Windshield-mounted device makes fast food payments even quicker
Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru could enable hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags. READ MORE…
(Source: springwise, via ibmsocialbiz)
Education is Broken
Seeking innovation? Look for the intersection of physical and digital worlds.
Take, for example, Tesco supermarkets in South Korea. The company wanted to increase sales without creating more stores. Tesco understood that Koreans work long hours and have little appetite for shopping at the end of the day so they created virtual grocery stores at subway stations. These virtual stores, shelves and all, are projected on the walls of subway stations. To purchase items, shoppers simply go to a Tesco app on a smartphone and scan the projected items’ QR code. When purchases are completed, the order is delivered to shoppers’ homes shortly after they get home from work.
The Tesco app was downloaded 400,000 times in one month after the launch and Tesco skyrocketed to number one in online sales in Korea.
(via Saul Berman blog, When trying to find innovation, look for the intersection of the physical and digital worlds — Tech News and Analysis)
Michigan Scientists Build Low-Cost Metal 3D Printer
More affordable mass market 3D printers are making their way into homes across the world creating a new wave of makers who are printing anything from jewellery to parts for robots.
Up until now, most of this printing has been done in plastic. But this month, news broke of a group of scientists out of Michigan University who have developed a low-cost 3D printer that prints with metal.
We have seen non-plastic 3D printers come to the market - those that print chocolate and metal clay are already out there for use. But metal has been one of those materials that has been hard to crack. Commercial metal printers are available, but they cost over half a million dollars.
Developed by Michigan Technological University’s Joshua Pearce and team, the printer used under $1500 worth of materials to create including a commercial MIG welder and an open-source microcontroller.
In the spirit of innovation and growth, the team have made their detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer.
If you have always wanted to print out a thermos, hammer or your own custom nails, click on the link and start making!
Photo credit: A new 3D metal printer in action in the Open Sustainability Lab at Michigan Tech. Chenlong Zhang photo
HootSuite has just announced the private Beta integration with IBM Connections platform. This is an incredible combination of two leaders: HootSuite is the leading social media management system with nearly 7 million users. IBM Connections is the worldwide enterprise social software marketshare leader according to IDC for 4 years running. Needless to say, I’m excited to see our eco system continue to grow with market leaders such as HootSuite integrating with IBM’s social platform. This is just one of the many solutions we’ll be talking about at IBM Connect 2014, so if you haven’t registered yet, go do it now and take advantage of the early bird discount! — Socialize Me
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Fractal Fest has gone to the dogs
IBM, in its latest C-suite study of 4,000 executives, provides a solution to the alignment problem (see above) highlighted in the IT Trends Survey from the Society for Information Management:
In brief, writes Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, “Leaders’ priorities are shifting from intra-enterprise efficiency and productivity to a new agenda led by the front office and focused on extra-enterprise engagement, transparency, collaboration and dialogue with audiences and all the individuals within them.
via Studies Reveal Need for Common C-suite Language to Grow Customer-activated Enterprise - Business 2 Community)
Volvo to unload 100 self-driving cars onto city streets | Cnet
The Swedish-based company announced that it has launched a pilot project dubbed “Drive Me — Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility,” which will bring 100 self-driving Volvo cars onto city streets. The project will take place on about 50 kilometers of busy roads in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Electric Car Sales For 2013 Are Up Over 440 Percent From This Time In 2012 @ Climate Progress