How proximity-based technologies will change the way we experience sports

World Cup fever

World Cup 2014 set multiple records

Last year we saw how the World Cup in Brazil set multiple records including most saves in a World Cup match by Tim Howard (USA), oldest player in a FIFA World Cup by Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), and most goals scored in a single World Cup (171 goals). Beyond the sport-related records, many more were set in the field of marketing, fan engagement, and interactions. For instance, it was the first event to reach 1 billion interactions on Facebook, most tweets per minute during a single game (618,725 ARG vs. GER) and Lucas Podolski’s (GER) final game selfie got retweeted 93,000 times. Why is this relevant and what does it have to do with proximity-based technologies? Let’s get right to it.

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The interactive music video and location-based creativity

Vinyl albums at the Compass.to headquarters in Brooklyn, NYC.

Vinyl albums at the Compass.to headquarters in Brooklyn, NYC.

Music is at the core of Compass.to. From Spotify playlists to vinyl records in our office, we breathe music just as we drink coffee all day. Moreover, we’re fans of interactive music videos especially for the fact that they complement what the music says, and even lets you be part of it (even physically).

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Enormous digital trails need new privacy peace

World Economic Forum 2015 (Source: Getty)

World Economic Forum 2015 (Source: Getty)

Google’s Eric Schmidt was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in 2015 in Davos. One claim grabbed my attention: “The internet will disappear”. He suggested that the internet as we know it to date will simply disappear in everything you’re wearing or interacting with. It will simply be part of our everday life, all the time.

This is not just a forecast. It’s already real and implemented in dozens of different devices of which you don’t even realize their device functionality.

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Empowering citizens with #ProximityServices – SXSW 2015

New York City in the Age of Proximity

New York City in the Age of Proximity

Imagine New York City as a supremely intelligent device that constantly communicates, understands, broadcasts and shares relevant information with its citizens. Imagine the MTA, for instance, communicating in real time with its passengers, suggesting which bus or train to take while considering weather reports, accidents, or fastest routes. The power and reach of proximity services in cities is now possible through new device-to-device communication technologies and apps such as LTE Direct and Compass.to, that allow our cities to become smart and let inhabitants take true advantage of the data that surrounds them while helping them make the right choices.

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What happens in Austin… probably doesn’t just stay here. #SXSW2015

Compass.to sketches for SXSW 2015

Compass.to sketches for SXSW 2015

Everybody says this about Vegas. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, lucky for us, that wasn’t quite true in our case. We had an extremely productive, non-stop-hustling, work-around-the-clock routine when attending the CES 2015 at the beginning of the year in Las Vegas. A few weeks later, we found ourselves in the same situation at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona where we showcased Compass.to in over 140 different presentations. Now we’re at SXSW 2015, where you breathe and sleep music among other amazing stuff. And probably, what we do in Austin, won’t just stay in Austin.

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Compass.to at MWC 2015 – Moving Mobile Forward

Compass.to, Facebook, and more innovative companies at MWC 2015

Compass.to, Facebook, and more innovative companies at MWC 2015

As MWC 2015 in Barcelona moves along, the big fish companies have launched their new tablets, smartphones, latest mobile trends, and innovative technologies. Compass.to’s CEO, Alex Bierling, discussed with engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab, Yael Maguire, about our technology and the potential use of our application. Truly exciting.

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Mobile Innovation and Seamless Efficiency with Compass.to

Compass.to CEO Alex Bierling showcasing at MWC Barcelona

Compass.to CEO Alex Bierling showcasing at MWC Barcelona

It’s a great opportunity to take part in one of the greatest mobile conferences in the world, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, not only because of the actual experience, but because of the fast-paced environment you’re immersed in, meeting new people, and getting real-time feedback on your product. It is also an opportunity to be exposed to some of the greatest innovations in the mobile realm which helps you think objectively about your product and be able to iterate. Fast.

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Awaiting the Mobile World Congress 2015 – Real mobile connectivity

Mobile Connectivity at MWC

Mobile Connectivity at MWC

The Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona is just around the corner. As we mentioned in a previous post, we’ll be showcasing the work we’ve been doing here at Compass.to. Anticipating what will happen in the Catalonia province, we are firm believers that we will witness some of the greatest mobile innovations as far as technology is concerned. One issue with this tough, is that the more mobile applications are released, the sense of connectivity and community among mobile users seem to go down the priority list of mobile developers. We believe smartphones and mobile devices need to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world, while providing real value and connecting with real people.

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Compass.to demo at CES 2015 shows future of LTE Direct

Compass.to and LTE Direct at CES 2015

Compass.to at Qualcomm booth demoing LTE Direct at CES 2015 Las Vegas

Every year, people fly from all over the world to the Consumer Electronics Show hosted in Las Vegas to get a firsthand glimpse of new technology and consumer electronics. Fortunately for us here at Compass.to, we had an amazing time in the desert, one that some would say happens once in a lifetime.

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