DEMO Spring 2011: Our Favorite 7 Startups

The DEMO show, known for providing a forum for hopeful entrepreneurs and startups looking for publicity and seed funding, just wrapped up in Palm Desert, CA. A total of 53 companies showed off their wares, but these are the 7 we’re most excited about. Take a look at our list to see if you agree.

CVAC Systems

Based on the claimed benefits of living at high altitudes, CVAC has constructed lifesize fitness pods that virtually transport users to an artificial elevation of 22,000 feet in 8 seconds, then back down to 2,000 feet in 2 seconds. The result say the company is improved health and longer life using proven metabolic effects athletes such as Lance Armstrong and Shaquille O’Neil have used for years.

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Like most Americans, you likely have plenty of aging electronic junk sitting around the house. ecoATM plans to deploy robotic kiosks designed to easily dispose of these gadgets. The machines will quickly assess device damage, of say an iPhone or BlackBerry, then provide a quoted value. Best of all, users have to option of receiving cash on the spot or donating proceeds to charity.

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Minority Report marketing technology takes one step closer to reality with EyePredict’s EPFlow. The EPFlow solution promises to make products get noticed more to increase sales. It’s designed to accomplish this by optimizing online catalog displays using human brain behavior and neuroscientific algorithms along with computer-aided prediction.

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FaceCake would would like to harness the magical sales power of the retail dressing room and bring it too its potential clients. The company’s Swivel technology is essentially an interactive “mirror” that lets users try on products and clothing virtually without setting foot inside a physical store.

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Manilla provides free personal account manager for consumers. It combines multiple account logins into one seamless portal. Users can also manage bill payment and go completely paperless with the platform. Now in public beta, large corporations such as Citibank and Comcast have signed on, but the service supports accounts from AT&T, Cablevision, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, just to name a few.

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Inventors of the world’s first medical-grade EEG brainwave sensor technology for consumers, NeuroSky promises to read brains for everybody. The company says its sensors will retail for as low as $100 and power everything from computers and home appliances to toys.

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Too many social media streams to keep track off? Nimble’s new platform pulls in data from all major social media networks such as Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, or e-mail. Also touted is the ability of Nimble to display a universal inbox to quickly reply to messages regardless of the account. According to the company, Nimble will organize contact info as well, letting users quickly understand who they’re interacting with.

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