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A new company, made possible with the launch of the new iPhone X, is developing a smartphone that looks like a watch and can be used to take selfies.

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A "smart home monitoring" startup focused on energy efficiency. It's currently in a pre-launch stage, with a device that allows users to remotely turn off lights and lock doors with a smartphone, and the company says it has acquired $2.4 million in seed funding

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A startup that aims to give businesses a tool that allows them to turn their smartphones into an in-store point of sale

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A platform that aims to be the Uber of errand work. The idea is that an employee can tap into the service using a smartphone, and then an app will ping them for errands that will help them get stuff done.

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A startup that is building a platform to help the two billion people in the world who don't have access to the Internet or smartphones.

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The startup is building an API for retailers to offer their customers the ability to pay for their purchases with their smartphone.

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A hybrid of a car and a bike that can be unlocked with a smartphone app. It’s aimed at people who don’t want to own a car and are willing to go outdoors for errands.

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A startup that helps restaurants and hoteliers use their smartphones to manage reservations and reservations via SMS.

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The company’s first product is a credit card reader that plugs into a mobile device. It’s meant to work with a smartphone’s wireless charging capabilities.

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The startup is building an app that lets people instantly pack and ship their food using their smartphone.

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A smartphone-based contact management app, offering a built-in phone book, calendar, and a way to manage contacts.

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A startup that allows users to stream music from their smartphone to any bluetooth speaker

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A platform that allows people to monitor and control their home environment. Their central product is an IoT hub that collects data from things like lights, thermostat, and leak detectors, then sends it to a smartphone app.

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A maker of smartphones and tablets, the startup wants to sell its own operating system and make its own hardware.

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A startup that sells a $100 smart plug that does everything from controlling the lights in your home to allowing the owner to read text messages on their smartphone from anywhere.

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A company that sells a case that charges a smartphone via the headphone jack

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A smartphone app that allows employees to find the nearest cash and card-accepting ATM.

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Motion-tracking device that can be used with any smartphone.

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A smartphone app that helps people find the closest restaurant to them based on their proximity

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A smartphone app that helps patients help themselves. The app helps users manage their prescriptions, so they can take medications at the right time, and refill them before they run out. It also serves as a reminder to patients that they’re taking their meds, and will remind them when their prescriptions are about to expire.

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A real estate agent with a smartphone app that helps home-owners connect with contractors.

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When you want to buy a new coat, you order it from a store. When you want to buy a new car, you do the same, and your credit card company gets in touch with you. When you want to buy a new smartphone, you have to go through the same process. It’s a bit of a hassle, and it costs a lot of money.

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A startup that allows your smartphone to operate as a wearable device that can track your movements, showing you how much exercise you’re getting.

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A company that makes smart front door locks that can be controlled remotely. The lock can be unlocked from a smartphone app, or from a website.

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A startup that builds apps for the blind and visually impaired who want to use the the cutting-edge features of their smartphones.

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 A platform to help people pay for parking in a city using a smartphone.

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A startup that makes and sells a $25 hardware device that plugs into your smartphone and lets you make maps of the world.

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A startup that lets you use your smartphone’s camera to take a selfie with your face sitting in the middle of a cloud.

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This startup is looking to make organic food shopping for the Whole Foods shopper a little easier. They’re working with farmers to create an easy-to-use app that allows users to buy produce from their smartphones. They’re currently working with three farmers in the Midwest and hope to add more in the future.

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A startup that allows you to broadcast live video from your smartphone to a TV via your phone’s screen

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A tool that helps users create videos without a smartphone, using a $1 webcam and computer

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Smart locks that let you control your home from anywhere with a smartphone

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Smartphones are great for task-tracking but lack any standalone tools to do things like keep a grocery list or plan a meal. Synapse is an app that takes all your shopping/cooking/meal plans and puts them into one place.

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A provider of hardware and software for smart and connected products. The startup is working on a solution that can control industrial machines remotely via a smartphone app.

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A wearable device that tracks running and biking data and can communicate with a smartphone app. The startup wants to make it easy to get new workouts and track progress without having to purchase a wearable or smartphone apps.

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A startup that uses a sensor and a mobile app to monitor heart rate and push the data to a doctor’s smartphone. This ensures the doctor has a real-time read on the patient’s health.

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A mobile health company that is creating a platform for users to access their medical records from their smartphone, and to find out more about their health.

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The company’s first product is a suite of LED bulbs that can be controlled via a smartphone app. The bulbs are built with a Wi-Fi enabled hub and have a built-in motion sensor allowing the user to turn the light on and off, dim, or change its color.

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A startup that sells smartphone accessories for the enterprise. It’s launching in the UK and the US.

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The company's app is designed to help consumers monitor the health of their finances, including credit scores, debt and income. The application, which is in beta, is available for Android and Apple iOS smartphones.

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A startup that looks to make it easier for the elderly to get a second smartphone. They’re looking to make it easy for the elderly to get a second smartphone when they’re already paying high smartphone bills. They’re launching in a few months and have already received a $250,000 investment from an angel group in the Valley that helps solve “pioneering problems in emerging markets.”

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This is a “tech-for-good” project that wants to build a marketplace where people can donate their old smartphones and tablets to be refurbished and repurposed into solar-powered lights for developing countries.

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A startup that promises to improve the reliability of your WiFi, by giving you a constant connection to the internet even when you’re in an area with weak signals. The idea is pretty simple — by bouncing a signal off of a cell tower, the startup is able to provide a stronger signal to the device. At the moment, it’s in a sort of alpha stage — the company will be launching a Kickstarter in early 2016 to help fund a smartphone app, which will then be released for the general public.

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This company is building the next generation of the internet of things device. The startup can send notifications to sensors, over Bluetooth, on smartphones, and even on laptops with a gesture.

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Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have all become computers. This startup wants to make the home a computer. The company is based in San Francisco. The company’s name comes from the idea that a home computer is the center of the home.

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A live video app that allows you to broadcast and watch live video from your smartphone. Wibson has already raised over $14 million in venture funding.

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A startup that allows restaurant workers to accept tips with their smartphones rather than just their cash registers

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The startup, based in the Netherlands, has built a device that turns any Android smartphone into a camera. It promises to ease the process of sharing photos, while also allowing users to take photos that are harder to take with a traditional camera.

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A kitchen system called the “KitchenPod” that’s meant to let you cook, then take the result home for later. The kitchen has a base unit, and a separate pod that connects to a smartphone. The fridge is connected to the base unit via Bluetooth, so it can track things like what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating. When the pod is connected to the base unit, it can track the fridge’s temperature, as well as how much food it’s holding.

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A financial app that helps consumers buy insurance through their smartphones and mobile apps.

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Future of Food is building an API that will allow food manufacturers to build custom labels for their products, allowing buyers to scan a QR code along with their smartphone and get product details and pricing.

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A messaging app, with a mobile web client to allow for SMS-based communication without a smartphone. The company is working on a browser-based client for non-mobile devices and has raised $3.5M in funding from Y Combinator.

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A startup that allows users to securely access their digital possessions from anywhere with a smartphone. It’s currently working on an encryption layer that will allow users to access their files, which can be stored in the cloud, phone, or a computer.

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An online shopping marketplace that uses mobile payment technology to allow customers to buy and sell items from their smartphones.

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A startup that wants to build a smartphone camera that can shoot video in 360 degrees.

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A product that allows you to draw on your smartphone so you can communicate with your friends in the same format as you do on the computer.

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A company that turns a smartphone into a credit card terminal for money transfers.

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A startup to allow people to send money from their smartphones to a family member, no matter where they are in the world.

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A startup that wants to build a smartphone-based payment system, with support for cryptocriteria like Bitcoin and Litecoin, to replace the credit cards people use to pay each other.

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A software that helps users track down their stolen or lost smartphones.

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Builds on the company’s previous product, which allows users to create animated GIFs from their smartphone. Now the team wants to help people automatically make money from their GIFs.

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A social network for the connected car. It aims to make car ownership more accessible by providing access to smartphone-based services that include vehicle diagnostics, maintenance, and selling services.

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An eye exam app that provides a digital photo of the eye taken from a smartphone camera

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A company that combines a wearables platform, a wearable device, and a smartphone app to improve the health of its users.

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A digital farm management solution which gives farmers a way to manage their farms on their smartphones.

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A company that builds smartphone apps for students, giving them access to course materials on the go.

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A healthcare company that has designed a device to use a smartphone’s camera to detect tumors

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A smartphone-based navigation app that can read your GPS data and build a map of where you’ve been. The startup has raised $2 million in seed funding.

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“We’re building a smartphone for your toilet.” The startup’s products are a toilet that has sensors and a smartphone app that lets you manage it remotely.

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A company that makes products that allow blind people to use smartphones

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A company that brings internet of things-style technology to the previously non-internet-connected, like home appliances. It’s a home monitoring hub that allows you to control things like your lights and heating from your smartphone.

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The startup’s app allows users to browse, book, and pay for hotel services using their smartphone without any of the usual frustrations from booking a room with a tech-less hotel website.

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A seed-stage medical tech startup focused on helping patients undergoing surgery and managing their pain through a smartphone app. The founders say they’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, and have raised a $1 million seed round

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A company that helps teachers teach their students about the impact of their smartphones

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A smartphone app that allows you to use your fitness data to personalize your health and fitness goals.

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A smartphone app that helps a person manage their finances in real-time, with the goal of helping people make better financial decisions.

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Manage your pets and keep track of their health from your smartphone

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A company that lets people stream movies from their smartphones using the company’s app.

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This startup sells a device which allows you to use the power of your smartphone to map out and visualize the power consumption of any device connected to a power grid.

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A messaging service for companies to send and receive messages without requiring employees to have smartphones. The company is working on a product that will work with existing hardware, like a tablet.

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A desktop app for managing and monitoring a corporate smartphone fleet.

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A startup that aims to help people get back to nature by getting rid of their smartphones. This startup wants to help people create a “digital detox” by getting rid of their phones and reconnecting to nature.

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Smartphone accessory that lets you put on another phone’s screen to give it the appearance of a bigger one.

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A startup with a mobile, blockchain-based identification system that allows a person to prove their identity and access their finances using a smartphone app and biometric data such as a fingerprint or iris scan.

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A platform that allows for GPS-enabled payments where customers can pay for parking at over 3,000 locations in the U.S. via their smartphone.

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A tool that helps companies monitor their employees’ smartphone usage, with the ability to monitor their location, time spent on their device, and screen time for each employee.

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This startup is building a tool that can help you create a parkour map using a smartphone’s camera, then share that map on social media.

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A startup that helps its users automatically take better screenshots, including those of mobile devices. It’s like a smartphone’s automatic screenshot function but for computers.

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A startup that wants to make it easier to build internet services for internet-connected devices, especially those that aren’t smartphones.

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Manages over $20 billion of assets and manages this via a smartphone app. It’s also an e-commerce platform for other businesses to sell their wares on the platform.

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A company that turns smartphone screens into touch-enabled, virtual room controls

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A smartphone case that stores a business card, works as a stylus, and can charge your phone. The case is developed by a local craftsman in Taiwan.

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A device that can act as a second screen for your smartphone, beaming to your TV or a projector. The startup is focused on the touchscreen issue, as the screen is often the weak link in smartphone use.

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A home-based virtual assistant that takes care of chores for you, using your smartphone to help you keep track of tasks. It’s first product is a voice-activated concierge.

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A drone startup that aims to make drones as useful as smartphones. The company is building a drone that can be mounted on a smartphone and used for a variety of uses, from viewing property to capturing video.

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A company that makes a smartphone app that is essentially a robo-advisor. The startup will use data from the app to make recommendations for the user.

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A startup that helps poor people earn money through their smartphones. The startup wants to replace the urban poor with a new type of labor force that’s more productive and less susceptible to exploitation.

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A “smart” home that uses your smartphone to monitor your energy usage, giving you a report on how much heat you’re putting out and how much your bill is going to be

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A startup that helps patients get more accurate diagnoses of their conditions by providing them with a collection of data from specialists via an app on their smartphone.

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A smartphone app that helps people take better notes and organize their knowledge about their favorite movies, TV shows, books, and more.

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A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

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A tool that enables you to create custom groups of contacts on your smartphone and send targeted messages to them.

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A startup that lets you find your lost laptop, computer, or smartphone, and gives you a place to file a claim

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A platform that allows you to take a photo of anything on your smartphone, and then upload it to Google Photos.

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A company that builds a way to observe and track the movement of people in real time through a smartphone application. It’s a way to keep celebrities safe at festivals and other events. The founders say they’ve already been approached by several celebrities to use their product.

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Senses , a service that turns your smartphone into a personal assistant, is being developed by a team of veterans of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as a company that sold the Siri app to Apple.

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A personal computer for managing back pain. It’s essentially a smartphone that sits on a medical table and provides a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and a system for collecting patient data.

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A company that makes a service that turns any connected device into a smart home hub, enabling users to control various smart home devices with their smartphone.

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An open source framework that lets people edit smartphone videos with a finger, finger or stylus.

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A startup that builds sensor-based lights and other devices that can be controlled by a smartphone.

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A startup that wants to use a smartphone app to improve the way companies handle payroll.

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A company that offers a platform that allows people to trade their old smartphone for a new one. The idea is that people can trade their used phones for credits that can be used to purchase a new one.

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A camera system that “drives and fixes” things. “Drive and Fix” is a smartphone app that tells you when your car needs a repair, and sends you a video of it being done.

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A pitch for a health insurance platform that enables users to use a smartphone to view their health data, make payments, and receive regular communications from a doctor.

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A company that wants to take the hassle of finding and booking a car service out of the equation and let you order a ride from your smartphone.

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A group of companies that provides software for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to more easily provide patient care. It’s a software as a service that works on laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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A tool for keeping track of your house, car, and other assets. The startup allows users to sign in with their smartphone to track their assets.

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A startup helping developers build apps that integrate with physical devices via a new way of connecting to IoT sensors via a smartphone.

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A startup that wants to build a “video news network” that allows video content to be created and distributed by anyone with a smartphone.

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A digital health startup that aims to bring a smartphone-based app to make health monitoring easier for people. The app aims to reduce anxiety, and encourage people to take action on their health.

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The company’s first product is an AI-enabled conversational assistant, available in the US and spoken in English, Spanish, and French. It turns a user’s smartphone into a virtual assistant, with text-to-speech capabilities, a voice dialer, and other features

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The Startup is developing a toolkit for city governments looking to bring internet to poor places. The company is building it using the latest smartphones and is working with the government of Kenya.

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A startup that’s building a service that helps people sell their old smartphones without having to go through a lot of hassle.

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A startup looking to create an API that helps developers build applications that can help people in need monitor and control their home appliances from a smartphone and a connected thermostat.

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A tool that makes it easy to work with photos taken with a smartphone

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A Bluetooth-powered bra that connects to a smartphone app to track exercise and sleep cycles.

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A car service that allows people to book a ride in their car via a smartphone app.

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A mobile app that helps walk-ups and other customers to order food from their smartphones without having cash or a credit card on them.

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A startup for identifying the cause of “silent theft”, using the smartphone’s GPS to track the location of the device.

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A startup that makes it easy for restaurants to serve their customers on their smartphones, without having to pay for a server to do it.

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An AI-based web-to-mobile-app (W2M) platform that lets retailers connect with their customer’s smartphones to enhance in-store experiences.

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A startup that helps connect nurses and patients primarily in emerging markets. The app aims to help doctors and nurses access it directly from their smartphones.

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A project created by YC alum Eric Migicovsky, it’s a device that can measure your physical activity and communicate with your smartphone.

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 A smartphone app that allows you to leave a tip for your Uber driver at the end of a ride.

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This startup is building a new kind of fitness tracker that uses a smartphone app to track a person’s activity, then sends the data to a wearable device that’s connected to an account. The team is looking to launch in the second half of 2020.

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A smart lock system that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet

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A smartphone app that allows users to find the nearest parking spot or garage. The startup expects to have customers in 80 cities by the end of the year and has received $2.5 million in funding from investors including Y Combinator and Comcast Ventures.

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A startup that is building a “frictionless” way for people to pay for coffee via a smartphone.

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 A startup that wants to solve the problem of credit card fraud by using a smartphone to scan a QR code on a payment. The startup’s $10 app will then send a text to the cardholder, asking them to confirm the payment before it’s completed. The startup says that within the next 12 months it will have 100,000 users.

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A startup that makes it easier to communicate with doctors remotely. Doctors can chat with patients via a smartphone or the web, and can see what prescriptions they’ve already written and what they’re working on right now.

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The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

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Stem is building software to allow pet owners to monitor their animals remotely through a smartphone app.

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This startup designs and builds a line of “smart” showerheads that the founders say lets users control the temperature and pressure of the water through a smartphone app.

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A smartphone that can be used to track the physical movements and location of a user in the event of a medical emergency.

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A smartphone that’s meant to be an all-in-one computer, with an operating system that’s focused on productivity and responsive design.

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A new service that lets users sell their old smartphones to buy new ones.

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A smartphone app for sharing and comparing insurance prices. The startup is hoping to make insurance shopping and comparisons easier for consumers.

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A startup that lets people sell their old smartphones for cash. It has processed over 10,000 phones since it launched in April.

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This startup is building a platform for small businesses to make payments with their smartphones. It’s already has 30 merchants, including a restaurant in Detroit.

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A Y Combinator company that wants to use AI to help deaf people communicate. It has built an app that relies on a smartphone’s built-in camera to help users correctly place and identify objects and facial features.

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A platform for sending text messages to employees from their smartphones, without the need to call. The app lets businesses communicate with their employees and strictly enforce company rules.

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A software platform that connects buyers and sellers of real estate using a smartphone app.

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A startup that makes a shared, portable USB charger that’s small enough to fit in a wallet, but can still power smartphones and tablets.

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A startup that wants to make it easier for business owners to use the same tools to run their business online as they do in the physical world. For example, users can use a smartphone camera to scan a QR code on a package and automatically get the package’s tracking info.

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A startup that helps people make better use of their smartphones. It’s a powerful tool for people who work on the road but don’t have a laptop.

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 A smartphone app that tracks how fast people are walking, running, or riding their bikes. The app tracks speed and distance traveled with GPS, then uses that data to report on how people are getting around.

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A startup that helps you create “gorgeous, shareable video stories” with just a smartphone.

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A company that helps people use their smartphones to report incidents to local police.

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A way to buy and sell real estate from your smartphone. It’s currently in talks with real estate companies and local governments to bring the startup to its first city.

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This startup is building a vision-enabled augmented reality tracking tool for wearables. The product, which launches this year, will be able to track eye movements, and allows users to see through the lens of another person’s smartphone.

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A company making a smartphone app that can make you sound like a bullfrog

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The startup’s app helps smartphone users to make the most of their conversations with a local by providing a database of local restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The startup says it has $6 million in sales, and $500,000 in cash, and recently closed a $3.5 million seed round led by the European Investment Fund.

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 A company that helps consumers book hotel rooms by scanning a QR code with their smartphone, and then using a mobile app to pay for it.

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A platform for scheduling and managing taxi-cab service via smartphone. The startup is in the early stages of scaling, but the goal is to offer all of the things you could expect from a taxi cab service — like GPS tracking, real-time communication, and a dispatch system. The company is profitable and small but growing in the San Francisco Bay area.

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A “smart” contact lens that tracks glucose levels in real time, sending alerts to users’ smartphones. It’s currently in the clinical trial phase, but the founders are working on a commercial version that will be released in 2020.

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A startup that’s building out a marketplace where people can sell their old smartphones, which the startup says will be used to fund a better future.

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A startup that uses the smartphone’s accelerometer to automatically turn on fans and heating/cooling systems when it’s cold outside.

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A mobile app that allows you to track the health of your dog with a smartphone, using information from your vet.

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A wireless charging pad for your smartphone. The company is working to make the whole process of charging wirelessly faster, and also plans to work on a spot-on version in which a charging pad can be placed on any surface and a smartphone can be placed on top to charge.

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This company allows users to take notes on the go using their smartphone.

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A device that combines a smartphone and a projector into a single streaming device.

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A way for books to be read on a smartphone and stored in the cloud.

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A patent-pending technology that turns smartphone screens into touchscreens by projecting them onto any surface.

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 A smartphone app to help people exercise smarter, with a slew of new features.

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A platform that allows the owners of physical stores to digitalize the shopping experience. The company is building an app that lets customers scan and order products, then pay for them via their smartphone.

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Idea: This is a mobile app that makes it easy to get a ride using your smartphone Riders can also use the app to manage their ride, directly with the driver, without speaking to a dispatcher It’s currently available in the Bay Area, with free rides during the trial period

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Idea: An e-commerce site that sells recycled products, such as old books, smartphones, and art

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Idea: A new kind of digital bank for the unbanked that doesn’t require a smartphone or a bank account

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Idea: Grow food indoors using smartphone apps

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Idea: Node is building a microwave that can connect to a smartphone and cook food It's crowdfunding the device on Kickstarter and claims that it can cook a frozen pizza in 2 minutes

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Idea: An online marketplace to trade used and broken smartphones The startup is currently focused on the UK but is looking to expand to other countries

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A team of engineers have built a product that lets homeowners control their home’s lights, AC, and thermostat via a smartphone — without the need for smart locks. They’re pitching the product as a way to bring smart home technology to more people, and without the need for a significant investment.

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Idea: A startup for turning your apartment into a hotel. It allows hosts to rent out rooms via a smartphone app, and comes with features like cleaning, check-in, and flexible cancellations. It’s currently free for hosts, and makes money through a 7% cut from bookings.

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Idea: A startup that automates the process of making a 3D scan of a person using just a smartphone and a standard webcam.

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Idea: This startup wants to help India’s 600 million smartphone users take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing e-commerce market.

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 A startup that sells a subscription service to teach people how to use their smartphones

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