28 08 2007

Vint Cerf, who helped to build the internet while working as a researcher in America, said that television was approaching its “iPod moment” In the same way that people now download their favourite music onto their iPod, he said that viewers would soon be downloading most of their favourite programmes onto their computers…

To tell you the truth, I prefer to keep my location undisclosed but apparently there is a great demand for human tracking… (video)

Similarly, the messy, unpredictable, complex marketplace of business, people and services should be viewed as a kind of real world, full of important problems that need explanations and solutions.  Consequently, that is where the research people need to go and come up with their own theories and solutions to those problems.  In the knowledge economy, the marketplace is our lab…

I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry… (video)

And if armed with the appropriate tools, you can create and evaluate hundreds more ideas than you currently do, perhaps at the level, quality, stubborn attitude of the creative minds of the world, and crack through the creativity barrier that may be preventing you from performing at genius innovator levels… (podcast)


Surface Computing

4 06 2007

Sometime this year, Microsoft will begin shipping Surface, a new multi touch gestural interface on a flat surface that can recognize and connect with other objects. Some of the videos look very exciting. It seems that folks in the non techie crowd get juiced when they see this type of computing paradigm. It looks fun and cool, so it may have legs to capture the general computing market someday. I hear that Surface is built on WPF, which bodes well for the capabilities of this new platform. Scott Guthrie has some links to demo videos here.

24 05 2007

Sanjay Dalal starts a new Google innovation blog

Erich Joachimstahler and Agathe Blanchon-ersham: Undertanding the Ecosystem of Consumer Demand

Matthew Creamer: “A company could, in essence, outsource its entire marketing to Microsoft”

Everyday Edisons

23 05 2007

I just watched Everyday Edisons for the first time on PBS. The show illuminates the process of how everyday people turn their ideas into reality. They talk about the ideation, branding, design and engineering of the product. Tonight’s show was about a board game, a concrete mixing tool called Vicious and a Buffalo wings serving tray that allowed the disposed wings to be tucked away and hidden in the plate. I was impressed with the products and the depth of the explanation of the products. I will definitely be watching future episodes.

Everyday Edisons

13 05 2007

Jeffrey Phillips: “What’s consistent about these examples is that they both represent a defined process that people understand and have been trained to use that demonstrates measurable results. When we talk about innovation as a discipline, this is exactly what we mean. Rather than hope that ideas are created and evaluated, create a process and educate people on how it should work. Rather than wait for ideas, create the environment for teams to generate ideas and manage those ideas. Innovate consistently, rather than periodically or when the well runs dry.”

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Bruce Nussbaum: “Indeed, as companies increasingly co-create with consumers over time, the risk of innovation is further reduced.So we should be re-thinking the whole risk-reward equation when it comes to innovation. In the past, we talked about high-risk, high reward. Now perhaps it should be lower-risk, higher reward.”

Erich Joachimsthaler: “I think a much bigger opportunity for Procter & Gamble is to think of the 1,440 minutes in consumers’ everyday life and segment the market not by people, but by the activities, the projects, tasks and concerns in those moments we all live every day. For example, the company could focus on consumer moments like: daily chores when a new baby is in the home. This would focus P&G’s 86 brands around helping people, whether mom or dad or grand parents or nanny in taking care of those chores that take away from spending time with the new baby.”

Open Source Innovation

26 04 2007

Adobe announced that their new development platform, Flex will be open sourced. This will allow other developers to track progress and direction with the platform, as well as contribute their own code. Someone could even create a better tool than Flash to create engaging user experiences. This could be a prelude to some interesting developments at Microsoft’s Mix conference, a “72 hour conversation” where William Hurley, an open source guru will be leading a panel on “Open Source, the Web, Interoperability, and Microsoft.” Open source Silverlight anyone?

New News

24 04 2007

Dave Winer presents a new news format that allows for more user choice. Tired of hearing about certain themes? Turn them off and engage in what you are really interested in. More…