Real-time video is regarded by some as the next evolution in online maps, indicating there could be opportunities for start-ups to tap into the technology.
iWatch software integrates 3D maps of cities overlaid with real-time inserts by CCTV cameras that spring to life when a user zooms in, showing cars and people moving in real time.
Traffic and friend-tracker tools will also provide updates on friends’ locations and real-time public transport movements, using recent and historical data to map where vehicles are likely to be located on a standard Google map.
Jake Dunagan, a research director for the Technology Horizons Program at the Institute For The Future, based in California, says real-time video communication is poised to become one of the most transformative technologies of this decade.
“[Real-time video] could be a major disruptive force in domains from business to health to education,” Dunagan says.