April 1st, 2014 Breather, Stream Web, Short Cut and featured hacks draw oohs and ahhs at NY Tech Meetup


If you want to find out about tech startups and be entertained at the same time, there’s nothing like the NY Tech Meetup.  The nine to 10 presenters--with hacks-of-the-month specials to boot--are still too many to cover in a span of two hours, but the hosts can be forgiven for keeping things light and playful.


Last April 1, the Ricky Robinett’s hacks--Fake Girlfriend and Emergency Zach Morris--brought the house down. With Fake Girlfriend, you create a Fake Girlfriend number and equally fake name and then choose to get a pre-recorded call or text message from your virtual girlfriend. Guys of the desperate kind can certainly make full use of it. For his second hack, remember the teen TV show, Saved by the Bell featuring Zach Morris?  For some needed fix of the star’s sound bites, just call 718-395-5255.


Among the nine presenters, Breather also drew some chuckles from the crowd for the service it offers in New York and Montreal. You rent a space for a few hours. Who knows what you can do in there?! Kidding aside, it does offer dormant real estate spaces in the city an opportunity to rent out their spaces.


On to something seriously special is Adhere Tech. How many times have you forgotten medication you’re supposed to take at the precise time you have to take it? AdhereTech’s patented smart pill bottles can do this now.


A term of endearment is now crowdsourced knowledge with Honey.is. It works like Yammer, as it captures and shares the conversations and tools you use everyday –post text, links, videos, and files of all types but with closing deals, not just social interaction, in mind. Let’s see how that goes for them.


Shufflrr is another app that’s trying to disrupt Powerpoint. It calls itself business social in the sense that you can easily broadcast presentations using social tools.


Shortcut is voice automation for your stuff at home. You left your lights on, use it to turn it off. It’s impressive how it works to make most of your household appliances and electronics stuff at home almost magically turn on with a voice command.


An easy favorite was Paul Canetti’s Stream Web. You would think, “Why isn’t there a browser specifically made for the web?” Now there is—and it makes perfect sense the way we use mobile phones with our fingers. Unfortunately, it’s only on iOS, for now.


The last presenter of the night, Kandu, is a tool that lets kids make games and apps without knowing how to code. It’s an “entertainment” tool if you compare it to Scratch.


The other presenters were Skillcrush, a place for learning programming languages and WeWork, which announced new co-working spaces for entrepreneurs in New York.


Previous event’s recap: Pioneering Innovation in Video: NY Video Meets n Greets