This year’s hot topic is wearable technology – sensor-infused apparel, footwear, and accessories that monitor your activity, biometrics, movement, and more. Five of the startups that presented in front of 200 specialists and industry experts at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco this week come from our accelerator programs. Not to toot our own horns, but these companies are working on some really cool stuff that may make it into your wardrobe sooner rather than later.
Olea Systems – Remote heart sensors and analytics software for heart rate monitors, vital sign sensors, and…get this…heart signature authentication! Imagine going to the bank and “signing in” with your heart.
Muzzley – Control anything with your smartphone? Yes please. Remote control cars, your television set, lighting, appliances…the possibilities are endless. My refrigerator and I have a personal stake in the success of this company.
Mojo Mobility – Cord…can’t…quite…reach…wall…If…only…could…recharge…wirelessly. That’s exactly the problem Mojo Mobility is trying to solve. Spoiler alert – they’re succeeding.
LUMOBack – “Hey…stop slouching”, I say to myself, 50 times a day. LUMOBack will say it for me. Attach the posture sensor to your lower back and it will vibrate when you slouch and track your posture progress over time. My mother’s nagging has just been outsourced.
Second Beat – Non-invasive detection of microvascular/endothelial…zzz…zzz. Don’t let the burdensome language and infomercial-ized website design fool you (call me), this product is a game changer. Real-time data about your blood flow and heart rate from inside the blood vessel. A canary in the coal mine that measures how your exercise, eating, partying, and living affects your heart. I’m getting pumped just thinking about the life-saving potential.
Thanks Zarko Maletin, managing Partner at Plug and Play Ventures, for bringing these gems to our attention.
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