Looking forward at what technology might be coming in the following years is one of my favorite things to do. I’m also a betting man so here’s my guess at, what I think might be some of the most promising Tech Startups to land in 2017.
5. UrbanX E-Bike Wheel – Your favorite bicycle, now electric…
So, admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of cycling, I would much rather be walking or not moving… At all. The Urban X E-Bike Wheel made it to this list because of It’s backwards compatibility. I love new tech! But new tech that give older appliances a new edge always have my respect.
So What is it?
UrbanX Describe the E-Bike Wheel as a “An all-in-one, 60 second solution to convert your traditional bike into an electric bike with a 30 mile range and a 20mph top speed.” and to make it more impressive they believe the E-Bike Wheel to be compatible with 99% of current cycles. It’s not 100% but its a bloody good figure!
And the best news? if you want one you still have the opporunity to get a 25% discount by backing them on Kickstarter to help them reach their goal of $50,000 funding. As I write this they are half way to this goal so good luck lads!
Check out the video below on UrbanX’s Facebook page to see it in action
4. Raybaby – World’s only non-contact health & sleep monitor
This little device from Ray based in San Francisco is a life saver, a literal life saver. its also a bit star trecky which can only be a good thing
So What Does It Do?
The description on the Kickstarter page states that the RayBaby “Raybaby constantly monitors your child’s breathing and sleeping even when asleep or obstructed, and keeps you alerted via a custom app.” for those of you who are parents, wether you have a baby or they’re all grown up, you will know “the fear” that constant niggle in the back of your mind that your baby for no reason what so ever is in danger. when actually they’re fast asleep snoring in their cot. Parenthood is stressful enough and anything that can ease that AND potentially save a childs life had to make this list.
un-surprisingly RAY have managed to achieve more than double their funding goal but that doesnt mean you cant still get involved
3.Senstone, the Intelligent Wearable Voice Recorder
I dont know about you but I certainly have encourtered many times in my life where I WISH i could have recorded my voice, quick, easily and discreetly. Enter the Senstone
What We Got Here Then?
A voice recorder… With a difference. This thing is TINY and it works with your smartphone to auto dictate what was said. again this thing is straight out of star trek with a tap to speak style interface “beam me up scotty”. The official line from Senstone is “Capture what’s on your mind when in a meeting or on the go. Just tap and speak, and Senstone will turn your ideas into organised notes.”
Super simple. Which is exactly why its on my list. This isnt’t “new” technology for the most part but it is morphing a familiar concept and bringing it into the future. I love a good upgrade to a classic bit of Tech and this really seems to be a stride in the right direction for Auto Dictation. Once again I’m not suprised to find that they have SMASHED their funding goals but for more detail
2.Mindset: smart headphones that improve your concentration
Ironically this relatively short post has taken me well over two hours to pull together and I’m not even half way finished! could I have written it faster? Yes! 100% if only i could concentrate better…
Well now, thanks to Mindset there is! “Become your most productive self with Mindset: EEG headphones that coach you to reach deeper levels of focus.” This headset literally monitors your brain and tells you off when you’re not focusing so you can straight back on track. they have some really interesting stats over on the kick starter page so check that out but my main takeaway and the reason this is at number 2 is simply because of the possibility to increase a workforce’s productivity. look at it this way. if you have a team of 100 scientists working to cure cancer and they on average waste 30 minutes a day being distracted. that adds up and it adds up quickly
30 minutes x 100 Scientists = 300 Minutes wasted a day
assuming theres around 260 working days a year that’s = 78,000 Minutes wasted a year
78,000 minutes = 1300 hours or around 54 DAYS ENTIRE DAYS!
where would we be without all that distraction? Cancer Free? Immortal!? – that my friends is why Mindset gets number two
1. Pebby: The World’s Most Advanced Robotic Pet Sitter!
I LOVE my dog. Literally love the fucker. so I’m definitely biased but this is why Pebbly has taken my number one spot! Me and my dog are usually glued together but like most pet owners I have a job and more often than not I have to leave him for a few hours a day. I hate it! if i could bring him to the office every day I would . How does Pebbly help then?
“Pebby makes sure your pets are never alone at home. Track, monitor, and play with your pet from anywhere in the world.”
This little beautiful ball plays with your pet, allows you to see and hear your pet and can even send alerts! Things like this have been done before but not to this quality. The number of features and the all round connectivity the Pebbly has really made it stand out. Check out the video below to see the pebbly in action
I cant wait to check back in a year and see how everything on this list has got on, its worth noting none of the above are affiliate links or paid ads, these are products and startups I genuinely believe in.
Think I missed something off the List? Tell me about it in the comments below!