Tempe’s VisualLive acquired by real-time 3D company Unity

Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, announced today the acquisition of Tempe-based VisualLive. The acquisition of VisualLive provides an opportunity for Unity to expand in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry because VirtualLive claims to be “augmented reality for construction.” VirtualLive users can push large BIM/CAD model … Read more

What you'll actually buy for yourself from CES 2016

While TVs, cars and virtual reality were bright spotlights at CES 2016, there are plenty of other gadgets that the tech consumers will see on the shelves later in the year and want to add to their home and lifestyle. Aside from our previous coverage, here are some of the other cool gadgets we found that didn’t … Read more

AZ-based eye-tracking software empowers handicapped individuals – CES 2016

Last year at CES we reported on Arizona-based EyeTech Digital Systems and their groundbreaking eye-tracking technology. Eye-tracking tech is steadily maneuvering its way into several aspects of technology like television, cars, and gaming. This year, EyeTech is back with even more partner solutions! As we approached their booth we noticed a vacant wheelchair with a … Read more

UA researchers use sound waves to unlock secrets of the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new brain-scanning technology that could potentially revolutionize the way neuroscientists study the human brain.   The emerging technology, acoustoelectric brain imaging or ABI, works similarly to the ultrasound technology doctors have been using for decades. ABI uses sound waves to measure electrical activity within the … Read more

Virtual Reality gifts for your gamer – video

Virtual reality is best known in the gaming world for its immersive real-life environment, but now it’s being used in education, healthcare, big brand advertising, even football players are practicing in a virtual world off season. While we are all waiting on the highly anticipated Oculus Rift, mobile VR devices are on the market to … Read more

Eggcyte personal cloud device partners with Jaguar Land Rover for the connected car

In the age of the connected car, Eggcyte, the personal cloud device, announced today at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, CA, they partnered up with luxury auto brands Jaguar Land Rover and its “Innovation Incubator” to bring their technology to consumers. The company also announced they received an undisclosed investment from Jaguar. “We’re … Read more

Make it, fail, make it again, sell it – interview with UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman

Video contribution by Xavier Smith Building a product, having it fail, going back to the drawing board and then figuring out how to get it to market is a “been there done that” mindset when a student leaves the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). “Learning has changed,” Provost UAT Dr. David Bolman said. The curriculum at UAT follows … Read more

TASER's Axon platform boosting revenue in 3rd quarter

With more police departments ordering body camera systems for their officers and patrol cars and additional products to the Axon segment line, TASER, the Scottsdale-based company that develops innovative public safety technologies, is realizing a jump in earnings for the 3rd quarter. Today, the company announced their financial results for 3rd quarter 2015, here are … Read more

Phoenicians take to Twitter after the Great Quake of Phoenix #WeWillRebuild

We have snow storms, floods and Haboobs, but earthquakes? Really? According to the USGS, three earthquakes ranging from 3.2 to 4.1 magnitude shook under Black Canyon City last night, waking Phoenicians to shaking walls and a rumble that made some think there was someone jumping on their rooftop.     Fun Fact: According the USGS the largest Earthquake in Arizona … Read more

2nd annual AZTB Startup Bus Tour is ready to roll Nov. 5th – tickets on sale

Az Tech Beat is ready to roll with the 2nd Startup Bus Tour! We take 40 of the top tech startups/founders around the Valley on a tour at cool tech companies and give them 1:1 time with top executives, investors and influencers in the Arizona tech community.   This year we have a tour at … Read more

Twazer, a Craigslist for college students, launches at UA

There’s Craigslist, eBay and Amazon, and now there’s an e-commerce app that’s tailored specifically to the college student population. Peer-to-peer and geo-location marketplace Twazer has created a space where users are required to have an .edu login email in order to download the app and sell their stuff.  [youtube]https://youtu.be/IqkhrRqktAg[/youtube]   “Twazer is a mobile app … Read more

UA developing virtual reality concussion awareness app for athletes

University of Arizona engineering and biomedical researchers are working on a virtual reality experience aimed to increase concussion education and awareness with NCAA football players and other student-athletes. “Our hypothesis for this study is that if student athletes experience the side effects of concussion, which there are 22 side effects, they will be more likely … Read more

Companies prepare for battle at 1st annual SaaS Ping Pong tournament Oct. 1- video

Bats, blades and backspins will take center stage on October 1. Players from around the Arizona SaaS community will descend upon the Allbound office in the hopes of taking home the win and bragging rights for their company as champion of the 1st annual Arizona SaaS Ping Pong tournament. Companies have sent their top players packed with … Read more

UA's iSchool receives $2.3M to start artificial intelligence project

The University of Arizona’s School of Information (a.k.a. iSchool) just announced they won $2.3 million to start a research project that aims to test artificial intelligence in the form of a jazz-playing robot. UA professor and associate director of the iSchool, Kelland Thomas, is leading the project. The five-year project, dubbed Music Improvising Collaborative Agent, … Read more

UA startup Codelucida receives $750K grant

Codelucida, a startup company born at the University of Arizona and University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase-2 grant from the National Science Foundation.  The Company previously completed a $150,000, six-month Phase-1 grant that made it eligible to apply for the competitive Phase-2 grant. The two-year grant is non-dilutive … Read more

Sock monkeys to war, UAT students showcase new video games

Video contribution by Xavier Smith From a sock monkey finding its way to its friend to a real-time WWI strategy game, the University of Advancing Technology’s Greenlight Celebration last Friday showcased five student-created video games from the UAT Game Studios. “Tonight was very special because it was the first time we really opened up this … Read more

Uber partners with UA to boost mapping research for self-driving cars, donates $25,000

Google isn’t the only entity that is building out their driverless technology. The University of Arizona (UA) has been conducting experiments on their Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle on campus and developing mapping technology for driverless cars.  Today, the UA and Governor Doug Ducey announced a strategic partnership between the UA and the on-demand ride-hailing … Read more

UA Increasing Tech Commercialization

Since 2013, the University of Arizona has increased its commercialized tech derived from UA research through Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). Over the past year, TLA has issued 35 patents, formed 12 startup licensee companies, and disclosed 213 inventions, up from their numbers during the previous year. Tech Launch Arizona was created by the University of Arizona … Read more

Gourmet food delivery Freshly raises $7 M, moves headquarters to NYC

Back in the day, when you thought of food delivery, Chinese food and pizza came to mind. Today, the idea of having eggplant parmesan, kale salad and Mongolian beef delivered to ones’ home is more the norm. This trend comes from the high adoption rate for on-demand and subscription food delivery services. Tempe-based startup Freshly, a … Read more