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Tent of the Future

Sierra Designs has a tent from the future
by Edwin - on July 29th, 2012
Do you love camping? Well, if you have not given camping a go before in the past, you might want to consider taking your family out for a camping trip to the great outdoors while the summer season is still in vogue. Now, there are plenty of companies out there making tents, but here we are with Sierra Designs – a company that has just announced that they have released a spanking new tent for you and the rest of your pack to seek shelter from the elements while you enjoy nature’s bounty.

Sierra Designs’ latest addition will be part of the new line of ExoFusion fast-and-light tents, where it is called the new Mojo UFO. The name itself suggests that it is out of this world, and if you were to read on, I guess you can also come to the same epic conclusion that this tent is truly heads and shoulders above the rest. It is capable of housing two people for a good night’s rest inside, and even more amazingly, the entire sh…

Mind-Blowing Future Cars

5 Mind-Blowing Cars from the Future So, you've seen some of the weirdest limousinesDarth Vader's Ferrari F40, and what stormtroopers drive on Earth, now check out these five mind-blowing cars from the future. Starting off, we have a strange circular vehicle that "uses two large wheels that span the entire circumference of the slim and efficient circle-shaped automobile, neatly looking like one smooth integrated wheel." Continue reading to see more.

5. Peugeot RD 3 Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar's RD 3 is a beautiful three-wheeled concept car with an articulating joint allowing it to dynamically adapt to different road conditions and traffic densities. This intelligent design combines a curvilinear aesthetic with its shape-shifting functionality, each reinforcing the fluidity of the other.

4. MIT City Car MIT Media Lab CityCar was initially a collaborative effort by faculty and students that is now poised to become a commercial reality. It features "a folding ch…

First 3D Printed Gun

The world’s first 3D-printed gun is a terrifying thing 26th July 2012 by 

Technology is a lovely thing, but sometimes it scares the bejeezus out of us. This working 3D-printed gun is one such case.

Gun enthusiast “HaveBlue” has documented in a blog post (via the AR15 forums) the process of what appears to be the first test firing of a firearm made with a 3D printer.
Before you go about locking yourself in your closet, you should know that the only printed part of the gun was the lower receiver. But, according to the American Gun Control Act, the receiver is what counts as the firearm.

HaveBlue reportedly used a Stratasys 3D printer to craft the part, assembled it as a .22 pistol and fired more than 200 rounds with it.

The tester then attempted to assemble a rifle with the part and a .223 upper receiver but had “feed and extraction issues.” The problem may not in fact be with the 3D…

Trend Hunters are Sales Leaders

The Best Sales Leaders Are Trend Hunters by Pär Edin, Oskar Lingqvist, and Åsa Tamsons  |   6:00 AM July 26, 2012 Sales is all about hitting your numbers. The rapid fire, adrenalin-infused process of nailing monthly and annual sales targets comes with the territory. But who's aiming for targets two and three years out? It's not just a job for strategy; the best sales leaders are hunting for trends. Future growth isn't about gut instinct or reading tea leaves to find the next big thing. Sales leaders we spoke to in writing the book Sales Growth systematically invested time, effort, and resources in figuring out where growth will come from next. Despite all the short-term pressures, the best are looking at least 10 quarters ahead. "In our international operations, we introduced a three-year sales planning process to get beyond the 90-day mentality of 'How will I make my number this quarter?'" says William Teuber, Vice-Chairman of EMC.
An automobile manufacture…

Customers are Stupid at Math

11 Ways Consumers are Stupid at Math

You walk into a Starbucks and see two deals for a cup of coffee. The first deal offers 33% extra coffee. The second takes 33% off the regular price. What's the better deal?
"They're about equal!" you'd say, if you're like the students who participated in a new study published in the Journal of Marketing. And you'd be wrong. The deals appear to be equivalent, but in fact, a 33% discount is the same as a 50 percent increase in quantity
Math time: Let's say the standard coffee is $1 for 3 quarts ($0.33 per quart). The first deal gets you 4 quarts for $1 ($0.25 per quart) and the second gets you 3 quarts for 66 cents ($.22 per quart).
The upshot: Getting something extra "for free" feels better than getting the same for less. The applications of this simple fact are huge. Selling cereal? Don't talk up the discount. Talk how much bigger the box is! Selling a car? Skip the MPG conversion. Talk about all th…

The Customer as God

Wall Street Journal Article

The Customer as GodBusinesses today tend to herd customers as if they were cattle, but a revolution in personal empowerment is under way—and buying will never be the same again.

It's a Saturday morning in 2022, and you're trying to decide what to wear to the dinner party you're throwing that evening. All the clothes hanging in your closet are "smart"—that is, they can tell you when you last wore them, what else you wore them with, and where and when they were last cleaned. Some do this with microchips. Others have tiny printed tags that you can scan on your hand-held device. As you prepare for your guests, you discover that your espresso machine isn't working and you need another one. So you pull the same hand-held device from your pocket, scan the little square code on the back of the machine, and tell your hand-held, by voice, that this one is broken and you need another one, to rent or buy. An "intentcast" goes out to t…

Randa Needs Wallet 2.0

So long, wallet. Pay by voice...

Wallet photos are now replaced by Smartphone photos.
Cash and credit cards are migrating to Smartphones and other devices.
Digital ID including driver’s licenses and other government ID are going from atoms to bits shortly.
Time for Randa to re-invent the wallet.
News from this morning: The “Pay With Square” service makes transactions easier than ever. If a retailer has your name and photo in its system, you only have to announce yourself to pay your bill.


Great Type for Packaging

Sensors for Randa Products

Sensors are about to disrupt everything...  Think belts that notify wearers of weight gain, or wear-out... ties that let you know if they work with your shirt... and more.  - DJK

Wireless sensors are starting to unleash a wave of disruptive innovation that will bring with it immense entrepreneurial opportunities. There will be more wireless sensors in our world--by far--than there are smartphones, dumb phones, tablets, laptops and PCs combined. Billions upon billions today--and trillions tomorrow. They will give us superhuman senses: to see "through" walls, to "hear" sounds many miles away, to "know" things we never could have known before. No matter the size of your company, the ability to look at this new sensor-enabled world through the eyes of an entrepreneur is the price of admission. Already, thousands of startups around the world are laser-focused on implementing new business models that disrupt the status quo. It would be naïve to expect that none…

6 Digital Trends for the Fashion Industry

6 hot digital trends transforming the fashion industry 30th June 2012 by Amalia Agathou

Fashion was very slow to adapt to our new hyper-connected reality, but has in a very short time managed not only to catch up but also innovate in the ways tech can be used to give an time-tested but fast-paced industry a lift. In the words of Heidi Klum, in fashion, much like in tech, “One day you are in and the next you are out”, so lets take a look at some of the hottest trends right now:
1. The reinvention of runway shows Fashion shows were always at the heart of fashion and part of why fashion was so reluctant to give in to social media, as the high level of competitiveness between designers and maybe a touch of diva attitude demanded top secrecy surrounding the shows.
Backstage: Now designers welcome the “intrusion” backstage and are the first to tweet out first looks. Oscar de la Renta crowdsourced runway coverage for his Spring 2012 collection live on his Tumblr and live-pinned his Bridal show