Photo tour: At TBTF's coolTECH expo, Tour Wrist wins coolest of the cool
Above: Charles Armstrong of Tour Wrist demonstrates how his product works to Jeff Rhodes at the annual coolTECH expo of "cool" technology produced by Tampa Bay companies. Tour Wrist is an online platform that allows its users to take 360 degree virtual tours of anything from cities to real estate properties. Armstrong was explaining how Tour Wrist worked by showing Rhodes around a multimillion dollar mansion. Tour Wrist was a big coolTECH winner. See more below.
SO HOW COOL WAS coolTECH? More than 40 innovative companies showed off some of their cooler wares at the Tampa Bay technology Forum's annual coolTECH expo last Friday, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. In addition to Tour Wrist above, here's what caught the eye of St. Petersburg Times photographer Bryan Thomas while touring the TBTF expo. -- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times.
According to TBTF, more than 550 people walked through MOSI's doors for TBTF's fourth annual coolTECH to see the latest technology and trends coming out of our region and beyond. Attendees checked out exhibitors showcasing their technology that promises to change the way we live, work and play. A diverse range of technology was featured, including consumer gadgets, assistive technology, life sciences, biotech, green technology, mobile applications and devices, technology for the defense industry and more.
Shown above, Tour Wrist is the coolTECH winner: TBTF said a panel of judges had a difficult job selecting this year's awards recipients, but gave top prize to Tour Wrist. Honorable mention was Altorr Freedom Technologies with its automatic door opener that uses speech recognition technology. The runner up was ZVRS, a video relay service provider that gives deaf and hard of hearing customers the ability to make and receive video relay service calls to hearing parties. Also of note?
Here's a detail from the LEDnovation booth. LEDnovation is a Tampa-based company that specializes in the use of LED replacement lamps to create energy-efficient lighting products .
Chris Willingham, 18, from the community-based robotics team, Team Duct Tape, fidgets with one of the team's robots at coolTech. Robotics teams, many at area high schools, are prominent at coolTECH shows and in regional competitions.
Here's a detail from a Weego, an electric car, at the booth of Suncoast Electric Vehicles, a recently arrived dealership specializing in electric cars located in St. Petersburg.