Alumni Showcase 2016
We were delighted to welcome the following exhibitors to the inaugural Alumni Showcase at the Alumni Weekend 2016:
Deus Ex Technology has innovated the first fully integrated ‘touchless’ smartwatch technology utilizing biomedical tendon analysis to control smartwatch features via simple, customizable hand gestures. The company recently announced that in addition to its first two products: a watchstrap designed specifically for the Pebble SmartWatch and a universal Bluetooth clip that works with Android watchstraps, it will begin production of a watchstrap for the Apple Watch. The Pebble strap and Bluetooth clip are available to backers via the company’s Kickstarter campaign, which reached its $100K goal in less than 5 days, while the Apple Watch strap will soon be available for pre-order at ariawearable.com.
Deus Ex’s technology measures body signals originating from the tendons of the wrist to recognize distinct finger movements. The technology is so small it integrates seamlessly with any smartwatch strap.
However Deus Ex Aria's capabilities extend beyond smartwarch control. The Deus Ex Aria clip is a stand-alone Universal Bluetooth Gesture Remote which can be worn under any bracelet, wristband or classic watch band, and allow users to add gesture control to virtually any Bluetooth smart device.
Users can program customized gestures to answer/refuse calls, check email, play music, control their phone’s touch screens and applications, interact with the Internet of Things, call for help, and send GPS rescue information using subtle gestures. Athletes can use Deus Ex wearable smartwatch straps/clips to control their GoPro cameras from afar. The London-based company has plans to apply its technology to other fields, including robotics and rehabilitation.
Alfredo Belfiori (MSc Biomedical Engineering 2014), did his Master’s project within the Human Robotics Group under the supervision of Prof. Etienne Burdet in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He studied motion tracking machines and image processing. He then attended the Venture Catalyst Challenge at Imperial Innovation where he founded the Deus Ex Technology company.
Carv is the world’s first wearable that helps you ski better! Carv analyses your skiing technique in real-time providing feedback on the slopes and detailed analysis between runs.
The device is inspired by Olympic technology and gives the kind of feedback and knowledge previously only available to elite skiers.
Using a smart boot insert and a clip on tracking device, Carv measures motion and pressure distribution and relays feedback through to earphones in real-time.
The device connects wirelessly to a smartphone, providing information and analysis ranging from simple, actionable feedback for casual skiers to detailed metrics and analysis for advanced and professional users.
The team behind Carv, called Motion Metrics, is Jamie Grant (Business School), Pruthvikar Reddy (Mechanical Engineering) and Bo Xuan Hon (Aerospace Engineering), and Samit Patel. They are currently based in the Imperial Incubator. Read more about their story on Imperial News.
doppel keeps you calm and focused.
doppel is wearable technology that works with your body’s natural response to rhythm to change how you feel. You feel doppel’s heartbeat on the inside of your wrist. Like listening to music, a fast rhythm helps you to feel more alert, a slower rhythm is calming. But with doppel you can focus, there’s no noise and no distraction.
doppel's award-winning technology has been scientifically tested and has been independently shown to improve focus. doppel has also been trialled by hundreds of people who have used it to focus at work, to stay calm in stressful situations, to set a pace while exercising, and much more.
doppel was created by four founders: Nell Bennett (Design), Andreas Bilicki (Technology), Jack Hooper (Strategy) and Fotini Markopoulou (Research and Testing) in October 2014 after they met on the Innovation Design Engineering joint MSc/MA course at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Their company creates science and design led technology that empowers people to naturally change how they feel, think and behave
The story begins with two university friends Imran and Taz Basunia (Mathematics 2000). Both with respectable careers in the city, in chartered accounting and banking. They couldn’t deny the temptation to escape the city and do something that would make others jealous.
Armed with a belief in a life less boring, the pair created the Jealous brand – with a mission to create irresistibly enticing products and set out first to tantalise the tastebuds of adults around the world with their Jealous Sweets.
Everyone loves to be given something precious – a thing of beauty to be admired. Jealous have created a range of mouth wateringly moreish treats to tantalise your tastebuds. All Jealous Sweets are beautifully crafted and like jewels they’re irresistible.
Devour Jealous Sweets – others will be envious, even jealous, of those who have experienced the irresistible. Give Jealous Sweets and they’ll be appreciated far more than boring toiletries, chocolate or flowers but be prepared to be slightly jealous when they won’t share their gift with you.
All Jealous Sweets are 100% vegetarian, gluten free, full of natural fruit juices and free from artificial colours and flavours.
There are nine different jewel boxes in the Jealous Sweets range – all created for those with an eye for something special.
David Graham (MSc Industrial Design Engineering 2009) graduated from the Industrial Design Engineering double Masters course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London with distinction, creating the multi-award winning Move-it cardboard box shifter as a final project.
In working to mass-produce the product Graham improved tolerances and coatings in the manufacturing process, allowing a break-through in low impact product design to occur. Move-it Products Ltd was created to commercialize and develop Move-it and subsequent products, including the Move-it industrial cardboard table, which has the best strength / weight / cost / CO2e ratio of any mass-produced furniture product.
The products have gone on to achieve commercial success in both retail and industrial sectors including Move-it furniture used for store display throughout the UK and Ireland in Argos stores.
David lives in London with his wife and small daughter and restores historic buildings as a hobby.
Visit their website to find out more about Move-it.
The Mu Classic is an award-winning charger incorporating an innovative folding-plug design, launched in 2012. It has been a roaring success, winning accolades across the board including the UKTI SmartUK Mobile Innovation award in 2013.
Its maker, Made in Mind, is a UK start-up company based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Made in Mind was founded in 2009 by Matthew Judkins (MBA 2008) and Min-Kyu Choi. The duo met on the campuses of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art and formed the company to commercialise the folding plug design concept that Min-Kyu developed during his studies. Numerous individuals and organisations joined Matthew and Min-Kyu along the way to contribute to the development, funding and marketing of the concept which was realised in 2012 with the launch of the Mu. Made in Mind, now consisting of a diverse team of industry and technical professionals, are in the process of extending the product pipeline and placing the Mu on the global stage.
The exceedingly popular Mu Classic charger is now a cult favourite with design and tech enthusiasts alike. Updated versions of the Mu followed in 2014, including the Mu Duo and the Mu Tablet and a colour edit of the original classic charger. Made in Mind continues to combine commercial thinking with excellence in design, working with homegrown talent to bring brilliant local ideas to a wider audience.
Matthew has led and founded a number of start-up companies. His particular area of expertise focuses on creating products from concepts and commercialising the output. He has won awards for entrepreneurship and venturing, is a named inventor and has raised multiple rounds of funding for his ventures.
Christian Cook (MSc Management 2012) founded Néit with the ambition of revolutionising the way we store and carry our things through the design and manufacture of space-optimized, tech enabled lifestyle products.
Néit’s latest product is the world's first smart, collapsible hard-case luggage; the case is made from a combination of polycarbonate & aircraft-grade aluminum and can collapse down to just 3 inches when not in use. A carabiner is embedded into the handle to allow for hung-storage as well as to attach additional bags while travelling. The case has 4 collapsible spinner wheels that create a low profile when the case is collapsed and better optimise space while in transit.
The luggage has an embedded GPS chip which connects to Néit’s Travel App, where they provide all useful travel information to make your journey simpler when on the road. Through the app you are able to:
- Locate your luggage anywhere in the world
- Book additional flights & accommodation
- Be (push) notified about the status of your flight and when you need to leave for the airport
- Store your boarding pass digitally through the app
- Map your route from the airport to accommodation & take offline
- Learn about curated travel tips on the area that you're headed to: what's going on today (within a 10 mile radius), what are good bars and restaurants in the area etc.
Néit raised $120,000 on Kickstarter in pre-orders earlier this year, have been featured in The Sunday Times, GQ, Daily Mail, Fast Company & USA Today, to name a few. They came runner-up in the British Invention of the Year 2016 at The Gadget Show Live & have been shortlisted for Check-in Bag of the Year 2016 by Carryology.com in their annual Carry Awards. Néit has been invited to showcase at the prestigious Founders Forum event in London, June 2016.
onefinestay is pioneering handmade hospitality by offering guests the chance to stay in distinctive private homes, in the world’s greatest cities, while the owners are out of town. The selection of homes – each of which has been seen and selected by onefinestay’s team for space, character and comfort – ranges from playful townhouses to curious brownstones. They’re attentively tended, with a friendly face to meet you, beds made with pristine sheets, the towels and toiletries taken care of to exacting standards, and an iPhone for local calls, data, and 24/7 guest services. The ever-growing portfolio of welcoming homes currently spans London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Rome.
Alumnus Tim Davey (Theoretical Physics 2008) co-founded his first venture backed business at the age of 19, becoming one of youngest founders ever accepted into the y-combinator programme. Most recently, he co-founded onefinestay a hotel business which was acquired in a $240 million deal, after growing the team to over 600 people across 5 countries. He is an active member of the Big Change & Privacy Internationals advisory boards.