Tag Archives: mobile technology

The Coming Global Wave of Mobile Widgets to be Explored at the Illinois Technology Association’s Mobile Visionary Roundtable on June 16, 2010, at 8:30am

On June 16, the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) welcomes virtual guest speaker Mark Caron presenting, “The Coming Global Wave of Mobile Widgets.”  Mr. Caron, based in New York City, is the Founder and CEO of Snac, Inc. He has spent his career playing a leading role in bringing mobile services to the mass-market; starting with digital wireless services in the 1990s, text messaging in the early 2000s, and now the mobile internet with his latest start-up, Snac, Inc.

Take a look at these interesting statistics:

  • 80% of mobile consumers would increase content usage if faster and more reliable. (Equation Research survey of 1001 US mobile web users – 9/09)
  • iPhones only comprise only 6-7% of the US market/other smartphones only add another 16-17%. (Yankee Group – 9/09 extrapolated)
  • The average free iPhone app loses 90% of it users after the first 8-9 days. (Pinch Media)
  • The average US mobile site gets only 2 unique visits/month. (Crisp Wireless)
  • Consumer-facing companies in the US are spending more than $1 billion/year trying to engage mobile users. (eMarketer, Mobile Marketing Association, and company estimates)

In this roundtable, participants will:

  • Discover why widgets will be much bigger in mobile than the PC/web
  • Learn about the new, global mobile widget standard that has these “mini-apps” poised for rapid growth on the heels of mass compatibility
  • See fast, flexible and dynamic widgets in action to witness the next trend in mobile content delivery
  • Better understand the mobile widget market: opportunities, challenges, key players and more
  • Direct your live questions to a pioneer in the mobile widget space

Roundtable presenters will address major factors impacting the mobile industry and highlight success stories. Following the insightful mobile industry presentation, participants will benefit from networking opportunities to share best practices in mobile marketing, technology and application development.

This event takes place in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:30am-10:30am.
Register for the event here.

ITA roundtables are a benefit of ITA membership. Members of the general Illinois technology community are always welcome to check out any ITA roundtables free-of-charge. Roundtable events are held in downtown Chicago, across from the Sears Tower (now named the Willis Tower) at 200 S Wacker Dr, 15th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.

Additional forthcoming Mobile Visionary Roundtable mobile topics include:

• Mobile Marketing Plans
• Best Practices in Apps Development
• The Future of Mobile
• Business Enterprise Applications
• Mobile Monetization
• Global Considerations in Mobile
• Platform Comparisons (iPhone vs. Android vs. Pre, etc.)

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Chairs:

Tim Cascio (262) 938-5543
tcascio[at]bader-rutter.com

Raymond J. Reinhardt (312) 957-8579
Raymond@Cuddlephish.com

About the speaker, Mark Caron
Founder/CEO of Snac, Inc., New York, New York

Mark Caron has spent his career playing a leading role in bringing mobile services to the mass-market; starting with digital wireless services in the 1990s, text messaging in the early 2000s, and now the mobile internet with his latest start-up, Snac, Inc. Prior to founding Snac, Mark was Founder/CEO of MobileSpring/Ztango (now part of Real Networks). Under his leadership, the company developed and deployed in 2001, the first inter-carrier text messaging network, enabling messages to travel cross-network and kicking off the explosion in text messaging. After merging with Ztango, Mark as CEO led the company in offering a range of messaging and mobile content services to nearly all tier 1 and tier 2 US carriers. Before MobileSpring/Ztango, Mark was a co-founder and lead marketing executive at Omnipoint Communications, the first GSM carrier in the Northeast (now part of T-Mobile). Mark started his wireless career at Ericsson as a Product Manager, after working in information systems and telecommunications at GE. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About The Mobile Visionary Roundtable
The Mobile Visionary Roundtable offers a forum for ITA members to engage in active networking and interactive, high-gain, topical discussions regarding mobile marketing and technology. The monthly Mobile Visionary Roundtables feature mobile expert guest speakers, including mobile strategists, marketers and developers from around the world.

About the Illinois Technology Association
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) represents the interests of a diverse membership of more than 650 companies in Illinois that create, deploy and utilize information technology as a core part of their organization. By connecting members with industry peers and participants, providing the latest strategic information, market research and critical market insight and by promoting key thought leaders to raise visibility and gain a greater market awareness and presence, ITA is focused on building and developing the Illinois technology community through collaboration. Additional information is available at http://www.IllinoisTech.org


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Advertisements

How Touchless Interfaces Will Redefine Mobile

Using a standard mobile video camera with object recognition software, a whole new way to interact with mobile devices is in the works. Natural, intuitive body movements and gestures will soon activate and control software applications ranging from productivity tools to interactive games.

Here are a few examples of touchless gestures:

  • Wave your hand to scroll through a document
  • Point at an icon to activate an application
  • Shoot a gun in an action game

In essence, you can point, click, drag, scroll, zoom and rotate with simple hand movements that never touch the screen. Texas Instruments and XTR 3D have teamed to develop a set of software components to improve the way we interface and interact with mobile devices. Here’s a brief video that demonstrates the technology:

So, what can we expect the future to hold for mobile software that can detect our physical gestures and recognize objects with a great deal of accuracy? What will happen with the confluence of more capable smart phones, faster processing speed via cloud computing (where thousands of computers are available on-demand) and 4G LTE networks that could provide up to 10x current speeds?

Pranav Mistry may have the answer. Among many honors, Pranav was recently awarded  ‘Invention of the Year 2009’ by Popular Science for his work on SixthSense, a combination miniature projector, webcam and notebook computer. According to Pranav, we’ll soon have the ability to paint the physical world with digital information rather than confine pixels to the device. In a number of compelling examples, he demonstrates how we will be able to use any surface, any wall as an interface and our own gestures to interact. Check out Pranav’s demonstration at TEDIndia:

Part II

Pranav Mistry identifies himself as a “Designeer.” He’s a former UX Researcher with Microsoft. He received his Master in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Master of Design from IIT Bombay. Currently, Pranav is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab.

As he sets out to make connections between the physical world and the digital world, Pranav hopes to make computing interfaces fluid and more intuitive for the masses. Furthermore, his aim is to allow us to get away from traditional computer settings and out interacting with the world.

Recent developments in mobile embedded video projection, video capture and cloud computing will likely consolidate concepts like SixthSense into one singular device.

I look forward to following Pranav‘s continued research and achievements. He’s truly a mobile visionary and one to watch.


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Mobile Visionary Roundtable Event to be Held in Chicago on February 17, 2010: Mobile Marketing and a Visionary Look Forward

On February 17, the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) welcomes guest speaker Alex Campbell presenting on Mobile Marketing and a Visionary Look Forward.

Did you know mobile messaging revenues worldwide are expected to grow to $233 billion in 2014, up from about $150 billion in 2009, according to a new forecast issued by Portio Research? Additionally, according to Gartner, mobile app store revenues will reach $6.2 billion in 2010. Worldwide downloads are expected to surpass 21.6 billion by 2013.

Register in advance. Informal networking begins when doors open at 8:00am.

Known throughout the industry for his candor regarding the state of mobile technology, Alex is a sought after speaker within the technology and financing circuits. He has won a number of awards throughout his career including Red Herring’s Top 25 Tech Rebels and Crain’s Business Chicago Top 40 Professionals under 40.

Following the insightful educational portion of our roundtable, participants will split into themed mobile breakout sessions where they will enjoy networking opportunities and share best practices in mobile marketing, technology and application development.

This event takes place in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 8:30am-11:00am.
Register for the event here.

ITA roundtables are a benefit of ITA membership. Members of the general Illinois technology community are always welcome to check out any ITA roundtables free-of-charge. Roundtable events are held in downtown Chicago, across from the Sears Tower (now named the Willis Tower) at 200 S Wacker Dr, 15th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.

Additional forthcoming Mobile Visionary roundtable mobile topics include:

• Mobile Marketing Plans
• Best Practices in Apps Development
• The Future of Mobile
• Business Enterprise Applications
• Mobile Monetization
• Global Considerations in Mobile
• Platform Comparisons (iPhone vs. Android vs. Pre, etc.)

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Chairs:

Tim Cascio (262) 938-5543
tcascio[at]bader-rutter.com

Raymond J. Reinhardt (312) 924-1681
Raymond@Cuddlephish.com

About the speaker, Alex Campbell
Alex has dedicated the past decade to pioneering the mobile marketing discipline and educating clients on its value as a viable marketing solution. A leader and visionary, his expertise has led to Vibes’ double digit growth, every year since 2004.

About The Mobile Visionary Roundtable
The Mobile Visionary Roundtable offers a forum for ITA members to engage in active networking and interactive, high-gain, topical discussions regarding mobile marketing and technology. The monthly Mobile Visionary Roundtables feature mobile expert guest speakers, including mobile strategists, marketers and developers from around the world.

About the Illinois Technology Association
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) represents the interests of a diverse membership of more than 650 companies in Illinois that create, deploy and utilize information technology as a core part of their organization. By connecting members with industry peers and participants, providing the latest strategic information, market research and critical market insight and by promoting key thought leaders to raise visibility and gain a greater market awareness and presence, ITA is focused on building and developing the Illinois technology community through collaboration. Additional information is available at http://www.IllinoisTech.org


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Mobile University 101 event announced. Save the date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Kelly Stickel, Director of Mobile University 101, is making preparations for what will be an interactive, one-day educational mobile event in Chicago, Illinois. Mobile University is the inaugural event of the Heartland Mobile Council, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to bridging the gap between the mobile industry and marketers.

Kelly and her committee of twenty business professionals are putting together a curriculum designed to educate, engage and connect those interested in leveraging the mobile marketing channel to drive their bottom line. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen and learn from experts, while featured breakout sessions will provide deeper dives into mobile topics of interest and create networking opportunities for participants.

The event includes an expert speaker lineup that will address topics such as:

  • Building a strategic mobile foundation
  • Technologies  available for mobile marketing execution
  • Using mobile for lead generation, brand loyalty and monetization
  • Metrics for measuring success

Mobile University will attract brand managers, retailers, entrepreneurs, technology companies, business owners, ad agencies, direct marketers, market research firms, and anyone seeking insight and success stories around the power of mobile marketing.

The event will be held at the Spertus Institute at 601 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, from 8am to 5pm.  For information about sponsorship, speaking opportunities and event registration, please contact Kelly Stickel at (312) 371-9302 or Kelly@mobiu101.com. Additional information is available on the event website at http://www.mobiu101.com.


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Illinois Technology Association’s Mobile Visionary Roundtable Event to Explore How We Can Apply What Already Works in Japan in Our Mobile Market. Meets November 18, 2009 at 8:30am.

This event has taken place and Christopher’s awe-inspiring slide deck is available here: http://www.box.net/japan

The Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) welcomes virtual guest speaker, Christopher Billich. Christopher is the Senior Vice President of Research & Strategy at Infinita, Tokyo, Japan. Chris speaks often throughout the world on mobile innovation. He will review the trends he is seeing as a widely respected mobile industry thought leader and researcher. Chris will be answering the question, “How can we apply what already works in Japan in our mobile market?”

Japan has 100 million users of advanced third-generation smartphones, twice the number used in the United States. Japan’s at the forefront of mobile thought leadership ranging from mobile wallets to mobile TV with built-in shopping. New technologies, devices and services are being developed to further empower our mobile lives. Chris will share his views on where this exciting new market is headed.

Insightful mobile industry education will be followed by themed mobile “20/20″ breakout sessions and networking to share best practices in mobile marketing, technology and application development.

In this roundtable, participants will:

  • Understand why 9 in 10 Japanese use the Mobile Internet
  • See how mobile phones are being used as digital wallets, TVs, health
    monitoring devices – and how they can even help to keep your shoes dry
  • Discover how operators, handset manufacturers and content providers
    cooperate to create value
  • Learn how mobile advertising became a 1 billion dollar industry
  • Find out which players are pushing the boundaries of the medium
  • Understand what lessons all of this holds for other markets

This event takes place in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 8:30am-11:00am. Register for the event here.

New members are always welcome to attend free-of-charge and ITA roundtables are available to the general Chicagoland business community. Roundtable events are held in downtown Chicago, across from the Sears Tower (now named the Willis Tower) at 200 S Wacker Dr, 15th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.

Additional forthcoming Mobile Visionary roundtable mobile topics include:

  • Mobile Marketing Plans
  • Best Practices in Apps Development
  • The Future of Mobile
  • Business Enterprise Applications
  • Mobile Monetization
  • Global Considerations in Mobile
  • Platform Comparisons (iPhone vs. Android vs. Pre, etc.)

About the speaker, Christopher Billich
Christopher is the Senior Vice President of Research & Strategy at Infinita, Tokyo, Japan

Christopher’s research helps to answer the question, “How can we apply what already works in Japan in our mobile market?” Infinita works with clients across Europe, Asia and the US, including companies like Orange, Qualcomm, DoCoMo.com and IBM. Christopher’s perspective is one from a mobile mature market and his areas of focus include mobile commerce, mobile advertising and NFC contactless payments. Prior to joining Infinita, his assignments as a consultant included Vodafone D2 Germany, BenQ Mobile and Deutsche Telekom.

About The Mobile Visionary Roundtable
The Mobile Visionary Roundtable offers a forum for ITA members to engage in active networking and interactive, high-gain, topical discussions regarding mobile marketing and technology. The monthly Mobile Visionary Roundtables feature mobile expert guest speakers, including mobile strategists, marketers and developers from around the world.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Chairs:

Tim Cascio (262) 938-5543
tcascio[at]bader-rutter.com

Raymond J. Reinhardt (312) 924-1681
Raymond@Cuddlephish.com

About the Illinois Technology Association
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) represents the interests of a diverse membership of more than 550 companies in Illinois that create, deploy and utilize information technology as a core part of their organization. By connecting members with industry peers and participants, providing the latest strategic information, market research and critical market insight and by promoting key thought leaders to raise visibility and gain a greater market awareness and presence, ITA is focused on building and developing the Illinois technology community through collaboration. Additional information is available at http://www.illinoistech.org


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Top 10 Olympic-sized Advances in Mobile Technology for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Take a look at some of my predictions for mobile and related technology to be used at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

  1. Multi-user Mobile Video Conferencing
    Most mobile devices will include a second video camera on the front side (currently, all iPhones have only one video camera located on the backside of the device). The video camera detects and follows your face to facilitate video conferencing. Phones capture at full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video, include 10x Optical/20x Digital Zoom and capture still digital photos at 16+ megapixels. Buying separate video and digital cameras will no longer make sense for recreational users. The high resolutions will enable moderated user video uploads to the Olympic jumbo video screens.
  2. Real-time voice translation
    A Google mobile translation application will enable international visitors to communicate with one another using discrete Bluetooth headsets.
  3. Transportation
    Mobile contactless payments will be used to access public transportation systems. Augmented reality technology will communicate arrival times and capacity information for buses and trains.
  4. Section-led Cheers
    A new cheering experience will be coordinated by section as directed by mobile devices.
  5. Real-time Broadcasts
    Real-time broadcasts of Olympic events will be available on mobile devices and users will be able to select from among multiple camera angles. Pause, rewind and zoom will be common features.
  6. Mobile Trivia Contests
    Compete with other fans during event intermissions for a chance to win prizes and Olympic merchandise. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy in response to trivia questions regarding athletes and the Olympic games.
  7. Augmented Reality
    Augmented reality will become a mature technology and include convenient, fashionable eyewear that communicates with your mobile device. Athletes and gear will be equipped with nearly weightless and transparent microchips that transmit speed, location and identity. Voice commands will provide quick access to athlete stats, profiles and video content.
  8. Made-to-order fashion from your phone
    Mobile ordering what he/she’s currently wearing (microchip tagged athletes and/or fashion models in your augmented reality view) in your size. Onsite sizing booths will automatically calculate your exact measurements and create a digital you. Try it on digitally before buying. Change color, size and mix and match tops/bottoms.

    Here’s one take on what’s possible:

  9. Mobile Advertising Content
    Free teaser content will be transmitted wirelessly (interactive apps, coupons, videos, ringtones, wallpapers, branded games, pictures and other digital assets) to individual mobile devices based on proximity to events, demographics (age, gender, income, credit profile, home country, native language, marital status, etc.) and lifestyle (interests, past buying behavior, music preferences, etc.)
  10. Digital Billboard Advertising Content
    After assessing the demographic and lifestyle traits of the crowd within viewing range of the digital billboards, the billboards will display suitable content.

What are your predictions?


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

Augmented Reality and Mobile: Let the Fun Begin

Augmented realty supplements what you see in real life with animation, data and other digital information. Sensors and actuators that leverage GPS technology and video on mobile devices can create some stunning applications.

By viewing through the display of your video/GPS enabled phone, insightful information about people, places and things that surround you can be revealed.

Check out this excellent example of augmented reality technology by Layar:

Layar’s augmented reality example demonstrates how real estate listings in the Amsterdam area can be viewed and further filtered to show only those that interest the user. Additionally, properties at a distance and out of line-of-sight are indicated and can be brought to the foreground.

Layar is venturing into the 3D space as well with their Layer 3D; a public launch planned for November 2009.

The folks at HitLab, located in New Zealand, are doing some groundbreaking research in augmented reality for commercial applications, including advertising. When the phone’s camera encounters a special symbol or shape in a newspaper ad, for example, it displays a custom 3D image that changes perspective as you move about.

HitLab’s Augmented Reality in Advertising Example:

Another related use brings to life athletes on trading cards. Topps has a good head start with their offering (not yet available on mobile).

AcrossAir has an iPhone App that helps you find the nearest Tube stations in London. Check it out:

Bionic Eye was released September 22, 2009, and Mashable did a nice writeup on their app.

Geolocation or geotagging of digital assets will generate even more possibilities and interest in augmented reality. Content such as videos, photos, podcasts, and news stories can be tagged with latitude, longitude and altitude location data. Geotagging of photos is an automated service offered by Eye-Fi. And, you can use your existing digital camera and Eye-Fi’s wireless SD card.

Practical uses of augmented reality range from surgical procedures (using augmented reality headsets) to a new category of gaming called pervasive gaming. Terrific ideas are emerging from nearly every industry.

What does the future hold? I expect augmented reality to eventually include convenient, fashionable eyewear that communicates with your mobile device, leaving you hands-free to enjoy the experience to a greater extent. Taking a photo snapshot to recognize a person, place or thing (an attractive flower, for example) will provide access to more information and/or where products are sold. Pasi Niemi drew my attention to what Nokia’s developing in this regard – click here. (Thanks, Pasi!) Imagine the prospects as content mashups begin to include Amazon, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, CraigsList, Yelp, Wikipedia and localized search.


Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.