Demo: A revolution in home utilities, NeighborOil promises lower prices through group buying power

Oil means more than just gasoline. For many folks, it’s also how they heat their homes.
NeighborOil is a startup that’s reexamining how communities buy oil for heating and helping consumers negotiate for better prices and better service. And starting today, it’s bringing its revolutionary model to a wide range of residential utilities, including electricity and natural gas.

Demo: With OLogic, your iPhone can power a two-wheeled, music-playing robot

If you dream of robots and wake to your smartphone, have we got a treat for you: robotics company OLogic is launching the AMP (that’s Automated Music Personality), a two-wheeled, self-balancing, musical robot powered by your smartphone or MP3 player.
AMP will follow you around and plays your music for you. You can either attach your iPod or other digital music player to its back, or you can stream your tunes via Bluetooth from your phone. AMP also comes with mobile apps for iPhone and Android to control the bot and your music.

Demo: Métier mines text to improve a company’s performance

In large companies, it’s all too easy for employees to duplicate work or fall out of sync with the company’s strategy. Métier‘s workforward product uses natural language processing (NLP) and semantic matching to help managers find the right employee to work on a project, speed up project planning and ensure that company strategy is actually being executed.

Demo: Upverter is the perfect tool for open-source hardware

Open-source hardware has one big stumbling block: How do you get distributed teams from around the world working together on the same prototype?
Open-source software communities have myriad tools for writing code together and sharing it all over the place. But creating and sharing hardware together has been a bit more problematic.
Enter Upverter, which handily makes hardware design free, open, web-based and collaborative.

DEMO UPDATE: New tiered pricing plan AND scholarships!

Almost everyone needs the occasional leg up, but sometimes just putting your right foot forward can be tough. The DEMO Conference is aiming to fix that with the DEMO Scholarship Partner Program. Twenty startups that have raised less than $500,000 will receive a full ride to the same conference that launched Salesforce, TiVo, E-Trade, Netscape and more. Furthermore, 10 angel-funded companies who have received less than $1.5 million in seed funding will be offered partial scholarships.

5 reasons you should launch at DEMO

1. DEMO will push your company to work harder than ever before (seriously) My company, Bizness Apps, is a DIY mobile app builder for small businesses, and at the time we applied for DEMO Spring 2011, we had only released an iPhone version of our product. We hadn’t even begun development of an Android version, but we applied to DEMO anyway. We were accepted to launch at DEMO, and after that we literally worked day and night to build a beta Android app. We were eating, drinking, and sleeping Android apps for about two months before the launch. It was awesome.