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Brief Published: 12 Nov 2014

Dublin Web Summit: Top Start-Ups

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Dublin Web Summit 2014

Now in its fourth year, the Dublin Web Summit brought technologists, entrepreneurs and investors together for the biggest pitching contest in the world on November 4-6. Two hundred start-ups battled for attention on four stages. We pick five of the best.

  • Drop is a smart kitchen scale that syncs with an iPad to guide kitchen novices through their preparation. Consecutive preparation steps are activated automatically when the right amount of the ingredient has been added – a clever way of doing a hands-full user interface.
  • Giftpulse is still in development, but aims to trawl a user's social media accounts for available information on their friends and suggest suitable gifts for them.  
  • TracknStop is bringing vehicle security services previously only available through upscale mobility concierge schemes to the masses. Specifically, it combines GPS services with a remote access app that allows vehicle owners to track their cars, set up geo-fences to keep them within a certain range, and disable the engine when parked. Finally, with the help of the call centre, owners can even safely switch off the engine when the vehicle is in motion.
  • Standard Access removes the need for physical keys by linking locks with proprietary hardware and software. The service issues time sensitive or permanent digital access protocols that can unlock connected doors via smartphone. Owners can manage protocols and track access to their properties via a client management platform.  
  • Mimi is an app that helps users self-diagnose hearing loss and also delivers hearing enhancement capabilities. Additionally, the Mimi team offers software development kits for app developers to help optimise accessibility for users with hearing problems. Currently, only one in four of the estimated 350 million global sufferers of hearing loss seek treatment, often due to prohibitive costs.

For more on the latest developments in consumer electronics, see our coverage of IFA 2014 and GlazedCon.

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