Wearable technology showcased at UT Demo Day

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thursday night the founder and chairman of the Circuit of the Americas Bobby Epstein will be at the University of Texas campus helping a group of students start their own business.

It’s all part of the Longhorn Startup Demo Day.

For the last three years the Longhorn Startup Program has taught students how to create their own business with the help of a group of entrepreneurial professors like Bob Metcalfe who invented the Ethernet. Along the way local mentors help the students through the process.

“When we have students who are working a particular area we try hard to find a mentor who knows that area and can be very helpful to them and not only give them general guidance but very specific and technical guidance,” said Ben Dyer, Entrepreneurial-in-Residence, University of Texas.

Thursday night the students will showcase their creation in front of 200 investors.

Darla Hollander and Jane Gergen will demonstrate a wearable technology that can charge a cell phone just by walking.

It’s called Ever Sole.

“As you walk throughout the day it harvests the energy using this little generator here. And at the end of your busy day you unclip the battery from your shoe and use it as an external battery pack to extend the life of your phone,” said Darla Hollander, CEO Everywhere Energy.

The idea was born after finding friends were changing the way they used their phone if their battery started to die.

“So with this you don’t have to change the way you use your phone you can use it how you want all the time,” said Jane Gergen, Marketing Director Everywhere Energy.

Another group of UT students have created a wearable technology that senses the muscle movements from someone’s eyes to control a computer.

“Some people have either limited use of their hands or they just have no use at all,” said Vincent Liao, Creator Freeput.

Current technology utilizes a camera inside a computer to track eye movement, but these students thought that didn’t allow for much mobility.

“The hardware is really big, really clunky, and really expensive so we started working on something smaller and less expensive,” said Geneva Castellanos, Creator Freeput.

The next step, securing funding, something these student hope will happen after Demo Day.

“We’ll be on Kickstarter soon so look out for us,” said Hollander.

Demo Day takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Lady Bird Auditorium at the LBJ Library.

It’s free and open to the public but anyone wishing to attend needs to RSVP.

Last year 1000 people attended.

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