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Use Customer Journey Maps to Uncover Innovation Opportunities

<i>This Creativity Challenge and Customer Journey Map are an excerpt from David and Tom Kelley’s book</i> <i>Creative Confidence</i><i>.</i><p><b>CREATIVITY CHALLENGE:</b><p>EMPATHIZE …

Design

Moleskine targets China's creative community with launch of branded cafe in Beijing

Notebook brand Moleskine is looking to grab a slice of China’s booming café culture with the launch of its Moleskine Cafe in Beijing.<p>The Moleskine …

Forget high streets, by 2030 everyone will be shopping in virtual reality

Tim Flemming is creating virtual environments for everyone from McDonald's, to Ferrari and John Lewis.<p>The founder of Future Visual says virtual …

Virtual Reality

Innovation Starts With The Right Mindset

My back of the envelope observation is that about 1% of doctors, engineers and scientists have an entrepreneurial mindset and the 6 habits that …

Amazon Go and the Future

Amazon Go is the story of technology, and so is this tweet:<p>Yesterday the Amazon Go concept store in Seattle opened to the public, filled with …

Mondelēz's new global technical centre in Singapore to focus on innovation and talent

Mondelēz has taken the wraps off its newest global technical centre in Singapore, which will focus on innovation, developing new products and …

No clear target in Australia's 2030 national innovation report

The long wait is over. As of this week, Australia has a strategic plan that promises to rejuvenate the nation’s lagging innovation performance – …

Innovation

Top 10 Tech Trends For 2018

As Nostradamuses everywhere whip out their crystal balls and begin their annual exercise, predicting the next Big Idea/Theme for 2018, we’re going to give you our Top 10 predictions, based on an entirely more rigorous and systematic approach.<p>Every year, an interdisciplinary team of futurists, …

The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking

Score another one for Seoul while Silicon Valley slides.<p>The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time …

Blockchain Adoption: How Close Are We Really?

The Diffusion of Innovation Theory, first postulated by Everett Rogers in 1962, explains how an idea, product, or behavior takes root in society through different segments of a population. It starts slowly at first with the “innovators” and “early adopters,” who make up just 16% of the population; …

Market Capitalization

This App Scans Your Proportions And Mails You A Custom-Fitted Shirt

A new app called MTailor plans to change that, however, by outsourcing the measurements to your smartphone's camera.<p>Here's how it works.<p>Shirts start at $69, but that's still cheaper than other custom shirts out there, which can cost $100 and up. Also, shipping is free.<p>First, you choose the type of …

Lifestyle brands are acquiring their way to becoming tech companies

It’s no fun playing catchup. In the fall Under Armour overtook Adidas for the first time in sportswear sales, but the athletic apparel and gear company is still far behind Nike. Under Armour is now trying to get up to speed in the digital space, accelerated by its recent acquisitions of the fitness …

Genomics

Mastercard testing facial recognition security app

<b>Mastercard is testing a smartphone app that uses facial recognition to verify online purchases.</b><p>Users in the trial can hold their phone up as though taking a selfie to approve transactions.<p>"The new generation, which is into selfies... I think they'll find it cool," the firm's security expert Ajay …

This Adidas 3D-printed sneaker is made from ocean waste

Although it's just a prototype for now<p>Adidas has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans — a movement aimed at eliminating the plastic waste that ends up in our seas — to create a new 3D-printed sneaker concept. The design consists of an upper made from "ocean plastic content" and a 3D-printed midsole …

Misfit Debuts Spector, “Smart” Headphones That Double As A Fitness Tracker

Wearables maker Misfit, now owned by Fossil, is following up on yesterday’s news of Ray, a slimmer alternative to its flagship fitness tracker the Misfit Shine, with the launch of its first set of in-ear wireless headphones. Called “Spector,” Misfit says the idea was to create a “smart hearable” …

Wearable Tech

Self-checkout concept makes your phone the cash register

Even with modern self-checkout machines, every quick shopping trip comes to a screeching halt when it comes time to pay -- every single item needs to be scanned all at once, consecutively. This is why you have to wait in line at the grocery store, but it doesn't have to be that way: Diebold wants …

How Denmark's "Expired" Supermarket is Reducing Food Waste

A new supermarket in Denmark called WeFood is taking a surprising approach to reducing food waste: it only stocks groceries that are past their “sell by” date. The market sources its products from other supermarket chains that throw out perfectly edible goods. WeFood then sells it to customers at …

Manchester City sign first e-sports player

<b>Manchester City Football Club have signed a new young player - but one who will never set foot on the pitch.</b><p>Instead 18-year-old Kieran "Kez" Brown joins the club as its first e-sports player.<p>He will represent the club at e-sports tournaments, playing popular computer game Fifa.<p>Premier League rivals …

Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product, Spectacles

Evan Spiegel, CEO of renamed Snap Inc., calls the video-sharing sunglasses “a toy” but sees an upside to freeing his app from smartphone cameras<p>IN AN UNMARKED BUILDING on a quiet side street just off the beach in Venice, California, 26-year-old Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel stands in a small conference …

Social Media

Ikea's futuristic kitchen table is the perfect cooking assistant

According to Ikea, in 10 years, the kitchen will become a technology hub that makes cooking more sustainable and personal.<p>Ikea envisions a …

The smart jacket from Google and Levi's arrives this fall for $350

It's been nearly two years since Google and Levi's announced their plans to work on connected garments, an idea born out of the tech giant's Advanced Technology and Products group. The first piece of this project is a connected jacket called the Commuter, which uses Google's Jacquard technology to …

Wearable Tech

Adidas built a pop-up store that uses high-tech sensors and lasers to build you custom clothes

The German athletic-wear company has launched a pop-up store in Berlin that will scan your body, design you a custom sweater, knit it for you in the store, and have it ready for you in four hours.<p>While the store is just temporary, the move is part of a bigger push by the company to compete with its …

Domino's delivery robots are invading Europe

Domino's has unleashed another set of pizza delivery drones, this time in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, it worked with Flirtey to drop pizza to customers in New Zealand using unmanned aerial vehicles. For this pilot program, however, it chose to use autonomous rovers developed by Starship …

Robotics

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

<b>A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard.</b><p>The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa.<p>The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a …

Mastercard

Singapore 'vending machine' dispenses Ferraris, Lamborghinis | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Forget about soft drinks and potato chips - a “vending machine” in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.<p>An exotic used car dealership designed to resemble a vending machine in Singapore May 15, 2017. The dealership houses up …

London’s First 'Smart Street' Has One Aim: Get People To Shop More

London’s First ‘Smart Street’ Has One Aim: Get People To Shop More<p>Available to Premium &<br>Purple Members<p>A street in London was redesigned to feature …

Environmentally Friendly

Future of Retail? Nike’s Cool New Toy Lets You Design and Print Custom Sneakers in an Hour

Nike and Wieden + Kennedy’s The Lodge have unveiled what they believe is a glimpse into the future of retail with an experience in New York City that …

Shoes

'Payment by vein' trialled in supermarket

<b>A supermarket in London is trialling a biometric payment system that uses the unique vein pattern in fingertips to pay for goods.</b><p>Costcutter said it would consider rolling Fingopay out more widely if the test, at Brunel University, was successful.<p>An electronic reader maps the user's finger veins, …