Rise Seattle, WA
Rise, a sleek new wearable sit tracker, allows people to track their sitting habits to improve their health. Rise tracks sitting time, enables personalized time limits for sitting, and lets wearers compete with friends. The Android and iOS apps allow Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices to monitors unhealthy sitting habits and suggest new, healthier habits. Wearers are able to set timers to limit the time spent sitting, view their progress towards a healthier lifestyle, and compete with friends and colleagues to see who can incorporate the healthiest sitting habits. Rise is built around a tiny MEMS accelerometer that can measure motion and orientation of the wearer’s body. When it’s placed on the wearer’s waist or thigh, custom algorithms interpret the accelerometer data to determine if the wearer is sitting, standing, or active. Rise uses a simple magnetic fastener to stay in place no matter what clothing it’s attached to. While Rise will only track sitting to begin with, step counting and calorie counting algorithms are in the works.
Bon’App Boston, MA
Providing the new standard for weight loss through nutrition education. Bon’App was created to improve the quality of life for people worldwide by providing a tool geared toward healthier eating habits. Think of Bon’App as an application that instantly tells you what’s in your food and how healthy it is for you. One of the many unique features of Bon’App is the voice activation function, which allows users to simply say a food or menu item—for example, ”grilled chicken”—and within seconds, it will show a list of branded or generic food items, as well as their Calories, Sugar, Salt, and Bad Fat. The Bon’App database covers over 95% of home foods, both branded and fresh, as well as most food items offered at US at restaurant chains.
Ubersense Boston, MA
Ubersense is a free mobile app used by hundreds of thousands of coaches and athletes to improve technique and performance in nearly every sport or activity imaginable through video analysis technology and access to exceptional coaching, anytime, anywhere. The app is used by everyone from parent coaches to amatuer golfers to Olympic and Professional teams. Athletes and coaches in over 30 sports use Ubersense to improve through slow motion video analysis. You too can use your iPhone, iTouch or iPad camera to record and breakdown your sporting technique to get instant slow motion feedback during your practice, race or game. Examples include analyzing your gymnastics routine in super slow motion, comparing your figure skating technique side-by-side to a pro athlete or checking your long-jump technique in precise frame-by-frame
Jawbone San Francisco, CA
UP by Jawbone is an activity tracker that consists of a flexible rubber-coated wristband and accompanying iPhone and Android app, UP allows users to track their sleep, eating habits, and daily activity including steps taken and calories burned. The wristband is water-resistant and designed to be worn 24/7, with a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 days at a time. The wristband also features a vibration motor that can be programmed as an alarm to wake users in the best phase of their natural sleep cycle, or act as a reminder when users have been sedentary too long. The UP app includes a social-networking platform designed to add an extra layer of motivation within the system. UP users can view their friends’ data and engage in challenges with other users. Additionally, as a part of the UP Platform, Jawbone partnered with fitness related apps including: IFTTT, LoseIt!, Maxwell Health, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Notch, RunKeeper, Sleepio,Wello, and Withings. The 3.0 software is intended to provide more real-time data and information to help motivate users achieve their goals through "Today I Will" targets related to sleep, movement, and water consumption. The app also suggests goals based on user's habits. Live notifications are provided on the UP24 so users will get push notifications when they get close to their goals. A new activity log gives a snapshot of a user's day and when the UP24 last synced. The 3.0 app also will automatically analyze sleep data from the previous night if users forget to press the button for sleep mode, and lets users edit sleep/wake times.
Waze Mountain View, CA
By connecting drivers to one another, Waze help people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone's daily driving. That might mean helping them avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap or shaving five minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about. After typing in their destination address, users just drive with the app open on their phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data, but they can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come. In addition to the local communities of drivers using the app, Waze is also home to an active community of online map editors who ensure that the data in their areas is as up-to-date as possible.
Mapkin Cambridge, MA
Mapkin helps you enjoy the journey by combining turn-by-turn GPS with a fun way to share directions and local knowledge with friends. Create and share rich, personalized experiences. Set the path, add details to a map, and personalize voice instructions. Make GPS fun. A Mapkin is a totally unique map, created on demand for your particular route. Simplify the map, use landmarks at tricky turns, and use personable voice guidance. It’s the best of maps and the best of turn-by-turn, bundled into a free mobile app. Mapkins can be created and shared with others. Planning a trip? Know an awesome cycling route you want to share with a friend? Or the world? Create a Mapkin. You can change the route, point out tricky intersections, add landmarks, and even change what it says along the way. Make their journey more meaningful when you can’t be there to experience it with them.
Dark Sky New York City, NY
A new kind of weather app, Dark Sky uses state-of-the-art technology to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location, and presents it to you alongside the most beautiful weather visualizations you’ve ever seen. Watch weather patterns evolve globally, or right down in your neighborhood, in Dark Sky's stunningly smooth map simulations. Pull storms back and forth through time — and into the future — to see what the weather has in store for you. See a detailed breakdown of current conditions where you're standing, including wind speed and direction, humidity, pressure and visibility. Dark Sky is your own personal weather station. Dark Sky will deliver precise alerts when rain or snow is about to start wherever you are. Even if you haven't opened the app in days, Dark Sky will know when you're in the path of a storm. Never get stuck in the rain again.
Forecast New York City, NY
Forecast is a full-featured weather service, complete with 7-day forecasts that cover the whole world, beautiful weather visualizations, and a time machine for exploring the weather in the past and far future. You can access it from all of your devices, whether it be your laptop, iPhone, Android phone, or tablet. With stunning maps and rain animations, down to the minute forecasts for your exact location, more intelligent text summaries and data only when you need it.
Uber San Francisco, CA
Everyone's Private Driver. Uber is evolving the way the world moves by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through the Uber app, for hire and ridesharing services. The company arranges pickups in dozens of cities around the world. Initially, Uber drivers had cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. After 2012, Uber added a wider selection of cars to market to a broader cross-section of the market, called UberX. Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app. Using the apps, customers can track their reserved car's location.
Sookbox Cambridge, MA
Sookbox, the innovators behind The Personal Cloud, challenges you to change the way you approach Whole Home AV, internet streaming, cloud access, stored content, and personalized control. Sookbox offers an affordable solution that provides homeowners the ability to simultaneously deliver different types of content (audio, video, and online media) from varied sources to different entertainment zones – all through one single, easy to use interface on a tablet or smartphone. Sookbox provides users with seamless multi-directional feedback via the comprehensive control app. With 16 audio and 4 video zones, the Sookbox BDS boasts 2TB of onboard storage as well as IP-addressable Ethernet connectivity, allowing homeowners access to in-home, cloud-based, and other online content sources.