Tuesday, December 30, 2014

iRObot Corporation: Empowering Machines to Shape the Future

Robots have made a difference in our lives. As technology continues to evolve, robots also get to be more sophisticated. These machines have helped several industries make a difference in how we live our lives. iRobot Corporation is one of the companies that design and create various kinds of robots. The company is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts and was founded in 1990 by partners Helen Greiner, Colin Angle and Rodney Brooks. These entrepreneurs once worked in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab.

iRobot is best known for Roomba (the home vacuum cleaner robot), Packbot (military and police) and Scooba (a robot that scrubs and cleans hard floors). They continue to innovate their offerings and provide the market with robots use for household operations, military and police, medical; research and dual-role robots. Since its inception, the company has deployed more than 5,000 military and defense robots and more than 8 million home robots.

The robots deployed for military and police use have proven to be of invaluable service to the armed forces. These machines have been deployed in Iraq and in Afghanistan together with the operations of the US military forces. Their PackBots have also ventured into dangerous terrains and areas to gather data that are used for various purposes. These have been sent to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Their medical robots are capable of plugging in diagnostic devices like ultrasound, stethoscope and otoscopes.

iRobot has recently released a new wave of robots that are capable of assisting in educational environments. These machines are used to record data and provide research services. Several other machines have been released that are capable of playing music, help in doing laundry and the dishes, provide assistance in military espionage and even perform simple medical procedures. The company continues to shape our future by empowering machines to perform some of our mundane tasks.

Friday, December 26, 2014

HollyFrontier: One of the Largest Independent Petroleum Refiners in US

Petroleum-based lubricants, waxes and gasoline are among the products that are offered by HollFrontier, one of the premier and one of the largest independent petroleum refiners in the United States.

There are three divisions that operate within the enterprise: Asphalt, Lubricants and Specialty Products and Holly Energy Partners. The latter provides logistical assets to various third parties. Their properties include tankage, terminals and pipelines. The Asphalt division provides modified asphalt products that are marketed in northern Mexico, New Mexico, Texas and in Arizona. Their lubricants and specialty products are handled by their Lubricants and Specialty Products unit. As of, the business operates 5 refineries: Woods Cross (Utah), El Dorado (Kansas), Cheyenne (Wyoming), Tulsa (Oklahoma) and Navajo (New Mexico).

The business is a component of the S&P 400 and the Russell 3000 Indices. It is also listed as part of the Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, HollyFrontier is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hologic Corp: Pushing the Boundaries of Science

When it comes to women’s health, Hologic Corporation is one of the leading providers of medical equipment that would aid in the detection of life threatening diseases. Headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, it has a global presence with products marketed in all four corners of the world.

In the arena of breast cancer diagnosis, the company has helped millions of women around the world prevent and fight this disease. It provides medical practitioners the digital imaging technology that would help with mammography applications. They are also in the process of perfecting their tomosynthesis technology that would enhance the process of diagnosing breast cancer. Compared to conventional mammography, the usage of this technology will provide higher diagnostic accuracy. It also provides high-resolution limited-angle tomography.

In addition to the breakthrough Hologic is making in diagnosing breast cancer, its core business units also include gynecologic health, direct-to-digital x-ray for general radiography applications, osteoporosis assessment, breast biopsy and mammography. They also have the mini C-arm imaging that is of great value to Orthopedia. With the offerings of the company in the healthcare industry, patients and medical experts alike are able to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and doctors are able to come up with better diagnosis and course of treatment to help improve the quality of life of their patients.

The products and services of Hologic, Inc. are marketed under the brand names NovaSure, Multicare, Directray, Securview, MyoSure, Selenia, Fluoroscan, Lorad and Discovery. Under these brand names, the company continues to innovate and make a difference in advancing greater certainty for both patients and their primary care physician. They ceaseless push the boundaries of science to make innovative equipment that would one day, address some of the pressing health care issues around the world.

For their great contribution to science and technology and medicine, Hologic was given the Sullivan 2004 Leadership of the Year Award. The company has earned this citation in the women’s healthcare category.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Swill Puts the Liquor Store at Your Fingertips

Built by drinkers for drinkers, Swill is a platform that connects consumers with local merchants to provide convenient, on-demand delivery of liquor. With Swill, you can say goodbye to last-minute beer runs, avoid queues, and even send gifts from your mobile device. Order your favorite wine, beer, spirits, or mixers and discover new brands without leaving your house. Check out reviews, recommendations, and tasting notes to help you in your selection. Swill has partnered with some of the best merchants in your local area to provide a variety of products, prices, and delivery in under 60 minutes.

Enter your location and Swill immediately gives you real-time inventory of wine, beer, and spirits in your neighborhood. If you already have something specific in mind, you can search for it instantly. Once you have placed your order, Swill will provide real-time notifications regarding its status. Delivery is cash-free and secure, making it easy to purchase alcohol for planned parties and impromptu events alike.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Moov: Work Out Harder and Smarter

Moov is a wearable device that acts as your personal fitness coach. Built to help you work out better and more effectively, Moov teaches and encourages you to achieve your goals. Put Moov on when you're running, swimming, biking, boxing, lifting, or whatever type of exercise you do. Moov talks to you in real time to help prevent injury, improve your technique, challenge you to be your best, and cheer you on when you're doing well.

Created by a team of engineers and designers who have worked at companies like Apple, Microsoft Research, Nokia, and Bungie, Moov is precise, interactive, and effective. Using nine-axis motion sensors commonly found in strategic missiles, Moov can detect your movements accurately. This hardware is paired with AI software that runs on your mobile or other computational device, enabling Moov to reconstruct your movements in 3D and provide analytics to improve your form and prevent injury. The loop between your movement (input) and the audio/visual feedback (output) gives you useful suggestions and insights to become better.

To keep you busy and challenged, Moov launches a new sport app every month. The goal is to make the Moov platform the ultimate destination for all your workouts, from burning calories with cardio boxing to training for a triathlon.

The most successful crowdfunded fitness wearable, Moov reached its crowdfunding goal in 90 minutes, sold out $1 million worth of product in 2 weeks, and went from crowdfunding to shipping in 5 months. Team Moov's mission is to bring wellness and happiness to everyone in the world through the seamless integration of technology and design.

An outlier among wearable fitness solutions, Moov has caught the attention of consumers and the press for its unique ability to bring the workout experience to a whole new level. Moov has been featured in Forbes, CNET, WIRED, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and many more.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rise and Relax to Nature's Rhythm With Sunn

Human beings are extremely sensitive to light. Studies show that light has a huge impact on our health – proper lighting promotes a healthy sleep-wake cycle, enabling us to sleep better at night and feel more energized during the day. Light entering our eyes regulates the body's circadian “clock” system, as well as many of our waking and resting behaviors. The sun, our planet's greatest natural source of light, informs our internal clocks of the time of day, guiding our daily rhythms and activities.

But in today's world, many people are spending more time indoors. The Sunn Light is a high-quality, smart LED light fixture that syncs with the sun, changing color and brightness according to the time of day to promote healthy living and create vibrant spaces. Sunn lets you bring the sun into your home. In the morning, it gradually brightens like the rising sun to gently wake you up. In the afternoon, it produces cool white colors to encourage focus and productivity. As the day winds down, Sunn emits a warm glow to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Always Know Where Your Pet Is With Pip

No one ever wants to lose their pet, but sadly, nearly 10 million companion animals go missing every year. In most cases, the pet never showed any prior signs of running off, but then something unexpected happened.

Shortly after Dave Waymouth adopted his dog, Pip, the terrier mix escaped through the fence to run after a squirrel. Panicked, Waymouth and his family searched everywhere and alerted the neighbors and animal control. In the end, Pip was found eating garbage from a dumpster at a nearby hotel. Several months later, Waymouth's in-laws' cat, Juniper, disappeared. After almost a week, she was discovered trapped under the porch with a dislocated knee. Unfortunately, Juniper's hind leg needed to be amputated. If she had been found sooner, the vet would have been able to save her leg.

The unpleasant reality is that not all missing pets like Pip and Juniper are found – many stories have worse endings. One of Waymouth's biggest fears is that Pip will escape again and run into traffic, so he built a pet monitoring device to give himself and other pet owners peace of mind.

Named after Waymouth's dog, Pip is a small GPS and activity tracker for dogs and cats that attaches to a pet's collar. Pip will notify you of your pet's exact location if he ever leaves a safe area. The app will then use the GPS in your phone and the GPS in Pip to guide you to him. Because Pip uses a cellular data connection to transmit the GPS location, you'll be able to locate your pet anywhere in the United States.

Pip is not the first GPS tracker with a cellular connection for pets. However, existing products are all bulky, have poor battery life, and come with expensive monthly fees. By contrast, Pip is comfortable even for small pets and will last up to three months on a single charge. Additionally, it keeps track of your pet's daily movements, allowing you to see how active she is each day and spot any changing trends in her behavior.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The 6thfinger Keeps Your Touchscreen Active While You Step Away

Mobile gamers, do you find it difficult to leave your smartphone or tablet for even just a couple of minutes because you don't want your screen to lock? A group of gaming enthusiasts from San Francisco also had this problem, so they decided to create something that would keep their games active when they needed to step away.

The 6thfinger is a portable device that mimics the human finger touching a capacitive touchscreen. Compatible with most mobile devices on the market, it is able to interact on its own as if your finger were tapping and turning the screen randomly. The 6thfinger does not require any batteries and can be used right out of the box. Now you can take breaks from hours of playing, while still maintaining your progress.

Made with high-grade aluminum and durable components, the 6thfinger can also be used with laptop touchpads and Windows 8 touchscreens.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lesson.ly: Build Online Training Materials for Your Team in Minutes

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lesson.ly makes it easy for growing businesses to build, share, and track training materials. With Lesson.ly's easy-to-use online training software, you can create beautiful, branded lessons in mere minutes, without any programming. Combine text, images, audio, video, and documents to craft rich, engaging lessons and structure them as you please. You can also include multiple choice, true or false, and free response questions into your lessons to make sure your learners are understanding your content. Arranging sections and questions is a piece of cake with drag-and-drop sectioning. Then customize your lessons with your company's logo and a personalized URL. Don't worry if you're not a designer – Lesson.ly's authoring tool was built to be flexible enough to meet your specific needs, but structured enough to give all your lessons a professional and consistent look.

Once you're done making your lessons, you can assign them to a single user or an entire group with a few clicks. If you add due dates, Lesson.ly will send your learners email reminders seven days and one day before a lesson is due. If someone didn't complete their assignment on time, they will receive an overdue notice the day after the due date. Alternatively, you can simply share your lessons via unique, protected URLs.

Lesson.ly keeps track of your team's training and educational history, so you can see who has learned what, when, and how well. You can assess both your lessons and learners – view lists of completed, incomplete, and overdue assignments, as well as individualized reports for each user featuring recent progress, scores, lesson completions, and past-due assignments. And with Lesson.ly's Gradebook, you can see all of your learning data in one comprehensive view and export it to CSV.

Lesson.ly counts BambooHR, Stripe, Lyft, Angie's List, and ModCloth among its customers.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Plan V: The Phone Charging Device That Doesn't Need to Be Charged

Eighteen months ago, friends Evan Stuart and Luke Trevitt found themselves in a situation that could have gone terribly wrong. They were stranded in Bogata, Colombia with dead mobile phones and battery packs and they couldn't find their hostel. After hours of navigating dark and dangerous streets and a few close calls, they finally found the place. That night, Stuart and Trevitt decided to create a portable, fail-safe charging device that one can rely on anywhere in the world.

The result is Plan V, which is like a car jumper cable for your phone. Plan V is designed to sit on your keyring and never needs to be charged. No bigger than a normal house key, it's so small and lightweight, you'll forget that it's there until you need it. When you do need it, simply connect a 9 volt battery to the device and plug it into your phone. These batteries are widely available and can be found in convenience stores, gas stations, and supermarkets.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Turn Your Child's Best Moments Into a Hardcover Book With BabyBook

Do you have thousands of photos of your baby on your iPhone but can't get around to organizing them? Are you always forgetting to write down the date and event whenever your little one does something exciting? Named one of “10 Apps to Help You Through Baby's First Year” by Mashable, BabyBook by CanDoBaby! lets parents record their child's milestones, organize photos, and print books easily.

When husband and wife team Scott and Elizabeth Valins introduced BabyBook as an idea last year, they received great feedback and encouragement from their users. Unfortunately, in the midst of the launch, the couple lost a pregnancy and Liz was hospitalized for more than three months due to complications. As they worked to get their family back on track, iOS technology evolved and they had to temporarily take BabyBook off the App Store.

In the hospital, the Valinses made a promise to treasure life's important moments. BabyBook helps parents do just that, and now the couple is ready to relaunch the app. Armed with their previous experience and valuable feedback from their users, Liz and Scott have completely redesigned BabyBook. They are currently raising funds on Kickstarter to get the app back into parents' hands as soon as possible.

BabyBook is a fun guide to track and record milestones as your child grows. It is also an easy way to pair these moments with photos. And as the name implies, it enables you to create a professionally printed, hardcover book from your iPhone.

BabyBook is the first app by CanDoBaby! and the company promises there will be more down the line. CanDoBaby! combines good design with smart technology to simplify and enhance the parenting experience. As parents themselves, the CanDoBaby! team understands that parents rely on their phones a lot and is committed to creating mobile apps that make life easier.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

OneSet Is the Vine for Fitness

Need some fitness inspiration to get off your behind? Or perhaps you've been working out and would like to switch up your exercise routine. Enter OneSet, a simple way to learn, inspire, and be inspired.

The self-described “Vine for fitness,” OneSet is an app where users upload 15-second videos of themselves performing individual exercises. Sorted by muscle group or fitness goal, these snippets can be used to find ideas for your next workout or to just stay motivated. Browse videos submitted by the community and upload your own. Create playlists to build a new, customized workout.

Currently a part of the Velocity Garage incubator at the University of Waterloo, OneSet was founded by Amad Abdullah, Shameel Abdullah, Omas Abdullah, Moez Bhatti, and George Xu. The app will be launching soon on Google Play and the App Store. You can sign up on the OneSet website to get access to the beta version.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vidyard: Smarter Video Marketing

Based in Kitchener, Ontario, Vidyard is the world's leading video marketing platform. You may be churning out videos as part of your marketing strategy, but your videos are useless if they're not driving business. Vidyard equips you with the tools you need to take your video marketing to the next level – and turn viewers into customers.

In addition to hosting your video content, Vidyard shows you how your viewers are interacting with it so you can continuously improve your marketing strategy based on analytics. See exactly who's watching what content and for how long, and review your video data for trends to make informed decisions. You can customize your video player to match your branding and make changes to your videos on the fly – any fixes are then instantly reflected across all embed locations.

Vidyard also lets you track each viewer's attention span, video viewing history, unique click-through behavior, and location. You can see when prospects share your videos, and which individual video assets contribute to ROI. All viewer data can be pushed into your marketing automation platform – Salesforce, Eloqua, Marketo, MailChimp, and HootSuite are some of the marketing tools Vidyard integrates with.

Aside from getting to know your viewers, Vidyard enables you to generate leads with email gates and custom forms. All collected contact information is pushed directly into the existing records of your MAP and CRM systems for better segmentation and scoring. You can also optimize your videos by split-testing splash screen images, creating a customized video hub on your website, and managing your YouTube presence from the Vidyard dashboard.

Vidyard is trusted by Qvidian, Rockwell Automation, The Juno Awards, Lionbridge, Deltek, Taulia, TribeHR, and more. The company has been featured in several media outlets including Entrepreneur, Forbes, TechCrunch, the Salesforce Blog, MarketingProfs, The Record, ClickZ, Marketing Land, and ReelSEO.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Turn Your Phone Photos Into a Beautiful Photo Book With SimplePrints

The highest-rated photo book app in the App Store, SimplePrints is the fastest way to turn your photos into a printed album. Create a professional-looking photo book in minutes using the photos from your mobile phone, Facebook, Instagram, or Dropbox. All books are printed on FSC-certified archival quality papers by state-of-the-art HP Indigo digital presses, then hand-bound by professional book binders in California. Your photo book, which may contain up to 200 pages, arrives in your mailbox within just four to seven business days. SimplePrints also takes pride in its exceptional service and tells customers to “expect to be treated like family.”

SimplePrints was incubated at the Institute of Design at Stanford University where the founding team spent one year interviewing families about how they stay in touch and pass down their stories. From there it was discovered that photo books were one of the best ways to share family memories, but people were often daunted by how difficult it was to make a great photo book. Thus, SimplePrints was born.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DogVacay: Find a Caring Sitter for Your Pup While You're Out of Town

Going on a two-week vacation but leaving Fido at home? Find a responsible, loving dog sitter in your neighborhood on DogVacay, an online community of tens of thousands of dog lovers and professional sitters across the US and Canada.

Forget the expensive, impersonal kennels – DogVacay has over 20,000 trusted and insured dog sitters who are ready to care for your pooch like a member of their family. DogVacay is a safe, affordable, and convenient way to make sure your best friend is in good hands while you're away. Simply search your city and state and start browsing hosts in your area. DogVacay rates are cheaper than those of kennels, starting at $25 per night and including free pet insurance and 24/7 customer support. You'll also get daily photo updates of how your pup is doing.

DogVacay makes it easy for dog owners like you to book and pay online and travel with peace of mind. Dogs also love DogVacay because they get personal attention and unlimited belly rubs. In addition, there are no cages and your pet's normal schedule is followed.

DogVacay was founded by a husband and wife team who didn't believe that they should pay hundreds of dollars to leave their pups in a cage at the kennel. They began accepting guest pooches in their own home and realized they were on to something. Thousands of dog lovers eventually applied to join the community. Recently, DogVacay announced that it had booked a total of 1 million nights since its inception in 2012.

DogVacay has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Fox, USA Today, ABC, and CBS. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, just a couple of blocks from the beach, and employs more than 50 dog-loving employees.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

SLC Startup Creates a Battery Pack That Charges Up Crazy Fast

Who hasn't wished their devices would hurry up and finish charging already? In this modern, fast-paced world, who has time to wait? Luckily for us impatient, always on-the-go folks, Salt Lake City-based startup Power Practical has come up with a solution.

Meet the Pronto, the world's fastest-charging portable battery pack. Available in two models, the Pronto 5 and the Pronto 12, it can store 3-9 recharges in just an hour. With the Pronto 12, you get enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 5 in only 5 minutes.

Most universal battery packs allow you to charge on-the-go but take several hours to charge. Being stuck to the wall defeats the purpose of portable power. Power Practical is on a mission to fix this problem by developing a battery pack that charges insanely fast – the Pronto charges up to 12 times faster than other batteries on the market.

To achieve this super fast charging design, the Power Practical team had to find battery cells that could safely receive large amounts of power. They chose a very high-quality lithium polymer cell that is more powerful than cells found in other battery packs, then created custom circuit boards that charge up the cells quickly.

Both Pronto models have a virtually indestructible hard-anodized aluminum enclosure and a protective cap with an internal silicone seal to protect the Pronto's USB ports and internal parts from the elements. Two custom LED dials display the battery capacity and how fast the battery pack is charging. A durable nylon strap holds the protective cap in place and doubles as a carrying band. The Pronto 12 is equipped with additional features including 12V output to charge larger devices such as laptops and DSLR cameras and dual USB ports for simultaneous charging of two devices.

Power Practical is a group of tech and outdoor lovers who believe that charging your gadgets should be easy and convenient.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Safe Driving: There's an App for That

Don't text and drive. Everybody knows that. Yet so many drivers, especially younger people, still do it. To discourage drivers from grabbing their phones while they're behind the wheel, XL Team in the Netherlands and KNS in Romania have developed SafeDrive, a mobile app that rewards users for driving safely.

With SafeDrive, you earn points for not using your phone while driving. You can then use your points to buy discounted products and services from SafeDrive partners. Traffic safety is improved, consumers save money, and businesses get customers. Everybody wins.

You can invite your friends to join SafeDrive and engage in a little friendly competition to see who is the most responsible driver. The app, which is currently available on Android and Windows devices, also keeps a log of all your trips and points.

SafeDrive is a winner of the 2014 AT&T Connected Intersections traffic safety tech challenge and was named the number one mobile app at the 2014 Webstock Awards.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cloth Is an App to Organize and Share Your Looks

Do you take #OOTD selfies? Then you'll like Cloth. Available on iPhone and iPod touch, Cloth is a new app for fashionistas that allows you to save your favorite outfits and organize them by category, weather, brand, and more. The app also lets you share your looks with the rest of the world. And if you need some style advice and inspiration, you can chat with your friends and discover real-time street fashion on Cloth. See what people around the world are wearing by city, event, weather, and just about anything. Speaking of weather, if you have iOS 8, you can wake up to a notification that gives you the weather and your best outfits for the day's conditions.

Cloth is the brainchild of Seth Porges, who has worked in the media as a magazine editor, writer, and television contributor for 10 years. Cloth has been featured on The New York Times, WIRED, Mashable, and TechCrunch.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The iBox Nano Home 3D Printer Is Small, Quiet, and Affordable

iBox Printers has created the world's smallest, most affordable 3D resin printer, and the Melbourne, Florida-based company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to bring its pint-sized powerhouse to market. Created with the home user in mind, the iBox Nano is everything most 3D printers are not – portable, inexpensive, easy to use, and quiet. According to iBox Printers founder Trent Carter, they didn't set out to improve 3D printing but to remove the barriers and get 3D printers into the hands of everyone. He and his team have gone to great lengths to design a completely user-friendly 3D printing experience.

Built to produce high-resolution prints with the touch of a button, the iBox Nano comes without wires or software, so users can spend less time setting up and more time printing. Most 3D printers support just a couple of operating systems and need to be tethered to a computer. By contrast, the iBox Nano lets you print from any browser, whether it's on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. There is no software to install. If your device has a browser, you can print to the iBox Nano. Moreover, the printer works over Wi-Fi, so you can print from another room. An optional battery pack lets you 3D print on the go.

The iBox Nano uses UV LEDs instead of DLP projector bulbs, which are expensive and need to be replaced every 2,000-8,000 hours of use. LEDs, on the other hand, last over 50,000 hours. In addition, the iBox Nano uses very little power and generates almost no heat, so it doesn't require any noisy cooling fans. The iBox Nano weighs only 3 pounds and is constructed from precision laser-cut extruded acrylic or PMMA, which is lighter and 17 times stronger than glass.

Early supporters of the iBox Nano can get their own 3D printer starting at $269.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stay Secure Online With Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is the most trusted virtual private network (VPN) service in the world, with more than 250 million downloads. The software provides Internet privacy and Wi-Fi security wherever you are, utilizing advanced encryption technology to secure browsing sessions, block malware, and enable access to any content. It also protects your IP address so you can surf the web anonymously.

Available on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, Hotspot Shield has been rated as the world's most popular solution for staying safe in public Wi-Fi hotspots. It creates a personal secure tunnel for each user, keeping online activities, searches, sites visited, and personally identifiable information private. Hotspot Shield comes in free and paid versions – the latter does not have ads and provides extra security and speed.

Hotspot Shield is a product of AnchorFree, a Silicon Valley-based company whose mission is to provide online security, privacy, and free access to content for every Internet user.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RogerVoice Enables Deaf People to Make Phone Calls

Seventy million people around the world have profound to severe hearing loss and cannot use the phone. RogerVoice aims to change that. It is the first worldwide mobile app for hard-of-hearing individuals that subtitles phone conversations in real time. Designed from the ground up for those who cannot hear on the phone, RogerVoice installs on your smartphone or tablet and instantly transcribes what the person on the other end of the line is saying.

RogerVoice makes it easy for hard-of-hearing people to get in touch with others via phone. It is also useful in situations when you have to call someone, such as participating in a telephone job interview, inquiring about an apartment listing, setting up a doctor's appointment, booking household services, ordering food delivery, and more. With RogerVoice, deaf individuals do not need to rely on other people to make phone calls for them and can take charge of their life.

RogerVoice works anytime, anywhere and supports several languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Greek, Japanese, and more. The service does not employ human intermediaries, so all calls remain private and confidential. In addition, it uses the latest available technology to provide superior voice recognition, lightning-fast data processing, quality call platforms, and an enjoyable user experience.

RogerVoice is not just for the hard of hearing and can serve as a productivity tool at home and at work as well. Get instant written minutes of your phone calls, archive your conversations, and search them at a later time. The app will be released on Android first, with iOS and Windows versions to follow. The RogerVoice team plans to add more features down the line.

RogerVoice is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter and has raised nearly $32,000 so far. The funds will go toward the final phase of development; RogerVoice is slated for delivery at the end of the year.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Buy and Sell Gently Used Kids' Clothing With Totspot

Totspot is a website and mobile app to buy and sell gently used children's clothes. Totspot's mom-to-mom network makes it easy for parents to discover high-quality, affordable kids' fashion and sell items that their youngsters have outgrown.

Selling on Totspot takes less than a minute. Simply take a photo of an item, enter a description, and that's it. Sales will be put into your Totspot account. To buy an item, just browse the stores or search for stuff. Click to purchase, and wait for your item to arrive. Totspot takes a 20 percent cut of each sale.

Totspot, a 500 Startups alum, is currently available on the web and iOS devices. The company recently raised $1.8 million in seed funding, which will go toward improving its matching algorithms and building an Android app. The seed round was led by GGV Capital, and other investors include 500 Startups, QueensBridge Venture Partners, and Jerry Yang.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monsieur Is a Cool Robot That Makes Cocktails

The future of mixology is here. Monsieur is an artificially intelligent robotic bartender that makes great-tasting cocktails. Successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, Monsier has been described as “a much more elegant solution” by Engadget and “a new way to do business” by CNBC. This high-tech drink mixer elevates your social drinking experience and puts drinks at your fingertips, literally.

Browse and order cocktails using the Android-powered touchscreen user interface, and the microcontroller orchestrates sensors, thermoelectric coolers, peristaltic pumps, and other mechanical components to deliver a precisely concocted beverage every time. You can also order drinks on your phone and learn more about a beverage before you order with detailed descriptions and interesting histories. Aside from making drinks, Monsieur can offer recommendations based on your taste if you're not sure what to get. Furthermore, the mobile app lets you know how much you've had so far, alerts you when your estimated blood alcohol level is high, and can even assist you in getting a cab.

At home, Monsieur acts as your personal butler and uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee to know when you're home and what needs to be served. For example, Monsieur can offer you a double instead of a single when you've had a long day at work, mix a second drink when you have a date over, and serve up a cocktail when your favorite team wins a game.

For businesses, Monsieur monitors the usage and needs of customers in real-time, providing detailed information on consumption, profit, and missed opportunities. Business owners can use Monsieur to identify consumption trends to make more strategic decisions and discover opportunities for additional revenue by closing the gap between anticipating customers' needs and what is actually happening.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Monsieur has been featured in TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CNN Money, Details, The Huffington Post, and more.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Narrative Lets You Capture and Relive the Ordinary and Special Moments in Your Life

Founded in Sweden in 2012, Narrative is a leader in wearable cameras and intelligent image analysis. The company's Narrative Clip is a tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a literal photographic memory. The Narrative Clip takes two five-megapixel photos every minute, so you never miss a moment of your life. The world's smallest wearable camera, it weighs only 20 grams, measures 36x36x9 mm, has a storage capacity of 6,000 pictures, and a battery life of 2 days. Just clip on the Narrative Clip and live your life – the device will capture moments as they happen without interference.

To take an extra photo, double-tap the Narrative Clip. To stop taking pictures, put it face down on a flat surface or in a completely dark place like your pocket. The Narrative Clip comes with a smartphone app for Android and iPhone to let you revisit and share your photos. All your images are stored in your private online library and automatically organized by Narrative's “momentification” feature, with your best photos from each day presented on your timeline.

Narrative believes that our lives consist of both ordinary and special moments that are all worth capturing and remembering. The company aims to empower people to live a life filled with moments that matter and help them preserve and organize their memories. Originally called Memoto, Narrative led a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 where nearly 3,000 people across the globe pledged a whopping $550,189 to the project. The company changed its name to Narrative in 2013 to avoid conflict and to better reflect its vision of a world where everyone can tell their own story.

The Narrative Clip is now available for immediate shipping to most countries. Starting at $229, the Narrative Clip comes in white, gray, and orange and includes a subscription to Narrative's unlimited storage system.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SF-Based Gbatteries Gives Your Li-Ion Batteries a Longer Life

Gbatteries is a San Francisco-based tech company that has created a battery management system (BMS) to increase battery capacity and cycle count. Gbatteries' BatteryOS controls rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, enabling them to hold a higher capacity and not degrade over time.

Designed to dynamically manage the energy inside of a li-ion battery pack during charging, idling, and discharging, BatteryOS uses a patent-pending process to maintain lithium-ion diffusion at optimal levels and eliminate concentration polarization. Meanwhile, its architecture and controlling algorithm allows for the full utilization of active materials in battery cells. With BatteryOS, any OEM li-ion battery gains the ability to store 10-40 percent more capacity and a cycle count that is 4 times higher, with no degradation in capacity as time goes by.

BatteryOS is compatible with any li-ion cell type or form factor. The BMS has been tested with cell phone batteries, 18650 cells, pouch cells, and everything in between.

Friday, October 3, 2014

DJI Innovations: Flying Cameras for Professional Photographers and Hobbyists

DJI Innovations is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance and easy-to-use small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for commercial and personal use. The DJI team, which is one of the largest in the UAS market consisting of over 500 people, is dedicated to making aerial photography and videography accessible to both professionals and amateurs.

With operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, DJI Innovations is continually investing in the research and development of advanced unmanned aerial technologies to make them easier to use, more reliable, and more familiar. DJI Innovations envisions a world where flying cameras are as popular as DSLR cameras.

DJI is founded and run by people who are experts in flight control technology and passionate about remote-controlled helicopters. The company takes pride in its advanced autopilot technology and unique gimbal stabilization system, which enable its products to produce images similar to those shot on manned helicopters.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UpJoy Creates Happier, Healthier, More Productive Workplaces

UpJoy is a corporate wellness tool that supercharges employee productivity with happiness. The Santa Barbara startup is promoting a better way to work by combining positive experiences with structured breaks.

Employees who feel better work better, and those who take timed breaks are more productive. UpJoy exposes users to a wide range of funny, inspirational, and calming content that is customized to their preferences. According to several studies, viewing such content can reverse the physiological and cognitive effects of stress and upset. When we experience positive emotions, we become more creative, socially adept, resilient, and better problem solvers. Additionally, happy employees are physically healthier and get more done on the job.

UpJoy has been proven to significantly uplift users' emotional states. Based on cutting-edge psychological research, it provides employees with precisely timed mood-enhancing breaks to encourage creativity, productivity, and well-being. UpJoy delivers positive content that can have lasting effects such as reduced stress, improved cognitive function, increased collaboration, decreased blood pressure, and enhanced overall happiness. Users can save, share, and like items, and this interaction determines the media presented to them.

UpJoy can be customized to match a company's branding and messaging. Furthermore, HR and wellness managers can select the days of the week employees will be using UpJoy, set the time limit per session and the maximum number of sessions per day, and schedule break reminders for employees. Daily and weekly reports give an overview of the general mood in the workplace, and stats measure the ROI generated by UpJoy.

UpJoy is guided by experts in the field of psychology, including lead advisor Dan Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard, and lead scientists Jonathan Schooler and Shelly Gable. UpJoy has been featured in Nautilus, Tech Cocktail, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Pacific Coast Business Times, and UCSB's The Daily Nexus.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Central Desktop: Easy Online Collaboration

Central Desktop is an online collaboration software company headquartered in Pasadena, California. Founded in 2005 by Isaac Garcia and Arnulf Hsu, Central Desktop helps people work better together. An alternative to email, SharePoint, and file-sharing websites, Central Desktop's online collaboration platform, SocialBridge, connects teams, content, and customers in the cloud so everyone can get things done together from one private, centralized website.

SocialBridge makes everyone's files, conversations, calendars, and other stuff accessible from anywhere, including the office, home, and even on the go. The platform also speeds up existing business processes by letting users automatically assign tasks, send email reminders, update databases, and route documents for approval. In addition, organizations can use SocialBridge to share and communicate easily with their vendors and clients.

Recognizing that different types of teams work differently, Central Desktop offers SocialBridge in three versions. SocialBridge for Marketers and Agencies are designed to speed up creative approvals and enable teams to work more closely with third parties. SocialBridge Professional lets small businesses operate like a big company without the high price tag. SocialBridge for Enterprise helps business units collaborate across different locations and time zones.

SocialBridge is equipped with numerous useful features, including private workspaces, real-time access to the latest version of files, search, project management, reports, web meetings, and more. With 99.98 percent uptime, SocialBridge is protected by enterprise-grade security provided by Akamai, McAfee, Alchemy Communications, and Corexchange Data Center.

Central Desktop serves more than 500,000 users worldwide daily. Notable customers include Harvard University, the Humane Society of the United States, Upshot, CBS, MLB.com, WD-40, Workday, Moxie, Javelin Marketing Group, and the American Red Cross.

Central Desktop has been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500, Red Herring 100, and InformationWeek Startup 50. The company has also won multiple Stevie Awards and other honors.