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Has Amazon redefined the game for companies used to kowtowing to analysts demands for predictable, visible profits? Or is it a bubble that will burst at some point - you be the judge....but don't ignore the value of constantly innovating, challenging incumbents and seeking new future relevant solutions for amazing customers.
Amazon's grocery store in Seattle is so convenient, you just take the goods and walk out. It's automatically scanned and charged to your account!
Remember when it used to be good enough, if you offered a high quality product or excellent service? It's become much harder to get to the finish line with the same old tactics. You see, to buy or not to buy, that has always been the question. Except now, it's so much easier to answer.
Shopping around has been redefined; the pre-buying experience has turned into a deal-breaker. In this lower growth world, trial by virtual reality has become the norm for the middle class. A score from Booking.com ...
With Millennials lacking basic needlework skills and only thinking of Twitter when you say 'thread' - someone had to come up with a sewing solution that is so easy, even the laziest among us would have no excuse.
Researchers at D-IT in Paris have created a detergent that can infiltrate torn or damaged clothing fibers and enable them to re-attach. Just use cold water, a spoonful of Mendy (provisional name) and 25 minutes later your sweater will really be as good as new! Mendy was developed from an ...
We've talked for some time about emerging smart fabrics - and here's a breakthrough that will enable you to generate power from sunlight and movement directly from the fabrics you wear on your body.
The internet of everything will be one of the main technologies driving the 4th Industrial Revolution, and it has already started. But smart devices also have their problems. Here are a few of the biggest challenges.
As a scuba diver, I am often horrified at the extent of plastic waste sloshing about our oceans and washing up on shorelines...not to mention the waste in cities and landfills. So how about packaging for food that is not only degradable, but also edible - and better and protecting food than plastic? Read on.
Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?
Lots of people laughed when the idea of doing household deliveries by drone emerged. Well, Amazon is about to start testing exactly this in the UK, with the support of the British Government.
Combinatorial innovation is the next opportunity for the world. New applications in old industries! Blockchain application in the energy world is just one such example.
When you make a gadget that moves, and you can control it, then it's a machine, right? Like a robot. But if the things that make it move are muscle tissue, bits of living organisms, then it's an animal, not so? Neither - it's a biohybrid. Expect to see more of these short-lived 'creatures' emerging from the lab. I wonder if they will ever perfect the dragon we wrote about ten years ago?
Only two years ago I recall audiences being astounded by stories of what blockchain might be able to deliver and the disruption it may cause. Now even central bankers are accepting its disruptive potential and are talking about it publicly! Speed of acceptance, adoption and disruption is abundant!
Plastic is a massive source of pollution on our planet, and in our seas. It;s heartbreaking to visit some of the most remote Indonesian islands, for example, and find the surf churning with plastic bottles, and the beach a wasteland of plastic.Some cities have now banned plastic bottles, but throughout history, banning things has seldom solved the root problem. So this might be a much better ...
The potential uses of drones seem limitless. These tests by the UN and Red Cross point to great opportunities in disaster relief, using drones.
We told you this back in 2014 - see the attached MindBullet!
There's much hype, much truth and much confusion about blockchain and bitcoin. This article opens the debate with some powerful comments.
The Internet of Things (we prefer to call it the Internet of Everything) will bring all sorts of services and applications previously undreamt of, some life-changing. some insignificant but fun. Take this idea - connected clothes pegs that alert your cellphone when rain is on the way!What ideas can you think of for the Internet of Everything - and how is your business preparing? Our theme ...
Many people scoffed when companies like Amazon started talking about using drones for delivery. Well, it's happening - and in Africa. Critical medical supplies are top be delivered to remote areas in Rwanda, in a world first.
Regulators and governments are finally starting to grasp the extent of the revolution taking place in financial services. Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cyber currencies, has the capacity to disrupt the existing order.
3D printing is growing and challenging industries in leaps and bounds.