For innovators showcasing at Philly Tech Week's Entrepeneur Expo last night, the demonstration always required a smart phone, tablet or laptop.
Launched five months ago, Lokalty.com offers a better rewards system for residents and visitors shopping in center city Philadelphia. Flash the custom ID code that's been embedded in your smart phone (or dangling from your key chain) and you'll earn credits whenever you make purchases from the 50+ participating merchants. Eventually you build up enough chits to score food and drink and even yoga sessions. Dozens of indie coffee shops, eateries and service providers (like spas) are already participating in the project, with the heaviest concentration of merchants located between 12th street to the 20s. And yeah, they'd like to go national.
Spawned at last weekend's 72-hour Philly Startup and triumphing over 17 other competitors, Yagglo could prove a refreshingly different browser for the iPad. In prototype form, the home screen simultaneously presents the front pages of six sites, all in readable fashion on your Retina screen. Quite different from the usual bunch of little iPad app icons which then must be individually opened to see what's up. Yagglo also uses taps and hand swipes to go full screen and then move back and forth quickly between apps. See a demo here.
Recent Drexel (and Upper Dublin High) grads with a good fashion sense want to help you find and buy the perfect set of jeans. So they've created the about-to-launch FitofPassion.com - a site where you enter not only your size but also your favorite features from different jeans you own or have tried on. Say you like the way Levi 501s hang on your waist, but prefer the butt clinging of 7 for all Mankind models, and the leg tapering of a Lucky jean. Enter your desires and out pops several solutions that will fill the entire bill, in many cases without totally emptying your wallet, promises CEO Evgeny Pogarelov. How's it all done? With"secret sauce" and a cross referencing data base of 1400 jean measurements.