Innovation is such a mysterious word. The corporate world has beaten it to death, and thanks to gurus like Clayton Christensen, we have processes to understand the dilemma, find solutions and cause disruptions with innovations. But my relationship to innovation is very basic. Something just strikes out at once to be innovative…. and like poetry, the beauty is inherent and cannot be explained. I seek out such ideas.
I was invited to speak to a big data innovation conference in Mumbai this week. I chose to present a case study to illustrate how we use Polyglot Persistence – or in plain English – using more than one database … Read more →
McKinsey Global Institute published a report that identifies the top 5 catalysts of growth for the US economy: The US economy is struggling to find a new formula for vigorous growth. But all growth opportunities are not created equal. New … Read more →
If you are a cyclist, check this website out and figure out which kind of a person you are based on what kind of cycle you ride! Two Frenchmen – Thomas Pom, a fourth-year student at the National School of … Read more →
Thomas Backlund has started a bold adventure of giving up his life in the city and living in a forest to build his start up. He has set himself up with a laptop, battery pack, solar cells and mobile broadband. … Read more →
Isaac Asimov, my favorite science fiction writer and thinker introduced a concept called Psychohistory in his famous “Foundation” novel series. Psychohistory is the science of predicting the behavior of large groups of people using a statistical model of the psychology … Read more →
Anand Shah’s company Sarvajal is working to bring clean water to India. But it’s not just giving it away. Instead, it’s Each of these franchisees sets up “water ATMs,” where rural Indians can go and see their water being purified and bottled.
Inspiring video of a young kid from Sierra Leone who’s a self taught inventor
Ann DeOtte’s designs solve a basic problem: Can you bike in comfort and dress with style?
Her clever answer is Iva Jean, a line of functional clothing for women cyclists that works on and off your ride. DeOtte’s pieces employ just a few clever nips and tucks to seamlessly transition from road to office.
Take the Reveal skirt, pictured above. The tailored skirt unzips in the back to expose additional fabric for easy pedaling, and features a high-waisted cut for comfortable coverage. It’s safety first and fashion forward at the same time — and it’s also our Project of the Day.
Cool idea for female cyclists
An amazing film about an amazing project. Truly inspiring journey of a group of people who started off with barren land that was murdered by chemical farming and transformed it into a green haven that sustains the local farmers and makes their farming commercially viable
Tanjung Batu Laut seems to grow out of a mangrove swamp on an island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. The houses, propped up over the water on stilts, are cobbled together from old plywood, corrugated steel, and rusted chicken wire. But walk inland and you reach a clearing covered with an array of a hundred solar panels mounted atop bright new metal frames. Thick cables transmit power from the panels into a sturdy building with new doors and windows. Step inside and the heavy humidity gives way to cool, dry air. Fluorescent lights illuminate a row of steel cabinets holding flashing lights and computer displays.
The building is the control center for a small, two-year-old power-generating facility that provides electricity to the approximately 200 people in the village. Computers manage power coming from the solar panels and from diesel generators, storing some of it in large lead-acid batteries and dispatching the rest to meet the growing local demand. Before the tiny plant was installed, the village had no access to reliable electricity, though a few families had small diesel generators. Now all the residents have virtually unlimited power 24 hours a day.
A Colorado company sees the future of tires on mountain bikes, and they are puncture-proof and airless. Britek Tire and Rubber also envisions mountain-bike riders as being in a far happier mood when they learn they can leave their patch kits and pumps at home. For several years the company has focused its prototyping efforts toward airless tires for automobiles but it is now turning its attention to working on airless tires for mountain bikes. Company founder and designer Brian Russell has several patents and more pending for his dream project, the Energy Return Wheel (ERW). In addition to not having to worry about punctures, he says people will find that ERW can deliver better efficiency.
The Google Maps folks debut their amazing “Trekker” camera in the Grand Canyon. #coolestjobever
On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker—a wearable backpack with a camera system on top—to traverse the Grand Canyon and capture 360-degree images of one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet.
This week, photos are being gathered from portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and more. These panoramic views will soon be live on Google Maps, giving everyone from real-life visitors to armchair travelers the opportunity to marvel at this beautiful, majestic site from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices.
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.
A reason that this blog is called Strong Opinions is in part the well-known saying “strong opinions, weakly held” popularized by Bob Sutton. It has been an important lesson ever since and the inspiration I draw from in writing this blog.
The Unmonday Ceramic Speaker is an independent Airplay speaker, which features a patented hexagonal ceramic enclosure that delivers sound through electronicss that have no visible parts. The uniqueness in the design is not only its wireless feature, but its integrated motion sensor which determines the speaker’s position. This sensor allows two things: assignment to one of five Dolby Surround sound channels upon rotation of the device, while eliminating any moving parts or hardware buttons that the user has to press.
Hop, the robot suitcase, is the brainchild of enterprising Spanish inventor, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, who, in addition to inventing new-age robo-luggage, has served up the perfect platform for other inventors to jump aboard to develop enhancements for Hop.
The potential add-ons for the robotic suitcase seem limitless: a future add-on might ask the suitcase to nip off to fetch a cup of coffee or to hail a taxi or to do whatever else that makes an airport wait easier or more constructive.
The robotic suitcase follows its owner by tracing Bluetooth signals from a Smartphone. Gonzalez placed three sensors in the luggage that receive signals from the Smartphone and has also planted a microprocessor to drive the two caterpillar tracks which power the suitcase.
Hop website: The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance.
The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or controlled jointly by the staff that handles baggage at airports or transit stations.
If a suitcase can move by itself, besides facilitating the lives of a large number of travelers, families, or even disabled people, it could also impact baggage-moving conveyor belts, carts or most any sort of external conveyance.
If the signal from the phone is lost, the suitcase will lock itself and send a vibrating alert to the user’s phone.
This perpetual calendar requires no batteries, looks better next to your bedside table than a noisy iPhone and is basically the grown man version of the Nickelodeon alarm clock we all grew up with. A.K.A. – everyone is going to be jealous.
“Empty Memory from Logical Art visualizes the abstract space of electronic memory, allowing its owner to fill the voided space with their invisible data. Since flash drives have continually decreased in size while adding space, the hollow area poetically implies the “invisible technology.”
The 4G flash drive is designed as jewelry and comes in two forms: Structure, which features a geometric frame, and the Transparent style, capped with clear acrylic. The pieces are cast from stainless steel and hand finished in black, white or a rose gold.”
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts University, and others have created fully biodegradable electronics that could allow doctors to implant medical sensors or drug delivery devices that dissolve when they’re no longer needed. The transient circuits, described in today’s issue of Science, can be programmed to disappear after a set amount of time based on the durability of their silk-protein coating.
“You want the device to serve a useful function, but after that function is completed, you want it to simply disappear by dissolution and resorption into the body,” says John Rogers, a physical chemist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and senior author on the study.
The authors demonstrate this possibility with a resorbable device that can heat the area of a surgical cut to prevent bacterial growth. They implanted the heat-generating circuit into rats. After three weeks, the authors examined the site of the implant and found that the device had nearly completely disappeared, leaving only remnants of the silk coating, which is eliminated more slowly than the silicon and magnesium of the circuit itself.
The work builds upon previous efforts from Tufts University’s Fiorenzo Omenetto (whose work won a 10 Emerging Technologies award in 2010) on using silk as a body-friendly mechanical support for electronics as well as a tunable coating that can be made to last days or months depending on chemical processing. By combining that technology with their own thin and flexible circuitry, Omenetto, Rogers, and the rest of their team were able to develop silicon-based electronics that completely biodegrade. Other groups are also working to develop biodegradable electronics, some with different materials that may not perform as reliably as the silicon device but might dissolve faster.