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Shark Tank's tech winners & rejects

Bob Brown | Feb. 7, 2014
ABC TV's start-up program gives thumbs up, down to apps, gadgets and more

The Sharks OK'd the prototype of the invention, investing $100,000 for the devices, expected to cost a couple hundred bucks.

Shark Tank rejects:
*Eyebloc (Jan. 10, 2014): 

This simple plastic device fits over the webcam on your laptop or tablet, blocking sneaky companies, government types or teachers from spying on you.

The device costs $7, and though it was nixed by the Shark Tank investors, Eyebloc isn't giving up on its product, which it says is alternative to gunking up your device with sticky tape to block prying eyes.

The creators launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in January to help fund development of a "sleeker and softer" model. 

*Doorbot (Nov. 15, 2013): 

James Siminoff says Doorbot was built out of necessity, so that a group of inventors he was part of who worked in a garage wouldn't miss important deliveries just because they couldn't hear the doorbell ringing.

"The world's greatest doorbell" connects your doorbell to your smartphone or device, so you'll be alerted while on the move.

The device costs $199 and an iPhone/iPad/Android app that lets you see and converse with visitors from your mobile device regardless of where you are.

*Bellybuds (Nov. 8, 2013):

For $50 to $72, pregnant moms can send audio stimulation to their developing child or children. According to the maker, "The custom speakers gently adhere to the belly and safely play music, soothing sounds or even loving voice messages directly to the womb."

And while Shark Tank investors declined to buy into Bellybuds, the TV show Modern Family did feature them, as did Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

*Scan.Me QR code application (Oct. 11, 2013): 

Scan enables organizations to create codes that can be easily scanned for marketing or commerce purposes using mobile devices running iOS, Android or Windows.

The business touts itself like this: "Imagine taking a button from your computer screen and placing it anywhere in the real world. It could be a Buy Now' button that you place on a product or a Check In' button on your storefront window. Scan Codes are buttons for the real world which can be interacted with by any smartphone or device."

Although the Sharks turned down the offer to invest in Scan, the founders say that exposure on the show spurred the app to No.1 on the Apple App Store utilities list. They've also reaped millions of venture capital investments and seen their app downloaded millions of times.

Of late, Scan is pushing its tools for making and accepting charitable donations.


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