Face ID and Animoji

Michael Tchong Innovation

Now that we know more about Apple’s new iPhone X, let’s delve into two truly outstanding iPhone X innovations, its Face ID face recognition system and animated emoji, dubbed “Animoji” The iPhone X discards an already innovative fingerprint ID system for a futuristic “TrueDepth” camera system that bathes your face in more than 30,000 invisible, infra-red dots. As the name …

Saks Fifth Avenue ConBody

Michael Tchong Innovation

The Amazon Factor will lead to as many as 8,600 store closings in 2017. Retailers have three options: Close up shop, innovate, or change and become a discount retailer, which, as Costco and Ross Stores are proving, could be a viable strategy. Saks Fifth Avenue has decided to fight by reinventing the very concept of retail. Leveraging a growing trend, …

ZIIP

Michael Tchong Fountain of Youth, Innovation

As you may have read, microcurrent innovation is all the rage in health and beauty. If you’re wondering when the day will arrive that your skin regimen involves using an iPhone app, wonder no more that day is here. ZIIP ($495) uses electrical currents to stimulate a skin chemical called adenosine triphosphate, which biologists describe as the “energy currency of …

Airtable

Michael Tchong Innovation

We live in a smoke and mirrors world. The global technology industry is worth north of $3.5 trillion. Yet its foundations rest on six of the most uncreative software companies in the world. Which is why it’s fun to use a truly innovative application, Airtable (free for less than 1,200 records). One software outfit with a market cap of $65 …

First Self-driving Cars

Michael Tchong Innovation

There has been much speculation as to when mass-produced, self-driving cars would arrive. According to Quora, the consensus is 2020. You can move that needle back two years because both Audi and Tesla are vying to be the first to launch automobiles that can legitimately be called self-driving cars. Audi will launch a new A8 in late fall 2017 that …

K-Beauty: DeepSkin Anti-Aging Mask

Michael Tchong Fountain of Youth, Innovation

If you drive a Kia, own a Samsung TV, smartphone or perhaps a refrigerator too, you’re well on your way to living ”Gangnam Style.” The Korean invasion doesn’t stop there. You’re going to hear a lot more about “K-Beauty,” because South Korea is about to invade your health & beauty regimen, if DeepSkin ($220) from Insung Information Co. is any …

Boom

Michael Tchong Innovation

In 1971, U.S. Congress halted federal funding of a next-generation supersonic transport, dubbed the “SST.” It was one the dumbest acts ever perpetrated in the name of the American public, holding the aviation industry back for half a century. Forty-six years later, a glimmer of hope for faster air transportation has arrived thanks to Denver-based Boom Technology. After the successful …

Public

Michael Tchong Innovation

In 1982, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell ignited the boutique hotel trend with the opening of Morgans on Madison Avenue, which boasted the design touches of French designer Andrée Putman. Schrager is once again disrupting the New York hotel scene opening Public ($150+) this week, which features rooms priced significantly below comparable Gotham hotels. Schrager collaborated with Philippe Starck on …

Apple Watch

Michael Tchong Innovation

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 …

Airbnb

Airbnb

Michael Tchong Innovation

Airbnb has ushered in the concept of “home optimization,” offering homeowners the same opportunity to boost cash flow the major airlines have enjoyed for years, a disruptive innovation. The option of staying in someone’s private dwelling as an alternative to hotels can be truly liberating. Many times it’s cheaper too. Airbnb already claims an inventory of 2.3 million rooms, which …