Five startups out to change the world
From ultracheap laptops to ultracheap prefab housing, there's more than one way to save the planet.
By Business 2.0 Magazine staff

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - The staff of Business 2.0 recently fanned out across Silicon Valley, scouring office parks for inventive startups with big plans. We turned up dozens of intriguing new ventures, and then narrowed down the list to the five best.

There's San Jose's Neurosky, which tracks your thoughts closely enough that you'll be able to play videogames just by thinking about fragging a zombie. Nearby, BrighTex Photonics is developing a scanner that can show where your face is suffering invisible UV damage, wrinkles, and clogged pores.

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In Palo Alto, Global Homes International is slashing the cost of prefab homes, while Ambarella in Sunnyvale, Calif., is preparing chips that will bring high-definition TV to all kinds of gadgets, not just flat-screen TVs.

Finally, there's Project Inkwell, a consortium backed by Intel (Research), Microsoft (Research), Sandisk (Research), and others, which is introducing a $300 laptop for students.

The common thread? There's no shortage of inventiveness in the Valley -- and there are dreamers aplenty who hope to do well by doing good.

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