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38 User-Focused Software Innovations

From Pressure-Activated Interfaces to Mobile VR Headsets

— November 9, 2015 — Tech
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.
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Multimedia Streaming Devices
Multimedia Streaming Devices
This System Helps Users Stream Subscription TV on Multiple Devices
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37
Encrypted Communication Apps
Encrypted Communication Apps
Signal For Android Keeps Prying Eyes Away From Your Business
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36
User-Friendly Music Editors
User-Friendly Music Editors
This App is Designed to Help Anyone Edit Tracks on the Go
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35
Raw Photo-Editing Apps
Raw Photo-Editing Apps
The Snapseed Photo Editing App Lets You Process RAW Images
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34
Autopilot Car Programs
Autopilot Car Programs
The Tesla Autopilot Software Monitors Vehicles For Safety Reasons
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33
3D Video Converters
3D Video Converters
This MIT Video Software Turned 2D Footage of Soccer Into 3D Footage of Soccer
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Pressure-Activated Phone Interfaces
Pressure-Activated Phone Interfaces
Apple's 3D Touch Tech Lets Users Access Features With a Tap
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Livestreamed Motorcycle Rides
Livestreamed Motorcycle Rides
A Harley-Davidson Ride Broadcasted on Periscope Unveils New Machines
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30
Virtual Field Trip Platforms
Virtual Field Trip Platforms
WildEyes Captures 360 Degree Videos of National Park Destinations
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29
Multi-Window Video Platforms
Multi-Window Video Platforms
The Android 6.0 Muffin Concept Offers Multiple Viewing Capabilities
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28
Predictive Email Apps
Predictive Email Apps
The SlideMail Messaging Tool Learns Your Behaviors to Email For You
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27
Fingerprint-Accessed Mobile Interfaces
Fingerprint-Accessed Mobile Interfaces
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Uses Fingertip Authentication
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26
Data-Rewarding Apps
Data-Rewarding Apps
The 'Data Perks' App Gives Consumers Data In Exchange for Doing Surveys
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25
Brand-Specific Operating Systems
Brand-Specific Operating Systems
The 'Z3' Phone by Samsung Uses a Tizen-Powered Operating Platform
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24
Multiplatform Design Software
Multiplatform Design Software
Autodesk Graphic Allows for Quick, Simple and Effective Vectoring
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Multi-App Controlling Wearables
Multi-App Controlling Wearables
The DO Button Can Complete Pre-Set Chores Like Turning Off Lights
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22
Personalized App Interfaces
Personalized App Interfaces
The Relaunch of Garmin Connect Tailors Its Interface to Individuals
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21
Live Stream Music Videos
Live Stream Music Videos
Nicole Arbour's Fun Revolution is the First Ever Periscope Music Video
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20
Remote Control Virtual Glasses
Remote Control Virtual Glasses
The IncrediSonic Smartphone VR Headset Offers Immersive Renderings
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Voice-Controlled Remotes
Voice-Controlled Remotes
Comcast's Voice Remote Takes Commands to Find and Suggest Shows
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18
Open-Source OS Communities
Open-Source OS Communities
HP's 'OpenSwitch' is a Full-Featured Community-Based System
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17
Connected Driving Apps
Connected Driving Apps
The Drive Efficient App Lets Drivers Keep Their Eyes On the Road
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16
VR Action Movie Experiences
VR Action Movie Experiences
This Insurgent Film Short Gives Fans an Immersive Experience at SXSW
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15
Gamified Email-Sorting Apps
Gamified Email-Sorting Apps
The Geronimo App Notifies You When You Receive Emails From Real People
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14
Luxury Hotel VR Tours
Luxury Hotel VR Tours
The Shangri-La Hotels Now Offer Immersive VR Tours to Attract Travelers
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360-Degree News Feeds
360-Degree News Feeds
Facebook and Oculus Rift are Teaming up to Create 360-Degree Videos
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12
Rewarding Mobile Wallets
Rewarding Mobile Wallets
Yoyo Wallet Collects Coupons During Mobile Payment Sessions
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11
Live Streamed Keynotes
Live Streamed Keynotes
Jeremy Gutsche's SXSW Book Launch is One of the First Keynotes on Meerkat
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10
Smartphone Button Peripherals
Smartphone Button Peripherals
The Air Button Allows You to Add Additional Functions to Your Device
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9
Smartphone-Focused VR Headsets
Smartphone-Focused VR Headsets
The Microsoft VR Kit Could Be a Google Cardboard Competitor
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8
Cloud-Only Computers
Cloud-Only Computers
The Solu Cloud Computer Works Entirely Through the Network
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7
Intuitive Health Platforms
Intuitive Health Platforms
Tactio Health Tracks Weight, Sugar Levels and Physical Activity
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6
User-Friendly Flight Apps
User-Friendly Flight Apps
Concept for a New Turkish Airlines App Would Be Intuitive to Navigate
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5
Smartphone VR Accessories
Smartphone VR Accessories
The Homido Virtual Reality Headset Uses Existing Technology for Easy VR
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4
Biometric Identification Platforms
Biometric Identification Platforms
VerifyMe's System Measures Faces, Voices, Retinas and More
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3
Buttonless Smartphone Renderings
Buttonless Smartphone Renderings
This iPhone 7 Concept Does Away with the Home Button and More
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2
Wardrobe Mapping Apps
Wardrobe Mapping Apps
The Stylebook App is an Efficient Way to Plan Your Outfits
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1
Accessible VR Viewers
Accessible VR Viewers
A Variety of Knoxlabs Cardboard Viewers for Varying Budgets and Preferences
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