The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal has illumination technology that lights up based on real time social media and urban data. (photo from Moment Factory)
The MasSpec pen can detect cancerous tissue in an instant (photo fromVivian Abagiu / Univ. of Texas at Austin
The Levi Commuter Jacket used Google Jacquard smart technology (photo courtesy of Google Jacquard)
Move over Silicon Valley. Austin reaches the tech pinnacle this week as the Interactive track at the SXSW Conference is unveiling the most innovative products and technology from around the world. It’s enough to make fans feel like their in the midst of a Sci-Fi movie.
The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards took place on Tuesday night declaring the best and brightest of this year’s exciting new tech developments. These forward thinking product creators are making major strides in areas including AI & machine learning, the ever-evolving world of wearable tech, music and audio innovation, healthcare, responsive design and more.
These trailblazers are making products that will soon be in households, making regular people’s daily lives closer and closer to the way the Jetsons lived. From technology that makes our cities smarter and more interactive, to technology that will help save lives and improve healthcare — these are the products of our future — and what all the tech junkies are gushing over.
The best in show winner, Swarm AI, is an artificial intelligence technology that provides interfaces and algorithms to enable a “human swarm” to converge. For the non-tech savvy, in layman’s terms, this new platform collects the online opinions and insights from a diverse group of people from which emerges group knowledge that can serve as a postulation or prediction.
Think sports game predictions and financial trends forecasting. It’s like using the concept of two minds are better than one and thousands are even better.
In terms of fashion, the wearable tech trends stole the show as Google launched a new technology, Jacquard, in a partnership with Levi denim. The Commuter, a smart denim jacket is designed with urban cyclists in mind. The jacket connects to the riders smart phone and can control phone calls, texts, music and navigation.
Presentations also revealed that medical technology is being developed faster than ever. The new MasSpec Pen, developed by scientists at the University of Texas , is a breakthrough medical device that can detect cancerous tissue in real time. Even scientists and tech gurus were astounded by the breakthrough technology to add biosensors in tattoo ink — a possibility to detect glucose levels, body ph and sodium levels and change colors to provide health insights that patients could previously not attain on their own.
CocaCola was applauded for its groundbreaking innovations in advertising. Last fall, the beverage company unveiled the first ever 3-D robotic billboard in New York’s Times Square. With more than 1,000 moving LED screens spanning the side of a skyscraper, it’s a fully interactive experience.
The Jaques Cartier Bridge in Montreal is creating major buzz for its new interactive technology that uses “smart city illumination technology” to connect with social media and urban data. The lights move and change to create a captivating light show around the bridge’s structure based on what is happening in the city.
Countless other impressive products were on display in promise of a much more modern world ahead of us.