Petcube, the developer of a gadget that remotely connects people with their pets via a laser pointer and web camera, won $18,500 from the GTF grant fund. Its pre-order price is $179. In 2013, the gadget developer raised more than $250,000 on Kickstarter, but found itself five months behind on product delivery. The first Petcubes are scheduled to arrive at the doorsteps of fundraising campaign contributors by the end of October.
Kwambio, an online platform for creating customized three dimensional printed products, took top honors and a $19,000 prize as the event’s best startup. It provides 3D printer owners easy ways to buy and customize designer printable models.
Second place and $12,700 in the main competition went to Ecois.me. The startup analyzes household energy consumption and then singles each device out by providing usage statistics and advice. The project’s creators claim their service can help save up to 30 percent on electricity bills.