New mobile technology abounds at SXSW 2017

By Jonathan Crowl

No longer just a destination for music lovers, South by Southwest (SXSW) has become a major landmark and calendar event for the world of mobile technology. This year’s offerings haven’t disappointed. Every year seems to bring its own signature tech innovations at the annual gathering in Austin, Texas, and early reveals in 2017 have seen new mobile technology.

One of the most impressive new products featured was the “smart” tiny home. According to The Dallas Morning News, Austin-based Kasita has come out with a tech-enabled smart home that, at just 352 square feet of space, offers the flexibility to stand alone in a rural environment or stack high in an urban setting. The company has also drawn attention for its down-payment pricing model, which it has borrowed from Tesla to fund its development ahead of the release of its products.

Dog lovers, meanwhile, will be drawn to the Link Collar, which functions as a sort of Fitbit for dogs. This smart collar has one-upped similar products on the market by tracking temperatures and monitoring a dog’s health and well-being while also utilizing data from the American Kennel Club to provide custom health tips for each dog based on breed, size, age and other information, according to MacWorld.

Another exciting tech-savvy solution was a metallic tattooing technology that uses near-field communication to give consumers temporary tattoos. These unique innovations are drawing attention alongside more traditional solutions such as mobile payments systems, which are entering a marketplace that still lacks a clear industry leader.

A common theme among this year’s new mobile technology is a focus on leveraging mobile technology to change parts of life that once seemed immune to technological advances. Each of these solutions is up for consideration for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, which will be announced later this week.

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Jonathan Crowl


Jonathan Crowl has served as a tech writer and reporter for a number of tech publications and corporations. Specializing in mobile technology and digital startups, he is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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