The Urban-X investors showcase is a closed-door occurrence that evidences off eight different incubated startups to potential investors and press. I stopped by earlier this week to see what the fuss was about.
Of the eight companies in Urban-Xs 02 cohort, I picked four that tackled problems relating topollution, the visually impaired, urban gives and maintaining public cleanliness: O2O2 Facewear, WearWorks, Upcyclesand Sencity, respectively.
Haptic navigation for the blind
Perhaps the potentially life-changing of the products and services demoed at the Urban-X showcase isby WearWorks. Their prototype wristband is a proposed solution to GPS-based navigation for blind people and visually impaired.
Using haptic feedback, the WayBand uses a powerful engine to give you tactile sensations about where you are and what direction to walk in.
WearWorks has been working with a number of visually impaired someones to test the Wayband, including an ultra marathon runner who will be competing in this years NYC marathon.
If the marathontest proves successful, WearWorks will begin seeding more machines to early adopters before moving forward with a public launch.
Modernizing the look mask
Modern facewear corporation O2O2is capitalizing on what theyre calling a multi-billion dollar industry. Theyre focusing first on metropolis like Beijing, where pollution and breath tone is among the worst of the worlds major cities.
Oddly, O2O2 didnt allow attendees to try on the disguise( claiming that it was only formulated for the creators facial structures for now ). Nonetheless, O2O2 is promising four different facial molds at launching with customizeable modules( the unit you see above is an engineering prototype) that involving the sensors, filters and batteries.
The coolest feature about the disguise is that its possible to observe your crucials( Im usurping this is your VO2 breathing stats ), as well as to oversee the breath tone data with a companion smartphone app.
The resulting data collected by O2O2 mask wearers can then be used to tackle the pollution trouble in a given area, including determiningwhich specific areas of township have the most pollution from day to day.
Simplifying urban bringing vehicles
The first thing Upcycles said on-stage is that theyre human centric and anti-robot. This piqued the interests of both the crowd, but what actually stirred people curious wasthe Yax, a new type of urban bringing vehicle.
Designed to carry up to 500 pounds of equipment up and down tight metropoli streets, the Yax is a weird appearing tricycle with a flatbed. Adelivery person going the Yaxhas full visibility above and around their seat statu, with the ability tosecure the Yax like you would any other bike.
The age of the..digital trashcan?
Perhaps the most niche of shows came from Sencity, with the TetraBIN. Some of Sencitys design work has been used at canadian embassies and malls in Australia at heart, they are a layout firm. Now theyre looking to tackle cleanliness in metropoli streets by making trash barrel interactive and visually appealing .
The TetraBIN does this with sensors, a talker, microphone and a full LED screen wraparound, so its perhaps the most high-tech trashcan youll ever insure. A passerby is not able to hurl trash and get a fun visual to look at, but ask for directions to get a bowl of coffee, or be visually guided on which of the bins to throw in recyclables and regular trash.
How useful this will be in a town like NYC, hour will tell. My main concern with such a product is thatit could gettrashed.
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