Vegetarian Innovations Rock Food World

The Wall Street Journal reports that purveyors of meat-free burgers are struggling to meet demand from fast food chains. Both Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are disrupting the food business, with their realistic looking fake meats, which even “bleed” like real beef.

Uber Promises to Elevate You

Uber has unveiled its latest skyport designs for Uber Air, its vision of the future transportation. At an industry gathering of industry experts, aviation regulators and potential partners in Los Angeles, Uber painted an optimistic vision for its lofty ambition of...

How small will robots get?

Small enough to hold in your hands. Rolls-Royce envisions a future where tiny engine maintenance robots, measuring just 10mm in diameter, will go inside an engine, sending live video back to the mechanics and speeding up inspections. Developed in collaboration with...

Skydio 2 Ups the Drone Innovation Ante

Skydio has launched a new version of its Skydio drone and it’s a revolutionary innovation, complete with its own “launch box.” One YouTuber, bakerXderek, rendered this verdict, “flying has never been this easy.”

Celebrity Edge Magic Carpet

Celebrity Edge was named the best new cruise ship of 2018. That award was due to a raft of innovations and new features, including “Magic Carpet” — a deck that moves up and down the side of the ship along a vertical track and multitasks as a boarding platform, restaurant with amazing views, or pool area extension.

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What is innovation?

The Nest Learning Thermostat represents disruptive innovation. It overcomes the pain point of traditional thermostats that many fight over by being “smart” and saving money.

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What is incremental innovation?

Incremental, or “efficiency,” innovations seek to produce the same product or service more cheaply or efficiently and are the most popular type of innovation. Starship robots can make deliveries more consistently and cost-effectively.

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What is orthogonal innovation?

The Sharpty Inverted Umbrella is a perfect example of a “think different,” or orthogonal, innovation. The Sharpty closes in the opposite direction, allowing water to be captured instead of dripping on you.

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Another “think different” example

The Celebrity Edge’s Magic Carpet is an orthogonal, or “think different,” innovation. Its elevator platform boards many passengers at once while also serving as a restaurant.

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What is disruptive innovation?

Disruptive innovations are those rare inventions that change the way the world works, disrupting industries. Apple will sell more watches in 2019 than the entire Swiss watch industry combined.

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Panic Playdate

Panic Playdate

Panic, a 20-year-old Mac software company, has made a major splash announcing its first hardware device. Playdate is a bright-yellow handheld gaming console with a monochrome screen that was co-developed with Swedish design firm Teenage Engineering.

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Tiny House Kit Goes Viral, Sells Out

Tiny House Kit Goes Viral, Sells Out

We have been major proponents of the small homes trend, and probably the only research firm to make a market in this emerging sector. Earlier this month, a tiny house kit, sold on Amazon of course, was discovered on social media and instantly went viral. The Allwood Solvalla 172-square-foot studio cabin, or garden house, kit retails for $7,250, building materials included. Common items, such as electricity or a bathroom, are extra. These tiny home kits are shipped in a big crate and delivery takes three to five weeks. Expect this trend to accelerate in the near future. Meanwhile, the median square footage of a new, single-family home reached 2,355 in 2018. To see a gallery of both kit homes and a few outstanding upgrade examples, click this post’s title.

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I Want to Make Saving Water Famous

I Want to Make Saving Water Famous

That’s what Mina Guli tells me in an interview before Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop fundraising event in Las Vegas tonight. Doctors once told Guli that she never would be able to run again. She just finished her third campaign of running 40(!) marathons, a feat that defies description, to raise awareness about saving water.

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AI Is Reinventing Our World

AI Is Reinventing Our World

If the tech behind ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com is any indication, AI is going to disrupt the visual sciences. A few days ago, The New York Times wondered if ethical A.I. is even possible. That’s not a rhetorical question given the ability of AI to generate fake visuals as persuasive as ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com suggests.

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