Posts Tagged ‘Trends’

Lux-o-Vend

May 31, 2010

Over 10 years ago, Kyla said to me “I think vending machines will sell luxury/high tech items, even artwork and be in places like night clubs, hotels, airports”. This is why she’s my business partner…she’s brilliant. Check out the gold brick vending machine…or shall we say “automated retail experience”! According to an article in the New York Times last week, “Vending machines in neon-splashed Tokyo have electronic eyes that evaluate consumers’ skin and wrinkles to determine whether they are old enough to buy tobacco. In bathrooms at upscale Canadian bars, vending machines with flat irons enable women to defrizz their locks. In Abu Dhabi, the lobby of a luxury hotel has a vending machine that dispenses gold bars and coins at more than $1000 an ounce.” When you can get an iPad from a vending machine, it makes a Baby Ruth seem so pedestrian!!!

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Walk-In

May 19, 2010

According to Richard Florida, 60% of Americans say they want to live in walkable communities. He tags this as part of a New Urbanism. Is walking part of the culture of your community? For recreation? For commerce?

Science Fiction May Become Biggest “Earth Saving” Influencer

January 7, 2010

This Earth saving cloud whitener is a great example! Seemingly straight from the Fifth Element, it’s actually being pursued by the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a low cost, high tech way to help cool the planet, according to CCNMoney.com These satellite-guided sailing ships would criss-cross the oceans, constantly spewing a fine stream of sea mist into the clouds. The salt particles in the sea mist would cause clouds to become denser, reflecting more sunlight back into space and keeping the planet cooler. It has no crew, the mist is powered by a turbine under the hull and each ship would cost $2 to 3M. With 1500 needed to keep the Earth at its current temperature, that makes the entire program cost just a few billion! Let’s see if it happens!

Oxford Dictionary Word of 2009: UNFRIEND

November 17, 2009

Signifies the impact of Facebook on the culture. Unfriend means to remove someone as a friend on Facebook. As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.” Just looking back at the words of the year for the past five years is fun. Tells us what we think is important in western culture:

— 2008 HYPERMILING: Keeping the tires on your car properly inflated to maximize your gas mileage and doing other things like removing roof racks.

—¬†2007 LOCAVORE: Eating locally grown food (in sync then with the seasons and the environment; not a big carbon footprint attached to your food either). Speaking of which, the word for 2006 was…

— 2006 CARBON NEUTRAL: Being carbon neutral involves calculating your total climate-damaging carbon emissions, reducing them where possible, and then balancing your remaining emissions, often by purchasing a carbon offset: paying to plant new trees or investing in “green” technologies such as solar and wind power

— 2005 PODCAST: ¬†defined as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player”. Seems almost old-fashioned now. SO mid 00s!

— 2004 BLOG: was Merriam Webster’s word of 2004; Oxford had it as the word of the Year in 2003!

Cultural barometer, for sure, this word of the year. From Susie Dent’s fanboys and overdogs:

1908 — Dow Jones
1918 — D-Day
1923 — environmentalism (interesting)
1947 — pop single
1959 — Barbie
1971 — gonzo
1980 — Reaganomics
1988 — vogueing
2000 — speed dating

The culture NOW, as reflected by THE WORD, is green focused and tech focused! What will the themes be in the next decade?

Senspiration

April 22, 2009
The futuristic Bentley SenseS

The futuristic Bentley SenseS

The Bentley SenseS is a design study of a futuristic vehicle that explores the possibilities of genetic engineering, biotechnology and artificial intelligence in order to create a deep connection between the car and its owner. The author is Spanish designer Arturo Peralta.
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