Accelerators and incubators are now launching plenty of new software startups into the tech world, but fewer programs in Silicon Valley target companies looking to build cool new pieces of hardware. HAXLR8R, an accelerator specifically designed for hardware startups, debuted its first class of nine projects on Monday, demonstrating the range of possibilities that exist for consumers when they have a piece of hardware linked to software on a mobile device. The startups had 15 weeks in China to build a prototype of their device.

Here are three startups integrating hardware with mobile software to watch for:


Surfers looking to quickly check wind speeds and share the information with friends should look no further than Shaka,  a startup developing portable wind speed meters that attach to the iPhone. The device allows surfers to measure wind speeds at their favorite locations, and upload those speeds and wind conditions to social networks. They can also plot…

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