Budding Mobile Video Platforms

August 26, 2015
Move over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Live streaming and image-sharing platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and newbies like Meerkat and Periscope are gaining attention. Are they the taste du jour—or something else? The grassroots culture that started the craze of posting selfies on Instagram is now shifting to sharing experiences through live video streaming apps on various platforms. While Facebook has let people post videos for years, it says viewership soared from three billion videos per day in January to four billion per day in April.YouTube is evolving from “home-made” videos to offering OTT long and short-form professional entertainment. It is part...

Health Data: Disruptive Transformation

May 29, 2015
The quantity and velocity of data being generated by businesses, consumers, healthcare providers and patients is increasing at epic levels. Consider the popularity of wearable fitness health devices. These devices often connect to a ‘system’ that collects and captures data and personal analytics. What does the data say about my current health and wellness based on analytics and what can it predict about my well-being?   Recently eClinicalWorks, an ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) vendor launched its Health and Online Wellness (Healow) platform that allows for...

Hello Mobile Wallet

January 26, 2015
The buzz about mobile transactions began when Apple introduced Apple Pay in the fall and assembled major players in its ecosystem. With great fanfare, Apple Pay announced it was working with retailers from Office Depot to RadioShack and Walgreens. Apple Pay allows for in-app payment for brands like Groupon, OpenTable, Target and Uber. Apple has also partnered with American Express, Master Card and Visa, and banks like Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. In fact, Chase announced that Apple Pay could be used at more than 220,000 retail stores. Imagine paying your bills by pressing your finger against a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. After initially entering credit...

Disruptive Commercial Drones

December 09, 2014
Commercial uses for drones aka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are poised to make a big impact across diverse industries. The implications are virtually endless. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sparked people’s imagination in 2013 when he discussed Amazon’s UAV aspirations for shorthop deliveries on 60 Minutes. Today, Amazon is experimenting with the eighth generation of its Prime Air UAV. Similarly, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to employ UAVs to bring affordable Internet access to the five billion people in the developing world who lack connectivity. The company then purchased U.K.-based drone maker Ascenta, while Google scooped-up Titan Aerospace, a two-year old...

A Watershed Moment for Healthcare

September 22, 2014
Healthcare systems are becoming more efficient and better coordinated. Beyond Google Glass and its medical applications, the Google X Life Sciences group is developing wearable devices to collect data such as heart rate, heart rhythm and oxygen level. This group also developed the smart contact lens — but the potential game changer is its new Moonshot Project, called Baseline Study. In its pilot, it will map genetic and molecular data from 175 people—and later thousands—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be. While other mass medical ...

Printing Innovation in 3D

July 22, 2014
3D printing is disrupting traditional manufacturing and may be the catalyst for the next industrial revolution. It’s moving beyond making prototypes, molds and tooling into the customization of end-use parts for applications ranging from aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer products, architecture and electronics. McKinsey estimates that the 3D printing industry could generate between $230 billion and $550 billion by 2025. Companies like 3D Systems, GE, Shapeways and Stratasys are making major bets on this manufacturing transformation that holds the potential to stimulate job growth with...

Crowdfunding Unfolding

May 22, 2014
Crowdfunding is disrupting the relationship between entrepreneurs, the money raising ecosystem and investors. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites are helping innovators to build businesses and leverage funding with more than 200 online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. alone. Evidence is mounting that crowdfunding is starting to impinge on the seed turf of angel investors. Venture capitalists (VC) are no longer immune from the effects of crowdfunding, as deal making within a crowd context is leveling the playing field with terms that are more favorable to entrepreneurs. This is especially true on the East Coast where words ...

Let's Collaborate

April 02, 2014
This year it was clear that one of the real values of the 2014 International CES is its role as an important venue for collaboration across companies and industries, and that this is a new way of doing business. Historically, collaborations at CES tend to be about bilateral company deals such as large OEMs selecting a particular chip or software program within the traditional CE ecosystem. Often, press releases by smaller companies tout their alliances with a major CE company. While that’s still an important aspect, we are now seeing a shift towards inter-industry collaboration...

Watch for Wearables

January 24, 2014
For the New Year, C4 is focusing on wearable technologies. Two key events catapulted wearables—the introduction of Google Glass and the launch of the Pebble Smartwatch, the crowdfunding wonder that raised more than $10 million, making it one of the most successful Kickstarter projects to date. The fusion of fashion and accessories with associated apps, software and hardware will change the way people use technology in their everyday lives. It is becoming more common to connect low-energy devices like wristbands to iPhones for health or behavior tracking—with technologies like micro-controllers...
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