What they do: “The world’s smartest personal brewery,” Brewbot lets you brew beer that is cheap, delicious, and easy to make in the comfort of your own home… all with the help of your phone.
2. Leap Motion
What they do: Remember the cool way Tom Cruise operated computers with his hands in Minority Report? Leap Motion brings you that technology thanks to a controller that lets you manipulate your home computer with a wave of the hand.
Background: Leap Motion is a San Francisco based company founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz.
What it does: Brode makes a remarkable, all-natural electrolyte vitamin that seriously reduces hangovers, jetlag, and athletic fatigue.
Background: Brode was founded in 2010 by former New York University student Marc Brodeur.
What they do: Have something you want to ship? Simply snap a photo of it with your smart phone and Shyp will pick it up, pack it, and send it off at the lowest cost possible.
5. Common Form
What they do: Common Form allows you to file a 1040EZ (the “easy form” for people with the simplest tax returns) in as little as five minutes by taking a photo of your W2 and texting it to them.
What they do: Wanderable lets you create a registry to fund your honeymoon, so your guests and friends can send you somewhere you want to go instead of buying you napkin holders and other stuff you don’t really need.
Background: Founded in 2012 by former Stanford University classmates, Jenny Chen and Marcela Miyazawa, Wanderable was selected to participate in Dave McClure’s prestigious 500 Startups Accelerator program.
What they do: Humin makes an app that organizes your contacts “in the way that you naturally think.” A cool example of this is when you’ve forgotten someone’s name. Instead of scrolling though your contacts and hoping a name rings a bell, Hunin lets you search for the person using terms like “Met last week.”
What they do: Organovo is like something out of a science fiction movie. It specializes in 3D bioprinting, which means they make functional human tissue which can be used for scientific testing, and, in the future, surgery and transplantation.
What they do: Glow makes an app that aims to help women get pregnant without fertility treatments. The coolest thing about Glow, though, is that if a couple fails to get pregnant after ten months of using the app, they will be eligible to receive crowdsourced funding toward fertility treatments.
What they do: ThinkUp bills itself as “analytics for humans,” and provides its users fun and surprising information about their social media life.
Background: ThinkUp was founded in New York by Gina Trapani and Anil Dash. The company’s launch was crowdfunded in August, 2013.
What they do: Clef aims to do away with passwords and the security risks they pose with an app that enables people to use their smart phone to login.
Background: The Bay Area based Clef was started by three Pomona College graduates who unveiled their app to the world in December, 2013.
What they do: Dash connects your car to your smart phone, and in the process diagnoses safety issues, tells you how to drive more economically, and even compares your driving to that of your friends.
What they do: LIFX is a wifi-enabled “smart lightbulb.” These lightbulbs last 27 years and — among other things — can change color and be programmed to come on at different times using your smartphone.
What they do: Like an Uber for parents, HopSkipDrive is a ride-sharing service that will safely get kids where they need to go when their parents can’t drive them.
Background: HopSkipDrive was founded by three working moms — Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashari Becher, and Janelle Mcglothlin — and is about to launch a beta in Los Angeles with hopes of going national in the next three years.
What they do: Nest makes a next generation thermostat that can lower your energy spending by up to 20%. It also has an app that allows you to change the temperature at home remotely.
Background: Nest started with just 16 people in a Palo Alto garage in May 2010.
What they do: Fitmob aims to revolutionize the fitness gym model — which they say is broken — by allowing you to use their app or website to find affordable workouts that happen both indoors and outdoors.
Background: Co-founded by Snapfish CEO Raj Kapoor, Fitmob received $9.75 million in equity and debt funding earlier this year.
What they do: Exo’s protein bars are made with cricket flour — that’s right, insects. It may sound unappetizing to Western eaters, but crickets are incredibly nutritious and more sustainable than other forms of protein, such as cattle that produce 80 times more methane.
Background: Exo was started by two Brown University students in 2013 and initially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign.