2016 Internet trends

Yes. it’s long – but a quick read. Synopsis: things are slowing, China and India are the hotspots for growth, Android outsells Apple about 5:1 (!) – voice is the future. Would have liked to see a deeper dive into IOT and data integration, and wearables as an extension of mobility.

Innovation in unexpected ways

https://youtu.be/W-2WiqOtlqg%20

Innovation isn’t always grandiose, or complicated, requiring teams of badly dressed nerds in disheveled clothes working around the clock…don’t know if that last bit applies or not in this case, but this elegantly simple solution to real problems caught my eye; edible disposable cutlery.

Cutlery you say? Innovative? – apparently India throws away 120 BILLION plastic spoons forks and knives a year. And that’s a lot. Not just because I’m a closet tree-hugger, but because India has a particular problem with trash disposal – and drought.

So this wonderful solution emerged: made from Millet (a grain that is highly nutritious and uses much less water than rice), they are flavored and baked and stay crispy even with liquids – but can be eaten afterwards. If they are, they are nutritious; if they aren’t, they completely biodegrade within 45 days. They even have a shelf life of 3 years! No plastic, extra nutrition, little water…elegant and simple. Beautifully so.

Just wish they’d make some bowls and plates. I might feel a bit like I’m at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, but the appeal of no dishes would be worth it.

The history of virtual reality

A fascinating look at the history of virtual reality

Tech trends from CES 1/2016

All three areas that were “hot” this year at CES this year: robots, drones, and virtual reality – are a subset of the larger trend of artificial intelligence.

www.indestry.com/blog/2016/1/7/the-forgotten-ancestors-of-virtual-reality

 

Fewer than 1% of computers in the world can run virtual reality programs

…and the problem is that sub standard graphics display in a VR headset (the kind you might get with a computer that can’t handle the graphics) can easily make you queasy, dizzy, or sick.

Read more at Business Insider.