DEMO 2012: 20 Awesome Products

Augmented reality, human-computer interaction without a touchscreen, and plenty more highlight this year's DEMO Fall 2012 conference.

DEMO Fall 2012 conference

At the DEMO Fall 2012 conference, which kicks off today, young companies looking to spread the word about their new products are given six minutes of face time to make their pitches. Every company will be vying for a $1 million advertising prize. Here are 20 presenters that got our attention.

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Candy Lab augmented reality app
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Candy Lab augmented reality app

Candy Lab will try to follow up last year’s prize winner, a separate augmented reality app for advertising, with a solution that can be used to identify real-world locations like handicap-accessible buildings or recycling bins.

ElectNext
ElectNext

ElectNext looks to help voters identify which electoral candidates their beliefs align with best. The tool, which can and has been embedded onto other websites, matches users’ voluntary political statements with like-minded candidates. It has already been endorsed by Politico and The Economist.

Flinja
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Flinja

College students notoriously need money, be it for beer and pizza or text books and student loans. No one understands this better than the alumni who have been in their shoes. Through Flinja, alumni can hire students at their alma mater for small jobs, like dog walking or yard work.

Innovation Choice Group
Innovation Choice Group

Innovation Choice Group is attempting to establish a network through which researchers can easily share and access information relevant to their projects. It aims to eliminate any roadblocks in research projects by basically making it easier for a fresh pair of eyes to take a look at it.

Karaboo
Karaboo

Karaboo makes a mobile app called Apparent that connects parents of young children, ages 2 to 8, to schedule play-dates and social events for their kids. Admirably, it’s the product of a night out for a handful of fathers who, after commiserating about the difficulties of balancing work and parenting, decided to actually do something about it.

LifeStyleFeed
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LifeStyleFeed

Those looking to try a new restaurant or bar always face the risk of accidentally planning an entire night in an environment they simply don’t like. With HD video previews of restaurants and music venues, LifeStyleFeed lets users get familiar with the atmosphere of a venue before even stepping foot in it.

Mersive
Mersive

Based on its software designed for enterprise and large-screen display technology, Mersive will showcase its attempt at facilitating the sharing of virtual displays on multiple devices. The aim is to enable multiple people to access the same display on their own smartphones, PCs or tablets.

Neumitra
Neumitra

A seemingly complex combination of biosensors and smartphone technology make for Neumitra’s stress-monitoring tool. The company aims to use data collected by monitoring the user’s sympathetic nervous system to reduce stress by identifying the activities that cause it.

NeuroTrack Technologies
NeuroTrack Technologies

With an ambitious pursuit, to establish “the mammogram for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” NeuroTrack will definitely garner a lot of attention. The startup company’s behavioral assessment tools are expected to speed up diagnosis and drug discovery, all in the pursuit of a cure for what is quickly becoming an epidemic.

Novusport
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Novusport

This combination of sports and social media app focuses on its users as the athletes. Novusport users load videos of themselves participating in sports into the app. Their performance is then calculated and charted for a comparison with other users, creating athletic competition between people who never meet face to face.

Plus2 Technologies
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Plus2 Technologies

Claiming current collection methods are “outdated and expensive,” Connectsys reduces overhead and payment fees by housing the entire debt collection process on its own site. The company also boasts “flexible repayment plans,” offering customized options for different kinds of businesses.

LoanGarage
LoanGarage

On the opposite side of the spectrum is LoanGarage, the credit and lending site from Plutus Software. The entire process has been scaled towards mobile devices, from which users’ applications are sent to multiple lenders.

RecBob
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RecBob

One of the few knocks against social sports is the extracurricular activities involved with it: tracking down payments, setting a schedule, finding substitute players, etc. RecBob is an app that leverages Facebook to organize recreational sports teams automatically.

Seekly
Seekly

Seekly differentiates itself from other online dating sites by adopting the “speed dating” approach, employing video chat so users can meet face-to-face without leaving their homes. Members schedule a time they’ll be online and are connected to several five-minute video chat sessions with other users.

YouBetMe
YouBetMe

Have you ever wanted to make an impulse bet with your friend based on something unexpected, like, say, a spontaneous eating competition? Well, even if you haven’t, you can now. YouBetMe is a mobile app that focuses on harmless bets between friends.

MoveEye
MoveEye

“Imagine your TV as a giant iPad that hangs on your wall. Now imagine using this giant iPad from the comfort of your living room sofa,” MoveEye’s website reads. Through a combination of high-tech glasses, software and gesture recognition, MoveEye is one step closer to the enviable PC navigation in Minority Report.

The Taploid
The Taploid

Using actual Facebook updates as the source for its content, The Taploid creates Onion-like headlines for lighthearted tabloid-esque stories tailored to each individual user’s social circles. Unlike real tabloids, though, it’s all done with every user’s permission.

Bonica
Bonica

Bringing some relief to first-time parents, Bonica automatically creates lists of the clothing a baby will need. Users enter their child’s due date, gender, ZIP code and laundry frequency. The app, based on their climate and specified needs, tells them what they’ll need to buy before the big day.

RentLingo
RentLingo

It’s not surprising that a group of college graduates came up with an easier method for finding apartments for rent. RentLingo aims to facilitate the apartment search process by giving one central location to search from, while also weeding out the annoying and misleading spam and phishing attempts that are common on Craigslist and other similar sites.

OrbitFront
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OrbitFront

OrbitFront describes a solution for an interesting problem – finding reliable product reviews. The idea is to provide a platform for companies and reviewers to connect. It’s an ambitious objective, and one that could have an impact. Here, the two founders give their own review of a camera dolly they’d created.