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DEMO Fall 2013 kicks off this week, giving more than 40 startups and entrepreneurs the chance to introduce their products to the world.
The DEMO Fall 2013 conference kicks off today, giving more than 40 startups and entrepreneurs just minutes on-stage to pitch their products before a crowd of investors, reporters, bloggers and potential customers. The DEMO pitch has been the first step for startups that have grown into industry main-stays, such as VMware, salesforce.com, TiVo, and E-Trade. Years from now, the companies debuting at this year’s DEMO conference might find themselves in similar company.
GlassPay: Bitcoin payments through Google Glass
Created by Red Bottle Design, GlassPay is a Bitcoin wallet and payment system that enables Google Glass users to make payments by simply looking at a real-life QR code and issuing a voice command. It’s the first Bitcoin payment platform for Google Glass, and takes a unique approach to the competitive market for Glass-enabled mobile payment technology.
Skully Helmet: High-tech safety for motorcycle riders
Also in the wearable technology category, Skully Helmet will show its transformed motorcycle helmet. The Skully Helmet is adorned with a heads-up display for GPS maps and feedback from a 180-degree rear-view camera covering blind spots, as well as smartphone integration for voice control.
Sekur.me: Secure mobile payments
Sekur.me aims to provide a secure method for making online purchases, combining PIN authentication on a smartphone to scan a QR code. It could bring online bill pay capabilities to those whose only connected device is a smartphone, enabling them to scan a QR code on a paper bill to make the payment through their phone.
EmoVu: Watching people watching videos
Taking online advertising to the next level, EmoVu’s artificial intelligence technology makes use of the webcam on most laptops and tablets to analyze facial expressions as users watch online videos. The system then analyzes the emotions to give advertisers an idea of how their content was received.
Magisto: Instant video editing for consumers
Magisto enters a competitive market with its simplified video marketing tool aimed at consumers. Vine and Instragram Video have both proven successful, so there is a definite market for the technology. Magisto goes a step further, with artificial intelligence technology that analyzes the completed video and tells the user which aspects will make the finished product look better.
ArgoPay: Mobile payment solution
ArgoPay doesn’t seem all that groundbreaking until its no-fee payment processing offer is taken into consideration. One of the obstacles to making mobile payment mainstream is the fees that small businesses incur just to conduct the transactions. ArgoPay earns its revenue through a rewards program. If customers sign up for a loyalty or incentive program with a business that uses it, ArgoPay earns 30% commission. If not, the business gets to conduct mobile payments without transaction fees.
RealClarity: Mobile app as a hearing aid
Designed for use in crowded or noisy situations, SoundFest’s RealClarity app uses standard headphones to help users improve hearing. The company claims the app can help users amplify specific sources of audio, such as a speaker at an event, and block out distracting noise in the area.
MoNimbus: Simplified enterprise mobility management
The market for enterprise mobility and BYOD management solutions is very competitive, but MoNimbus’s description of the Mobile Studio product it will be unveiling at DEMO is interesting. The platform offers automated, real-time tools to deploy a mobile strategy, all of which can be implemented without creating any additional code.
ScriptRock: QA automation for DevOps
Another enterprise product, Scriptrock provides an automated tool that centralizes information for QA for DevOps, making it available online and without coding. Scriptrock also creates automated tests based on the information, eliminating yet another step. The company provided a much more detailed description in this presentation at the Citrix Startup Accelerator.
Seratis: Mobile communications for healthcare professionals
Most doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals bring a smartphone to work, and a growing number are incorporating tablets into their toolset. Seratis looks to make use of mobile devices to improve communication among medical professionals and access to information regarding patients and cases. Better communication could mean reducing costly and dangerous medical errors, and ultimately cutting costs for both healthcare providers and patients.
Hello Doctor: Organizing medical records from multiple sources
Designed for patients who see multiple healthcare providers regularly, such as those suffering from heart disease or cancer, Hello Doctor is a mobile app that aims to bring a diverse set of records together into one manageable system. Making use of the increasing availability of electronic medical records, Hello Doctor aims to help patients get a better idea of their healthcare and condition using just their mobile device.
Pristine Eyesight: Google Glass streaming to iOS, Android and PCs
A company named Pristine is apparently planning to present two products, one of which is called EyeSight and is described as “video streaming from Glass to iOS, Android, and desktop.” Very little information is available, but it appears to be designed for use at healthcare providers. The company appears to remain in stealth mode before DEMO, with its home page offline just a few days before the event. However, its blog is still live, and one post published on Oct. 3 says Pristine’s apps were tested with live patients for the first time this month.
MAINFRAME2: Run software apps in a web browser
Targeting the massive market of companies still transitioning to the cloud for their enterprise apps, MAINFRAME2 offers a cloud platform that enterprises can use to run any software apps in a web browser with no plugins or changes in code. It’s an ambitious pursuit, if only because the company lists Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft among its competitors.
Context Browser: Mobile browsing based on context
Created by two friends who had worked for Google’s search and Microsoft’s Bing teams, HereCandy’s Context browser incorporates the context of its users and their friends’ search and web trends. Users are given recommendations based on what friends with similar interests had searched, and can leave comments on pages within the browser that friends can see when they open them.
Databox: BI presented for execs
Explaining that most BI solutions are designed for analysts or IT professionals, Databox designed a mobile-only dashboard that presents key metrics for executives to follow from their smartphones and tablets.