San Francisco, CA, United StatesSep 14, 2016, 08.08 AM (IST)Vrinda Aggarwal
San Francisco is currently hosting TechCrunch Disrupt, a three-day affair that offers "revolutionary" start-ups a platform from which to introduce game-changing technologies
The first TechCrunch Disrupt was held in 2005, gathering together quirky start-ups, investors, and industry experts,
Tech Crunch, the event organiser, is a website -- with an open database of investors and incubators -- that tracks tech start-up news and information.
Here are five quirky startups that were at TechCrunch Disrupt this year:
Winner of the 'Disrupt Hackathon', a nonstop pitch session, this startup provides a whole new experience of buying products through augmented reality.
One can see the features of the product, a map showing the nearest store where one can buy the product, comparing the size of different products. It makes virtual into real space.
The second runner-up at the Hackathon event tells you the route to your destination, not on the basis of time and distance but safety parameters. This startup can be of a huge help when one is traveling around the world in unknown cities. It adds crime mapping element to google maps.
It is a startup that identifies the consumer preferences for e-commerce platforms much more accurately.
It creates digital DNAs for individuals by studying their past consumer behaviours and also track their activities on several social media platforms. The DNAs may help the e-commerce companies to understand their customers better.
MedRepublic is a global online platform that connects patients in US and Canada with doctors in Mexico, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica. The platform addresses twin problems: long waiting for surgical procedures and high medical costs in US and Canada. It cuts down research time for patients.
Rex Animal Health
This is a venture that secures food supply chain through data analytics and genomics of animals at a farm. It lets animal rearers keep a digital record of the health issues of their animals. At the same time, Rex does weather maps showing viruses, bacteria and other health problems in a region and thus giving a warning to the rearers.