SXSW 2015: All The Lab Coverage

Over the five days of this year’s SXSW Interactive, the Lab team produced a prolific amount of original reports, recaps, and trend round-ups, all listed below for quick indexing or catching up.


On-location Recaps:

In Review:


Event Recap: February 2015 NY Tech Meetup

Once again, New York’s largest hangout of tech dorks and startups occurred at NYU’s Skirball Center to see apps, coding solutions, on-demand services, and (of course) personal robots.

Attendees seemed most excited about Pager, an app that brings back a very old on-demand service — house calls. Pager allows users to book house calls from doctors, submit their symptoms, and shows nearby doctors. The emerging connected health space is still mostly unregulated, but Pager says their app is HIPAA-complient.

Other standouts were Dasher, a messaging app complete with rich media like GIFs; MindMyBiz, which aggregates public data to give more insights to small businesses; and Abacus, an expensing tool for businesses (used by everyone from Foursquare to Y Combinator). A really unusual presentation was from Robotbase, an autonomous AI stand which connects to all IoT devices, apps and open tech in a house and interfaces via a cartoon avatar on a stand.

Rounding out the pack: Bowery, a cloud coding solution that facilitates development; Kids Creation Station, which uses 3D printing to bring children’s drawings to life; Classcraft, which turns any classroom into a role-playing; and Poacht, which is something like Tinder for job discovery.

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Event Recap: Fall 2014 IoT Fair

The evolution of the IoT has transformed the way people interact with physical objects in their everyday life, and how these objects interact with other devices like sensors, smartphones, and tablets. The Fall 2014 Internet of Things (IoT) Fair was a great way to experience products from both established and early stage companies. Each company demonstrated their solution, trade-show style, to roughly 500 enthusiastic IoTers. The companies spanned across several categories, but these stood out:
  • Basic6 gives users a cloud-based infrastructure for real-time monitoring, deployment, and management of IoT devices.
  • Kinsa uses a smartphone-enabled thermometer to monitor symptoms and track illness for users and their doctors.
  • Ottomate reduces a home’s electrical cost through its self-programming home automation system.
  • Octopart allows engineers and part buyers to easily access part information, design, manufacturing, and cost through its search engine.
  • Bluesmart gives travelers the ability to locate, lock, and weigh their suitcase directly from their smartphone.

As consumers get more comfortable using smart devices we expect more such platforms to enter the market.