The next big thing: 4 startups from Tech in Asia Singapore 2016 that stood out

We came, we saw, we were suitably impressed

From a digital yellow pages for hawker stalls to a bicycle sharing startup, there was no lack of entrepreneurship at Tech in Asia’s two-day Singapore conference.

If you have a fledgling company or are just interested in what the tech scene is like, Tech in Asia's regional conferences are where it's at. To give you an idea of what it's like, we sifted through the buzz to bring you the best startups we think you should know about. 


Created with younglings from 0 to 24 months in mind, the Neebo is a baby wearable that will keep new parents from worrying themselves insane.

Strap the lightweight bracelet on and it will give you only the most important information about your young Padawan - heart rate, blood oxygen and thermal temperature - and warns you if there’s something amiss. It also acts like a baby monitor that can allow you to speak to your child via the app.

Expect it to start from US$200 (RM790) when it hits Indiegogo sometime soon. That's a small price to pay for peace of mind.


A self-described Pinterest for travel, Triplynr hopes to help you make your travel decisions via visuals. You can browse other people’s itineraries, add places of interest to your own list, and use the app for navigation when you’re in the country itself. Of course, all this hinges on how many users are on the platform.

Having tried it out for ourselves, it’s a refreshing, visual take on planning a trip. We created an itinerary called Seoul Much Fun and basically loaded it up with food places based on the most appetising pictures. It also lets you schedule places based on location and even how long you should stay and then share it with your tripmates.

If you’re stumped for what to do in a new country, you might want to get on Triplynr ASAP.


iScout wants to change your driving experience by making it safer and smarter. The head-up display will display incoming alerts from your smartphone that you can respond to using gestures or voice control. The premium version even puts blind spot vision on the HUD once you signal so you no longer have to look over your shoulder.

If you’re worried about not being able to read the information in direct sunlight, don’t be, they’re ahead of you on this one. The display works like photochromic lenses, darkening for better visibility whenever need be.

Its crowdfunding campaign will start some time in mid-May with prices starting from US$260 (RM1025), so keep an eye out for it. Depending on the response, it could one day integrate augmented reality into its vision which means no more driving past your destination thanks to AR visual markers.