Amazon Echo Look

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One of the biggest challenges innovation consultants and speakers face is the “inertia of the installed base” — as legendary founder of Ziff-Davis, Bill Ziff, liked to put it. Retailers eagerly listen to innovation presentations or participate in interactive workshops, but once again Amazon rewrote the rules of retail innovation with the launch of Echo Look. The inertia of the …

Devialet Silver Phantom

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Major innovations in audio technology were last introduced by the likes of Bose, Dahlquist, Magneplanar and Quad in the 1970s. But a French company, Devialet is causing big bass vibrations throughout the audio industry with an innovative line of speakers called Phantom. The audiophile speaker market is a relatively staid business, especially when compared to its complementary electronics counterpart, think …

Four SXSW Takeaways

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SXSW was, as usual, a spectacle to be experienced. Here are some key takeaways: Multitasking events – SXSW may remind you of the COMDEX conferences of yore, but with a twist. While there were many corporate parties at that long-forgotten Las Vegas event, most did not feature “content” as the main draw. Lesson: business prospects like to be entertained and …

Top 10 Innovators

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Like that year-end ritual where some organizations claim to be able to pick the hottest trends of the next year, some market watchers compile lists of the top (fill-in-the-blank) most innovative companies. As much as trends do not adhere to calendar years, innovators defy ranking. A few weeks ago, Fast Company did its best to try to shoehorn 50 companies …

Pioneer Rayz: When Opportunity Knocks

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Apple’s decision to remove the audio port from the iPhone 7 resulted in a public outcry of world-ending proportions. To some Apple aficionados, it was Armageddon meets invasion of the headphone port snatchers. But as any creative individual will tell you, problems spell opportunity. And so Pioneer this week launched its Rayz headset that adds a Lightning port to its …

What Is Innovation?

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The Wall Street Journal notes that “Innovation is hardly a new term. The word, which derives from the Latin noun ‘innovatus,’ meaning renewal or change, appeared in print as early as the 15th century.” The concept of innovation goes back even farther in time. Innovation was a key characteristic of our early ancestors and a defining factor in the survival …

HP Spectre 13

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We love laptops so much that aficionados at NotebookReview have given it the oh-so-cute diminutive “lappy.” The innovative new HP Spectre 13 ($1,170) qualifies as our latest seductress with her beautiful lines and very sexy copper accents.

Apple Watch

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The “wearables” field was already on fire when Apple threw its hat into the ring in 2015. In classic Apple fashion, the company reinvented the category, from interface to Apple Pay, downright to the intricacies of attaching watchbands. When Apple designer Jony Ive stated that the Apple Watch could endanger Switzerland’s traditional watchmaking industry, many industry watchers dismissed the boast …

Domino’s

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While FedEx was first to introduce parcel tracking in 1986, Domino’s is the first restaurant to apply the technology to pizza delivery. The Pizza Tracker combined with Domino’s radically reinventive “tasted like cardboard” campaign, its Pizza Hero iPad app plus its transparency efforts, puts Domino’s at the head of the restaurant innovation class. The Pizza Tracker is a perfect example …