Startup Spotlight: Oncology, Pet Tracking and Your Soccer Game

September 1, 2017

1:30 pm

Each week, TechCo features tech startups that can help your daily life. This week in Startup Spotlight, we found a device that can help cancer patients and more.

Athelas (Mountain View, CA)

We probably all know someone impacted by cancer, and for those going through treatment, giving them peace of mind during their progress is helpful. Athelas is changing the way cancer patients can analyze their blood with an instant, lab-grade, at-home blood diagnosis for oncology care at home. The device can analyze Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Platelets, WBCs, Morphology, and Cell Activation all within 60 seconds from a drop of blood in the comfort of their home. All patients have to do is prick their finger, run the test and get the results on their smartphone. The device is currently undergoing FDA review. 

https://youtu.be/bkAkR2aZMFw

IMyK9 (Madison, Wisconsin)

While many of us take our pets in the car to run errands or travel out of town, when temperatures get above 80 degrees, a parked cars can reach up to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes, according to the SPCA. Dogs left in cars reaching these temperatures could die.

PAWS by O-no, (O-no was the CEO’s first dog/best friend) is on a mission to save animal lives and reduce separation anxiety for both pet and owner and developed iMyK9, the baby monitor for pets in cars.

The iMyK9 provides a constant virtual presence while traveling together while you step away from your vehicle. The product has three components: a mobile app, the cellular-connected camera / monitor in your car and a sensor tag attached to your dog’s collar. The app relays the temperature, humidity, and “feels like” temperature in the car every 60 seconds, plus it allows you to hear noises in your vehicle. If the temperature in the vehicle exceeds 85 F, you receive an alert that your dog is in an unsafe environment. If you fail to acknowledge this notification within 90 seconds, the app can communicate your situation and location to 4 rescue contacts. In the end, don’t leave your dog in a hot car.

DribbleUp (Brooklyn, NY)

DribbleUp ball is a match quality smart soccer ball that can help you build your skills. The exterior is designed to be tracked using computer vision through the mobile app. How it works: clip your smartphone to the included stand, sync up the ball, start your training. At the end of each training session, you’ll receive a drill-by-drill breakdown of your performance. The ball is water resistant, allowing you to train anywhere and anytime. The company has brought on Yannick Salmon, ex-professional player as a virtual trainer to guide you through interactive video drills. You can back their company on Kickstarter.

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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