Augmented Reality (AR) is technology that overlays information and virtual objects on real-world scenes in real-time. Virtual Reality (VR) is a three-dimensional computer-generated environment that a person can explore and interact with in varying levels of immersion. While tech that blurs the line between simulation and reality can be traced back to 1965, when Ivan Sutherland developed the first head-mounted display system, it’s evolved into a tool that can be applied to improving people’s health in innovative and unexpected ways. The impacts of AR and VR on healthcare have been immense, including making the industry more technologically advanced, motivational for patients, and accessible to all.
In the following article, I will talk about these recent developments in the AR and VR world that have improved the effectiveness of healthcare. Specifically, innovative startups have made advancements in surgery and patient care that are pushing this field into the future.
Could you tell the difference between a song composed by a person and another composed by AI? Is automation emerging to make our own skill sets and roles outdated, even in something as based in human talent and artistry as music? Or, is disruptive tech a tool to enhance our creative processes, not replace them? Despite today’s uncertainty, this is really how it’s always been. Think of the late David Bowie, who developed a sentence randomizing app on his Mac to help write and inspire his lyrics all the way back in 1995.
Music and tech continue to intertwine today thanks to the innovations of emerging AI-based startups. This article features some of the most exciting young companies around the world that are developing this tech for non-musicians and musicians alike, as well as the programs they can apply to for much-needed resources.
Forward-thinking soft and hard tech is emerging every year in ecotourism startups, and it’s revolutionizing how we travel. While tourism that benefits the local people and environment, or “ecotourism”, is far from a new concept, people are more eager than ever for a CSR-conscious direction. With that in mind, innovative startups worldwide are tapping this rising market led by millennial families. In this article we’ll walk you through a brief history and definition of that trend, followed by a guide to some of today’s most inspiring ecotourism startups, tech, and incubators.
What makes startups fail or succeed? Is there a foolproof plan for aspiring founders? It is not only important for you to have an idea that you believe is amazing, but also your innovation has to fulfill an unmet need. Having a vested interest in startups and the venture capital space, I interviewed Professor Jeffrey Hollender, whom I took a social entrepreneurship course with called Innovations and Strategies for Building a Progressive Social Enterprise during my time at NYU Stern. Jeffrey Hollender is a co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University, and serves on the Kimberly-Clark and the Morgan Stanley Sustainability Advisory Boards. He shed some insights on how to create a successful startup, including how to come up with a startup idea, whether to take an entrepreneurship course, and the importance of creating a business plan.