‘Disruptive’ is a common word amongst app entrepreneurs and startups today. Everyone aims to have the next Uber or Airbnb in their respective industry. By what exactly is a ‘disruptive app’? And why are so many entrepreneurs and startups in pursuit of this title being bestowed upon their app?
A disruptive app is one that challenges the status quo within an industry – transportation, retail, lifestyle, etc. It does it so much that the traditional way of doing business becomes nearly obsolete.
In essence, these apps create a ‘new normal’ for both consumers and businesses alike. They make life easier, more fun, and often improve upon the traditional practices that came before it.
So what are the ‘game-changer’ apps that we can look forward to in the future?
During last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference, we got a glimpse of the next generation of innovative apps that aim to change the way we live.
Here are 10 apps that could soon change the way we travel, exercise, grab coffee, and much more.
Hopper is an iOS and Android app that shows travellers where to go, when to fly and buy tickets. The app analyses data from billions of flights to determine the best time for purchasing a ticket and flying.
Hopper has been building out its Price Prediction tool since 2007 to focus specifically on the challenge of helping users get the best flight deals. Source: TechCrunch
Changing the way we find flights
The aim of Hopper is to help consumers find the cheapest flights possible. It does so by using data sets comprising billions of flight prices to help app users find the best possible deal for the right destination.
As noted by Investopedia, Hopper doesn’t want to just be an app that provides available flights and price information. If it did, then it’d be no different to all the online travel companies readily available to consumers.
Instead, Hopper wants to give the data-driven results for the lowest possible flight prices. For all the consumers wanting to avoid the complexity of flight prices and just be confident in their purchases, travel apps don’t get more convenient than Hopper.
Automatic reminders and delicious recipes to help cook your food before it goes bad. That’s the mission a Foodful.ly – a mobile app that is designed to help users save money, time and food waste in their home. The app catalogues everything you have in your fridge – along with expiration dates – to send you timely reminders and recipes so you can cook your readily available food before it goes to waste.
Changing the way we waste food
According to lunchalot.com, Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase. Furthermore, up to 40% of the average household bin is food, which equates to an average of $1,036 worth of food being thrown out each year.
One reason for this is that food is mistakenly thrown out before the use-by/best before date. We are also prone to not planning our meals and menus like we could to avoid such waste.
So how does Foodful.ly help to avoid such a state of waste? Well, let’s see what the app knows when integrated with your food purchases: 1) What food you have on hand, 2) What you like to eat, and 3) How much you save. With such seamless integration into the consumers’ lifestyle, Foodful.ly can change the way we save money and be less wasteful with food around the home.
Alright, I should note at this stage that I’m presenting these 10 disruptive apps in no particular order. However, Pull has firmed as a personal favourite from this very impressive bunch of apps.
In my ‘3 Steps To Validating Your App Idea’ blog, I examined the need to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to only include app features that address the problem you are trying to solve and demonstrate the core value of your product. Pull does exactly that.
Simply put, it is a location-sharing app without the map. The app lets you find your way to your Facebook friends that are within 1000 feet by using a compass instead of a map.
Pull allows you to navigate to any Facebook friend within 1,000 feet, using a glance-able compass.
Changing the way we find any friend
On most mapping and messaging apps, you can drop a pin to save and share your exact location. However, with the amount of data stored on such apps, users have become wary to their exact whereabouts being geo-tagged on a map. That’s where Pull gets it right.
Once logged in on Facebook, Pull only allows you to find friends when they are nearby. This is done so with a simple compass function to let you know how far they are and in which direction. Furthermore, you can select how long the location sharing last to ensure that your Pull session is readily available to your friends for only the applicable time required.
7. Café X
Australians are one of the world’s great lovers of coffee and that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. According to industry Research Company IBISWorld, the cafe and coffee shop industry will continue to grow over the next five years by an annualised 2.6% to total AUS$4.96 billion.
Even though there seems to be a café wherever you turn in Melbourne, supply still hasn’t caught up with demand. The lines to get a coffee are getting longer, especially in the morning and early afternoon – right when you need coffee the most.
We could interpret this in two ways: 1) Us Melburnians need to scale back on the caffeine, and 2) the café culture is ripe for disruption!
That’s where an app concept like Café X comes in. The Café X app lets you pre-order and pay for any coffee right from your iPhone or Android Phone. After ordering, users head to the nearest Café X robotic café to pick up their premium coffee.
Café X designs and manufactures its Robotic Café to serve pre-ordered, premium coffee. Source: IT World
Changing the way we grab a coffee
Café X’s mission is ‘to accerlerate the adoption of robotics in the service industry to increase human productivity’. This is quite the mission statement for the HAL 9000 of Baristas, but it’s the type of advanced thinking required to create a ‘new normal’ for coffee consumers and the café industry alike.
Right now, the robotic café start-up is only established in Hong Kong, but the company is looking to expand globally into airports, shopping centres and university campuses. If it can make a decent Latte with one sugar in half the time and a fraction of the price, the Australian cafe culture could be disrupted a lot sooner than anticipated.
Based on 12 years of research in quantum biology, Supercharged was a featured participant at TechCrunch Disrupt. When you consider how the groundbreaking mobile app is aiming to change the way we look at health, it’s featured billing at the San Francisco event was more than justified.
When it comes out, the Supercharged app will be able to analyse your health based on the sound of your voice, combining voice resonance technology with machine learning to create a personalised health profile. The app then becomes your personal health and wellness coach with recommendations on how to optimise performance through innovations in quantum biology.
Changing the way we monitor health
“The way Uber changed transportation, this app changes healthcare. Like a personal health coach, it offers specific solutions to help relieve your problems and SuperCharge your health.” – Harry Massey, CEO and Founder of Supercharged.
It takes a bold App Entrepreneur to attempt a disruption of the healthcare industry. But Massey has streamlined the physics of biology and created a health performance product that is effective and affordable for consumers.
SuperCharged claims it can help users detect and correct their own health without going to the doctor or hospital
Now I don’t see myself replacing my local doctor with an app any time soon, but healthcare is the world’s largest industry today. When you consider its lag in innovation for almost five decades, the disruptive startups that are striving to revitalise and transform the healthcare system need to be given the attention they deserve.
The healthcare industry can be improved by enhancing the experience of care, bettering the health of populations and reducing per capita costs of healthcare. SuperCharged may have just launched, but it’s on the right path to revolutionising such aspects of the industry.
To be continued…
Later this week I’ll show you five more apps that aim to disrupt the status quo.
Until then, do you know of any disruptive apps out there that we should be checking out? Please share your suggestions in the comments below.