5 Companies That Will Revolutionise Future Of Technology

There’s a lot of innovation going on out there. And thanks to crowdfunding, companies that like to think outside the box and a real buzz for the future of technology, there’s also some real groundbreaking progress being made too.

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Here’s our list of five companies we think are going to have a significant impact on our tech futures, and why:

Revolutionising The Future Of Technology

1. Plastic Logic

Location: Cambridge, UK

CEO: Indro Mukerjee

What they do: Design and innovate flexible display technology and organic electronics

Why are they important: The days of glass-screen tech is drawing to a close, thanks to Plastic Logic. This R&D company, an offshoot of Cambridge University, have been developing paper-thin plastic screens that can be bent, creased, folded and manipulated, and all without any damage to the screen itself. Their innovations could represent a real game-changing shift in the way portable devices in particular develop in the next five years. A world without fragile, heavy glass screens will be embraced by the buying public, and when you consider just how many people have a glass-screen smartphone or tablet at the moment, it’s clear just how huge the potential market for plastic screen technology really is!

2. Form Labs

Location: Somerville, Mass. USA

CEO: Maxim Lobovsky

What they do: develop and manufacture 3D printers

Why they are important: Form Labs took advantage of crowdfunding to launch Form 1, the first truly consumer-orientated, high-quality 3D printer. They used their research time at MIT to develop a 3D printer that wasn’t just compact and affordable to build, but also produces exceptional results (when compared to the somewhat basic versions that are currently available). The 3D printer could be one of the most important developments in technology in the coming years, and Form Labs are focusing their considerable expertise and innovative spirit on making them available not just for industry use, but for everyone.

3. Oculus VR

Location: Irvine, California, USA

CEO: Palmer Luckey

What they do: Virtual Reality headsets for gaming

Why they are important: Don’t underestimate the importance of gaming. It’s shaping our culture, it plays a hugely important role in our leisure time and has even been used to train the military to operate everything from drones to strategizing battlefield situations. So anything that makes the experience of immersing yourself into a video game has to be important. That’s where Oculus VR come in. Thanks once again to the power of crowdfunding, they’ve been able to develop the Oculus Rift, a revolutionary VR headset that quite literally puts you into the heart of a game. As games become more interactive, VR will be a major part of our entertainment future.

4. Eye Tribe

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

CEO: Sune Alstrup Johansen

What they do: Create and develop eye-control devices

Why they’re important: Touch screen is so last decade in Denmark! The innovative team at Eye Tribe are streets ahead of many of their rivals when it comes to optical motion sensor technology, and have developed products that are controlled not by your fingers, but by your eye movements. Eye tracking has been a big talking point in the tech sector for years, but the team at Eye Tribe are actually developing kit that really works. The principles have been around for a while, but what Eye Tribe are doing is making it faster, more effective and more user-friendly. The term ‘hands-free’ could really mean something in the future if these guys have anything to do with it!

5. Adapteva

Location: Lexington, Mass. USA

CEO: Andreas Olofsson

What they do: Make mini-supercomputers for consumers

Why they’re important: Fancy a supercomputer on your desk that takes up no more space than a credit card? The team at Adapteva have come up with Parallella, an open source, energy efficient, high performance, miniature computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips that the company has developed. Adapteva are at the forefront of microprocessor computer innovation, and could effectively revolutionise the computer industry with their Parallella concept in the next five years.

5 Companies Who Were Forced To Say Sorry

companies sorryIn one crucial aspect, companies are a lot like politicians: they hate apologising. Even when they’re caught doing something so objectively wrong a puppy-murdering paedophile on death row would hang his head in shame, they do their utmost to wriggle out of any responsibility.

Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, ENRON… these clowns could be filmed taking a dump in the Queen’s coffee and they’d still scream injustice. Here are 5 (in)famous corporate apologies from the last few years:

1. Apple Can’t Say “Sorry”

After realising masterful mind-control of the skinny jeans wearing masses would only get them so far, Apple decided they needed to eliminate the competition and set out to sue Samsung into oblivion. Arguing that Samsung copied their patented idea of ‘flat shiny things you carry around with you’, Apple lost the case so badly they were ordered to apologise to the entire world for being so petty. Being so petty, however, they decided the best way to deliver that apology was through such an unapologetic statement that the court had to force them to redo it. That’s what paying only 2% tax in the UK can afford you, boys and girls, the self-entitlement necessary to show such contempt for an entire legal system.

2. BP Use Apology Ad to Congratulate Themselves

Proving that Dow Chemical doesn’t have a monopoly on ecological evil, BP released this ad in response to the Clearwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf Coast in 2010. In it, Ex-CEO Tony Hayward stumbles through an ‘apology’ that highlights just how good BP’s response to the spill has been, like they’re some plucky charity helping clear up and not the idiots who caused it in the first place. Most egregious moment: the photo of happy, clean birds accompanying the narration, at a time when entire ecosystems were still falling victim to the awful spill.

3. Dave Hartnett and Vodafone Contempt for the UK Public

Most of you are probably thinking ‘who the heck is Dave Hartnett?’ Well, bear with us: Dodgy Dave was a high-ranking tax advisor to HMRC, who was responsible for letting both Vodafone and Goldman Sachs get away with billions in tax avoidance. He aided in the gigantic bill being written off when Vodafone’s dodgy dealing was brought to light, leaving them free to post the most unapologetic statement in the history of ever, without fear of legal repercussions. If you think that’s not too bad, we invite you to attempt getting your own tax bill written off this year, and see how HMRC responds when you’re not cosied up with the top guy.

4. The Murdochs: Like Father Like Son?

In 2011 it came to – shocking – light that News International-owned paper The News of the World had hacked the phone of a murdered teenage girl; along with a raft of celebrities, politicians and other ‘newsworthy’ folk. The reaction was immediate: Rupert Murdoch flew to the UK, closed the tabloid and apologised to Milly Dowler’s family. He even managed to sound sincere. The same can’t be said for his son James. While his old dad wept and asked forgiveness, James delivered a masterpiece of obfuscation at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics; muttering Business jargon, feigning ignorance and resolutely failing to apologise. At least Rupert had the balls to admit he was wrong.

5. A Martyr at the BBC

If you’re not based in the UK, you should know dark things are happening over here. A beloved entertainer turned out to be one of the most evil men who ever lived, a culture of abuse was uncovered in the NHS, Police and BBC; and then the BBBC accidentally accused an innocent man of paedophilia. Time for an apology, maybe? In the resulting furore, Director George Entwhistle ‘fell on his sword’ and took the blame, resigning from his post. Fair enough you may say, but let us point out Entwhistle’s almighty severance package; and subtly remind you of his senior position during the days of abuse at the corporation. Yep, when you’re director general, maybe your errors will be as comfortable as Mr. Entwhistle’s.

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