Archive for May, 2010

DeepLocal (CMU) wins Business Innovator of the Year award

May 22, 2010

DeepLocal, an innovation studio spun out of CMU, announced via Twitter on Sunday, May 15, that it had had won the 2010 Business Innovator of the Year award at the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2010 Design, Art and Technology Awards.

reQall (MIT) announces beta product for Andoid and new website features

May 22, 2010

reQall, an MIT spinoff developing a voice-enabled memory aid, made two announcements via its blog on Thursday, May 13. First, the company announced its a beta version of its program is now available for the Android platform. Second, the company announced its redesigned website enables new features, such as categories, tags, and adding locations by address. [blog post]

Firetide (MIT) network to be used in Mumbai subway

May 22, 2010

Firetide, an MIT spinoff focusing on wireless infrastructure mesh networks, announced on Thursday, May 13, a partnership with Thales Portugal S.A. The two companies will deploy a real-time wireless network that will provide onboard video surveillance and broadcast of text messages to onboard display for the Mumbai subway. Speeds of 10 Mbps will be supported while trains are traveling at 50 mph. [press release]

Luminus Devices (MIT) introduces new product and announces two partnerships

May 22, 2010

Luminus Devices, an MIT spinoff that develops and manufactures high performance solid-state light sources, made three announcements at LightFair on Wednesday, May 12. First, the company introduced its new SBT-90 PhlatLight LED. The product is positioned for use in the entertainment, display, medical and automotive spaces. [press release]

Next, the company announced its CSM-360 PhlatLight LED is being used by Almeco Group in its single-source LED street light. [press release]

Finally, Luminus Devices announced a partnership with Guth, a Philips Group Brand Company that produces indoor and outdoor lighting products. This announcement comes a week after the May 4th announcement that Luminus Devices will power Philip’ Selecon’s FOCUS LED. [press release]

Echo Nest (MIT) adding licensed music

May 22, 2010

Echo Nest, a music intelligence company spun out of MIT, announced on Wednesday, May 12, a partnership with Dada Entertainment’s Play.ME service. The partnership adds licensed music from Sony and EMI, for example, to Echo Nest’s services by allowing developers to access the Play.ME catalog when creating apps Echo Nest’s technology. Terms of the agreement were not announced. [Wired article]

Conviva (CMU) announces partnership with AEG Digital Media

May 22, 2010

Conviva, a CMU spinoff delivering high quality video experiences, and AEG Digital Media announced on Wednesday, May 12, their partnership to deliver live events in HD video. In this partnership, AEG Digital Media provides the production experience while Conviva provides the streaming technology. Conviva and AEG Digital have collaborated on prior events, including an Alicia Keys concert, the People’s Choice Awards, “If I Can Dream,” and the Coke Zero Countdown Free Concert. [press release]

Ember (MIT) chipset used in uControl’s sensors

May 22, 2010

Ember, an MIT spinoff that develops wireless mesh networking technology, announced on Tuesday, May 11, that its EM357 ZigBee chipset is being included in uControl’s new line of wireless ZigBee security sensors. The new wireless sensors offer many features, including two-way messaging, ability to upgrade software wirelessly, better range, and better battery life. [press release]

Ondax (Caltech) receives NSF Phase II award

May 22, 2010

Ondax, a Caltech spinoff that manufactures Volume Holographic Grating filters and wavelength-stabilized laser sources, announced on Monday, May 10, that it had won a $500K Phase II award from the National Science Foundation. The prize was awarded for Ondax to continue developing a novel miniature external-cavity tunable single frequency laser. The development team will continue to include Dr. John L. (Jan) Hall, who shared one-half of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in precision spectroscopy. [press release]

Groundhog Technologies (MIT) selected by China Unicom

May 22, 2010

Groundhog Technologies, an MIT spinoff that models mobility patterns of wireless telecom users, announced on Wednesday, May 5, that it has been selected by China Unicom to model mobility and usage behavior in the Heilongjiang province. China Unicom has used Groundhog’s Mobility Based Optimization services to improve performance more than 90% of that predicted in the original proposal. [press release]

Audyssey (USC) products included in Denon 2010 AVR line-up

May 22, 2010

Audyssey, a USC spinoff that develops sound equalization solutions, announced on Tuesday, May 4, that its Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, DSX and MultEQ technologies have been selected by Denon Electronics. The Audyssey technologies are being included in the 2010 line of Audio Video Receivers, including the AVR 4311CI and 3311CI. [press release]