How Home Depot Copied Apple to Build an Ingenious New Bucket | Wired Design <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bucket-h1-660x496.jpg" />An ergonomic handle and patent pending "pocket grip" on the underside sets Home Depot's new BigGripper bucket apart on the shelf, but more importantly, the design is a showpiece for a new approach to big box merchandising. Photo: Herbst Produkt <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bucket-02.png" />Brick-and-mortar retailers have learned a lesson from Apple and are following their vertically integrated approach by developing high-quality, and exclusive, products to remain competitive in the age of Amazon. Photo: Herbst Produkt <img title="" alt="" src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bucket-03.png" />The clever container was developed in textbook fashion by Herbst Produkt, an award-winning firm with a client list that includes Clorox and Facebook.
21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. "We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below. Here are 21 innovations that will help make it happen: 1.
The Other Factor that Makes an Idea Spread - Julianne Wurm by Julianne Wurm | 11:00 AM February 17, 2014 How do ideas spread? Previous research has focused on what happens to the sharers of an idea: what emotions they feel, what types of content inspire them to share (practical, funny, “sticky” and so on). And it is true that from memetics to mirror neurons to social contagion, it is likely that for any given idea, multiple factors are involved. And yet the role of content seems to get all of the focus.
Culture tells us what to do when the leader isn't in the room Culture tells us what to do when the leader isn’t in the room. We’ve all heard this before, and being able to achieve this is one of the daunting challenges of leadership. It is not unusual to be in a strategy session and come up with all kinds of great quotes and soundbites, that are quickly forgotten when everyone leaves the room. The key is to be able reduce those great quotes into “concrete behaviors” that happen on a daily basis.
The top 10 Internet and technology trends for 2014 | Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum 1. The Internet of things Little by little, all electronic devices are connecting to the Internet. It started with personal computers, notebooks, tablets and mobile phones. Then it was TVs, cars, glasses and watches.
What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation? In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t know what’s going to happen, or when, but you know it will, and there’s a lot of opportunity in being first to recover.
Scoble says Google Glass is doomed First, I love headlines that stretch the truth a bit. No one outside of Google got their Glass before March of last year. I got mine on the second day they were available, which was April 15th. So +Mathew Honan we really have had Glass, for, what, eight months now? Not quite a year, but that's just me being picky. Why Google Glass is Doomed
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What shall we do with a neutron microscope? Neutrons have a set of unique properties that make them better suited than light, electrons, or x-rays for looking at the physics and chemistry going on inside an object. Scientists working out of MIT's Nuclear Reactor Laboratory have now invented and built a high-resolution neutron microscope, a feat that required developing new approaches to neutron optics. View all
It is mid-morning in Nairobi's iHub, a community space for techies and a kids' hackathon – where children as young as 10 are learning some of the basics of coding – is in full swing. The hangar-like space boasts table football, a coffee bar and an ambience that is more Seattle than African savannah. Amid the eager people huddled over laptops and tablets is the towering figure of Erik Hersman, with his bald head and reddish beard. Known to most Kenyans online as @WhiteAfrican, the American, who grew up in East Africa, has become one of the most effective evangelists for the technological future of his adopted country. The co-founder of both the iHub and Ushahidi, software, which has been used from Haiti to New Zealand to crowd-source information and map crises, wants to challenge the notion of Africa being a single entity blighted by wars and famine. "In the US I still get asked if they (Africans) have computers and mobile phones," he says. Kenya's tech visionaries lead the way | World news | The Observer
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Most people feel anxious when their smartphone is out of arm's reach. But what if it was actually on your arm, woven into the very fabric of your sweater? Sportswear designers Under Armour are already on the case. They recently unveiled their touchscreen t-shirt concept, Armour39, which measures your athletic performance.It's just one recent example of how design, technology and science are coming together to form a new generation of consumer products that look set to shape the future. Marcus Fairs, editor-in-chief of design magazine Dezeen, says that wearable technology will be a defining feature of future design. Fairs points to the likes of MC10, whose founder Professor John Rogers designed the stretchable circuit, and whose mission statement is to "extend human capabilities by making high-performance electronics virtually invisible, conformal, and wearable". The shape of things to come: designs that will define the future
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THE SIXTH WAVE: THE RISE OF THE CREATIVE CITIES Innovation is no longer driven by states or nations. It’s driven by cities. The key for the future of competitiveness is the development of local ecosystems. And these ecosystems will be built around cities. Some years ago, I developed the thesis of the six innovation waves.
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The Rise of the Intangible Economy: U.S. GDP Counts R&D, Artistic Creation On July 31, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will rewrite history on a grand scale by restating the size and composition of the gross domestic product, all the way back to the first year it was recorded, 1929. The biggest change will be the reclassification—nay, the elevation—of research and development. R&D will no longer be treated as a mere expense, like the electricity bill or food for the company cafeteria. It will be categorized on the government’s books as an investment, akin to constructing a factory or digging a mine. In another victory for intellectual property, original works of art such as films, music, and books will be treated for the first time as long-lived assets.
Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration of anesthesia was in 1846. The Boston surgeon Henry Jacob Bigelow was approached by a local dentist named William Morton, who insisted that he had found a gas that could render patients insensible to the pain of surgery.
Coca-Cola to open startup accelerators in nine countries around the world Coca-Cola has already launched accelerators in Sydney and San Francisco. When you think of Coca-Cola do startups come to mind? The beverage giant has plans for accelerator programs in nine cities including Berlin and Istanbul by the end of the year. The accelerators in Sydney and San Francisco have already launched.
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