20 must-see products at DEMO 2013

DEMO Fall 2013 kicks off this week, giving more than 40 startups and entrepreneurs the chance to introduce their products to the world.

DEMO Fall 2013

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
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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

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.

Bounce Imaging Explorer

Bounce Imaging Explorer

Designed for law enforcement and emergency responders, the Explorer is a small ball equipped with several small cameras that can be thrown into unseen spaces to broadcast video back to the user. With the tool, Bounce Imaging looks to provide a less expensive alternative to the robots and fiber-optic cables used for this purpose today.

Sekur.me: Secure mobile payments

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

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.

SnoopWall: Privacy platform for all devices

SnoopWall: Privacy platform for all devices

Perhaps the exact opposite, SnoopWall is designed to keep marketers, government agents, or stalkers from gathering any information about its users from the Internet. SnoopWall creates alerts of potentially harmful programs installed on the user’s device, and protects sensitive features like webcam, microphone, GPS and Bluetooth. The family bundle extends SnoopWall to 12 devices.

Magisto: Instant video editing for consumers

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.

SignToLogin

SignToLogin

Joining the race to make the traditional password authentication system obsolete is SignToLogin, which allows users to create a mouse- and touch-controlled on-screen signature to replace passwords for online accounts.

ArgoPay: Mobile payment solution

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.

aptiQmobile: Replacing ID cards with smartphones

aptiQmobile: Replacing ID cards with smartphones

Given that most people are more likely to forget or lose their ID cards for work or school than their smartphone, aptiQmobile may be onto something with its mobile ID and credential product. It’s a pretty simple idea – let users swipe an NFC-enabled smartphone instead of an ID card to enter an office or campus building. All user information is stored in aptiQ’s cloud, eliminating the need for the organization to store and manage user data for credentials and ID cards.

Oscar Communicator: Tablets optimized for the elderly

Oscar Communicator: Tablets optimized for the elderly

Oscar Care is also targeting a potentially large user base with its Oscar Communicator, a tablet optimized for the elderly. The tablet features all the specs of most modern tablets – Wi-Fi, 3G, voice control, etc. However, the device also offers quick access to emergency services and select family members, as well as reminders for medications.

Oscar Care also offers a service package, allowing free service instant access to two family members on a limited data package, $25 per month for unlimited data and access to 10 family members, and $45 per month for access to 25 family members.

RealClarity: Mobile app as a hearing aid

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

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

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

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

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
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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

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

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

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.