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Why Wearables Will Change the World

What does wearable technology have in common with microwave ovens, Facebook, and the iPhone?

In his article for Wired Insights entitled “Think Bigger, Skeptics: Wearables Will Change the World,” author Steve Caldwell explains how, like the microwave, Facebook, and the iPhone, a convergence of technology and culture is taking place that will result in the mainstream adoption of wearables.

Dr. Jerry Wilmink, CEO and Founder of San Antonio-based WiseWear Corporation, says that wearable technology has evolved to the point of being able provide the features that users want and need, so that

More and More Trends for Innovators

In the classic 1946 movie "It's a Wonderful Life," success could be summed up with one word: "plastics." The top trends for 2015 can be summed up with another word: "digital."

In a Harvard Business Review article entitled "The Tech Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015," Amy Webb identifies six key areas:

  • Deep learning: computers that "study," enhancing artificial intelligence by processing vast quantities of data in order to "learn," including images and other non-textual media.
  • Smart virtual personal assistants: digital assistants that make helpful interactions in business and personal life,

10 Trends that Matter for Innovation

Tis the season for lists. Trendwatcher.com did not disappoint, publishing its "10 Trends for 2015." However, this isn't a typical list of "macro trends" that everyone already knows. These are consumer trends, and they mean opportunity!

Here are the trends, with my summary:

  • Instant Skills - the ability to produce high quality output on demand
  • Fast-Laning - stop waiting in line
  • Fair Splitting - mobile payments to share and split costs
  • Internet of Sharing Things - the Internet of Things meets the Sharing Economy
  • Branded Government - progressive brands for civic transformation
  • Post-Demographic

15 Reasons Why the Future of Innovation is Digital

The future of innovation is digital. That’s the conclusion of Forrester’s report, “The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020.”

Forrester divided its list of 15 emerging technologies into four main innovation groups:

  • Business Solutions - including the Internet of Things
  • Interaction - including wearables
  • Aggregation and Delivery - including real-time knowledge sourcing
  • Infrastructure - including cloud, and big data

Certainly, successful innovation can be high-tech, low-tech, or even no-tech.

How to Score an Innovation Hat Trick

Innovation is the practice of identifying and exploiting change as an opportunity.
 
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Likewise, we should pay attention to trends that indicate change, because change brings opportunity.
 
In an article for Entrepreneur Magazine, Louis Foreman notes four trends that should be on our innovation radar:
  • Demographics, especially the Baby Boomers
  • The Internet of Things and connectedness
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Personalized products
 
Innovative companies and organizations should be mindful of these