Big data from smartphones and smartwatches named some of 2013’s top 10 breakthrough tech

Big data from smartphones and smartwatches named some of 2013’s top 10 breakthrough tech
With a smartphone in every pocket and Pebble finally arriving to its first backers, big data from smartphones and smartwatches made it into the top 10 breakthrough technology of 2013 in MIT Technology Review’s yearly rankings.

To be perfectly exact, it was big data from cheap phones that made it there as smartphone prices have finally dropped to low-enough levels to make them truly massive. This has huge implications for society. For instance, data from phones in a region in Kenya allowed to better understand the reason for malaria spreading around and contain it in the future.

Smartwatches on the other hand have been around for a while, but in 2013 with the launch of the Pebble they are starting to get some momentum they lacked previously. With Bluetooth 4.0 with its low energy profile and in a combination with a smartphone, one might just realize that smartphones may help our lives without ever leaving our pockets.

The other 8 breakthrough technologies of 2013 were deep learning, temporary social media with self-destructing messages, pre-natal DNA sequencing, additive manufacturing, Baxter: the blue-collared robot, memory implants, ultra-efficient solar power and supergrids.

source: MIT Technology Review

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5 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Smartwatches are boring... I'm happy with my Rolex! :)

2. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

indeed, I prefer the smart watch of citizen with BT or the ceramic one, both are powered with eco drive charging tec

3. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

if your having a smart watch. would you be charging it everyday. I mean what about the battery? 1500 mAh, then it would last how many hours providing it will not take days for it to survive?

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have been using Sony smart watch for the last few months. I find it convenient tools to read sms especially bank pin code alert when i do my on line banking. I could also silent my phone all the time as the watch vibrate on all phone alerts; phone call, appointment, sms and my email. So no need to take out my phone from the pocket to read. Pair it with motorola silvr headset perfect! for me.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Motorola ELITE SLIVER Bluetooth is the most comfy all day blue tooth head set. Trust me i have 8 other branded Bluetooth head sets.

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