Some of these ideas have been in the works for a while, others are still evolving but we can all agree that they are all disruptive, in their own niches. Here are but only a few, that we’ve seen evolve recently.
The Anti-Cafe – How many times have you gone into a chain coffee shop because you have time to kill, desperately need to charge your phone or rest your feet? I know I have and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Many times I have gone into one of these establishments and ended up buying a cup of tea I didn’t really feel like drinking, just for the privilege of sitting down for a while. The Anti-Cafe is the answer to these tribulations: you go there and pay per minute, rather than buying specific food or drinks. Everything else is free, meaning you can help yourself to all the coffee and biscuits you want while you’re there. You can now find Anti-Cafes in several places in the world, our closest being London but also Paris, Moscow and Tallinn (that we know of, there might be more).
Oculus Rift – Despite still having some technical problems that their team is working on solving, the Oculus Rift is the VR goggle all gamers have been waiting for. Immersion is one, if not the most important aspect of gaming and this is the most advanced technology in that area to date. As its interface and developer tools are open, other companies are building extensions and non-gaming uses for this technology, making it not only disruptive but also collaborative. One can only hope that the prototype can be improved soon, so it becomes available in the market – millions of gamers are anxiously waiting.
Wearables – Wearable technology is one of the new ideas that are game changing. You already have available a series of fitness related items such as Fitbit or Jawbone, as well as others such as Beddit, that promises to collect data and point you into how to have better sleep. All these items are equipped with sensors and are constantly collecting data about the way you eat, sleep, walk and everything else in between, as you go about your life. It will be interesting to see what other types of wearable technology will be made available in the future, as there are so many possible uses.
There are many others that have surfaced recently, which ones do you think are worthy of note?