASK that allows you to switch from monophasic to polyphasic sleep. That means you can sleep less and more efficiently.”

Status: Freshly funded on Kickstarter ($438,573)

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Scanadu   Sending your Smart Phone to Med School

8) Scanadu (Belgium / US)

Scanadu.com

“A scanner packed with sensors that enables anyone to conduct sophisticated physical exams — in a snap.”

Status: Indiegogo campaign concluded ($1.6m raised), ship date unknown

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9) Leapfrog (The Netherlands)

Lpfrg.com

“We want to make 3D printers that create high quality printed products, available and affordable to a broad user base.”

Status: Buy now – 3D printer start at 1,250 euros

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10) Intellectronics (iSocket) (Finland)

iSocket.eu

“iSocket Intelligent devices are designed to control electrical equipment remotely (for monitoring premises, temperature etc.)”

Status: Buy now – starts at 119 euros (EU countries)

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BLAZE - Launching the Laserlight - Blaze Laserlight

11) Blaze (UK)

Blaze.cc

“The Laserlight projects out of the blind spot to tackle the most common cause of cycling accidents – vehicles turning across an unseen bike.”

Status: Buy now for £125

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12) Withings (France)

Withings.com

“We help you turn on your well-being with our smart products and apps.”

Status: Withings already sells stuff like smart body scales and baby monitors; other products will start selling later this year.

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13) FlyKly / Smart Wheel (Slovenia – US)

FlyKly.com

“Smart Wheel is here to offer a brand new perspective on the invention know as the bicycle: it will make an end to needless effort spent on pedalling.”

Status: Pre-order now for $590 (begins shipping in June 2014)

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Airtame raises $1.2m in crowdfunding for its wireless HDMI dongle

14) Airtame (Denmark)

Airtame.com

Its self-proclaimed mission is to enable “anyone to show any content, from any computer on any screen – wirelessly”.

Status: Pre-order its wireless HDMI dongle for $99 now.

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teamluuv on Instagram

15) LUUV (Germany)

LUUV-is-awesome.com

“A camera stabilizer that enables you to tape all your adventures shake-free.”

Status: Hitting Indiegogo for crowd-funding in March

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Panono - Panoramic Ball Camera

16) Panono (Germany)

Panono.com

“Capture more than just a picture with the Panono Camera and discover a whole new experience.”

Status: Pre-order now for 549 euros (VAT included)

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Kano - Make a Computer

17) Kano (UK)

Kano.me

“A computer anyone, anywhere, can make.”

Status: Pre-order now for $129 (ships worldwide in July 2014)

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Join us leading the mobile revolution

18) Geeksphone (Spain)

Geeksphone.com

“Join us leading the mobile revolution: Powerful custom smartphones.”

Status: its latest phone, Revolution, will be available later this year

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Kolos

19) KOLOS (Bulgaria)

KolosWheel.com

“World’s first tabletop gaming wheel for iPad.”

Status: Unknown for sign up for updates here

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Blackphone

20) Blackphone (Switzerland)

Blackphone.ch

“The world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else.”

Status: Pre-ordering begins at Mobile World Congress (February 24, 2014)

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BEETHEFIRST

21) BEETHEFIRST (Portugal)

BEEVERYCREATIVE.com

“A professional 3D printer, easy to use and perhaps the best-looking printer on the market.”

Status: Buy now for 1.618 euros (VAT not included)

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indie Phone — Deeply Empowering

22) Indie Phone (UK)

Indiephone.eu

“Design thinking meets open source in a phone like no other.”

Status: Bootstrapped, crowd-funding this year, shipping in 2016

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Simple, Seamless Storage For Your MacBook   The Nifty MiniDrive

23) Nifty MiniDrive (UK)

TheNiftyMiniDrive.com

“Simple, seamless storage. Available for Air, Pro & Retina MacBooks”

Status: Buy now for 34.99 euros and up

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Petcube – Watch, Talk and Play With Your Pets From Your Smartphone.

24) Petcube (Ukraine / US)

Petcube.com

“A home gadget that lets you watch, talk and play laser games with your pet through mobile app anytime, anywhere.”

Status: Pre-order now for $199, ships in May 2014

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25) Green momit (Spain)

Greenmomit.com

“Imagine a thermostat with modern and customizable design.”

Status: Buy now for 250 euros

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KIWI.KI - Sure. Intelligent. Comfortable.

26) KIWI (Germany)

KIWI.KI

“KIWI opens doors. Safe, smart, comfortable. Without Looking, without buttons, without a key.”

Status: Buy now for 399 euros

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Teddy The Guardian

27) Teddy The Guardian (Croatia)

TeddyTheGuardian.com

“Teddy The Guardian looks like a normal plush teddy bear. But he’s full of sensors to track the vital signs of the kid who is playing with him.”

Status: Pre-order now for 169 euros

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28) BabyWatch / Bellabeat (Croatia)

Bellabeat.com

“We set out to offer modern moms-to-be a new interactive experience in pregnancy – make it a relaxing, social and emotional experience.”

Status: Buy now for $129

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29) Changers (Germany)

Changers.com

“The first solar charger with a built-in community.”

Status: Buy now (Solar Charging Starter Kit starts at 149 euros)

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Mother • Sen.se

30) Sen.se / Mother (France)

Sen.se

“Really smart systems allowing the creation of new services in all areas of everyday life.”

Status: Pre-order ‘Mother’ and 4 ‘Motion Cookies’ now for 199 euros

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Revolution In Fleet Management

31) CloudYourCar (Poland)

CloudYourCar.com

“Simple employee GPS tracking. Just plug it in and track employee’s business trips, mileage and job times.”

Status: Pre-order now (price unknown)

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Phones - Kazam (1)

32) Kazam

Kazam.mobi

“Fresh thinking in the world of mobile phones.”

Status: Buy now online and in stores (price depends on type of phone)

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33) Wodd (France)

Wodd.co

“A small device that attaches to the bottom of your skateboard to track everything that you do and everywhere that you go.”

Status: Stay tuned (sign up for notifications here)

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Mutewatch

34) MuteWatch (Sweden)

MuteWatch.com

“Wearable technology with a human approach.”

Status: Sold out (online price normally 199 euros)

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35) Now Computing / Stormfly (Spain)

NowComputing.com

“With a killer OS, contained on a super-fast USB 3.0 wristband, StormFly is basically a PC on your wrist.”

Status: Store currently down, directs people to Amazon

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3D Camera mount for Oculus Rift  dev kit  by gillespinault - Thingiverse

36) SoftKinetic (Belgium)

SoftKinetic.com

“Provider of end-to-end, 3D vision for PCs, portable electronics and machines.”

Status: Sells a range of products, including middleware

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37) Little Printer / BERG Cloud (UK)

LittlePrinter.com

“Delightful web-connected printer that lives in your home.”

Status: Buy now for £149 / $199

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38) Fon (Spain)

Fon.com

“Fon members share a bit of their home WiFi, and in turn get free access at millions of other Fon hotspots worldwide.”

Status: Buy the new Fonera router now for 39 euros

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Visiobike - high tech electric bicycle

39) Visiobike (Croatia)

Visiobike.com

“A smart e-bike with carbon frame. It has cool features such as smartphone integration, GPS tracking and HD camera.”

Status: Unknown, sales should start soon according to media

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Syntact™   Ultrasonic

40) Ultrasonic Audio Technologies (Slovenia)

Ultrasonic-Audio.com

“Acouspade is a highly directional speaker and is focusing sound by exploiting the nonlinear interaction of airborne ultrasound and air.”

Status: Email sales@ultrasonic-audio.com to buy (499 euros + VAT).

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www.wattio.com sistema-wattio

41) Wattio (Spain)

Wattio.com

“Wattio allows you to know when and how you consume energy.”

Status: Pre-order the Wattio SmartHome pack now for 126.00 euros

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Greyp Bikes

42) Greyp Bikes (Croatia)

Greyp-Bikes.com

“Our goal is to develop and produce the ultimate electric bicycles by enhancing user-experience and technology.”

Status: Buy from dealers soon (‘early 2014′) for 6.500 euros

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43) Relayr Core (Germany)

Relayr.de

“A smart sensor board that makes it super easy for you to create Internet of Things connected apps.”

Status: Unknown but sign up for updates here / See WunderBar too

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Developing a photo

44) Fojo / Enfojer (Croatia)

Fojo.me

“Print photos using Enfojer and your iPhone.”

Status: Not ready for pre-ordering yet, sign up here

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iSketchnote - From pen and paper to you iPad!

45) iSketchnote (France)

iSketchnote.com

“The authentic feel of paper directly digitized on your iPad in real time.”

Status: Pre-ordering should start soon (sign up here)

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www.airboxlab.com

46) Alima (France)

GetAlima.com

“Monitoring indoor air quality to protect your health.”

Status: Indiegogo campaign ongoing, raised $11,500 so far

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47) Good Night Lamp (UK)

GoodNightLamp.com

“A family of connected lamps for your global friends & family.”

Status: Unknown (sign up for updates here)

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Smart Hand – the hand that feels by CHIPOLABS   Chipolabs Llc – smart hand – the hand that feels

48) Smart Hand / Chipo Labs (Bulgaria)

ChipoLabs.com

“The hand that feels.”

Status: ‘Coming soon’ but you can donate here

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49) AirPlusPlus (Romania)

AirPlusPlus.com

“Measures pollution in your home. It has sensors for indoor air pollutants that can affect your health.”

Status: In private development, sign up for updates

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Daisy Pi   The home monitoring e-flower

50) Daisy Pi (Romania)

DaisyPi.ro

“The Raspberry Pi-powered home monitoring e-flower.”

Status: Unknown but there’s a buy page that directs elsewhere

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That’s all, folks. Okay, which ones did we miss out on?

Update: notable omissions include Raspberry Pi (UK), although I chose not to include it for several reasons, and the following list:

Valkee (Finland): Bright light therapy headset – see our profile

Netatmo (France): range of smart monitoring products

Shaka (Estonia): connected weather station

Playground Energy (Bulgaria): harvesting kids’ energy to make outdoor toys interactive

+iD (Estonia): world’s smartest ID card reader

Lima (France): unifies the memory of your devices so they can act as one

Click & Grow (Estonia / US): grow fresh herbs naturally, with the Smart Herb Garden

KEECKER (France): bring your house to the next level where any wall becomes a screen

OCDesk (Estonia): keeping your workspace as clean, simple and minimal as possible

Smokio (France): the connected electronic cigarette

Featured image credit: maroti / Shutterstock

  • Dilyan Dimitrov

    Great research, Robin! Thanks for putting that together. If I may add (although falls in the ‘million other things category’ and not easy to find online) http://m.europe.wsj.com/articles/BL-TEB-5561

    • http://robinwauters.com/ Robin Wauters

      thanks, added

  • http://www.zazler.com/ Rudolf Osman

    I will add some more notable Estonian hardware start-ups you missed: http://www.clickandgrow.com, http://www.pluss-id.com, http://www.defendec.com, http://www.ocdesk.com

    • http://robinwauters.com/ Robin Wauters

      thanks, added (except for Defendec).

      • http://www.zazler.com/ Rudolf Osman

        You are welcome :)

  • plus8star

    Great list!
    At HAXLR8R we have high hopes in European hardware skills- so many great engineers there!

  • http://buildit.ee Aleksander Tõnnisson

    Thanks for a great overview, Robin! I think Fits.Me would also be suitable candidate. Aleksander, Buildit HW Accelerator

  • Pockethernet

    We are also a hardware startup from Berlin. We are in the middle of our crowfunding campaign on indiegogo, raised 144.000 so far. http://www.pockethernet.com

  • Carlos Carreiras

    Nice article!
    Also check out BITalino (www.bitalino.com). It’s a DIY hardware kit to develop applications with biosignals.

  • Ivaylo
  • Robin Theunis

    Only 2 Belgian’s on the list, a bit sad…. Here is one more, http://www.vmarker.be ,an affordable interactive whiteboard

  • Ronny Weisemann

    I am missing “Headway”. This startup is one of the most exciting newcomers. This can be the next big thing.
    http://www.rockatoo.de

  • Dobrinka

    Great to see that there
    are quite some European start-ups innovating in the hardware and that so many
    countries are represented! I would add to the list Qleek (http://qleek.me/). A beautiful product which aims to change the way we play, share, collect and store digital media.

  • Piotr Płachta

    Thanks a lot ;) Best regards from http://cloudyourcar.com Team.

  • Kiran Paul

    Thank you for featuring us Robin.
    Please also help us improve our product by taking part in this 2 minute survey.
    https://docs.google.com/a/brightup.de/forms/d/1DiSXqR7_jzw1oT83KGgtg-2XsnLJPXBwQwptvlTjgLw/viewform

  • Bogdan

    and another Romanian startup developing a Bluetooth Low Energy device, OnyxBeacon http://www.onyxbeacon.com

  • http://www.carlock.co/ Carlock

    Check out also CarLock : http://www.carlock.co

  • http://be.linkedin.com/in/vandeveldemichael/ Michael Van de Velde

    Robin, You’re forgetting apicbase.com – “capturing gastronomy” from Belgium !

  • Arne Van Balen

    What about the DASH from Bragi? http://www.bragi.com/

  • http://www.glimwormbeacons.com Paul Manwaring

    Great list Thanks! People interested in innovative hardware should also look at http://www.glimwormbeacons.com We are doing really exciting things with beacons and iBeacon tech. If you are a developer take a look at iBeacon Experience Days Aug. 23-24 in Amsterdam http://www.meetup.com/Appsterdam/events/185243942/?a=ra1_vl&_af_eid=185243942&_af=event We are hoping to attract 200-300 for the first Dutch iBeacon Hackathon.

  • http://www.glimwormbeacons.com Paul Manwaring

    Please consider taking a look at http://www.glimwormbeacons.com we are probably the most innovative beacon manufacturer in Europe also iBeacon Experience Days Aug. 24-25 in Amsterdam http://www.meetup.com/Appsterdam/events/185243942/?a=ra1_vl&_af_eid=185243942&_af=event

  • Piotr Płachta

    Hello Guys. I would like to inform you that sale is open. Best regards – https://cloudyourcar.com

  • Alessandro Cordova

    Hello Robin,
    Great insight ;)
    If I may, how did you decide the above were Lean start-ups?

  • wattio

    Nice List Robin! If someone is going to be in the Pioneers Festival in Vienna we will love to meet other hardware enthusiast there! I would also like to Update our status, or product is available in or web http://www.wattio.com store (Europe) and in major retailers as in Leroy Merlin (Spain & Portugal) and in amazon.com if you live in the US.

    Greetings!

  • http://about.me/thetwopct James

    Hey guys, great list, would be ace for you to also consider Y-cam – we’re a leading Wi-Fi camera manufacturer with our own cloud platform. http://www.y-cam.com with our latest product HomeMonitor http://www.homemonitor.me