With over 1500 businesses exhibiting at Web Summit, there's a lot of new technology to explore. Tom Kelshaw, Director of Innovation at Maxus, shares his top picks for novel technology, clever solutions or clearly demonstrated product-market fit.
Over 1500 businesses exhibit at Web Summit, these are Tom Kelshaw’s selection of the most exciting based on novel technology, a clever solution or clearly demonstrated product-market fit.
- Snatch – An AR treasure-hunt/capture the flag game that bring brands and players together in the real world. It’s Pokemon GO for people that prefer capturing Kanye tickets or Uber credits, not virtual monsters. I beta-tested Snatch AR at Web Summit and I’m excited about the opportunity to encourage casual gamers through product trials, loyalty and retail visitation.
- Quantum Metric – Online analytics platform that reveals causes and costs of bad design by recording and reviewing web/mobile visits. Competitors include Clicktale, CrazyEgg, and Adobe, but Quantum Metric’s product provides much more advanced capabilities.
- TheMotion – Automating video creative for online, mobile, and broadcast. A very promising tool for travel, aviation and e-commerce brands using video and re-targeting.
StyleBee – Uber for Stylists (Hair, Nails, Makeup). Multifaceted business model for supply-side (the stylists) and lovely interface for buy-side (people with hair, skin or nails). In many countries and communities it’s common for beauty services to be performed in the home, at the client’s convenience.
- Rock, Pamper, Scissors ‘ Following the same on-demand model and focusing on trusted stylist reviews in the UK market. Great name.
- flow.ai – Hybrid bot platform for customer service. Partners humans and bots in a supervised-learning system to help the bots become smarter.
- Juno Fertility – With many people choosing to have children later, fertility solutions are a growth sector. Juno is an at-home fertility testing kit that combines a mail-in blood drop test with data modeling to report on ovarian viability.
- Joan – Meeting room booking and management is an annoyance. Using low-cost, resilient and low-energy E-Ink signage, you never need to guess “is this room booked?” again?
- Tukuoro – Voice input solution with sophisticated intent translation. Talk via phone call, headset or smartwatch. Perfect for fleet workers, drivers or bad weather scenarios where a touchscreen or keyboard interface isn’t practical.
- Follow Inspiration – Very cool Portuguese company that builds for-purpose robots. There were a few “barista bots” serving the crowds, and their solutions work for shopping carts, telepresence and medical solutions. This is the most impressive robotics tech I’ve seen this year, including CES.
- Kubo – Winner of the final Pitch Battle. Kubo is a cute coding/STEM robot, designed with accessibility and affordability in mind. Quite lovely.