SXSW 2014 Recap: Our Favorite Technology Finds

19 Mar, 2014

Bionym Nymi

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The South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival has evolved quite a bit over the years. Originally starting off as a music conference in 1987 with 700 registrants in Austin, Texas, SXSW has grown to also attract technology and film companies – and it now has over 16,000 registrants attending! This year’s show wrapped up on Sunday, Mar. 16. In case you missed some of the gadgets and new technology introduced, check out our recap of our favorite tech finds from SXSW 2014.

Oculus Rift

Ready to teleport for your next gaming session? You can teleport virtually using Oculus Rift – the virtual reality 3D headset that took SXSW 2014 by storm. It tracks all of your subtle movements, so you feel like you are actually inside the world of your game. Plus, when you look around in the game, you’ll have a 110° field of view.


Forget trying to remember multiple passwords for your different devices. Bionym’s Nymi (pictured above), a device worn on the wrist, tracks your cardiac rhythm (which is unique to every person) and can sign you into all of your devices that are registered with the Nymi app.

The 314 Bag

Charge your phone…in your purse. The 314 – a handbag created by Jon Lou – will charge your phone or tablet using MIT technology. Plus, the 314 is Italian-designed so you can still look stylish while charging your devices.

Chef Watson

Imagine telling a computer to decide what your next meal should be. IBM’s high-tech computer system, Watson, made waves by creating special recipes that chefs prepared for SXSW guests. To get a new recipe, simply input the region, main ingredients and food type of your desired dish, and Watson will generate unique recipes that you may never have imagined.

Epiphany Eyewear

Unless you look closely, you wouldn’t know that the glasses created by Epiphany were able to record and stream HD video and audio (and can store up to 32GB of data!). Epiphany Eyewear HD video smart glasses were created to look classic and be worn as everyday glasses. These glasses can even be connected to the cloud, so you can wirelessly share the video you captured with them.

What was your favorite gadget from SXSW 2014? Share in the comments below!

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