February 28, 2013
As tens of thousands of people gather, chatter, download, and code at SXSW, somehow trends and themes emerge. Last year the talk of SXSW Interactive was social discovery – location-aware apps that help you find people nearby.
Here are some of our predictions for trends at SXSWi 2013. (If you want to hear the official take, attend Sunday’s panel on Current Trends at SXSW Interactive with SXSWi director Hugh Forrest.)
You’ll see many of the SXSW attendees wearing colored wristbands or belt clips – new, wearable technologies like the Nike+ Fuelband or the Fitbit that are tracking their every step and movement. As this trend develops, companies are coming up with new devices to track blood and brainwaves, and giving us insights that can have a real impact on health.
- How Self-Tracking Geeks Are Shaping Our Future
- Quantified Year: 365 Days of Tracking Everything
- Wearing Your Health on Your Sleeve (Literally)
- The Next Frontier for Digital Health
- Sensor Technologies: The Future of Health?
- The Future of Personalized Health
- Wearables: Moving from Niche to Mainstream
With 3D printers dropping in cost and new devices like the 3Doodler 3D printing pen, more and more people are bringing their ideas to life in plastic (or just replacing an old doorstop). A technology that businesses have been using for years to prototype their products is now going mainstream(ish), with Makerbot’s Replicator at $2,199.
- 3D Fashion: Nonstop Innovation in Production & Fit
- 3D Printing for People with Disabilities
- The Future of 3D Printing
- How 3D Printing Changed My Life
- Industrial Revolution 3.0 & Future of 3D Printing
With a keynote from Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, space is bound to be on the collective brain at SXSW. Private companies getting into the game of space exploration means more innovation and progress toward our fantasies of space travel for fun and colonizing other planets (one of SpaceX’s long-term goals).
- NASA: Sharing Space
- Crowd-Sourcing the Space Frontier
- The Hacker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Beyond Hubble: NASA’s Next Great Telescope (JWST)
- Landing NASA’s Curiosity Rover Online (& Mars!)
- @NASA: The User Experience of a Space Station
- Get Physical: Making Space Data Real on Earth
- The New Golden Age of Human Spaceflight
- 100 Year Starship: Interstellar Travel & Beyond
- Developing Meds in Space to Save Lives on Earth
- Space Tech after NASA: Boom Times for Innovation?
Robots and AI
The uneasy struggle continues between our love of robots and our fear that they will rule the world. Startups are now building robots and artificial intelligences that can do more than just vacuum: they can give us information, keep us entertained, predict our preferences, and help us lose weight.
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