Ping Pong Tables, Eyeball Cameras…And Other Business Tech News You Missed This Week


(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Sony will put a camera on your eyeball.

From ForbesYou probably think cameras couldn’t get much more convenient than the one built into your smartphone, but Sony has just submitted a patent application for a camera small enough to fit within a contact lens worn directly on the human eyeball.

Why this is important for your business:

Talk about wearables! Wasn’t it only just a few years ago that we were astonished with Google Glass? Now we’re sticking cameras right into our eye sockets. But this is reality and imagine employees streaming back what they’re seeing from the field, the plant floor or from customers’ locations.

2 – Designer proteins, created and edited on computers, open up new biotech frontiers.

From GeekWireSynthetic genomes and gene editing are big things today, but the next big things in biotechnology could be proteins that are designed and edited on computers – and are then synthesized to produce novel types of medicines, materials and molecular machines.

Why this is important for your business:

More opportunities for bio-technology are coming…but from software, not tissue. If you’re in this field, you’ll soon need to be budgeting for as many software developers as medical researchers.

3 – Adblock Plus and Flattr’s new project will let users automatically donate money to websites.

From VentureBeatAdblock Plus and Flattr have announced Flattr Plus, a way for users to automatically contribute real money in exchange for what they read, listen to, and watch on the Web. You can sign up for the latest attempt to monetize online content now, but the beta will only start rolling out “early this summer,” with a first stable release slated for the end of this year.

Why this is important for your business:

Could this technology be a potential compromise between the publishing industry and those evil makers of ad-blocking software who actually help us read articles faster without slowing down our experience with bloated and unwanted ads? Now readers will be given the opportunity to pay a little bit for the sites they like the most. They get a faster experience, and the publishers get money.

4 – Buttonless fingerprint sensors are coming to phones this year.

From VergeLG Innotek joins Fingerprint Cards in announcing a fingerprint module that can be integrated under the same glass cover as a phone’s display, obviating the need for a button. This will allow smartphone makers to have truly seamless designs while still offering the now-mandatory fingerprint authentication — and both companies expect devices with this new technology before the end of the year.

Why this is important for your business:

Smartphone security is getting better. This kind of technology will make things quicker. Mobile payments are getting closer. Get your business ready to accept payments from smartphones…now!

5 – Is the Tech Bubble popping? Ping Pong offers an answer.

From the Wall Street JournalIs the tech bubble popping? Ping pong offers an answer, and the tables are turning.

“Last year, the first quarter was hot” for tables, says Simon Ng, owner of San Jose’s Billiard Wholesale, who thinks sales track the tech economy. Now “there’s a general slowdown.”

Why this is important for your business:

Maybe the sales of ping pong tables really do mirror the tech industry’s fortunes. Maybe not. But the important thing is that smart business owners do look at certain macro-metrics to see where their industry and the economy is headed and you should too. If you’re in manufacturing, check out the Chemical Activity Barometer. If you’re in the travel industry, go to Alexa and track the number of visitors to Expedia. Alan Greenspan is famous for watching men’s underwear sales. What’s your metric?


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