First, find pristine slopes in the craggy, sylvan backcountry of British Columbia and Alaska. Then, figure out how to get 10,000 pounds of equipment—4,000-watt lights the size of washing machines, generators to power them, scaffolding, wire and cable—up peaks higher than 7,000 feet. Spend months calculating wattage and beam diameters, weights and fuel consumption, distances and topography. Hire skilled gaffers and grips. Enlist a cadre of elite athletes. Put battery packs in their pockets, zip them into light suits, and strap LED-spangled packs on their backs. Turn the camera on. Hope for the best.
Smart medicines that tell doctors when their patients have taken them moved a step closer to reality after a company developing the first “digital pill” had its drug application accepted by US regulators.
The hope is that the pill, produced by Proteus Digital Health, will help ensure patients stick to their prescriptions and so reduce wasteful spending on drugs that are not taken properly. It could be especially useful in mental illnesses and memory disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s where compliance is particularly poor.
“What’s remarkable is the way "nerd" is such a badge of honor now. Growing up, I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid who read Spider-Man comics and learned how to do the Vulcan salute, but it wasn’t like it is today. I get the sense that today’s young people are proud to be smart and curious, to design new things, and tackle big problems in unexpected ways. I think America’s a nerdier country than it was when I was a kid—and that’s a good thing!”
“We now graduate 25,000 more engineers per year from our colleges and universities than we did when I took office. We’re more than halfway toward our goal of preparing 100,000 new math and science teachers by 2021. We’ve secured more than $1 billion of private investment for improving STEM education, and commitments from college and university leadership to help underrepresented students earn STEM degrees. There’s also something that’s harder to measure, but every bit as important: all the young people, including minorities and young women, who are more excited than ever about pursuing their passions for STEM.”
The White House did show its geeky (and cheeky) side in this response to a 2012 petition
Not long ago, the idea that Brazil might have something to teach the world about reducing inequality would have sounded like a joke. Latin America’s largest nation had long been among the most unequal places on earth, a state synonymous with savage social injustice. The country may have been blessed with a large, youthful population and abundant natural resources, but for a long time, Brazil did as bad a job spreading its wealth as could be imagined. Even tiny, benighted Haiti was more equal.
Put aside your copy of Built to Last. “Cities live forever, but all companies die,” says West. Jericho has been a city for more than 10,500 years, despite Joshua’s best efforts. Hiroshima (population 1.2 million) survived an atomic bomb. Yes, the chemical company DuPont was founded in 1802, and is still thriving. But an exhaustive review of data shows the half-life of a publicly traded company in the United States to be just 10 years. Big companies, such as Wang, Compaq, and Tandem, to pick only from computer makers, have gone away or been merged out of existence after a few decades or less. And their current-day equivalents will ineluctably follow. “If you have a serious theory, you should be able to predict when Google is going to go bust,” West says. The “new economy” doesn’t create new rules of organizational physics.
U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals for the 2015-16 Best Hospitals rankings. Only 15 of them made the Honor Roll. Hospitals on the exclusive list achieved high scores in at least six of the 16 Best Hospitals specialty rankings. Top-tier scores earned two points per specialty and slightly lower scores one point. Honor Roll rank is by total points.
Photo of the perennial leader (2nd in this rating) Mayo Clinic
“In other words, the fourth-ranked VC firm arguably receives less than 10% of the publicity of any of the other top 5 firms. How is that possible?
Despite avoiding the limelight, Sapphire has leveraged its SAP roots to become a juggernaut in the enterprise technology sector. Coming off a down year for tech IPOs in 2015, the firm still emerged with seven recent portfolio IPOs including Box (2015), Apigee (2015), Five9 (2014), OnDeck Capital (2014) and Imprivata (2014), among others.”
VenueNext has integrated feeds from around the stadium — parking, ticketing, food services, and others — into a game specific app
Google has been showing off all kinds of game related trends like below. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and others will spike dramatically during the game. The 30 second commercial have sold for between $4.6 million and a little more than $5 million. To leverage the investment, most advertisers have been running associated social campaigns before and after the game
“In 2016, people drove cars; in 2066, cars drive people. What we now call reality, they called virtual reality. In ’16, earthbound people aspired to see the wonders of Mars; last night, Mars-bound people longed for the wonders back on Earth, as the pioneering first generation of NASA and SpaceX colonists lamented the 14-minute broadcast delay of Super Bowl 100, played 140 million miles away in a desert landscape stranger than any on the Red Planet.
For its centennial Super Bowl, the NFL returned to its favorite host city, Las Vegas, which first staged the title game 45 years ago. Super Bowl LV shared its initials with Las Vegas but also with Louis Vuitton, the luxury brand that paid handsomely to cover game balls in its handbag leather, embossed with its famous logo.”
Most of us see the Moon as just a small circle in the sky. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of space-mining startup Moon Express, sees quadrillions of dollars worth of valuable minerals, more than a million tonnes of fusion fuel and some prime business estate -- and he wants to own it.
"So many resources which are extremely rare on Earth are abundant on the Moon," Jain says. "We shouldn't only be mining the Earth, we should be thinking of the Moon as our eighth continent."
Last December, Moon Express became the first private company to successfully build and test a Moon-capable robotic lander -- the MX-1 -- here on Earth. By 2016, it plans to land on the Moon itself in a bid to claim the $20 million (£13m) Google Lunar XPRIZE for the first private lander to successfully travel 500 metres along the surface and transmit high-definition imagery back home. In October, in partnership with Nasa, it was on track to launch a shuttle to retrieve experiments from the International Space Station.
“How connected is the world? Playwrights , poets , and scientists  have proposed that everyone on the planet is connected to everyone else by six other people. In honor of Friends Day, we've crunched the Facebook friend graph and determined that the number is actually 3.57. Each person in the world (at least among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people. The average distance we observe is 4.57, corresponding to 3.57 intermediaries or "degrees of separation." Within the US, people are connected to each other by an average of 3.46 degrees.
Our collective “degrees of separation” have shrunk over the past five years. In 2011, researchers at Cornell, the Università degli Studi di Milano, and Facebook computed the average across the 721 million people using the site then, and found that it was 3.74 [4,5]. Now, with twice as many people using the site, we've grown more interconnected, thus shortening the distance between any two people in the world.”
“Until now, that's the direction technology has taken us -- living and gorging on screens with our heads down in our phones. But 2016 will be the year this changes. Why? Because we know something is wrong. The loss of humanness is very real. We also know that technology has the profound potential to enhance our experience of the world around us, rather than distract us from it.
I call this the Invisible Interface -- a movement wherein technology still provides us with information and gives us command of our surroundings, but through discreet signals rather than screens. It is not that different from the way we orient ourselves in nature: we look at the Sun to understand how much daylight is left in the day; we feel a breeze and turn towards it to scan the horizon for the sign of a storm.
This new approach to the transmission of information is much harder to build than pixels on a screen. And yet it is so much more rewarding for the designer, because the resulting user experience is natural, fluid and non-interruptive. Information and action is then woven into our lives so discreetly that, if it weren't for the magical experiences it creates, we would forget it is there.”
The auto industry is going through a very enjoyable phase – low gas prices and low interest rates helped make 2015 the best ever for US sales. Other markets are just as vibrant – GM sold over 3.5 million units in China last year. At the SuperBowl this Sunday Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota will all have commercials at $ 5 million a pop!
Just as impressively, vehicles, especially crossovers, are going through an amazing phase of innovation as they interact with our phones, their own software and sensors.
My friend Karen Peterson recently marveled “I was going to use Google Maps to navigate to the UPS customer center …It showed me the route but told me that UPS was only open from 9-noon. It told me that I would not arrive until 12:17 and asked if I wanted to continue?”
My vehicle asks me when the fuel tank shows its range under 50 miles, if it should navigate to a gas station it can find nearby. Not sure though if it reflects the ever falling gas prices.
When my wife’s car goes into reverse gear, her two side mirrors tilt downwards and sensors interact with the rear view camera and warn her of any obstacles on the path.
Both our cars initiate blind spot detecting sensors when our turn signals are on and warn if a car in the next lane is approaching too quickly. Our salesman tried to sell us on Dynamic Bend Lighting (as in vid below) where the headlights swivel as roads curve.
My car has a smart liftgate. If I stand behind it for a few seconds and it detects a fob in my pocket it automatically raises the gate. Handy when you are juggling groceries.
Most drivers these days interact with Apple’s Siri Eyes Free in their cars. I swear most of us talk to our cars more than to our friends.
My wife’s rear view mirror has a compass which can be adjusted for “True North” in each of the 15 Magnetic Zones in N. America. Seriously!
And yet in some ways, cars continue to confound.
The tire pressure sensors usually give out false positive warnings when the temperature dips. As my car salesman, a chemistry major, reminded me the “percentage change of air pressure in a tire is inversely proportional to the tire air temperature.” Huh? How come those sensors don’t have a True Tire Pressure feature?
Not sure if it is a feature or a bug but my cars Bluetooth software tries to update my contacts every time I get in the car. It must be designed for salespeople who are constantly updating their contacts.
My wife hates the loud chirping of the blind spot sensors. I should let her test drive an Audi Q7 which has 35 such safety features and must be a cacophony of warning sounds and messages
The really smart ass part of all this? A role reversal. Dealers like this Ford one are starting to hire interns and younger staff to include technology training in driver’s ed for us senior citizens!
The citywide program, funded by a $170 million municipal bond and $111 million federal grant, is perhaps the most effective public-Internet operation in the country; high-powered fiber optics offer every home and business up to one-gigabyte-per-second speed for a low price. The Gig was running before Berke took office in 2013, but he’s upped the ante and it’s paid off: More than two dozen startups have located here since 2012. “What the Gig did was change the idea of what our city could be,” Berke says. It’s also got Tennessee Democrats thinking Berke could be the next governor.
Sushi is an art form, but one that is getting increasingly automated – the video below shows a fascinating amount of technology in magnets, sensors, POS at a sushi bar.
Wikipedia describes the growing phenomenon not just in Japan but coming to a location near you
Kaiten-zushi is a sushi restaurant where the plates with the sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt or moat that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table and counter seat. Customers may place special orders, but most simply pick their selections from a steady stream of fresh sushi moving along the conveyor belt. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of the consumed sushi. Some restaurants use a fancier presentation such as miniature wooden "sushi boats" traveling small canals or miniature locomotive cars.
“Sentrian's approach collects data streams from biosensors and uses machine learning algorithms to detect subtle patterns based on general information within the system on ;chronic conditions. These can include heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Data such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation from wireless biosensorson the patient are pushed to a cloud-based engine that analyses this data and notifies doctors when needed.
Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist at Sentrian, who practised emergency medicine for 30 years, explains the value in this approach. "It's based on the premise that for many patients with diseases such as congestive heart failure and COPD, the processes that lead to severe illness start days before the patient actually becomes acutely ill," he says. “
Renewables just finished another record-breaking year, with more money invested ($329 billion) and more capacity added (121 gigawatts) than ever before, according to new data released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
This wasn't supposed to happen. Oil, coal and natural gas bottomed out over the last 18 months, with bargain prices not seen in a decade. That's just one of a handful of reasons 2015 should have been a rough year for clean energy. But the opposite was true.
From Super Bowl City, a free fan village near San Francisco's downtown waterfront, to NFL Experience, an interactive theme park at Moscone Center, fans, the NFL and — possibly — future Olympics organizers will see how a sports championship can use technology to boost the 'wow' experience for these big ticket events.
The game's venue, Levi's Stadium, home of the tech-influenced San Francisco 49ers, is the league's most technically-advanced, according to NFL spokesman Alex Riethmiller.
There, an app designed for the stadium by start-up VenueNext, which leverages Oracle's point-of-sales technology for mobile ordering, will let fans order food, drink and merchandise from their seats. VenueNext's smartphone app handles everything from parking to in-seat food delivery and instant replays at Levi's. For the Super Bowl, it has added a celebrity cam, Super Bowl commercials and express pickup of merchandise.
Like the biblical character Noah, Joel Sartore is building an ark, with photos. He is in the midst of a daunting quest to document 12,000 captive species, from the striking Malayan tiger to the adorable red panda and almost laughably small royal antelope. The goal is to raise awareness of these creatures, and the mounting threat of extinction many of them face.
He started researching the work of great conservationist artists like James Audubon, who famously attempted to paint and describe every species of bird in America. Audobon’s goal inspired Sartore to begin his own ambitious catalog of the animals he treasures. He hopes to engender the same passion in others.
BlaBlaCar is a marketplace where you can find a driver who is driving from one city to another and book a seat in advance. It connects people with empty seats with riders. Drivers can make a bit of money while riders can travel for cheap. Like Airbnb, the company takes a small cut on every ride (currently around 15-20 percent).
BlaBlaCar also has a significant network effect. The more people use it, the more rides you will find even at the last minute, and even if you are going from a tiny city to another tiny city. It is sometimes much more effective and cheaper than a train ride.
In last year’s roundup, the focus was almost exclusively on machine intelligence in the virtual world. This time we’re seeing it in the physical world, in the many flavors of autonomous systems: self-driving cars, autopilot drones, robots that can perform dynamic tasks without every action being hard coded. It’s still very early days—most of these systems are just barely useful, though we expect that to change quickly.
These physical systems are emerging because they meld many now-maturing research avenues in machine intelligence. Computer vision, the combination of deep learning and reinforcement learning, natural language interfaces, and question-answering systems are all building blocks to make a physical system autonomous and interactive. Building these autonomous systems today is as much about integrating these methods as inventing new ones.
Amid the hype about virtual reality and robotics at CES 2016, I strapped on a headset and exoskeleton designed to make you feel 40 years older. That’s right, older. The R70i Age Suit, made by a tech firm, Applied Minds LLC for Genworth Financial, an insurance company, simulates vision and hearing loss, as well as reduced mobility from muscle deterioration and arthritis.
There is no one name—whether sharing economy, gig economy or on-demand economy—that captures the diversity of this disruption. But it’s clear that the demand for this way of working and consuming is profound. According to a first-of-its-kind poll from TIME, strategic communications and global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, 44% of U.S. adults have participated in such transactions, playing the roles of lenders and borrowers, drivers and riders, hosts and guests. The number this represents, more than 90 million people, is greater than the number of Americans who identify, respectively, as Republicans or Democrats.
Down a side alley sits a warehouse that serves as one of the 4,000 motorbike delivery centers in the country—the first such service in Amazon’s 20-year history. There was a frenzy of action inside as each bike rider filled a large black backpack with packages, grabbed a list of addresses, and raced out the door. Straddling on the back of one of the bikes, I clung to the sides as we weaved through rush-hour traffic, dodging cars and rickshaws, women in saris, and the occasional cow. Experts in their districts, the riders are essential to Amazon’s ability to make speedy deliveries, since the country has an arcane address system, patched together haphazardly over the decades, with many addresses containing descriptions reading something like “behind the mosque, across from the stadium.”
Amazon faces a far bigger logistical hurdle than addresses, however: getting paid. Barely 60% of Indians have bank accounts, and only a fraction of those have credit cards. So Amazon’s payment systems in India are drastically different from any the company has attempted before and involve the kind of hand-holding that would be unimaginable to U.S. customers. About half the customers pay cash only when their purchases are delivered. Amazon has partnered with thousands of small shop owners across the country to act as pickup points in exchange for receiving a small commission per package.
Some new payment technology may have exactly the inverse effect. Restaurants like Carmel Kitchen and Chili's have adopted tablet ordering systems. Customers tap their way through ordering and swipe their own credit cards. And thus, says Chris Ponte, chef/owner of Cafe Ponte and the soon-to-open On Swann, people feel they don't have to tip as much.
"If I'm going to punch in my own order and the waiter isn't helping me navigate through the menu, I'm going to tip less," Ponte says.
Tablet ordering can minimize labor costs because "you can get food runners rather than servers," Ponte says. At his own restaurant, the average tip these days hovers around 20 percent, but his older customers tend to tip more than younger ones. For millennials, who often order food electronically, he says tipping is "less of a priority."
Like online pioneers LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer, apps including GetDismissed, LegalTap, WinIt, and Fixed—the last specifically designed to fight parking and traffic tickets—promise users relatively cheap and easy legal counsel. Some offer brief chats with lawyers, others work on a contingency basis, and still others rely primarily on software that can detect potentially dismissal-worthy errors in legal paperwork. “These kinds of applications work to increase access and availability,” Houlihan says. Some are also referring users to legal counsel in cases involving business incorporation, employment contracts, and other matters.
“I said years ago that I don't want to call phone numbers; I want to call people.
Facebook Messenger lets you do just that because you can send a communications request to anyone on the platform without needing or knowing their phone number. Facebook Messenger has essentially become the white pages of the smartphone age.”
The 21-year-old Dutch is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, an ambitious operation involving a massive static platform that passively corrals plastics with wind and ocean currents. The array features a floating V-shaped boom so that fish and other marine life can swim underneath.
Further trials will take place off the coasts of Japan and the Netherlands, and if all goes to plan, the project will officially launch in 2020 and be the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean.
From the Detroit Auto Show this week what Volvo has previously announced as a Time Machine in a future world where autonomous cars will be commonplace
“Volvo calls it "relaxation mode," Erik Coelingh explained. He thumbed over a switch as a cockpit-style white leather seat slid back, reclining nearly flat, while the steering column tucked itself in, out of the way.
It is hard to imagine anything more passive in a driving experience. But passivity is the point.
Coelingh was demonstrating the luxury interior for the C26 self-driving concept car here at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit auto show.”
In the 2015 Global Innovation 1000 study, Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, analyzed the flows of R&D spending among companies and countries worldwide. We found that the geographic footprint of innovation has expanded dramatically in the years since our 2008 study, when we first charted the globalization of R&D. The new landscape reflects significant regional shifts, as more companies pursue innovation programs abroad in search of access to top talent and high-growth market.
Couple of the many interesting trends in the report – R&D investment has shifted sharply away from Europe and Asia, and the Auto Industry is going through a phase of significant R&D and innovation
“This year is an active one for ship debuts. In fact, the class of 2016 includes two ships expected to be more luxurious than anything before seen on the high seas, as well as the debut of the newest world’s largest ship.”
Photo below of the infinity-edge pool on the Seven Seas Explorer
As football season winds down and basketball season heats up, excellent article in Popular Mechanics about the ladies on the sidelines who are not just attractive – they are cheerleaders for science. Founded by Darlene Cavalier, a former cheerleader for the 76ers, the group consists of current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers. They are surgeons, chemical engineers, architects, and have many other STEM careers in their day jobs
FordPass incorporates several different separate sub-systems: FordGuides, FordPay and FlightCar.
FordGuides will be kind of like General Motors' OnStar, but rather than simply helping you with navigation, roadside assistance or restaurant reservations, FordGuides will help you solve your mobility concerns. Essentially, think of them as your personal mobility concierge — free of charge.
FordPay is essentially what it sounds like: A way to pay for features of FordPass. With this initial introduction of FordPass, Ford has partnered with McDonald's and 7-Eleven to make consuming fast food easier.
FlightCar, to me, might be the most interesting part of the FordPass app. At first, it'll be used to help you share or borrow a vehicle when you travel, which is neat. However, down the road, it'll be utilized for ride sharing, car sharing and multi-modal transportation. That means, in the future, FlightCar will get you from door to door anyway it needs to — from ride share to public light-rail to bicycle.
Lastly, in order to support this wild new idea of personal mobility that isn't centered around owning a $40,000 hunk of steel, Ford is also launching FordHubs in New York, London, Shanghai and San Francisco that will have real-life FordGuides onsite to help you with mobility solutions.
“Ten years ago, Salesforce had a vision that customers and developers could package and sell apps on top of the Salesforce platform. The vision was huge — and the task immense. And what’s emerged 10 years later is a first-of-its-kind marketplace geared to help companies find everything they need to run their businesses in the cloud. A marketplace of apps that helps companies focus on their customers so they can grow faster and be successful. Today, 85% of Fortune 100 companies are using at least once AppExchange app to connect with their customers in entirely new ways.”
With a tech industry one-third the size of California’s, Canada has confounded expectations by becoming a leader in the booming market for artificial intelligence. Pioneering technologies developed in Canadian labs can be found in Facebook’s facial recognition algorithms, Google’s Photos app, smartphone voice recognition and even Japanese robots.
Now Canada risks losing its AI edge to Silicon Valley.
Already members of the Canadian AI community are trying to protect what they helped build. A startup called Maluuba (in photo) which makes technology that helps computers talk, is opening a research office in Montreal; the University of Toronto has opened a startup accelerator and this fall launched a program dedicated to AI research.
Buzzing along at 350 feet, it takes the ground-controlled aircraft just 11 minutes and 16 seconds to pass over 22.5 acres and capture 219 images.
If a yellow patch shows up on the near-infrared photographs, that alerts the staff at Highland Precision Ag — and eventually, the grower — that there is an issue with some of the plants. The drone team can then come back with more specialized cameras and lenses to pinpoint exactly the problem the plants have encountered, whether that’s spider mites, mold or something else that could kill them or hinder peak production.
Over the next three years, the system Highland Precision Ag is developing will give farmers custom computer dashboards on which they can monitor their crops, follow recipes for treating disease and treat only those areas of their fields that need it.
“Most farmers today just broadcast chemicals” across their fields, Maxwell said. “We want to get to the point we can build a recipe with fertilizer or chemical companies, a customized treatment plan. That will reduce the footprint, environmentally, while still producing the yields we need to produce for a hungry world.”
CNN says President Obama’s speech this evening at 9 pm et
“…is likely to be a combination of a valedictorian's look-how-far-we've-come rhetoric and calls to action directed not at Congress but at the voting public on issues near to Obama's heart -- and extending beyond his increasingly-limited time in office”
But as the White House Office of Digital Strategy describes at Medium it will also reflect the state of the digital nation
“For the first time, this year SOTU will be available to stream on-demand on Amazon Video, in addition to on wh.gov/sotu and our YouTube channel. And beginning Wednesday through the end of the week, Amazon will make the speech available across all devices for Americans to watch the State of the Union in the same way we’re used to consuming video content in 2016. So, for those who’ve cut the cord from cable and network TV: Whether you use a smart TV, web browser, mobile device, or tablet there’s a way for you to watch the President’s speech as it happens and on-demand.
And as in past years, you’ll be able to watch video excerpts released in real-time on Facebook and Twitter. From live GIFs on Tumblr to 6-second videos on Vine and photos on Instagram, we’ll build on previous efforts to connect with users across a range of social media sites and make the experience of the speech appropriate to each platform.”
Here is a teaser from the President of what we will hear in his last SOTU
At the game tonight, we should see a contraption where U of Alabama’s football, medical, engineering and marketing savvy come together. Courtesy of USA Today
“There are several design components that make the tent unique and so practical for football, starting with the fact the frame is actually anchored to and connected with the base of the trainer's table. The covering expands and collapses like an accordion within 10 seconds and basically is just pulled over the top to erect the tent. It weighs about 70 pounds, making it easy to transport. The synthetic material covering it keeps out rain or other elements but also allows in enough light for doctors and trainers to see. It was designed to be sturdy and stable enough to go on any kind of surface that might be on a sideline — grass, artificial turf, concrete, asphalt, etc. — without needing to be staked or anchored into the ground with heavy weights like your typical tailgate tent. They also tested the height to make sure it doesn’t obstruct the view of fans.
There’s also an added bonus for schools: More advertising space to sell, which Alabama has utilized to display the logos of a local hospital and sports medicine center (for the College Football Playoff, it is using an Alabama-branded look).”
The Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks both wore gear from WSI Sports in the wildcard game today where the high temp was 0 degree F!
The heating action comes from a proprietary, hyper hollow fiber that is knitted into the fabric. As the heat and moisture from the body energy interact with this patented HEATR® fabric, the strands of fiber expand and generate heat.
Skyscrapers usually start off bulky at ground level and become slim as they rise. Vancouver House, a twisting condo tower by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, does the opposite. The lower floors of the 59-story building, set to open in 2019, will squeeze into a narrow triangular lot constrained by highway off-ramps and an adjacent park. Once the tower has cleared the surrounding cityscape, it will curve outward, blooming into larger penthouse floors. The Westbank-developed Vancouver high-rise just won the World Architecture Festival’s Future Project of the Year award; judges called it a “delightful” use of a “typically abandoned public space.”
As he navigates, he is focused on rollouts of new services like UberPool, which encourages carpooling, and the development of driverless cars. (Uber recently plucked researchers from Carnegie Mellon to get into that race along with other firms like Google, Tesla and Ford.) He’s also thinking about his next big disruptive idea, which could take on the deeply entrenched real estate industry.
Israel based Clipfort’s sensor-equipped magazines have fingerprint identification to prevent an unauthorized user from loading ammunition. The biometrics, built into the clip, are being designed for most guns, the company says.
ID confirmation takes 0.7 seconds. Given a match, the clip can load bullets until the magazine is removed from the gun.
“The electronics giant, however, says it's not searching for the next big thing. Rather, the goal of the C-Lab is to find "the next small big thing" — a discovery that may not seem like a big deal immediately but that will, over time, open up new markets and be incorporated into must-have technology.”
An example include TipTalk which eliminates the need for headphones or talking into your phone: it's a wristband containing a sensor can transmit telephone conversations through a fingertip pressed against your ear.
“While the previous list contained 192 companies, the current version has 268 entries across the same categories, basically adding 76 companies to the mix. I’ve renamed Supply Chain to Trade Finance to more accurately reflect the function being served, and renamed Trading to Trading Platforms, since many companies in that segment were actually platforms for performing trades.
In terms of pinpointing where the major additions went, you will see the most swelling in the following categories: Capital Markets, Trade Finance, Banks, Trading Platforms, Compliance, Money Services, and Platforms.”
What does the future hold for the franchise world? Every December we like to make predictions for which categories will lead the way in the year ahead. Our 10 picks for 2016 range from practical services like outdoor pest control and property management to personal indulgences like baked goods. Some, like fitness and children’s enrichment, are well-established but still-growing industries, while others, like salon suites, are newer ideas just coming into their own.