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What Are Next Big Innovations For Personal Banking?

6a00d8351b44f853ef0120a595e51d970b-320wiCame across some interesting paradigm shift ideas on how to transform banking on Innovation playground.

What are the next disruptions for personal financial services? Are they ready for a full “reset” ? Can they develop new perspectives fast enough and overcome their dogmas? How do we inject out-of-the box thinking and make them work within-the-box? Or can we re-shape the box?

Some interesting examples

iPhone check deposit. The military bank and insurance provider USAA recently launched mobile check-deposit technology, which lets users deposit checks from anywhere using an iPhone. USAA customers take photos of both sides of a check with the phone and transmit the images to the bank, which then verifies and makes the deposit.

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Sleep Talking PCs!

intelAn ongoing research at Intel allows PCs to maintain Internet connectivity using an ultra low power Proxy (say, 0.5W). Network Proxy, or ability of a PC to Sleep Talk, is an “energy smarter” way for a PC to maintain Internet network presence at a very low energy footprint.

Our Network Proxy technology, now being standardized at Ecma TC32-TG21, allows PCs to maintain Internet connectivity using an ultra low power Proxy (say, 0.5W). The Network Proxy drastically reduces PC energy footprint (say, less than 1/100th of its max energy usage), while making PC “Always Available” to the network and server applications, and waking PC, when more processing is needed. The PC intelligently wakes up, services the request, and goes back to Sleep automatically. And, it does so reliably and predictably, maintaining the same high-quality user experience.

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New multi-touch tablet prototype by microsoft

235539-500x_courier8Received an email today by a colleague that led me to the microsoft secret project: Gizmodo tablet. Gizmodo revealed first details.

Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the “late prototype” stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

The Courier user experience presented here is almost the exact opposite of what everyone expects the Apple tablet to be, a kung fu eagle claw to Apple’s tiger style. It’s complex: Two screens, a mashup of a pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications. (Our favorite UI bit? The hinge doubles as a “pocket” to hold items you want move from one page to another.) Microsoft’s tablet heritage is digital ink-oriented, and this interface, while unlike anything we’ve seen before, clearly draws from that, its work with the Surface touch computer and even the Zune HD.

check this video to see Microsoft’s astonishing take on tablet

(via Gizmodo)

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