Top Five: Innovations We’re Thankful For, 2011 Edition

  Since it’s the week we celebrate Thanksgiving in our US office, we asked some of Zemoga’s New York team to share with us the innovation from 2011 that they’re most thankful for.

Since it’s the week we celebrate Thanksgiving in our US office, we asked some of Zemoga’s New York team to share with us the innovation from 2011 that they’re most thankful for.

Dennis Portello: One thing that comes to mind, but is not really a 2011 thing is ARM. The little processor that could. This year it has become more apparent that ARM processors will make the leap from Tablets and Phones to servers. There is a new architecture that will be leading this.

ARM was designed back in the late 80s and powered and obscure British computer system (Acorn). The computer company went belly-up, but ARM lived on in embedded devices. It’s now posing a serious threat to Intel.

These new server will power cloud computing.

Also, Windows 8 will be built to support ARM architecture.

Ultra dense and power efficient. It will be one of the most disruptive things in Tech this year.

Dan Licht:  I have two, and they’re connected. Most important past innovation: Pen & Paper – Only fire may be more important. Any idea can be communicated with these two simple tools. They have changed countries, history, and can sketch out the most intricate of user experiences.

Innovation of the future: Inkling – Wacom has created something I know will be on many peoples holiday gift list (including mine). It takes what I think is the best innovation ever (see above) and finally makes it digital. While you draw in your sketchbook it wirelessly records every stroke of the pen. You can then take it into any number of creative apps and edit it. It even makes an animation!

Russ Ward: Siri on the iPhone is not just voice activation to turn applications on and off, it is voice based search engine that takes one more step out of the computer-human interface by removing the need for keyboard interaction. Siri allows the interface to interact with phone applications and with broader internet search functions to find anything that other search engines can find. It minimizes the search result clutter by presenting the top results on the iPhone interface, which reduces the complexity of choice from so many other lesser search result options that are largely ignored. Enabling technology that supports Siri’s functional existence is high-speed digital phone networking that passes the processing of the search query to a remote server.

While this technology has some significant limitations it is yet another hint of the future on personal communications and web interaction. In time we see Siri’s technological cousins working on Tablets and computers. Amazing!

Dave Bovenschulte: SMMS (Social Media Management Systems): Social management platforms reached a respectable level of enterprise maturity this year with a variety of strong contenders rolling out a plethora of features including listening, tracking, post & tab publishing, brand monitoring, social analytics, collaboration workflow, and more. A-list vendors include: Buddy Media, Engage121, Awareness Networks, Vitrue, and Syncapse.

Sven Larsen: I’m delighted that this is the year cloud computing went mainstream. There’s something magical about taking a picture on your phone and having it show up on all your other devices. And when you lose a phone or a device gets damaged, it’s a relief to know that you won’t have to re-enter or upload vital information. Bravo industry in general and Apple and Amazon in specific. This is progress.