25 Big Tech Predictions For 2016

Released in January this year, the ’25 Big Tech Predictions For 2016′ is a research report done by the BI Intelligence Research Team. To read the entire report, you can download it here.  

How many of BI Intelligence’s predictions has come true? Now that half the year has gone by, let’s do a refresh and recap what has happened so far:

Top 5 Digital Media Predictions

1. The mobile video wars will heat up, with winners and losers starting to emerge in distinct content categories.
– Who are the winners/losers: you’re the judge.

2. Standards for online video views and tracking will become a major point of contention.
– Well, hello Facebook Live.

3. Native advertising will see an uptick in ad spend as publishers and advertisers alike focus on the user experience.

4. Cable companies will continue to embrace streaming, but cost for consumers will rise.

5. Yahoo will sell its core business, likely to a telecommunications company.
– On July 25, Verizon has announced it has bought Yahoo for $4.8 billion.

Top 5 Mobile Predictions

1. A major wireless carrier and pay-tv company will merge in 2016.

2. Indonesia will join India as the next big smartphone market to watch out for.
– The number of smartphone users in Indonesia is expected to grow strongly up to (at least) 2019, in line with the overall economic growth of Southeast Asia.

3. Xiaomi will begin selling phones in the US.
– Well, this one is a blunder.

4. Disappearing carrier contracts in the US will accelerate the smartphone upgrade cycle.

5. Enterprise apps will hit a new high.

Top 5 Fintech Predictions

1. Blockchain technology will become more than a fad as global banks commit to a unified blockchain solution for inter-bank transactions.

2. Apple, Google, and Samsung will build out commerce experiences around their payments products.
– Banks in Singapore have rolled out a number of e-payment services that include Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay – all within 2016.

3. Business management apps housed on mobile point-of-sale devices will become a necessity for small businesses.

4. Mobile ordering apps will become an important transaction channel for quick-service restaurants.
– Ever ordered a meal using Foodpanda, Deliveroo, UberEATS or GrebExpress? I’m sure there are more out there…

5. Traditional financial institutions will respond to the threat of fintech startups by partnering with them.
Have banks started to embrace startups?

Top 5 E-Commerce Predictions

1. Amazon will pull business away from its shipping partners.
– The e-commerece behemoth has gone into air freight business with 20 leased planes in March.

2. Facebook will become a key enabler of commerce.
– Facebook Page managers, have you noticed the new ‘Shop’ function?

3. Beacons will finally go mainstream.

4. The resurgence of affiliate marketing.

5. Alibaba will try to acquire or take a large stake in a US e-commerce company.
– Though not a US company, Alibaba did bought Southeast Asia e-commerce company Lazada for $1 billion in April.

Top 5 IoT Predictions

1. Two-thirds of new cars shipped in the US will be connected to the internet.

2. The US will finally get federal guidance surrounding self-driving cars, leading many states to enact legislation.
– Yep, it’s finally happening.

3. The growth of enterprise IoT initiatives will increase the demand for cyber insurance policies in 2016.

4. As oil prices continue to crash, oil companies will look to IoT solutions to maximize efficiency throughout the supply chain.
– The Energy Conference Network 2016 happening in September says it all.

5. The insurance industry will embrace healthcare and connected home IoT devices as a way to price insurance policies.
5 Ways IoT will transform the insurance industry.


All-in-One Smart Device That Connects to any TV

From video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, security surveillance with motion detection and more, HELLO is the latest smart device developed by Solaborate.

Using Kickstarter to raise fund and awareness, the project already met its goal of $30,000 in less than 7 hours since its launch on 25 July.

Affordable and flexible for home or office use, the voice-controlled smart device is an extension of the already feature-rich Solaborate platform.

With more and more companies and organisations offering employees the option to work from home, this affordable alternative to high-end video conferencing systems is a potential technology disruptor.

“We didn’t see anything else better on the market and decided to create it ourselves. HELLO is for the people, at an affordable price point — built for modern businesses, professionals, freelancers and creators. It cuts out the cost of networked conferencing hardware and IT services to install and maintain it. We’re truly bringing professional-grade video conferencing to everyone, anywhere, on any device.” – Labinot Bytyqi, Founder and CEO of Solaborate on the motivation behind HELLO.

HELLO is engineered with an array of four smart Microphones, a 4K video sensor and quad-core processor working together to guarantee that every person in the room is seen and heard clearly. HELLO also features both a built-in accelerometer and tilting lens, to ensure easy setup on any TV and the image captured is of the highest quality.

Wanna know more? Back this project at https://www.solaborate.com/hello

Solar Airplane Completes Historic Round-The-World Aviation Journey

Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team for achieving an admirable technology milestone for humanity using eco-friendly technology!

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016, the original starting point of its 17-leg, 43,000-kilometer journey that began on March 9, 2015.

The Solar Impulse team had used “Engineered to Fly,” a dedicated industry solution experience based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to create its solar-powered aircraft. Applications for 3D modeling of complex structures and composites, digital simulation and full data traceability enabled them to virtually experience the aircraft in its operating environment before it embarked on its record-setting voyage, and be successful with the first attempt.

Ethihad Airways Unites VR Innovation With Hollywood Glamour

Editor’s Note: You can now watch the 360 degree video on YouTube above or via vr.etihad.com. There is also an updated version in stereoscopic sound since 17 June. To guarantee the full experience, viewers can view the film using a virtual reality headset, such as Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard.

What happens when you put together a great team of filmmakers, an Academy Award-winning actress and let them have free play with latest 360 video technology and Virtual Reality (VR) innovation? You get a stunning five-minute feature film that makes the brand associated with it setting a high bar in luxury travel and marketing.

Now, this is something you will want to see.

Created for Ethihad Airways to promote its new Airbus A380 fleet flying between New York and Abu Dhabi, the highly anticipated film “Reimagine” immerses its viewers in a fully experiential journey following Nicole Kidman through one of its new Airbus A380s   The 360-degree virtual reality film also marks the first time a Hollywood actor has starred in a fully immersive virtual reality movie.


The airline has used cutting-edge technology and multidisciplinary mediums in the feature to bring to life its acclaimed guest experience and hospitality story by engaging the consumer in various sensory interactions onboard the virtual flight. Each scene in the film takes on a theme intended to stimulate the senses of light, sound, motion, and conversation.

Nicole Kidman, Academy Award winning actress and Etihad Airways’ brand ambassador, said: “The film is a culmination of Etihad’s vision to tell the airline’s story in an extremely innovative way and a commitment to engaging with the public as has never been attempted by an airline before. It was a great challenge but one which has definitely paid off and it was great to be part of such an exciting project.”


Throughout the experience, the viewer meets and engages with a number of characters including the actress herself, her film director, an opera singer and even an Emirati guest with a falcon in First Class. The journey also provides personal interactions with the Savoy-trained Butler in The Residence, the airline’s luxurious private three-room cabin; the inflight Chef in First Class; the Food and Beverage Manager in Business Class; and the Flying Nanny, trained by the Norland College in the United Kingdom.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “We want to share Etihad’s story in a completely new way, using technology to make our consumers a part of the narrative and to experience an Etihad Airways A380 flight first-hand, from anywhere.

“The film demonstrates how, as an innovative brand, we continue to break down the barriers of convention and lead the way in intelligent communication and best practice not just within the aviation industry, but across the fields of marketing, communication and technology.”


The adventure takes the viewer through the twin-decked aircraft and covers its luxurious interiors including Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class, before concluding with a focus on Nicole Kidman enjoying the unique features of The Residence.

Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Marketing, said: “In December 2014, we completely reimagined the travel experience with the launch of our new A380 fleet, setting a new standard in innovative design, service and technology. This was followed in 2015 by a tremendously successful adverting campaign starring Nicole Kidman.

“This immersive VR film is a massive step-change in the way we present the Etihad Airways brand and product to the consumer using highly innovative new mediums. Based on the success of our recent campaign with Nicole, the decision to take this partnership to the next level was an obvious one.”


The film, filmed exclusively in Abu Dhabi, was created over a six-month period using state-of-the-art VR technology. An Etihad Airways A380 was fully customised prior to filming; overhead lockers, seats and other sections of the aircraft’s interior were removed to allow for the installation of cutting-edge Red Dragon cameras, which were used to perfectly capture the actress’ movement through the aircraft. Hundreds of individual lights were required to ensure smooth and uninterrupted shots.

Etihad Airways collaborated with the Barbarian Group, a subsidiary of Cheil Worldwide, and the creative digital production company MediaMonks to produce the film. The feature was directed by the renowned husband and wife directing duo Anthony Atanasio and Valerie Martinez. The film used pioneering filming techniques to ensure a seamless production with no warping or stitches, achieving unrivalled VR results.

Ola Björling, MediaMonks’ Global Director of VR, said: “As the most multidisciplinary medium there is, virtual reality relies more heavily on craft and execution than anything that has gone before it. We believe the display of artistry in every facet of this production is setting a new benchmark for live-action VR.”