My first thought: this could be the world’s biggest gathering of creative minds – aside from the Internet, of course. The crowd is wonderfully eclectic: I see Park Slope parents mixed with geeky hobby tinkerers, steampunks, robot lovers (many accompanied by robots they’ve built themselves), Japanese cyber-punks, and the odd eccentric (Metrocard Man, I am looking at you). Read more
The world is accelerating, and the distance between idea and execution is dramatically shrinking in terms of time, cost, and complexity. Someday soon we will be able to move near-instantaneously from idea to execution. While this may seem a little Star Trek-ish, already technologies like 3D printers and processes like rapid prototyping are chipping away at the divide between idea and execution, between the digital and physical.
We wanted to know just how far off are we from having our very own Star Trek Replicator (one Earl Grey tea, please), so we took one concept from idea to working prototype as quickly as we could. This is how we created the Fridge of Tomorrow.
An influx of new technology has made hardware startups far more attractive and less daunting to new entrepreneurs. Get ready for the next wave of startups that manipulate atoms instead of bits.
In light of Internet Week and Walkabout NYC, Undercurrent’s office has been buzzing about local startups. The roster of tech startups that are opening their doors on 5/18 are a familiar ilk: SaaS companies, apps, and e-commerce sites.
Some call it the Internet of Things, others call it Ambient Intelligence. I call it our increasingly connected future. As online and offline worlds collapse, innovation is happening at warp speed. All of a sudden, we have plants that tweet when they’re thirsty, door handles that can be opened with a text message, bracelets that tell you how well you slept and many things in between. What does this mean for society? What does this mean for people’s expectations about products and services?
It’s hard to predict the future, but we know the Web is no longer viewed through rectangular screens; it is now something that can be felt, touched, engaged with, and enjoyed via the interconnectedness of everyday objects. Here we share a few of our favorites.
Go ahead: engage with the the ambient network at your fingertips!