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Smart energy, efficient driving and clothes with microchips featured at Vivid Sydney pitch night
Five Australian startups pitched ideas for the Internet of Things at a Vivid Sydney event.
The event was MCed by MooresCloud CEO Mark Pesce.
The creator of the Nike FuelBand, Noel Billig, said the [[artnid:546779|future of tracking devices]] doesn't have to be scary. Billig (left) is group executive creative director at R/GA. The firm's executive creative director, Gavin McLeod, talked about R/GA's accelerator program for Internet of Things startups.
WattCost won the pitchfest for a device that plugs into existing electric meters and sends users data they can use to lower energy costs. Pictured is founder and CEO, David Soutar.
WattCost works with old and new electricity meters and costs much less than buying a brand new smart meter.
BodyWise founder Mike Halligan showed off a fitness measurement app.
Halligan said BodyWise is unique because it gives personalised training advice based on what it knows about the user.
Cartesian Co has built a printer that makes prototype circuit boards in minutes, according to founder Ariel Briner.
A look at Cartesian Co's Argentum printer and a selection of circuit boards it produced.
A closer look at the printer, which was designed for prototyping.
GoFar pitched a device that tracks how efficiently the user is driving.
GoFar users can compete with their friends to see who drives the most efficiently. "GoFar turns your mundane commute into a game," said founder Danny Adams.
Adams used a driving simulation to demonstrate how GoFar works.
Wearable Experiments has worked with Durex and Foxtel on fashionable smart clothing. Pictured is founder Ben Moir.
Conscious of the need for wearable devices to be fashionable, Wearable Experiments has a professional fashion designer on the team, Billie Whitehouse.
"People don't want to wear a Segway on their face," Moir said of Google Glass.