Here at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference, tons of startups and tech companies are vying to get people's attention. Since we're in Austin, a city known for being weird, it turns out that some of the most interesting and innovative technology being exhibited at the conference also happens to be a little offbeat.
For example, if you ever get tired of 'liking' things on Facebook all the time and want to be a little more negative, there's the 'Hater' App for iOS. Hater's Chief Executive, Jake Banks, says the app was made to, "share the things you hate with the people you love." Users make profiles to upload photos of the things they can't stand- long lines, self-taken photos, or "selfies," and for some, Kim Kardashian. So if you're looking for a way to cut the positivity and just vent a little bit about the things that annoy you, Hater might be for you. It's available for iOS devices now.
If you're looking for a combination of things you never thought you would see, how about Twitter, and cycling? Well, thanks to digital ad company Razorfish, SXSW is overrun with 'tweeting bikes' employing UseMeLeaveMe.com. The bikes tweet both their location using GPS, as well as clever quips like, 'Who needs a ride to their lunch date? Better yet, who needs a lunch date? Find me and I'm all yours." Riders can hop on, take one where they need to go, and leave it for the next person who needs a quick ride.
Finally, we have some technology that might have potential to change the health world. Intelligent M, a startup being featured at SXSW Interactive, addresses one problem that is surprisingly common in hospitals- washing one's hands. According to Intelligent M, 100,000 people a year in the United States alone die because of infections that arise from hospital visits. The company created a wristband that monitors how often and how properly hospital staff are washing their hands, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now that sounds like some cleanliness we can get on board with.
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