Virtual Reality

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Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement that it has shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014, Facebook launched an augmented reality ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last week. While Facebook’s plans to become the app platform for developers is ambitious, Google notes that 160 million Cardboard apps have been downloaded …

Emoji

Michael Tchong Trends

In January 2010, we wrote our first analysis on the use of smileys in which we advocated the adoption of a standardized emoticon language, dubbed EmotiScript. You are hereby forgiven if you considered what we wrote pure balderdash. We could not have predicted that the use of emoticons would explode after the launch of Apple’s iOS 5, the first iPhone …

Grayfields

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The headlines are telling: “American Apparel files for second bankruptcy,” “The Limited Is Closing All 250 of Its Stores,” “Macy’s is closing 68 stores,” “Sears and Kmart Closing 150 Stores,”“Sports Authority Will Close All 463 Stores,” But the most dour observation belongs to The New York Times, “Department Stores, Once Anchors at Malls, Become Millstones.” A key parameter of retailing, …

Yoga Culture

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Propelled by life’s mounting stresses, a by-product of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, the practice of yoga has exploded in the past 40 years. Yoga is now practiced by more than 200 million, according to the Hindustan Times (26-Jan-13) people worldwide, including over 100 million in its country of origin, India. Yoga Journal’s “Yoga In America” …

Connected Home

Michael Tchong Trends

You know that the smart home innovation has arrived when a CES 2017 exhibit hall in Las Vegas is teeming with Alexa-driven or other platform-connected air purifiers, mattresses, refrigerators, toasters, toothbrushes, trash cans and even an innovative connected hair brush, the Kérastase Hair Coach! Google acquired Nest in January 2014 for $3.2 billion, signaling that the “connected home” or smart …

Screensucking

Michael Tchong Trends

Christmas 2015 was a beautiful day in San Diego. Joshua Burwell, a 33-year-old visiting from Sheridan, Ind., decided to hike Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. Witnesses noticed someone distracted by an “electronic device” seconds before Burwell plunged off the cliff. He was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived. It was another example of the intoxicating spell our digital devices cast …

Smiley Talk

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Conversing via electronic means has exploded in the past decades. In 2008, 11 billion text messages were sent each day worldwide. That figure is dwarfed by the estimated 247 billion e-mails sent daily in 2009. The sheer volume of these one-dimensional messages explains why we believe that the role the emoticon, or “smiley,” plays in electronic conversations is vastly misunderstood …