BEATDiabetes: Helping Diabetic Patients Achieve Their Goals

BEATDiabetes leverages technology and insights from behavioral economics to support and motivate patients during their other 5000 waking hours, when they are on their own, surrounded by distraction and temptation. The program offers a set of customizable frequent text message-based engagement and financial incentives to assist the patient in reaching their goals. If the patient achieves their set mark, they receive $100 and a chance to win $500.

Lotta: Redesigning the Portable Bidet

If you have ever traveled to parts of Europe, South America, or Asia, you probably have encountered a bidet. Bidets are used in these cultures to provide a more hygienic way to clean yourself after you use the bathroom. Many people across the world are accustomed to bidets and find it very hard to adapt in the United States without them. That is why Naseerullah Khan (Col '20), Muhammad Ahmad (Comm’20), and Hayatullah Khan (Lehigh University) set out to create a portable handheld bidet with their company, Lotta. 

Division 1-on-1 Trainers: Connecting Collegiate Athletes with Local Athletes

It has been nearly impossible for collegiate athletes to earn money for their talents and expertise due to extremely regulated NCAA policies. However, Jared Vishno (Col '20) and Grant Sirlin (Col '20) found a way to make it possible with their company, Division 1-on-1 Trainers.

Division 1-on-1 Trainers is the only NCAA approved platform that connects current college athletes to athletes in the community for personal sports training sessions.

BraveX: Incorporating Touch with Virtual Reality

BraveX simulates real-life physical interactions using a biomechanically restrictive virtual exoskeleton. A user can wear their device with any VR headset and feel resistance when they come in contact with an object during the game. Placing your hand on a desk in reality vs virtual reality is different because your hand stops on a real table and falls through in a simulated environment. BraveX goes a long way to solve this deficiency in current technology to mimic the real world. They are studying how a person interacts with objects, considering factors like forces, barriers, and resistance in their exoskeleton device.

UBall: Transforming the Game of Basketball

UBall is designed so that anyone can bring a basketball set with them and set it up on any field or beach. In just a few minutes, it can be secured in the ground, like an umbrella. It then packs up into a backpack that people can carry on their back, making it extremely portable. Beyond its versatility, the major aspect of the game is that it is a reduced size so that the average person can experience one of the greatest plays in basketball: the dunk. 

Heartbeat: Car Seat Device to Help Busy Parents

Heartbeat is a device compatible with any car seat that helps busy, distracted and tired parents feel like they have additional support in remembering their toddler is in the car. The device connects to an app on the guardian's phone. The app can sense if the phone has moved a certain distance from the car and will send an alert if the device detects a child in the seat. Tomeka is working on developing multiple security nets in case the guardian forgets their phone as well. 

Flexadyne: Revolutionizing ACL Braces Using 3D Printing

Flexadyne is a company that utilizes 3D printing technology to create customizable medical braces for patients recovering from ACL injuries. Custom fitting each patient provides a more comfortable and durable brace, and for a fraction of the price. These braces also include sensors which differentiate Flexadyne from any other ACL brace currently on the market. These sensors connect to an app that helps the patient monitor their progress in rehabilitation.

Babylon Micro-Farms- i.Lab Alum-Completes Flagship Project at The Boar's Head Resort!

A state-of-the-art produce garden was unveiled at the Boar’s Head Resort on Tuesday morning in Albemarle County. The new hydroponic garden is used to grow fresh produce inside the historic Trout House at the resort. The project took three months to complete and is meant to give people a new look at food.

The garden was installed by Babylon Micro-Farms, a startup company from Charlottesville that has also installed its systems at Three Notch'd Brewery and UVA's O-Hill Dining Hall. In August, Babylon CEO Alex Olesen said Boar's Head would be first in North America to have their own private hydroponic farm. Check out the complete NBC29 webticle here!

UVa, City, County Planning Entrepreneurial Accelerator

The University of Virginia, Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville all have pledged support for a program aimed at accelerating the growth of local startups.

David Touve, senior director of the i.Lab at UVa, said the proposed Catalyst Accelerator Program would provide workspace, educational programming, mentorship and $20,000 each in grant funding to as many as 20 companies over two years.

“It seemed like a nonprofit version of an accelerator program was the right fit for the Charlottesville area at this point in time,” Touve said. “We are lucky that we have assets at the university that can support these seed-stage companies.”

Read the complete article by Josh Mandell of Cville Tomorrow here.

i.Lab Alum, Shakti Intl., Making Sustainable Fashion The Norm

When you walk into a grocery store, you have lots of options: there are fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products, packaged foods; the list goes on. For every category, you can find an alternative that is organic, non-GMO, fair trade, natural, local, grass-fed, cage-free, or any other similar descriptor found right on the label of the item you pick up. We generally value information about what we put in our bodies and are increasingly considering the sustainability of its sourcing.

However, when it comes to what we put on our bodies, we have less information and pay less attention; we don’t thoroughly consider the sustainability implications of our clothing. That was one issue UVA students Jane Hammaker and Shafat Khan, along with fellow students Malvika Jain and Raghav Savara, wanted to address when co-founding Shakti Apparel, a registered limited liability corporation partnered with the Raj Lakshmi Stitching Center in the small village of Tahtajpur, Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. Read the entire article by Sabrina Sampson here.

Back on the Horse: Life-Saving Diagnosis Helps Spawn Alumna’s Smartphone App

In the aftermath of surviving a rare bacterial infection, Greenhalgh knew she wanted to push herself to do different things, to leave a mark on the world she nearly left. Armed with degrees from the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden School of Business, she believes she’s doing it with Brandefy, a startup tech company born out of UVA’s i.Lab business incubator program. Read more here.

The Gateway Bug: Why this Alumna Wants You Eat Crickets

For a tiny bug, a cricket packs a big nutritional punch.

On a sunny afternoon in the University of Virginia’s iLab, alumna Lyon McCandless rattles off the bug’s bona fides.

“By weight, they have more protein than beef, more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, more omegas than salmon and more iron than spinach,” she said. “They are high in protein and fiber, low in fat, and generally just have an awesome nutritional profile.”

Crickets are also a sustainable food source. The United Nations, in a 2013 report, named crickets and other insects as a critical low-cost, low-impact food source for combatting food shortages. They have a short, eight-week life cycle, reproduce rapidly and require a tiny fraction of the water, food or other resources demanded by typical livestock. Read the full article by UVa's Caroline Newman here



NeuroView: Exploring Visual Diagnosis Of Neurological Diseases With Modern Technology

Microsoft recently released an interview with Principal Researcher Antonio Criminisi, one of the leaders of Microsoft’s ongoing InnerEye project using “machine learning [...] for the quantitative analysis of 3D radiological images.” Criminisi described the struggles facing radiologists in diagnosing patients. 

Art for the Heart: Unifying The Homeless and Housed of Charlottesville Through Art

For Emma Hitchcock and Zadie Lacy, founders of Art for the Heart, art has been central in both of their lives. “We’re both very involved with art,” says Emma. “We use it as a way to de-stress and relax. We thought that it would be a great positive thing to bring to the homeless people here in Charlottesville as a positive way to release their emotions and stresses.”