TECHFEST 2017 – from a Motees’ point of view

Here at Motius, we’re certainly no stranger to hacking, quick prototypes, and ideation. Naturally, when Techfest Munich asked us to be a part of their 2017 event, we enthusiastically accepted. Dubbed “more than a hackathon”, Techfest Munich gifted us a special opportunity to not only work with awesome technology and hack something together over the course of a weekend, but also place ourselves at the life-blood of Munich’s thriving tech scene.

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In 3 months to the innovation highlight of CES 2017 – Motius’ role in BMW’s HoloActive Touch

We talk a lot about how Motius is working with the newest technologies every day, developing ideas and prototypes that may shape our future. Here is one of them – the HoloActive Touch by BMW Group. It is basically a mixture of a hologram with haptic feedback and gesture control. Motius was responsible for the hardware setup and the software running the hologram.

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Looking back: What can history teach us about the innovations of tomorrow?

According to the economist Joseph Schumpeter our economy is driven by ‘waves of innovation’. Each wave is characterized by disruptive innovations which fuel a new wave of growth: water power, textiles and iron; steam, rail and steel; petrochemicals, electronics and aviation…On this basis we are now in the ‘fifth wave of innovation’The Age of Digital Networks, Software and New Media.

Throughout history many businesses have capitalized on these waves of innovation, immortalizing themselves as leaders of innovation. But for others, failures to react to these developments have literally consigned them to the depths of history. That is what Schumpeter calls Creative Destruction: whilst Facebook and Netflix, for example, capitalized on the new age of information and digital content, Nokia and Blockbuster were annihilated by it.

So, now, as we enter the age of digital networks, software and new media, what can we learn from previous waves of innovation? What is it that allows some companies thrive on these waves, whilst others fall by the wayside?

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If Virtual Assistants are the customers of tomorrow, designing products for them would be fundamentally different

This article is based on one of our thought experiments we had in the Motius ThinkTank. At Motius we have the privilege of being close to the newest technologies and at the same time working with leading companies around the world on developing the future of different industries. Such thought experiments are based on our observations, discussions with our partners and Friday-mornings coffee-fuelled debates combined with a bit of analysis.  

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Learning from the best: Thoughts on how to measure innovation

It feels like every other manager currently is putting on his son’s sneakers, removes his tie and heads onto a pilgrimage to the Silicon Valley. There he tries to understand the cultures of innovative companies and when he comes back his company will buy some funky furniture, create breakout rooms and offer its employees free smoothies just as Google does. Innovation challenge: CHECK!

So why is everyone trying to do that?

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The duty of being cool: Why Family businesses should inspire entrepreneurs in Germany

My impression of Germany before migrating to it was mainly formed by football and documentaries about its engineering. Every week on TV there was a show about an unknown Tech company in a cosy corner of Germany. It was a different specialized industry every week and the employees were always portrayed as passionate engineers striving for perfection. I was fascinated by that. Continue Reading

Food for thought – Will chatbots disrupt the way custormers and businesses interact in the GCC?

A major reason for the huge success of companies like Google or Facebook is that they are improving services and products by building ecosystems around them (read more about building ecosystem here). Looking at past developments, the mobile trend has migrated from mobile websites to mobile applications, to an extent where it is currently inevitable for companies to not own an application for their services. As a result, people need to download apps and often register for everything they want to do on their smartphone – be it chatting with friends, reading the news, shopping, booking a flight or even ordering a cab.

Nevertheless, current disruptive trends like chatbots could mean that these applications might no longer be required in order to get customized information from companies.

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