What happens when you convene technologists, faculty members, and students across a wide range of disciplines—including marketing, design, health, finance, music technology, and electrical engineering—for an evening of demos and presentations, with a drop or two of beer and good conversation?
For one, the fuzzy future of emerging mobile technologies begins to take shape. This was Mobile Futures, hosted at Razorfish the evening of April 23. We invited more than 20 companies to demo their apps, prototypes, and hardware for a crowd of 250 guests. Following the demos were presentations and predictions from Razorfish’s Tom Cramer, Cornell Tech’s Deborah Estrin, Chase Card Service’s Manning Field, oomolo Inc’s Carl Schulenburg, and Columbia University’s Gil Zussman.
So what does the future look like? Here are some key takeaways, compiled with some help from our guests on Twitter. Tweet us @nycmedialab to give us your take on the future of mobile.
1. Mobile’s moment is already here.
2. The Internet of Things will play an increasing role.
3. The digital traces we leave behind from a range of consumer services can help us realize our habits—and help inform better ones.
4. The effort to win in mobile payments transcends transactions.
This means loyalty and offer incentives. “It’s how do you move beyond the transaction and how do you take things like small and big data and make it into a useful experience for the customer where we can add value, we can drive preference for our products and our solutions,” said Chase’s Manning Field to PYMNTS.com.
5. Whatever happens, the future will be big.
Emotional measurement via facial analysis
Scan, Hear — Any TV, Anywhere
Faster ways of delivering software applications
Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs)
Small, flexible, and energetically self-reliant devices
Langdon C. Crawford and Tae Hong Park, Faculty, Music Technology Program, NYU Steinhardt
Phone music synthesizer
Smart, effortless bike navigation
Interactive word cloud that make reading text a more visual experience
KISI: Access Buildings Using Your Mobile Device
Mobile access solutions for large buildings and offices
Lantern: Stop Networking In The Dark
Hardware accessory and smartphone application bringing clarity to in-person networking
Personalized data bubbles
Next generation microdisplays for augmented reality based on a new LED technology
Peiqi Su & Yu-Ting Feng, Students, NYU ITP
Interactive digital frame connecting parents and children
Placed: Directly Measuring Real World Behaviors of Consumers
Directly measuring real world behaviors of consumers
Noa Dolberg, Experience Designer
Elizabeth Clare, User Experience Designer
Apon Palanuwech, Creative Technologist
Connecting audiences through creating a single melody
Ringblingz: Goodbye #FOMO
Line of smart jewelry that notify you when someone important is getting in touch
Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)
A new approach to streaming video on mobile devices
Turn key solution bringing mobile users and brands closer together
Toplist App: You shop, Your Friends Recommend
Mobile shopping recommendation engine
Crowd connection wearable programmed by a social mobile app
Dana Reginiano & Maximo Sica, Students, NYU ITP
What you see is what you get. A Restaurant menu as it should always have been displayed.
Napangsiri Wanpen, Student, Parsons MFA Design and Technology
Interactive mobile app that visualizes the current location’s wind speed