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Tech products of year contestants are diverse

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September 25. 2017 11:50PM

MANCHESTER — This year’s crop of finalists for the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Product of the Year underscores the wide range of the state’s technology industry.

The contenders announced Monday include a portable, telescoping ladder developed for the military, software that improves screening for breast cancer, 3-D material that prevents currency counterfeiting, a “smart” dog collar that connects pets with their owners and an iPhone application that enables students to create their own mobile apps.

Pilot Innovations, iCAD Inc., Crane Currency, Wagz Inc. and Vybe Software LLC will compete for the top prize 5:30, Oct. 12 at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. Audience members will help choose the winner.

• The Lightweight Carbon Fiber Assault Ladder, manufactured by Hooksett-based Pilot Innovations, is a telescoping ladder that is built to withstand extreme conditions.

• The PowerLook Tomo Detection, made by Nashua-based Icad, uses artificial intelligence-based software to optimize the reading of tomosynthesis technology used to detect breast cancer.

• Motion Surface is banknote security that produces three dimensional effects to ensure authenticity. Boston-based Crane Currency manufactures the technology at a plant in Nashua.

• The Wagz Smart Dog Collar, made by Dover-based Wagz, is an all-in-one smart collar built to strengthen the connection between humans and dogs.

• The DevKit, made by Bedford-based Vybe Software, is an iOS application that enables users with no programming experience to create mobile apps and games from their iPhones and iPads without having to write any code.

Tickets for the event are $50 for council members and $75 for nonmembers, and includes dinner and networking. Register at

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