From Pressure-Activated Interfaces to Mobile VR Headsets

By: Jana Pijak - Nov 9, 2015
These user-focused software innovations range from user-friendly payment apps to pressure-activated mobile interfaces. A notable example -- Apple's 3D Touch feature -- gives users access to various functions with the help of a responsive motion sensor. When tapped at varying pressure points, one's phone can make calls that won't interfere with open apps or web pages.

Other standouts include 360 degree news feeds like the one launched by Facebook and Oculus Rift. This VR software lets social media users experience immersive feeds and is followed by other examples like biometric identification platforms. VerifyMe's platform uses retina scans and voice samples to identify web users without a password. The service is not only ideal for businesses but can also be applied by health and government organizations.

These user-focused software innovations also include mobile VR kits by Microsoft and Google. Microsoft's mobile VR kit follows in the footsteps of Google Cardboard, a popular model that is compatible with Android devices and a multitude of platforms. A standout includes including WildEyes, a VR software that allows Google Cardboard users to experience the beauty of America's national parks from the comfort of their home.