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CONNECT Shares MIP Winners

CONNECT, a San Diego organization that links inventors and entrepreneurs, honors the best products and achievements of 2013

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Dec 27, 2013  |  Updated 10:58 AM PDT
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Tyler Orion, Interim President with CONNECT, talks with NBC 7's Jason Austell about the region's MIPs (Most Innovative Products).

Tyler Orion, Interim President with CONNECT, talks with NBC 7's Jason Austell about the region's MIPs (Most Innovative Products).

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A San Diego organization has named the year’s most innovative products and achievements in technology and life sciences by local companies.

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CONNECT, an organization that links inventors and entrepreneurs, shared two of the winners of its Most Innovative Product Awards with NBC 7 on Friday.

Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster by Nextivity, Inc. helps eliminate dead zones in homes and offices.

It’s the first consumer use booster to be approved by T-Mobile and AT&T for use on their networks, CONNECT Interim President Tyler Orion said.

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Another winner, Emotient, makes a facial recognition product that can detect and measure emotions via a web cam.

Its FACET system can identify joy, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, disgust and contempt.

Developers believe the software may be able to help detect student interest in online courses, sleepiness in drivers or depression and anxiety in patients.

One hundred San Diego-based companies competed in the rigorous, four-month judging process, with a total of only nine winners awarded.

Categories range from Aerospace and Security Technologies and Mobile Apps to Sustainability and Life Sciences Diagnostics.

Since 1985, CONNECT has linked inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success.

The organization offers free or low-cost mentoring and education to researchers and startups.

Get the complete list of winners here.

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