Now that the dust has settled from this years’ South by South West (SXSW), here are some of the coolest tech products that made their debut at SXSW Interactive 2014. SXSW is broken up into three main parts: Music, Film, and Interactive. SXSW Interactive is the tech portion of the SXSW Festival and has become the showcase of what to expect for the future of tech. There are presentation and panels, networking events, tradeshows, gaming expos, awards… Basically, whatever you would want in a tech event is at SXSW Interactive. If you want to be seen as a player in the tech game, SXSW Interactive is the place to be. If you happen to win one of the many awards, the exposure you get is out of this world. Many of the apps, devices, software, etc. that we use on an almost daily basis made their debuts at Interactive: Pinterest (2012 winner of “Breakout Digital Trend”), AirBnB (2011 winner of “Breakout App”), Twitter (2007 winner in the “Blog” category), just to name a few.
There is no denying that wearable tech is the wave of the future, and while Google might have clenched the eyewear market with Glass, new comer Epiphany Eyewear offers a much more stylish option. These wayfarer-esque glasses offer social video editing and cloud capabilities. With their HD 720p capture and a built-in mic, Epiphany allows you to record from your POV in real time. The best part, they are also compatible with prescription lenses for everyday use.
Do you want to create an app? Well, now there’s an app for that. With iGenApps there is no need for programming or coding skills. The company officially debuted the app during Interactive and won third place in the ReleaseIt awards. In iGenApps, you design the interface, social integration, logo, and general purpose of your app. You can create apps for iOS, Android, and Windows. At the time of this blog, there have been just shy of 16,000 apps created since the release.
Health tech startups made an impressive showing at this year’s SXSW. One of the standouts is ThriveOn, a web-based startup that is making it easier for people to get treatment for a variety of mental health issues. Anyone can sign up either online or on mobile to get access to intake information and counseling services. ThriveOn is getting increasingly popular with colleges and universities. They have already partnered with around 30 universities to bring affordable mental health services to students.
This Silicon Valley startup has created an augmented-reality motorcycle helmet that was the big winner at the SXSW wearable-tech competition. To be honest this is probably one of the coolest pieces of wearable tech this blogger has seen to date. It has built in GPS and voice control, but the coolest feature is the 180-degree rearview camera that is projected onto the helmet’s visor so that the wearer doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road. Another awesome thing about this piece of wearable tech, it looks just like a normal helmet!
Ever wonder what it would be like to be part robot? Wish your life was more like a Sci-Fi movie? Well, Skeletonics has got you covered. There’s not much more I can really say about this product, the video pretty much speaks for itself.
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What were some of the cool things you heard of coming out at SXSW? Leave your finds in the comment section below!