Mark van Doorn

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The World Will Be Painted With Data

The world is about to be painted with data. Every place. Every person. Every thing. In the near term this invisible digital layer will be revealed by the camera in your phone, but in the long term it will be incorporated into a wearable device, likely a head-mounted display (HMD) integrating phone, …

Augmented Reality

Amazon Is Invading Model Homes to Show Off a Future No One Wants

Amazon announced Wednesday that it will try to pitch the general public on its dystopian future by launching interactive showrooms in model homes …

Smart Homes

Offline, Ssense puts a new spin on the department store

Online luxury retailer Ssense has built a new brick-and-mortar store around appointments, not inventory.<p>Ssense Montreal, which opens Thursday in the …

eCommerce

Macy's Acquires Story: A Small But Bold Move That Could Save The Department Store

Macy’s just announced that it is acquiring Story, a highly innovative retail store in downtown Manhattan. It’s only one store, so it’s not a huge deal. But the significance of it is big because of what Story is.<p><b>What Is Story?</b><p>If you’re not familiar with it, Story is a unique retail concept whose …

eCommerce

Alibaba launches blockchain technology to improve supply chain integrity and enhance trust in platform

Alibaba has launched a blockchain technology initiative to protect product authenticity and improve its supply chain integrity.<p>The Food Trust …

eCommerce

Study: Long checkout lanes cost retailers billions

Retailers that fail to deliver digitally influenced in-store experiences, especially at checkout, could lose out on sales — and in a big way.<p>Over the …

eCommerce

Stuff 3.0: The Era of Programmable Matter

It’s the end of a long day in your apartment in the early 2040s. You decide your work is done for the day, stand up from your desk, and yawn. “Time …

Robotics

This company is making an at-home CRISPR kit to find out what’s making you sick

‘When I think of CRISPR, I really think of biology’s search engine’<p>A new biotech company co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna is developing a device that uses CRISPR to detect all kinds of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and Zika. The tech is still just in prototype phase, but research …

Genetics

How soon till we all fly in electric planes?

The trend toward e-cars is growing. But what about e-planes? It might not be long before we're zooming around in electric planes — at least for short …

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

<b>The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine's most disgusting procedure.</b><p>It is pretty much what you are imagining - part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another.<p>The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving …

Microbiome

Amazon Prime, Jeff Bezos’s Secret Weapon, Hits 100 Million Subscribers

Initially riddled with skeptics, Amazon Prime is now powerful enough to change shopping behavior.<p>On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in a letter to shareholders that Amazon Prime, the flat-rate free shipping subscription, had surpassed 100 million subscribers. Bezos has always been …

Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic

The enzyme could help clean up our polluted oceans and landfills.<p>Plastics come in all kinds of different types with all kinds of different properties, making them some of the most versatile and durable materials ever produced. But that durability comes with a cost, as discarded plastic piles up on …

Surprise! Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands

The biggest push has come in the clothing category.<p>After Amazon launched its first private-label brands in 2009, the company took a four-year hiatus before it created any more. And when it got back into the game with the launch of its own diaper brand in 2014, it was an embarrassment; a design flaw …

eCommerce

See how ARKit will make grocery shopping easier

Searching my local grocery stores endless aisles of offerings of food is one of my least favorite things about being an adult, but thanks to the power of ARKit, apps are about to completely change the experience.<p>iOS developer Andrew Hart teased an early preview of his augmented reality app for …

Walmart to roll out over 500 more Pickup Towers to U.S. stores this year

Walmart announced this week it’s going to roll out more than 500 additional Pickup Towers to its U.S. stores over the course of the year. The towers, which are like high-tech vending machines distributing customers’ online purchases, were first introduced into nearly 200 stores in 2017.<p>The towers …

4 Models Of The Shopping Mall Of The Future

Despite the strong growth in retail sales in 2017, the retail real-estate market continues to be roiled by trends that look to pick up steam in the future. U.S. mall vacancy rates through the first quarter of 2018 are at the highest level since the end of 2012. Overall retail real-estate vacancies …

Real Estate

The increasingly realistic prospect of ‘extinct animal’ zoos

Animal cloning is becoming more common – and cloning extinct species could be on the horizon. Could parks and zoos for these creatures be round the corner?<p>A traveller marvelling at snow leopards in a conservation park. A foodie who wants to taste pangolins without breaking the law. A game hunter …

Biotechnology

The hidden healing power of sugar

Doctors are finding one way that sugar can benefit your health: it may help heal wounds resistant to antibiotics.<p>As a child growing up in poverty in the rural Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Moses Murandu was used to having salt literally rubbed in his wounds when he fell and cut himself. On lucky …

Diabetes

Trump wants to go after Amazon

President Donald Trump is "obsessed" with Amazon, a source told the news website Axios, and is eyeing legal means to go after the online retail giant.<p>According to the Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, Trump believes Amazon is a negative force for smaller, locally owned retailers and wants to find a way …

Donald Trump

What The New Google Maps Game API Says About Data As A Platform And The Future Of The Cloud

One of the most expensive elements of modern game design is the creation of the artistry that immerses players in the virtual constructed realm of play. For the growing world of augmented reality games which must allow players to freely roam at will through nothing less than the planet itself, it …

Google Maps

The Shoppers Have Spoken, and They Want to Be Left Alone

A new survey found that pretty much everyone wants to shop without interference from salespeople.<p>If all the retail jobs in America are one day handed off to robots, it will be more than a little bit our fault — yes, us, the shoppers, who only wanted to walk into a store and browse in peace, without …

The great retail bifurcation

​Is the retail industry—especially the traditional store—on the verge of apocalypse? In this excerpt of our report on the state of the retail …

ShopTalk: Heuritech Uses Artificial Intelligence To Predict Fashion Trends From Millions Of Images

At the ShopTalk conference in Las Vegas this week, billed as the world’s largest conference for retail and e-commerce innovation, fashion tech startup Heuritech launched the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) service that can predict fashion trends based on the analysis of millions of …

Artificial Intelligence

Instagram's shoppable posts spread to eight more countries

Instagram is betting on shopping as its next big step, and that means making it available beyond US borders. Accordingly, the social photo service has started trotting out its shopping feature to eight more countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. …

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Urbanism

Inside John Lewis's most experience-led store to date

John Lewis is aiming to reflect the reality of the lives of its shoppers, customer director Craig Inglis told Campaign, as the retailer prepares to …

Physical Retail Is Not Dead: Boring Retail Is

It may make for intriguing headlines, but physical retail is clearly not dead. Far from it, in fact. But, to be sure, boring, undifferentiated, irrelevant and unremarkable stores are most definitely dead, dying or moving perilously close to the edge of the precipice.<p>While retail is going through …

eCommerce

L'Oreal buys an augmented reality beauty app maker

Makeup empire L'Oreal wants to promote its huge collection of brands the high-tech way, so it's buying Modiface to make that happen. It's now in the process of acquiring the beauty tech company, which has been teaming up with big cosmetics brands for over a decade to create augmented reality apps …

What Digital Transformation Actually Means For Retail

Digital transformation. At its highest level, it means using digital technologies to create game-changing business innovations that disrupt existing industries or create whole new ones. That’s a pretty simple definition, but it quickly gets very difficult to drive that down to specifics. People …

eCommerce

EvoWheel converts almost any bicycle into an electric bike in just 30 seconds

Ready to give your old cruiser a swanky electric makeover? The innovative EvoWheel turns almost any old regular bike into a speedy e-bike in under 30 …

Electric Bikes