Bra-size calculator among Web Summit rising stars
Start-up successes at the summit included a smart umbrella and car diagnostic device
Alexander Knoll’s Ability App helps people with disabilities search for disability-friendly locations, businesses and employment opportunities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
French start-up Wezzoo launched a connected umbrella, named Oombrella, at the Web Summit.
The umbrella is connected to an app on your smartphone, and the app alerts you if it is going to rain in your area that day, reminding you to bring your umbrella with you. Furthermore, if you accidentally leave your umbrella behind in a shop, restaurant or business, your phone will begin buzzing with a message from the umbrella asking you not to forget it, and giving its GPS location.
Launched just a year and a half ago, US start-up ThirdLove is combining fashion and tech to help women find the perfect bra size. The company, which has raised $5.6 million in funding, has created its own line of lingerie and a personalised shopping experience through its app. The ThirdLove app can calculate a woman’s measurements and bra size, through photos, and is more accurate than using a measuring tape.
CandleTouch is the first app- enabled ignition for candles. Users can remotely light and extinguish a wax candle with a real wick, all from an app on any smart device. The candle ignites using devices embedded in the wax, then if you want to extinguish it, you can just command the app to do so, or blow on the smartphone’s microphone. Furthermore, if you don’t use your smartphone for a few hours, the candle will contact you in case you are asleep or have left the house. If you don’t respond, it will automatically extinguish itself.
The brainchild of 10-year-old Alexander Knoll (above), Ability App helps people with disabilities search for disability-friendly locations, businesses, services and employment opportunities. The app, which is still in prototype phase, is cleverly designed so those who are colour-blind can use it. Furthermore, it has eye- tracking software. Users without the use of their fingers can do tilt select
Oocar has developed an onboard diagnostic device that can be plugged into any car made in Europe after 2001, and in the US after 1996. The device is connected to your smartphone, and if a red light flashes up on your dashboard showing something is wrong, the app can tell you what exactly is wrong. Furthermore, you can find out an average price for fixing the fault, so you know how much you can expect to pay. The app also gives you scores on shift, acceleration, smoothness of driving and braking, as well as giving information on the trip distance, duration and fuel cost.