Hardware Accelerator Announces Five Startups for First Program

Scott Wilson, TEAM CTO, shows MicroPhonon founder/inventorMike Hasselbeck (right), the first assembly of electronics and housing for his product in preparation for a minimum viable product demo in Las Vegas. (Courtesy TEAM Accelerator)


TEAM Technologies Inc., has selected projects for its first TEAM Accelerator Program, which began in March at its location in the Sandia Science & Technology Park.

Based on Team Technologies’ assessment of a capability-technology fit, the company is pleased that it will be helping five startups develop hardware in the various stages of pre- and post-minimum viable product to move toward marketable products.

The manufacturing focused accelerator is designed to help entrepreneurs launch hardware, or device-based products (versus software and apps), accelerating their movement through a proven development methodology. Its 36,000-square-foot full-service engineering facility includes precision machining, electronics development and manufacturing, 3-D printing, metrology, a wet lab, coatings labs, an optics lab, and more.

MicroPhonon founder/inventor Mike Hasselbeck sees the first build of his product. (Courtesy TEAM Accelerator)

The goal of the program is to advance the companies’ technology sufficiently to increase the potential to either begin sales or to attract angel, private equity, venture funding or industrial partnership investors.

As participants in this program, the following companies are receiving “non-dilutive” project support to design and co-develop minimum viable products (MVPs), new product, or early stage manufacturing services:

  • Pressure Analysis Company: PAC’s product is SmackCap, a skullcap that detects cranial impact on football players, or any athlete in a helmeted contact sport. Athletes wear the SmackCap under their helmet and every time they are hit, that data is wirelessly transmitted in real time to a mobile app, showing where, how hard, and how many times they were hit over the course of the game, the season and their career. TEAM has completed design of the first launch of SmackCap in beta product form, incorporating all of the inputs from the extensive customer validation of MVP.
  • MicroPhonon: MicroPhonon has developed sensor technology for the connected home that detects and analyzes high-frequency acoustics that may indicate the presence of a persistent water leak. Stand-off detection allows the sensor to be remotely located on a ceiling, without being in close proximity to plumbing or accumulating water. TEAM has completed the design process to deliver functional MVP on an accelerated schedule for viewing at the ISC Show in Las Vegas, Nev., this week.
  • OptiPulse: Optipulse has developed and patented the Light Grid, a photonics design innovation that uses vertical cavity surface-emitting laser arrays to provide high power outputs at high speeds. The Light Grid’s unprecedented ability to simultaneously provide high speed and power enable applications across four markets: freespace optical communications, LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensing, directed energy and medical devices. The work that Optipulse aims to complete in partnership with TEAM focuses on advancing the Light Grid for freespace optical communications, the core market into which Optipulse is already advancing.
  • New Sports Technology: New Sports Technology has developed low wattage laser beams that can produce a vertical visible beam (similar to a hologram-can be seen on opposing sides) that is transmissive, reflective and refractive. Benefits: enhances accuracy in measuring, can aid in the safety of landing airplanes, provide an expensive option (tool) for surveying and can more accurately detect a soccer ball when close to making a goal but curves out.  TEAM will design and fabricate the first launch product in anticipation of a first customer purchase. It is a design and product that refines the MVP and early stage prototypes.
  • BiGen: This company’s product is a precision magnet power supply system for new applications in medical and commercial environments, outside of a research environment. High-stability current regulated magnet power supplies are key to obtaining precision focus and trajectory in particle accelerators. Medical accelerators are using proton therapy to target tumors and cancer cells with precision and to avoid any damage to healthy tissues. When treating tumors situated near important organs and structures, this precise dose distribution has many advantages over Xray therapy. TEAM will perform, test and build a commercial system.
  • MicroSauna: The company has built and tested two versions of its design of a portable infrared sauna, and through this program will create a model that can be used by early adopters while moving through testing and certifications. IR Saunas are used for alternative health detoxification and wellness regimes.

The TEAM Accelerator is funded by the City of Albuquerque through its Economic Development Action Account (EDAct).

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