New San Diego Incubator Adds Three More Startups on Opening Day

11/3/09Follow @bvbigelow

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the startups enrolled in the EvoNexus program were gleaned from about 90 applicants. Joining the first three startups—Medipacs, PixonImaging, and IOsemi—the latest three to be inducted are:

—TetraVue is developing a high-resolution 3D camera and video recording system, capable of recording megapixel images, that can greatly reduce the cost of 3D imaging currently done with laser-scanning technology. The technology can be operated in two ways, depending on the types of digital recording chips that are used. By using high-speed digital chips, the system can record at extremely high rates of 1,000 frames per second or higher. Or, by using high-capacity megapixel chips, the system can operate at very high optical resolution. TetraVue president and founder Paul Banks said the startup’s focus is initially on the surveying and construction market, but the technology also can be used in structural analysis, biometrics, motion picture special effects, video games, forensics, and quality assurance. For TetraVue, Banks said the biggest value of the EvoNexus incubator is the business and technology mentoring “as we try to negotiate the technology development.”

MicroPower Technologies, founded by former Peregrine Semiconductor marketing executive Jon Siann, is developing ultra-low-power wireless video surveillance camera technologies that reduce power requirements for such systems by as much as 99 percent. The company says its technology also dramatically cuts installation costs, such as the expense of pulling cable, and could ease the adoption of Bluetooth-enabled wearable video cameras by law enforcement, paramedics, first responders, and military personnel.

EcoATM plans to install self-serve kiosks for recycling mobile phones and other consumer electronics in wireless stores and retailers in San Diego, Texas, Washington state, and Vermont before the end of the year. Each automated kiosk uses a camera-based system to identify, inspect, and evaluate unwanted cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and other electronic devices. Based on the condition of the device, the EcoATM kiosk offers in-store credit or a coupon to consumers who recycle their old mobile phones. The company says demand for refurbished mobile phones is rapidly accelerating, particularly in developing countries.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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  • Jb

    While it’s great to have small very niche startups, is anyone addressing the number of firms that actually employ people leaving the area?

    It’s great to have a thriving, risky, cutting edge ecosystem of small startups. I just wonder how long the region can keep losing companies that have actual value today, not maybe value tomorrow.

  • Peter

    I’m among several companies that are eying nearby states with much brighter prospects. Smaller companies cannot justify higher overhead costs and large companies cannot afford the employee burden. Frankly, very highly educated employees are available just about anywhere. Believe me, Huntsville Alabama; Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada are but a few cities eating San Diego’s lunch.

    Unless you are a provider of direct real-time services, have high capital/infrastructure commitments or just want to have your corporate suite minutes from a golf course/beach – there is no bottom-line justification for doing business in this state.