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Annual TechCrunch Conference Really Catches On

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Tech startups gathered in Manhattan this week hoping to get your attention in order to become the next hot tech trend. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

If you are creating a tech startup, from a new service to a new device, or just looking to find the next cool tech trend, this is the kind of event you dream of. The annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference is all about emerging tech companies finding each other, finding you, and maybe even finding some money.

"We have an exhibition hall, we have lots of startups, and we have the pitch-off on stage, and we have interviews with VCs, we have interviews with makers, we have interviews with amazing people and it runs three straight days," says John Biggs of TechCrunch. "Our ultimate goal here is to bring startups together, networking, creating relationships, getting funding, all kinds of other good stuff."

Some cool hardware trying to catch on at the event include everything from augmented reality blocks that help you learn Chinese to high definition, 360 degree cameras, to the Roadie, a Bluetooth device that links to your smartphone in order to, on its own, tune your guitar perfectly every time.

"You can either select the string you want to tune plug it on the peg and pluck the string once and it does it in a couple of seconds and there’s an auto-detect mode where if you’re only fine tuning just put it on a string, pluck it, it detects it automatically, and tunes it for you," explains Hassane Slaibi of Band Industries.

There's also the Scio, billed as the world’s first handheld molecular sensor. But why would you want a handheld molecular sensor?

"It scans the molecular fingerprint of materials and sends instant and relevant information to your smartphone it can scan stuff like the nutritional values of food, food quality, can tell you what your medication is, can tell you instantly information about plants," says Dror Sharon of Consumer Physics.

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