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Startup promises jeans that fit perfectly

Startup promises jeans that fit perfectly »Play Video
Crystal Beasley runs her jeans business out of her Portland apartment.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Welcome to the worldwide headquarters of Qcut, well actually it's just Crystal Beasley's apartment.

Her new business doesn't have a fancy store or office yet, so she makes use of the space she does has. She even uses the window as a would-be white board.

Her big idea? Make a pair of jeans that will fit women perfectly.

"It will fit you better than anything you could get from a store," Beasley said.

Beasley says most clothing companies only offer a few different styles across a narrow range of sizes, adding up to about 20 options when you hit the fitting room.

"We have 400 different sizes -- we can accommodate all the shapes. How curvy you are or how tall you are is critical in making pants as flattering as it can be," Beasley said.

At 5 feet 2 inches, Beasley always had trouble finding a good pair of jeans and thought it was just because of her height.

"It wasn't until I talked to woman after woman that said the exact same sentence, 'I'm hard to fit,'" Beasley said.

So the former tech guru with Mozilla started doing some research and realized technology could be the answer.

She launched a Kickstarter campaign and has already exceeded her fundraising goal.

Here's how it works. You send in your measurements, fill out the questionnaire detailing the problems you've had with pants in the past, wait a few weeks and you have a pair of jeans at your front door.

It's not cheap, a single pair will run you up to $200, but Beasley promises you'll save money in the long-run.

"You don't need a whole drawer of jeans. Why do you have ten pairs of jeans that don't fit? How much does that cost you?" Beasley said.

Portland startup making 3D-printed prosthetic hands wins Pitchlandia

Portland startup making 3D-printed prosthetic hands wins Pitchlandia »Play Video
Jordan Nickerson (background) is making these prosthetic hands with a 3-D printer.

It’s dubbed Pitchlandia, but it’s more like a local version of Shark Tank than Portlandia. Portlanders pitch their best business ideas and the audience decides who walks away with cash.

Ultimately, we get to see the new startup companies emerging in Portland, and maybe use their products, while the startups get a little extra financial support.

Cancer survivor creates stylish, sun-protective clothing line

Cancer survivor creates stylish, sun-protective clothing line »Play Video
Summer Kramer created her own line of sun-protective clothing after she was diagnosed with skin cancer and discovered few clothing options.

When doctors diagnosed Summer Kramer with skin cancer in 2007, she knew she had to change how she protected herself from the sun.

“For me it was life-changing, I was a 26-year-old who thought I was immune to every type of ailment you could find,” Kramer said. “It’s terrifying.”

Portland's WebCease helps secure digital lives after death

Portland's WebCease helps secure digital lives after death »Play Video
A screen capture from the WebCease home page.

Have you ever thought about what happens to your Facebook account when you die? What about your iTunes and Amazon accounts? Even reward programs, like airline miles, are considered your digital assets that could ultimately be vulnerable to identity theft and leave your family members stressed and confused.

Research shows the average American has $55,000 in digital assets, so Portland startup WebCease is working to help grieving families sort it all out. Founder and CEO Glenn C. Williamson is officially launching the company this week but pursued the idea after his own mom died a couple years ago.

Portland startup hopes to change the face of medical training

Portland startup hopes to change the face of medical training »Play Video
Michelle Oulman (not pictured) and her daughter, Emelia, have agreed to be videotaped and added to the ReelDX video library for future learning.

Portland startup, ReelDx, believes it’s leading to better, faster medical diagnoses in children and potentially saving lives.

Not every startup can say that.

Dear Mommy, is it snack time yet? New email app designed for kids

Dear Mommy, is it snack time yet? New email app designed for kids

PORTLAND, Ore. – You’re never too young to LOL.

That’s what Vin Thomas is banking on, at least.

Thomas is raising funds to start an email app called Cubtab, aimed specifically at children as young as three or four years old.

“Rather than just throw them into the deep waters of the internet, we wanted to find a way to introduce them to email, messaging and the internet in a fun and safe way,” he said.

Tag yourself in the crowd: GigaPan's latest social media tool

Tag yourself in the crowd: GigaPan's latest social media tool »Play Video

I’m in a visual medium and work with photographers daily, so I know there’s something special about a truly candid image.  No one is cheesing it up for the camera; it’s just a real moment captured in time.

I think that’s why I’m having so much fun playing with GigaPan’s re-launched and expanded social media tool, GigaPan Tag.

'Uber' wants to operate in Portland, but barriers stand in their way

'Uber' wants to operate in Portland, but barriers stand in their way
A screenshot from the Uber app shows how users can see which cars are available nearby then use the app to hail a town car. The service is currently available in Seattle and San Francisco but not in Portland.

I was in Seattle earlier this year when a friend and I needed a ride from my hotel to his house. My first thought was to find the front desk and have them call a cab. How quaint.

In Seattle, tech-savvy commuters do things a bit different. My friend pulled out his iPhone and opened the Uber app. He glanced at a map, saw a town car was nearby and requested the car.

Within about three minutes the town car was pulling into the hotel driveway.

Why, I wondered, didn’t we have this service in Portland?

It turns out Uber wants offer their service in the Rose City, but regulations stand in the way. They include a requirement that all town car reservations be made at least 60 minutes in advance. That would effectively quash Uber’s business model.

NASA used Portland technology to make hyper-detailed Mars image

NASA used Portland technology to make hyper-detailed Mars image
Part of the 1.3 billion pixel image of Mars. (Image courtesy GigaPan)

A Portland-based company has put together one of the coolest images you’ll ever see.

Technology created by GigaPan, a company that creates incredibly high-resolution images, stitched together about 900 individual images to create a 1.3 billion pixel image of the Mars rover Curiosity.

Again, that’s 1.3 billion pixels.