FrogDesign’s Respected Trends of 2015 List Released (Part 1)

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Mistbreaker recently featured the impressive compilation “The Large List of Technologies that will go BIG in 2015”, based upon the predictions of SingularityHub’s Peter Diamandis.  Meanwhile we still think that this list inarguably deserves its place on the pedestal, it is worth taking a look at second list of considerable magnitude.

The global design and innovation firm Frog Design Inc. has repeatedly produced highly praised predictions of the proximate future during the past years. The annual list is always regarded as one of the world’s most interesting ones and looked forward to by all those of us who share a common interest in taking a large perspective on the upcoming year. In case you missed it, we reproduce the list below in an easily digestible way with all the relevant links.

This “Trends of 2015” list is evidentially tech based, but the content tells us a lot about people and their behavior in general in our increasingly digitized world. Here we go with the first 7 out of 15 predictions:

1. Move Over “Step Counters”

Fitness technology startups are primed to shake up the health and fitness wearable industry, offering true insights and recommendations for athletic training. 3D, pressure, and motion sensors are being integrated to assess form, movement quality, and muscular exertion to automatically log your workouts and provide real-time recommendations to prevent injury and improve training.

Moov provides you with a near constant feedback loop on your performance, and makes you not only move more but also better and the device coaches you with a knowledgeable and encouraging voice. The Verge explains the idea: your progress and way of performing an exercise is pitted against professional athletes and trainers, to make you continuously improve.

Another company, Sensoria, is targeting runners and their habit of causing themselves injuries when performing their favorite activity. The company produces smart socks, bras and t-shirts, although the socks are undoubtedly their most hyped contribution until today’s date. According to TechCrunch, Sensoria with its socks places sensors on the bottom of the foot so an app can give feedback on the most common types of runner errors.

A third device is called LEO and comes from the company Gesture Logic. This device goes around your legs instead of around your wrist, and is similarly to Sensoria designed to help you prevent injuries. In the words of TechFaster, LEO can warn you of a potential injury if you’re landing too hard when you run and also tell you if you’re not pushing to your optimum performance when riding a bike. With LEO it senses what you’re doing from the way your legs are moving and can make better recommendations and it can can even detect muscle imbalance based on your right vs left leg.

A final device worth noting is named GymWatch. It’s a wearable that you strap on during your workouts that not only captures data on pretty much any exercise you’d like to try out — it also helps you train. As TechCrunch recently reported, the device captures a full range of motion and can tell you if you’re doing a certain exercise too fast or too slow, and it can also help make sure you’re doing it with the correct form.

2. Ambient Intelligence Knows what’s Up

The introduction of Amazon Echo (featured in this Mistbreaker article) is just one of many examples of ambient intelligence. We’ll see a surge in products and services that quietly pay attention to what’s happening around them — learning what people do, how they sound, and what they’re interested in — all in the service of making better guesses as to what people might need or want. Prepare for a very smart, ambient world.

This trend was also featured on the Mistbreaker list “The Large List of Technologies that will go BIG in 2015” under the headline “Voice Control and ‘Language-independent’ Interaction”. Apart from Amazon Echo, famous features from large corporations such as Siri, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana are valid examples of the continuous development within the area.

3. Nano Particles Diagnose from the Inside Out

What if our bodies could tell us we were sick, even before we felt symptoms? Nano particles, designed to live within the human body, are opening up opportunities to monitor the health of a person in real time with extreme accuracy. This emerging technology, along with other advanced diagnostics techniques, will enable instant disease detection, enabling much faster treatments and better outcomes.

Figuring as a recent example according to Business Insider, Google is in the early stages of creating tiny, magnetic nano particles that will be able to search the human body for cancer and other diseases. Google is also working on a small wearable device that would attract and count the particles. In that way, the system would be used for testing and monitoring health: You could be alerted through the wearable if a lot of the particles were attaching to tumor cells.

4. The Emergence of the Casual Programmer

“Ubiquitous (or pervasive) computing” has become the norm as microprocessors, sensors, and cloud services made their way into almost everything in our homes, cars, offices, and beyond. It is becoming too burdensome for many connected product and service companies to deliver software that can anticipate use cases and integration points of thousands of new connected products coming to market. A shift is underway in software and service design where the command and control of this complex connected world around us will rely on “casual programming” experiences — giving every day, non-programming people the tools, services, and APIs usually reserved for the hackers and technology elite in friendly and accessible forms.

A valid example is constituted by IFTTT which stands for “IF This Then That” and has quickly become the ultimate automation service for small tasks between Internet-connected services, according to PC Mag. You can look upon IFTTT as a recipe, made up by “triggers”, “actions” and “ingredients”. The this part of the recipe is a called trigger. Some example triggers are “I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “I check in on Foursquare.” The that part of a recipe is an action. Some example actions are “send me a text message” or “create a status message on Facebook.” Pieces of data from a trigger are called ingredients. For example, the ingredients of an e-mail trigger could be: subject, body, attachment, received date, and the sender’s address. All the big names are supported on IFTTT. For social networking you’ll find Facebook profiles, Facebook Pages, LinkedIn, and Twitter. There are also Google services like YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Talk.

5. Eat Your Technologies

Recently, cutting edge technology has been pushing its way into the food chain. In 2015 it will finally make its way to the dinner table. From 3D printed meals to data-derived diets to efficient home farming, technology is poised to revolutionize the dinner options in a 21st century home.

For instance, The Sugar Lab and its ChefJet has accomplished impressive 3D-printing of structured sugar in a variety of creations, and the solution can print everything from drink sweeteners to complicated toppers for elaborate wedding cakes, according to Business Insider. The company was acquired by 3D systems during the fall, but continues to operate as a single entity.

Moreover, the company 3D Robotics is contributing with its drone technology to increase the yield from our farmlands and help feed a world with constrained resources, where population is continually growing. The drones can collect the aerial data that farmers need to better understand and predict crop yield, assess crop health and weed cover, and monitor and target water and fertilizer distribution and application. These farming techniques are popularly called precision agriculture, which can save farmers money and time, as well as help them enhance their crop quality, yields, and profits on those yields, and optimize the usage and output of farmland.

6. The Internet of Food goes Online

2015 will see a new roster of connected kitchen devices that will profoundly change the way we produce, consume, and interact with food. Don’t be surprised to come home to a robot cooking pizza from original Italian recipes available on the Internet, or by making coffee (almost) out of your smartphone.

For instance, Vessyl a 13-ounce cup that recognizes any beverage you pour into it, displays its nutritional content, and syncs all your drinking habits to your smartphone.The cup can distinguish grapefruit juice from orange juice from lemonade and knows the difference between Vernors ginger ale and Canada Dry ginger ale. According to The Verge, Vessyl can tell the difference between strong and weak coffee and also measure the sugar, protein, calories, fat, and caffeine inside any beverage you pour into it, mass-produced or homemade. While many people think this is really useful and cool, one should perhaps mention that a PC Mag contributer referred to it as “The silliest cup on the Internet”

7. Mobilizing the Next 4 Billion

Mobile is transforming developing markets; opening access to critical services like education and healthcare, improving financial inclusion and improving the efficiency of trade. With over four billion people yet to connect to the internet, the opportunity to create meaningful impact is immense.

A first example regards internet.org, which is a partnership between social networking service company Facebook and six mobile phone companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera Software, and Qualcomm) that aims to bring affordable Internet access to everybody by increasing affordability, increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access

Also, Project Loon from Google is a research and development project being developed by Google with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloonsplaced in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 32 km (20 mi) to create an aerial wireless network with up to 3G-like speeds

Another initiative is called mAgri and is taken by GSMA. The introduction of mobile technology and portable, wireless devices has led to the creation of innovative services and applications that are used within the agricultural value chain in developed and developing countries. The mission of mAgri is to support actors along the agriculture value chain through the use of this technology. Mobile technology in this case covers a broad range of devices and the sub-categories include voice, data, network and connectivity technologies.

Tomorrow’s edition of Mistbreaker News will feature the remaining 8 trends, all bound to make an impact to our lives in one way or another. Please visit us again tommorow for another illumnating read!

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