Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Michael Tchong Trends

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 digital square — the backbone of the smart city trend. But first what is a smart city? A smart …

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 …

Amazon Echo Look

Michael Tchong Innovation 1 Comment

One of the biggest challenges innovation consultants and speakers face is the “tyranny 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 tyranny of the …