The young entrepreneurs on this year's 30 Under 30 list love to make things. From Lark, which makes wearable wellness monitors and Orbotix, which makes a robotic ball called Sphero that is tablet or smartphone-controlled, to Leap Motion's new 3D motion control device that allows users to control their computers by pointing a finger or waving a hand, check out these cool products.
Evatran co-founders, Rebecca Hough and her father Tom Hough, developed Plugless Power, a system that wirelessly charges your car, similar to how a charging pad juices up your iPhone. The system consists of a charging station that’s installed in a garage or a driveway, and a receiving device on the undercarriage of the vehicle. Energy is transmitted and converted into electrical current automatically whenever the vehicle is parked. No physical connection is needed.
"People heard about it and wanted it," said Rebecca. Now, Evatran has a distribution agreement with Sears and a memo of understanding with Bosch to sell and install Plugless Power, which will cost consumers approximately $2,800.
Julia Hu, the founder of Lark Technologies, tracks her own sleep and activity with a product she created, a wristband called the LarkLife. Lark makes a variety of wrist devices that track the wearer’s exercise, diet, and sleep patterns. The devices, which sell for $99 to $159 each, offer personalized coaching via an iPhone app.
Products sync with wearers' smartphones to provide real-time data by digesting it into simple tips--similar to what one might find in a health or lifestyle magazine. But imagine the magazine is written specifically for you--your sleep patterns, your diet, for the past seven days.
It’s notoriously difficult to break into New York City’s restaurant scene, but customers have been lining up for lobster rolls ever since Luke Holden and Ben Conniff opened their first Luke’s Lobster joint in 2009.
The restaurant concept is simple and innovative: Keep the stores minimal, like the coastal lobster shacks Holden grew up eating in. Swap table service for counter orders to reduce overhead, focus on small, simple spaces so New York's colossal rent doesn't suck up cash flow, and offer a product that's so fresh it doesn't seem like fast food.
Techstars alums Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, who shared a passion for robots, founded Orbotix and built Sphero--a tennis-ball shaped robot that can be controlled with your smartphone. An expensive dog toy? More like the beginning stages of physical meets virtual world. With $7 million in funding and another $7 million on the way, the founders are working on new sophisticated robots that can be controlled remotely.
Jordan and Jensen Adoni are on a mission to bring shoe manufacturing back to the U.S. Their Manhattan-based factory cranks out about 220 pairs of bespoke and off-the-rack shoes a day, along with custom ice skating boots worn by the likes of U.S. Olympian Sasha Cohen. It’s the first new shoe-making facility to launch in New York City since their father Jay Adoni opened his first factory in Brooklyn back in the 1970s.
Imagine being able to virtually reach into your computer and manipulate objects. David Holz and Michael Buckwald have made that possible with Leap Motion software. Install it on your computer and a compact controller with infrared cameras lets you use your hands to play games, move objects, draw, paint, browse the web--just as you would in the real world. The product is brand new to the market; future applications may include mobile and medical devices and cars.