South By Southwest is a two-week festival where music, film and tech innovators from around the world gather to learn and inspire. The festival ended this past Sunday, and after attending the tech portion, Brent Hines, our social media tech guru, gives us the scoop on the latest trends in social media and tech from SXSW!
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We Are Really Becoming Cyborgs
It’s true. Some argue that we are already cyborgs. Will you be seeing your fellow humans with computers on their foreheads and electronic cat-ears? You just might. And it will probably change everything. Here are two innovations that thousands are flocking to:
Brainwave Cat Ears
The same company created an app that reads brainwaves and will make a music playlist for you
Crowdfunding is Working
Thousands of artists and innovators are finding the funding they need through everyday people. You can search a crowdfunding website like Kickstarter or Indigogo and be part of a fashion designer’s new line or help a couple in Missouri launch a food truck. Crowdfunding is responsible for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie. And Indiegogo boasts the first crowdfunded baby. Crowdfunding is here to stay.
Less Software, More Hardware
People are less impressed by apps. They are looking to hardware for innovation. The biggest marker of this trend at SXSW: 3D Printing. People were wearing printed shoes. Kids were playing with printed toys. And innovators are trying new inventions that were never possible before they could print them at home. Check out theses two printers and browse around to see the products they are making possible:
Makerbot - (These guys announced their first 3D scanner called The Digitizer at SXSW.)
The trend in this new economic sector is to own less but experience more. Crowdfunding is part of this trend, but so are things like AirBnB and Car2Go. Think of easily renting someone's beachfront cottage instead of owning it. People want to own less; they want to try more. Here are a few ways people are sharing with their community: