Author Archives: Innovation or Not?
I came across this faucet design on c|net and I thought to myself, now there is a smart design that brings a bit of the wonder of a dancing water show into the bathroom. It’s called the Swirl and was designed my Simin Qiu. He won the 2014 iF Haier special prize student award for the design. The faucet has… Continue reading
Usually when you here about a liquor bottle talking to someone (even a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue), you would tend think you’re about to here a tale of someone having a wee bit too much to drink. But in this case, we are going to talk about a new smart bottle from Diageo (or a smart label to be more precise) that has the ability to talk to your smartphone using near field communications (aka NFC). Continue reading
Now you can have your coffee and eat it too. KFC in collaboration with Seattle’s Best Coffee (Starbuck’s fighter brand) has launched edible coffee cups in the United Kingdom. It’s called the “Scoffee Cup” and it is actually a cup-shaped cookie coated in white chocolate and sugar. After the coffee is poured into the cookie cup, the cup slowly softens as you drink the coffee contained inside. Continue reading
As sensors become smaller, faster, cheaper, and more capable, autonomous automobiles become more of a potential commercial reality. If you’re not sure what an autonomous automobile is or the baby steps that have already been taken, you might want to check out this video from Texas Instruments and this other video that takes you for a ride in Google’s self-driving car. Continue reading
Video may have killed the radio star, but the mp3 and even the CD have failed to kill the lovable vinyl LP record. In fact, they are making a resurgence and if anything have probably grown in popularity over the last decade. So, you might be thinking what kind of innovation could someone possibly pull off on a vinyl album? Continue reading
I came across these attractive and thoughtfully designed Vector Scissors in a post by Innovation Excellence contributor Matthew E May that promise to in addition to the normal day to day jobs that scissors execute, to also be able to cut perfectly straight lines. Interesting invention, sure, clever design, sure, but are they an innovation? Continue reading
I came across the inspiration for the latest in the “Innovation or Not?” series through a London Business School announcement of their upcoming TELL Series speakers, and noticing that Nancy Cruickshank, co-Founder of MyShowcase would be speaking on May 21, 2014. Clicking over to the web site, I noticed that one of the highlighted products was Ohso Probiotic Chocolate which Andrew Marten brands as a healthy chocolate. Continue reading