Category: Trends

Connected Home

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...

Generation X-tasy

Once a year, some 36,000 attendees gather in Las Vegas to attend the Nightclub & Bar Show. It’s an annual ritual that involves visiting hundreds of exhibits with many offering showgoers samples of the latest in adult beverage innovation. At the conference, there...

Robot Love

It was a great year for robot love fans. First came news from the U.K. Guardian that the race was on to build the world’s first sex robot. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, a Las Vegas night club generated buzz with pole dancing robots. Finally, Sony reversed a...
Grayfields: The Retail Downtrend

Grayfields: The Retail Downtrend

The headline is telling: “ Toys ‘R’ Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations.” How could a retailer that first opened its doors in 1948 implode so spectacularly? It’s a manifestation of the “Amazon Factor,” which is turning the retail landscape into a gray...

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Voyeurgasm

Voyeurgasm

Rodney King’s 1991 beating was a watershed moment in modern history. Not only was it groundbreaking because police violence was captured on video, but it also helped accelerate an Ubertrend, Voyeurgasm, which points to a future where just about everything will be...

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

From the earliest days of the Mesopotamians, humans have been searching for ways to improve shared spaces, usually creating a central square around which other structures were built. But no civilization has had the benefit of developing city innovation around a...

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India Style

India Style

Indians now rank only second to Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors on American TV, despite making up less than 1% of the U.S. population. Expect India Style to invade even our cocktail party food.

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Influencer Metrics

Influencer Metrics

In the early 90s, the founder of Sidney Frank Importing Co. hired 20 young women, dubbed “Jagerettes,” to visit bars and use a spray gun to assist customers in gulping down Jägermeister. The tactic reaffirmed the power of marketing aimed at influencers who can propel...

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