Last year, General Electric launched AppFronts, a yearly event that brings technology innovators together in Manhattan. The concept is simple: executives from companies in the technology world get five minutes to pitch their idea, whether it’s an app or a product. The first ever AppFronts had some notable players, including Flirtey, Wattpad, and even Slack.
This year, thirteen companies participated in AppFronts. All of them were impressive, but my three favorites were apps/products that seek to make a positive impact and the world a better place.
One of my favorite companies of the night was Ringly, a line of smart jewelry for women. Ringly isn’t necessarily the type of company that brings social good to mind. Their jewelry is glamorous, like something you’d see with a hefty price tag in a shop window. But their jewelry is about more than just making something beautiful; Ringly wants to help users take a break from technology, while still remaining connected.
Ringly is a line of jewelry that gently alerts you when you receive a text, phone call, or notification that you think is important. Users can set up their ring or bracelet to vibrate and light up only for very certain notifications. Only want to get alerted when your husband, babysitter, or kid calls? Ringly can do that. It allows the user to confidently put down his or her phone and stop constantly checking for updates, without the fear of missing an important message.
Wish you had a smart car, but don’t have the cash to buy a brand new ride? Don’t worry—Dash is a perfect solution. Dash is almost like Chromecast for your car; it’s powered by a small device that easily connects to your vehicle and makes it “smart.” The Dash app then allows you to gain tons of valuable data and information on your driving habits. This app isn’t just a voice control device or a GPS, it’s a digital scorecard and driving instructor. The app gives you a score on how good your driving is, and lets you get feedback for how to improve. It helps you understand how to drive smarter and safer.
The app also keeps a detailed trip history that keeps track of trip distance, trip gas prices, and miles per gallon. Dash helps users save some cash and be a more environmentally conscientious all at the same time.
(Source: Pager Facebook)
We’ve all waited for hours at a doctor’s office, only to be told “there’s nothing we can do” and get sent home no better than you were three hours ago. Pager wants to change that. Instead of going straight to the doctor, Pager allows you to chat with a nurse who will assess whether or not you need care. If you do, then you can set up a doctor’s appointment, or even better—get a doctor to come to you. Pager even orders labs, sends prescriptions to your pharmacy, and delivers medication.
Pager is trying to make it easier for patients in need to get the care that they need, without making them feel like they’re wasting their time. It also helps streamline our healthcare system, making it exponentially more convenient for patients to get a doctor where and when they need them.
Overall, AppFronts assured me that the future of technology is looking bright. There are so many incredible technology innovations that are being produced and distributed to the masses every day. Hopefully, these ideas will help, if even in a small way, to make the world a better place.