More mobile technology is on the horizon for Oklahoma companies in the next 20 years.
David Thomison, senior vice president of client services for the technology nonprofit i2E Inc., sees more technology being developed in the coming years for mobile devices by Oklahoma companies.
For example, i2E has invested $300,000 in the Tulsa-based startup Sway Medical Technologies.
The company has developed a new application that lets users test their balance with their mobile phone.
The investment will come from the OKAngel Sidecar Fund. Managed by i2E, the fund is one of three Accelerate Oklahoma! investment vehicles created in 2011.
“This enables users to have this medical diagnostic tool that is very cost effective,” Thomison said.
The Oklahoma City-based startup Buzzam is another local startup that is developing new mobile technology.
Software developers Josh Wright and Greg Starling have developed an iPhone and iPad app that allows users to combine music, weather, news and social media to create a personalized radio station that is unique to each listener.
More than 25,000 people downloaded the app within six weeks of its debut on the Apple app store.
Thomison also sees change on the horizon in how educational content is delivered.
“We are seeing greater flexibility and opportunities in the delivery of education,” he said. “And this may not include bricks-and-mortar-type locations.”
One Oklahoma company that is developing new technology in this area is Oklahoma City-based Advanced Academics, Thomison said.
The company develops online high school and middle school programs that allow students to learn remotely.