Make In LA: Tech Startups Show Off Gadgets They Hope Become “Next Big Thing”

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Startups show off their products that they hope become a big hit in the marketplace!


make in la demo day 2016

Tech entrepreneurs are always looking to create that next hit product. Recently I checked out demo day at Make In LA, which is a tech incubator based in Los Angeles.

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Here are the startups we saw:

canviz make in la demo day 2016

Canviz is building a digital canvas for displaying art & photography. Think digital frame but way more realistic looking. I definitely want one or a hundred of these in my house. The images displayed on screen look like printed art - but they're actually digital. $350.

luma legacy make in la demo day 2016
Luma Legacy is making connected jewerly. Each one of their charms has a little QR code on the back - scan it to add memories like photos and videos to a virtual scrapbook associated with the charm. Then when someone else scans the code they can see what you added.

emerge make in la demo day 2016

Emerge is creating a way to feel touch in the virtual world. I placed my hand over a specially designed platform to "feel" butterflies. It actually felt like little puffs of air hitting my hand, but the technology uses sonic waves to create the experience.

rufus cuff make in la demo day 2016

Rufus is creating wearable tech with a focus on making devices for the industrial sector including warehouses and hospitals. I tried on the Rufus Cuff, which feels like something out of Iron Man. It looks like a phone on your wrist and lets you scan items and see the information on the readout.

One thing I saw at the show but had nothing to do with demo day is the Mission Belt. One of the entrepreneurs behind the brand was there and showed me the amazing belt that uses a ratchet style closure instead of holes. I immediately bought two of them on Amazon and they are the best belts I've ever owned. Check it out.

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