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How Home Depot Copied Apple to Build an Ingenious New Bucket | Wired Design 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

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. The Other Factor that Makes an Idea Spread - Julianne Wurm
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 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 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? 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 Why Google Glass is Doomed
Army CoCreate
Innovation 1000 Study | 2013 | Booz & Company
What shall we do with a neutron microscope? 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 Kenya's tech visionaries lead the way | World news | The Observer
5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future 5 Crazy New Man-Made Materials That Will Shape the Future Buoyancy isn't an actual quantity that you can measure. It's simply the inverse relationship to density. If something is less dense than air then it should float. Since this stuff is less dense than helium, which is less dense than air, that should be the case. I'm going to go with what WhatAName said on this one. The material is porous and unsealed, so whil it may techncially float, it doesn't occupy the real level of volume that a balloon filled with helium gas does.
The "gales of creative destruction" forecast by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in the 1940s are blowing as hard as ever. The twin disruptive forces of tough economic times and technology-driven innovation are giving birth to new innovations, new markets and new opportunities. Just this month the family-owned US media institution that is the Washington Post sprung a huge surprise, announcing it was selling up to Amazon founder and dot com billionaire Jeff Bezos. The Four Disruptive Technology Forces that Will Change the World
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
Infographic: The World’s Technology Hubs
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.
Infographic: The World’s Technology Hubs
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.
Coca-Cola to open startup accelerators in nine countries around the world
Habits of Successful People: Start Before You Feel Ready
This Little Sticker Works Like an Anti-Mosquito Force Field | Wired Design
Unlock Your Creative Genius: 4 Steps To Being Provocative With A Purpose | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Creativity at the Workplace—It Is Possible | Business on GOOD
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A Fifteen-Year-Old Has Invented an Incredible New Kind of Flashlight
Disruptive Innovation in Service of Social Business Growth (Part 1)
Helix - An unexpected twist
Twist-off cork shifts the wine paradigm
Helix - An unexpected twist
The Concept Of Wabi-Sabi, And Why Perfection Is The Wrong Goal
Brain-to-brain interface allows transmission of tactile and motor information between rats
The 10 Tech Terms to Know in 2013
Companies See High-Tech Factories as Fonts of Ideas
Tracking innovations in the development of innovations - whatmore's posterous
32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow
GE Ideas Roundtable - Sponsored
Why is sustainability seen as a rollercoaster for business leaders? | Guardian Sustainable Business
Design Thinking for Social Innovation
MIT'S Technology Review Identifies 10 Technologies Set to Transform Our World
Adobe Study Reveals Japan As The Most Creative Country
Thoughts | Designing the new normal
How Not to Kill Creativity – Jonah Lehrer LIVE on Big Think | Big Think TV
Why Nations Fail
A Wandering Mind Is an Intelligent Mind
Making Sense of Minimum Viable Products
Innovation's Hidden Enemies - Alessandro Di Fiore
Design Indaba 2012: Trust Your Gut And Take Risks To Really Be Creative
The Giant Mirror of Viganella
Systematic Wonder: A Definition of Science That Accounts for Whimsy
Innovation and the Bell Labs Miracle
Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work
Inventing the Digital Medium: An Interview with Janet Murray (Part Three)
Braden Kelley: The Value of Confusion - h
The Value of Confusion
Sharing App Bump 3.0 Slashes Most Features, Proves Less Really Can Be More
Crowdsourced Product Developers Open An Advanced Lab To Make Your Ideas Real
Why Being Sleepy and Drunk Are Great For Creativity | Wired Science
Annoucing Fuse Corps: a bold new approach to social innovation — Peter Sims
Innovation Problem: New Ideas Spread Slowly