Airbnb acquires off-beat sensor startup Lapka

Lapka, a small Russian hardware startup devoted to turning sensors like Geiger counters into luxury items, may never have struck a chord with the mainstream consumer, but it was certainly quirky enough to catch the eye of certain design-conscious nerds. It also caught the attention of apartment rental company Airbnb — to such a degree that Airbnb bought the startup today for an undisclosed sum. Lapka CEO Vadik Marmeladov expressed excitement about the acquisition, but mostly avoided specifics. In an official blog post, he wrote, "What we’re capable of building together is beyond explanation, so let’s leave that for later news.

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