These past few weeks, we brought you the most promising new business apps and software products that came out of the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference (if you haven't already, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our three part blog series). In this last blog post we'll uncover new gadgets for use in the office and/or home. Drumroll please ...
Part 3: The 4 Standout Gadgets Determined to be Leaders in its Category!
Mink was by far the breakout queen of the show. Mink is a personal, 3D desktop printer that lets you print makeup in any color imaginable. Say you see a color of an eyeshadow that you like on YouTube. Copy its hex number and paste it into Photoshop or Microsoft Paint, and then press print like you would with any other document. In less than a few minutes, your custom eyeshadow with your new hue is printed! See Mink in action by watching the founder pitch her product to investors in the video below.
Availability: Not available yet, prototype stage, Price: $300
We love our smartphones but the one thing we hate the most are the USB cables. The lifeline that charges our gadgets seem to always break after normal usage. Snakable is here to fix that. Snakable has designed a patent pending cable that consists of ball-shaped joints which restricts the cable from making harsh bends (and breaking), yet still letting your cable to move naturally. This is a simple, yet ingenious concept - we LOVE it!
Availability: Pre-order Snakable here, expected to ship in late August 2014, Price: $20, plus shipping
ChineseCUBES helps you build language skills using cube sets and innovative augmented reality (AR) software. You place Chinese character cubes up to a webcam and the system will show you how to build words and sentences. The system essentially teaches you how to write, hear, and speak Chinese by offering very rudimentary parts of speech and chaining them together to create more complex sentences. The founder claims that the average user can learn 2,500 phrases in four months, enough to read a basic newspaper. Now, wouldn't putting Chinese as a skill set on LinkedIn be super amazing? We think so.
Availability: online store, Price: $149 for Starter Pack and $399 for the Whole Pack
Based in NYC, KeyMe is revolutionizing the way people manage their keys. Here's how it works: Download their free app and take a picture of the front and back of your key. The KeyMe app will then automatically scan and store a digital copy of your key in the cloud. If you get locked out or lose your key, just show a locksmith the digital copy of your key and the duplication instructions displayed through the app. Then, Voila! A brand new physical key. With KeyMe, you'll never be locked out again!
Availability: Apple App - Free to store keys in the cloud and $19.99 to create a spare key from the cloud, $4.99-$7.99 per key for mail delivery, KeyMe Kiosks in NYC - $2.99-$5.99 per key
What do you think about these innovative gadgets? Let us know your favorite one in the comments section below!