A glance at any industry journal shows a seemingly bottomless list of investors for software and online services. So is there hope for technology hardware entrepreneurs? Dubliner Ben Harris may prove that there is.
His new company, Drop, is a ‘smart’ kitchen food measurement machine that’s part of an iPad (and iPhone) system to simplify cooking and baking. For novices — which is at least four fifths of kitchen users — the device aims to bring 21st century nous to a process that has not been significantly improved upon for decades.
While the device is currently at pre-launch stage, it is completed and operational. Crucially, this has all been possible on the relatively small capital budget of €250,000, made up in parts by Liam Casey’s PCH, Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland.
But why a smart food scales? “The connected home space, and the kitchen in particular, have been completely overlooked for years,” he says. “47pc of iPads are used in the kitchen. And the most used part of Pinterest is recipes.
Will Drop become Ireland’s Nest?
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