Trends are more than just an upward pointing line in a graph. They give us an indication of where the market is going, based on thought leaders survey responses,sampling of user behaviour, technology advancement etc. For example, Mary Meeker’s latest ‘State of the Internet‘ report, shows that mobile Internet access will surpass computer usage by 2015. I’ve collected a few examples of companies that are taking the signal from today’s trends and developing the products of the future in mobile, education and gaming. Are you thinking about the future when developing your product?
I think this first example does a terrific job in giving us a look into the foggy crystal ball- definitely worth 2 minutes of your time to watch this. Tat Mobile, a Swedish company developing mobile user interfaces to more than 470 million devices worldwide as well as tablets and car clusters, produced this video to show what the future of touch screens may look like.
Several Israeli companies are in the forefront of these technologies, developing products that will be in demand in the future. To name a few:
N-Trig– Kfar-Saba based N-Trig is developing multi-touch screen technology that is already implemented in tablets and laptops that are not yet in the market, as well as some next-generation teaching aids. Watch the video:
Time to Know – a very promising startup based in Israel, Time to Know is developing the next generation class room technology. With $60 million in funding and no less than 350 employees led by CEO Dr. Yossi Ben-Dov, Time to Know’s mission is “To create a meaningful and engaging learning environment, based on world-class content and technology, empowering teachers and improving students’ 21st century skills and achievement levels”. Geoffrey Mugliston covered Time To Know on VC Cafe and Roi Carthy wrote a good piece about the on Techcrunch (now AOL! if you haven’t read the news).
Finally, here’s a good list of startups in the online education space – definitely a trend to watch.
Another Israeli startup that will change our future habits when it comes to gaming is Prime Sense. The company supplies 3D sensor technology for Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, which enables users to control the screen using gestures, effectively getting rid of the need for a remote control or a joystick.
Products that trigger our imagination and get us to say ‘wow’ are most likely to be tried and shared by people. How are you taking into account the future trends? Know other companies that are changing the future? I invite you to share your comments.