LimbGear on The Joe Show

The iHood Hoodie from LimbGear, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company, was featured on The Joe Show, a production of the Advertising Specialty Institute.

LimbGear, creator of MP3-enabled performance wear, was selected by Apparel Magazine as a Top Innovator and was profiled in its May 2010 issue for being one of the "truly innovative organizations in the industry, one that has demonstrated exceptionality through an IT-related implementation, product launch or some other outstanding business strategy…recently executed." 

LimbGear is headquartered in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

You're invited to read more about LimbGear on Facebook and LimbGear on Handshake 2.0.

Tyson Daniel, Founder of LimbGear, Named to List of Top Business Leaders

"Meet the Blue Ridge Business Journal's 2010 '20 Under 40,' the region's most promising and accomplished young business leaders."
The Blue Ridge Business Journal

Tyson Daniel, founder of VT KnowledgeWorks member company LimbGear, was named to the 2010 list of the "best and brightest young business and community leaders in the Blue Ridge region" of Virginia by the Blue Ridge Business Journal.

Here's the excerpt on Tyson Daniel from the profiles of the award winners:

For years, Tyson Daniel worked with death row clients as a senior assistant capital trial lawyer. Now he's an entrepreneur, inventor and athletic apparel designer.

Daniel owns LimbGear in Blacksburg, a collegiate-branded athletic apparel company that grew out of his ideas for workout clothing. Some of his products include MP3-enabled skullcaps and the Go-Sleeve, which holds a runner's MP3 player, keys and cash.

Instead of basing his manufacturing overseas, he has built relationships with sewing plants in Martinsville and Russell County to bring some work back to Southwest Virginia.

"Tyson embodies what I think of when I think of the word 'entrepreneur,' " said nominator Kelly Queijo, CEO of Smart College Visit. "It's been said future jobs will come from startups, not big business. I think he could be one of those startups that open doors for others."

Congratulations, Tyson!

You're invited to learn more about LimbGear on Facebook and LimbGear on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

New Facebook Page for LimbGear

VT KnowledgeWorks member company LimbGear has a new Facebook page.  Check it out!

LimbGear on Facebook

LimbGear, creator of MP3-enabled performance wear, was selected by Apparel Magazine as a Top Innovator and was profiled in its May 2010 issue for being one of the "truly innovative organizations in the industry, one that has demonstrated exceptionality through an IT-related implementation, product launch or some other outstanding business strategy…recently executed." 

A High-Tech Hoodie from LimbGear

A version of this post originally appeared on Handshaked 2.0 from LimbGear, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

LimbGear's sleeve control technology for sports wear LimbGear LLC designs and manufactures InterActiveWear(TM) MP3 Enabled Products for the Active Lifestyle(TM). LimbGear blends portable technology and accessory apparel to create functional, reliable, washable, comfortable, wearable electronics.

Simply put, we make ways you you can wear your iPod  when you're exercising or training.  In other words, if you're active, we make your iPod clothes.

We've found that people want their “ActiveWear” and “Portable Media” integrated.  With our iPod hoodie - our iHood Hoodie - we've developed a way for you to control your iPod from the sleeve of your hoodie.  In the photo, our models demo our sleeve technology.

If you'd like to see how it works, here's a video showing how to use the zippered hoodie version of our iHood Hoodie.

LimbGear's iHood Hoodie was named one of 40 Cool Gadgets for a Hot Summer by PC World.

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LimbGear, creator of MP3-enabled performance wear, was selected by Apparel Magazine as a Top Innovator and was profiled in its May 2010 issue for being one of the "truly innovative organizations in the industry, one that has demonstrated exceptionality through an IT-related implementation, product launch or some other outstanding business strategy…recently executed." 

You're invited to read more about LimbGear on Handshake 2.0 and to like LimbGear on Facebook.

LimbGear to Present at Open Angel Forum

LimbGear - creator of MP3-enabled performance wear, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company, and an Open Angel Forum finalist - will pitch its company and funding request to an amphitheater full of angel investors and spectators on April 8, 2010 during the second day of the the two-day VT KnowledgeWorks Second Annual Entrepreneurship Summit on April 7-8, 2010 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

LimbGear was selected by Apparel Magazine as a Top Innovator and will be profiled in its May 2010 issue for being one of the "truly innovative organizations in the industry, one that has demonstrated exceptionality through an IT-related implementation, product launch or some other outstanding business strategy that you have recently executed."  (Here's a link to a video on the technology of the LimbGear iHood Hoodie.)

Virginia Tech video stars sport LimbGear InterActiveWear.


Registration for the Entrepreneurship Summit is open for attendees, advertisers and vendors.

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The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summits exists thanks to the generosity of its sponsors.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.

DayOne Ventures @ VT KnowledgeWorks is an invitation-only seed stage investment and mentoring program for technology-based startups, funded and operated by experienced, successful entrepreneurs who are also angel investors. 

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VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Latimer, Mayberry & Matthews IP Law, LeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Looking Cool in LimbGear

LimbGear, a line of technology-enhanced sports apparel created by VT KnowledgeWorks member company founder Tyson Daniel, was featured in LimbGear Cool by Z. Kelly Quiejo.  Tyson Daniel shared the story of the founding of his company, Weigh Out, LLC on Handshake 2.0.

Z. Kelly Queijo looking LimbGear cool!

Mr. Bicep Recommends Jammin’ with LimbGear

LimbGear, a member company of VT KnowledgeWorks, was featured on the Good Morning San Diego Show on March 28, 2009, thanks to Bruce Pechman, a.k.a. "Mr. Bicep – The Muscleman of Technology."

Mr. Bicep features LimbGear on Good Morning San Diego To view the video, on this Bruce on TV page, scroll down to "Bruce Appears on KUSI TV — Hot Products 2009."

Beneath the image of Mr. Bicep as he appears in the image in this post, click "Click here to see rebroadcast."'

Then fast forward to 3:40 for the LimbGear segment.

Tyson Daniel created LimbGear® mp3-enabled sports apparel, a product line of WeighOut LLC.  In January 2009, within 60 days of arriving and starting full-time at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, LimbGear® was featured on The Today Show.  A a video of Santa dancing in his LimbGear® Noggin NetMP3 enabled skullcap appeared on Handshake 2.0.  He tells the story of the founding of his company in A Way Out on Handshake 2.0.

I'm expecting a LimbGear brand name language transformatioon.  Think items – Kleenex, Xerox – and verbs – Google.

"Hey, Mom, where's my LimbGear?"

"Should I buy this LimbGear or this LimbGear?"

"You want to play one-on-one with me?  You're gonna get LimbGeared!"

Go, Tyson, Muscleman of LimbGear!

VT KnowledgeWorks Stars Lead New River Valley Technology Sector

in his Roanoke Times article, Progression despite recession, 1/11/09, Jeff Sturgeon writes that "some companies are growing even though the overall economy is not…  Some companies…are bringing out products and services in support of other, innovative technologies."

From the New River Valley technology sector, Sturgeon cites NanoSafe and LimbGear, both of whom are member companies of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks.  The LimbGear® Noggin Net was featured on The Today Show.

Jeff Sturgeon's excellent, comprehensive profiles of both companies are quoted here:

NanoSafe Inc.

NanoSafe is pursuing a big idea in a small world — the nanosphere, made up of objects as small as a few billionths of a meter.

The Blacksburg company offers independent, third-party testing of nanotechnology products.

"We can quantify … safety," President Matt Hull said.

Nanomaterials are powerful and require safe handling. Objects behave differently when downsized to a few billionths of a meter. They may react more energetically to light, heat and electricity or become incredibly strong — creating opportunities as well as the risk of unintended consequences.

Nanoscale scientists already have spent two decades improving consumer goods. Examples include more protective sunscreen and harder, lighter baseball bats.

They foresee similar results in medicine, energy and drinking water.

As the industry expands, Hull, a Pulaski County native and graduate student at Virginia Tech, said he believes that users of nanoscale materials are looking for greater transparency around the potential environmental health and safety risks posed by their operations.

So Hull has built a service business in which he and scientists he recruits can perform research, testing and consulting for companies, government agencies and organizations seeking to use nanomaterials safely.

Much the way Underwriters Laboratory became the product safety testing company for a host of everyday products from fire extinguishers to microwave ovens, NanoSafe hopes to become a premier evaluator of nanotechnology products.

Recently, NanoSafe tested the containment properties of a laboratory fume hood — it's first product test — and gave the hood a passing grade. The maker, Labconco of Kansas City., Mo., is free to label the hood with NanoSafe's mark: a black N inside a pentagon.

Steve Gound, president of the laboratory equipment company, said the designation "is something we will promote as outside, independent verification of the performance of the product in our literature and advertising materials and reporting."

That's feedback welcomed by Hull, 30, who is studying for a doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and who hopes, after he completes his degree, to take NanoSafe to the next level.

LimbGear

In spite of a recession that some fear could be severe, while many are hunkering down, Tyson Daniel of Roanoke quit a $73,000-a-year job as an attorney.

He's gone into business for himself. His venture, LimbGear, sells "MP3-enabled" apparel.

For starters, there's a $21.99 skullcap with a rear pouch for a small portable media player. For an additional $7.51, you get ear buds on a short wire that are held in place by the hat — a favorite of nationally known gadget guru Steve Greenberg, who plugged the Noggin Net on NBC's "Today Show" the week after Christmas.

LimbGear also is selling a $15.49 armband MP3 holder that comes in three sizes depending on bicep bulk. Both products are intended to interest people with an active lifestyle, the company says.

Daniel was asked what the six-employee enterprise must do in 2009.

"Generate revenue," he said.

WeighOut LLC, the parent company, does not release financial information.

He noted that in spite of the nation being in the middle of an economic storm with no end forecast, the audience of LimbGear is a large and growing population because of the huge popularity of personal electronic devices.

Apple, for one, said it has sold more than 150 million iPod portable media players.

Daniel, 37, is propelled by passion for nurturing something he created from scratch.

Plus, he had tired of the psychological demands of being a senior assistant capital defender in the Christiansburg-based Office of the Capital Defender for Southwest Virginia. He spent nearly five years representing people charged with capital murder, meaning, they were at risk of getting the death penalty.

Late last month, he moved the business from the basement of his Roanoke Valley home to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

"This is not an opportunity that I want to pass up," Daniel said. 

The text above was quoted from Jeff Sturgeon's Roanoke Times article, Progression despite recession, 1/11/09.