Saturday, March 16, 2013

Index of 2013 Disruptive Technologies

Index of 2013 Disruptive Technologies:

Lightning city

Above: Like lightning, digital technologies are emerging faster than ever, the savvy will harness their energy.

One Line Goal:  List disruptive technologies in 2013 on one page, with your help from comments.
The number of technologies that are creating disruptions to companies and ecosystems are increasing at an alarming rate. Even last week’s SXSW showcased a number of digital disruptions, which are moving at an increased pace, yet more are coming. Expect even more technologies to emerge, radically altering the power shift of those who use these technologies to gain power over existing institutions.
In an attempt to track and then analyze these technologies, I’ll host the following “industry index”, where I list out examples, and the community adds to it in comments. I’ve done this multiple times over previous years, which often results in discrete research projects, market definition reports, and ratings and rankings of technology vendors.
I’ve kicked off the list with 10 technologies I see (with help from colleague Chris Silva), but I look forward to your comments, and will credit those that provide examples and links.  Together, we can keep this updated for the year.
Index: 2013 Disruptive Technologies 
Disruptive Technology Description Example
Proximity Based Communications Devices that capture and analyze a set of sensors, providing intelligence based on context of people, place, and time in a detailed manner Mobile devices that use IPS, NFC, Wifi networks can identify a consumer as they move through a showroom floor, down to the inch.
3D Printing Technology that empowers manufacturing of 3D objects and production anywhere. MakerBot, 3D systems, Affinia, Formlabs, Stratasys
Collaborative Consumption Web and mobile apps that enable users to share, rent, borrow, and gift products and services with low friction transactions. AirBnb, Lyft, Uber, see my list of 200, and brand examples.
Gesture Based Interfaces Technology that senses movement, and causes digital systems to respond.  Computer interfaces and sensors will emerge causing  keyboards and mice to fade away. Leap, Kinnect and other technologies give path to a minority report experience.  Eye tracking software such as Tobbi and emerge.
Augmented Reality A layer of information is placed on top of our reality plan, using digital glasses, empowering users to access  and transmit real time digital information. Google Glass (we’re on beta test list) will emerge and empower consumers to access Google interfaces as they traverse world.
Virtual Reality Unlike Augmented Reality, this is an immersive experience across many senses that digital replicates sight, sound, feel. Oculus Rift, Stanfords VR Lab (I’ve visited) provide immersive headsets that simulate a world
Quantified Self Also called wearable computing, these body reading sensors harvest, analyze, and provide insight to how our bodies are working. Body API, Nike Fuel Band, Nike+, Fitbit Garmin, Runkeeper, most mobile devices track our movements.
Quantified World  Technologies that capture data from around the world, cities, and nature to analyze and predict future patterns. Open data economy, data in mobile networks and mobile devices, telematics in cars, Nest thermostat, and thousands of other sensors are actively collecting data and altering our world
Digital Screen Experiences There are evolutions happening to digital screens, from flexible screens that can morph to anything, to digital output devices everywhere, and 3D technology.
Power Everywhere Wireless power, solar power, and efficient power sources enable transportation, devices, enable more computing, sensing, and information spread. Powermat, Powertrekk, eCoupled provide wireless power
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I kicked off this list with 10 distinct technology sets, I look forward to reading your comments, and adding them to this list. I’ll be sure to credit those who participate.
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