Education: there are increasing numbers of networks offering online courses from most renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, Berkley, and others. Also, the first completely online university is called Udacity and offers project-based online classes with cases built by tech leaders like Google, AT&T, and Intuit. Newspapers such as the NYT are also engaging in education, creating networks placing their contents at the disposal of potential students.
Interactive services: interactive sports sessions on line with a virtual spinning class and virtual bank tellers you can speak to on Skype.
NCR APTRA Interactive Teller enables banks to offer their customers the benefits of both self-service video banking and the branch experience in one solution.
Smartphones: Increasingly we are accessing the web through our mobile devices
New tools will allow us to pay by credit card via mobile Square or submit an accident report form directly to the insurance company via mobile USAA. Aviva Insurance company in the UK also uses an Iphone app to evaluate the drivers performance and calculate the insurance rate based on that result.
Bluetooth glove which allows you to talk through your hand. The left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewed into the finger tips.
SMS Lifesaver is an app that alerts people about someone in their proximity having a heart attack. Civilian responses are usually quicker than ambulances and have saved many lives.
Virtual reality: Filip Sterckx, a visual artist and filmmaker has created a number of impressive productions on real buildings and streets in Europe. In 2012, he projected the story of ‘Fiere Margriet’ on a small street in Leuven. The story of Proud Margriet, is an old legend from Leuven about a young woman who is mugged and killed by a gang of thieves, and her body is thrown into the river De Dijle. However, instead of sinking, her body floats upstream, surrounded by a magical light.
More fascinating imaging by Bot & Dolly.
3D Printing: what was previously a theory is also becoming increasingly commercial. Today we can reproduce a firearm or even a human organ and some are already planning on reproducing airplanes or even houses. At the beginning of 2013 Nokia released printable design files and instructions for making your own Nokia phone case — and customizing it.
New practical solutions: Simple Finance Technology Corporation has developed a concept called Safe-to-Spend which does all the math for you by taking your balance and subtracting upcoming bill payments, pending transactions, and any Goals you’re saving for.
Shopperception analyses the shopper’s behaviour in front of the shelf, generating metrics and real time events to drive more conversions.
Pizza delivery Drone: students at the University of Berlin have created the flying pizza delivery service. In essence: it’s a mini-helicopter drone that delivers a hot pizza to anybody in the area. It may not be as fast as a regular car delivery, but it’s way more awesome.
Ethical plugins: Avoid is a plugin used for e-commerce that makes products disappear that are associated with the exploitation of children.
Privacy: a new messaging system that puts your privacy first. Burnnote claims that you can have a real private conversation on their site. The concept is that every Burn Note is set to self-destruct and you control the timing. Once the Burn Note is read, it is permanently deleted.
Peer-to-peer platforms: Airbnb for apartment sharing; The Lending Club, an online financial community that brings together creditworthy borrowers and savvy investors so that both can benefit; Buzzcar for car sharing; and a platform to share washing machines in your neighbourhood.