SXSW was held in Austin, TX March 10-19th! SXSW is a week-long conference and festival that showcases the latest interactive technology, music, and film. Every year at SXSW, Interactive Innovation Awards are given out to the most exciting technology developments that were showcased at the event! Check out below the highlights of the 5 top tech innovations that we think could have an impact on the construction industry in the near feature!
1. V3 by Pavegen (London, England)
SXSW awarded V3 by Pavegen the Smart Cities award as this innovation is seeking to use technology to promote a connected world that is not only eco-friendly, but one that is also smarter and more efficient. The V3 by Pavegen is a customizable commercial, smart-flooring solution that captures data from peoples footsteps, illuminates the walking path, and turns the kinetic energy from walking into renewable electricity.
2. 3Doodler PRO by 3Doodler (New York, NY)
The 3Doodler PRO was awarded the Innovative 3-DIY award at SXSW as this innovation is seeking to make 3D printing technology accessible and affordable for the everyday consumer. The 3Doodler PRO has been called the world’s “first professional 3D printing pen.” The 3Doodler PRO is ideal for designers, architects, artists, engineers, and inventors who are looking to prototype designs!
3. Blendoor by Stephanie Lampkin (San Francisco, CA)
Blendoor is a new app that is seeking to transform the traditional job recruiting process. This app could benefit the construction industry for recruiting new employees and staffing projects. SXSW awarded Blendoor the Innovation in Connecting People award for its advancements in connecting and communicating with others. Blendoor seeks to remove bias from the hiring process by hiding data that is not relevant to the recruiting process while also emphasizing the data about applicants that is relevant for recruiting purposes.
4. Tilt Brush by Google (San Francisco, CA)
It is of no surprise that Google unveiled exciting new technology at SXSW. This time, Google was awarded the VR&AR award for its Tilt Brush. SXSW awards the VR&AR award to technology that brings breakthroughs to the virtual reality world. The Google Tilt Brush brings paintings to life as it allows you to paint 3D images via virtual reality. This is a perfect tool for architects to use to visualize design and can be useful for subcontractors to markup electrical work on BIM files while working on site. The Tilt Brush is available for use with Oculus Rift and the HTC VIVE.
5. D3CRYPT3D by PADECA LLC (Chamblee, GA)
SXSW awarded D3CRYPT3D the Privacy and Security award for its developments related to securing data and ensuring privacy. D3CRYPT3D allows for asset tracking to monitor efficiencies and fraudulent activity as well as the ability to communicate file ownership between online marketplaces, potential customers, and large creative teams. D3CRYPT3D could make a big impact on all cloud solutions storing important construction project data. The beta version of D3CRYPT3D is to be released April 1st!
These are just 5 of the countless new technologies showcased at SXSW 2017. SXSW will be held again next year on March 9-18, 2018. Until then though, you can always stay up to date with the latest innovations in technology and construction with the ConTechTrio podcast!
My name is Leann Taylor and I am currently a Senior in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M beginning my third semester as a marketing intern with JBKnowledge! Throughout the past year with JBKnowledge I have learned more than I ever thought possible about technology and business. Although graduation is near and my time as a JBKnowledge intern is coming to a close, the skills I have learned while at JBKnowledge will forever be applicable to my future career endeavors!