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Products & Packaging can not only be interactive themselves but also generate an interaction - the result - an item that stimulates interest, provides information, provides validation or an experience - and entice consumers to buy. According to ‘disruptive' technologies specialists, IPI (Europe) Limited there are many printable interactive tools available, including those based on printable electronics, coupled with mobile ‘apps', that can trigger the all-important ‘interactive experience' for consumers. The whole range of rapidly evolving smart and interactive technologies, for delivering this experience will be covered at the next session of IPI's, long running, ‘Emerging Technologies Programme' focused on Printing, Packaging, PoS and Promotional items in London next month. This session, which will involve participants from all stages of the value chain, from the... (more)

What's in Store for Technology in 2013

As we get into the full swing of the new year and put another CES behind us, it’s time to take a look at the current trends in technology and get a feel for some of the developments we can expect in 2013. There are a lot of interesting products just around the corner – some of them will seem revolutionary while others will be a big update to current technology – and many of them are well worth a look. Touchscreen Ultrabooks The release of Windows 8, which was optimized for touchscreens, is encouraging a lot of companies to really innovate with their laptops. Last year we saw the trend toward ultrabook computers – all sleek design and impressive form factor – and now the new operating system is giving them a chance to develop even more. Touchscreen ultrabooks are going to provide the simple convenience of a tablet while offering the power and capabilities of a compe... (more)

Watch Elon Musk leverage Leap Motion, OculusVR and laser 3D printing

By Bob Gourley Elon Musk has just released a video showing what may well be the future of design and manufacturing. And by future I don’t mean years from now, I mean like starting right now. The video below starts off cool and just gets better. You will see how commercially available software can be controlled with available tools (like the very cool Leap Motion).  He then shows several ways to interact with 3d models including the great Oculus Rift. He shows how things can quickly get from a designers head into a computer and the out of a computer and into reality by using a 3D laser metal printer. I should let you watch this without any more commentary, you will know how best to apply this to your strategic planning: The only commentary I’ll add:  Elon is right when he says we are on the verge of a major breakthrough that will revolutionize design and manufactu... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 15, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly A recent report from MarketsandMarkets predicts the hospital asset management market, which includes RFID technology, will be worth $6.7 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content The Durham Public School District in North Carolina has implemented a new GPS tracking system on school buses that will improve operating efficiency and help school officials and parents keep up with the daily trip to and from school.  Read Original Content Liquid Motors has unveiled a mobile app to enable auto dea... (more)

Gartner Reveals Predictions and the Tsunami of Digital Transformation

This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, Gartner unveiled their top predictions for 2014 and beyond.  Here they are: Digital Industrial Revolution (3D printing and its impact on manufacturing and IP) Digital Business (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, code halos and their impact)  Smart Machines (self-learning machines and artificial intelligence) The Internet of Things (network centric operations, situational awareness, etc.) These predictions align closely with what I have been writing about and teaching for the past 12 months. However, I have not covered the "Digital Industrial Revolution" in the context of 3D printing.  I will have to start paying more attention to that area.  I blame some of my inattention on those that came up with the term "3D Printing." When I read the word "printing" I lose interest.  I guess I need to start being interested. In fact,... (more)

The Maker Movement & the Democratization of Enterprise Manufacturing

Several years ago, any amateur inventor or designer with a plan to create an injection-molded part or product had to have a budget big enough to equal their ambition. Those same people today are now finding that what was previously out of reach due to the cost is now something that’s both achievable and greatly less expensive. The 3D modeling manufacturing process is what has brought about these changes in the manufacturing world and is having a growing impact among established companies and entrepreneurs. The possibilities are enormous and fashion designers, engineers and musicians are pushing the boundaries of manufacturing projects. The tasks and abilities possible today are beyond what was available less than a decade ago and it’s created a do-it-yourself subculture known as the maker movement, which consists of jewelry makers, crafters, sculptors, teachers and e... (more)

Objet Launches 'Scholar' - An Accessible & Affordable 3D Printer Package for Academia at 2012 ASME Congress - Houston TX, USA

REHOVOT, Israel, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Package includes professional Objet30 Scholar 3D Printer, choice of 2 or 3 year supply of materials, water-jet system, training, maintenance and technical support* Objet30 Scholar will be on display at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, 11-15 November, 2012 Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of an accessible, attractively-priced and all-inclusive 3D printing package for schools, colleges, universities and institutes of higher education.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121108/573645-a )      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121108/573645-B ) "The Objet30 Scholar Package was developed to make Objet's 3D printing systems and solutions even more accessible to the strategi... (more)

Freelancer.com reveals the 50 fastest growing online jobs for Q1 2013

SYDNEY, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The eCommerce revolution shows no signs of slowing; Core web 2.0 technologies HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery continue to grow; Android spreads throughout the developing world, leaving Apple floundering in its wake; 3D design jobs take off as 3D printers like MakerBot start to go mainstream; Twitter grows while Facebook slumps, but both fall flat as marketers fall back to Email Marketing; BPO jobs boom as virtual assistants become mainstream for SMEs and entrepreneurs; SEO rebounds from Q4 2012 as the industry adapts to Google Panda and Penguin algorithms. With over 280,000 jobs to analyze each quarter, the Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the top 50 fastest growing or crashing job types in the online labor market on a quarter-by-quarter basis, providing a continuous measure of job activity and trends in the online economy. "There is ... (more)

Highland Capital Partners Selects 2013 [email protected] Class

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and MENLO PARK, Calif., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highland Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm focused on putting the entrepreneur first, today announced the teams selected to participate in [email protected], its annual student entrepreneurship program. In its sixth year, [email protected] is designed to provide student founders with the environment and resources to accelerate their startups to the next level over the summer. After going through an extensive review process, the firm selected the following nine teams based on their extraordinary achievements in academics, extracurricular activities and entrepreneurship, as well as their already demonstrated success and traction with their respective endeavors: Alpha (Stanford University) – Alpha is a digital university for hackers that teaches experienced developers how to build actual ap... (more)

World Maker Faire New York 2013's Program Line-up Highlights Thought Leaders, Experts, and Drivers of the Maker Movement Including Young Makers and Rising Innovators

QUEENS, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/13 -- World Maker Faire New York, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, on September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens will feature a robust roster of maker movement notables. From discussions about emerging technologies to hands-on workshops to updates on the future of making, Faire attendees will have access to learning about -- and doing -- more to integrate the maker mindset into their own lives. The World Maker Faire New York 2013 program consists of presentations, interviews, how-to talks, and more, hosted between seven stages throughout the New York Hall of Science grounds. Debuting this year in New York for the first time at any Maker Faire is the Make: 3D Printing Stage featuring 34 sessions on the present and future of digital fabrication, materials, and making. The Make: Electronics Stage wi... (more)

Mediabistro Announces Jered Kenna of Tradehill as Keynote Speaker for Inside Bitcoins Conference, December 10-11, 2013 in Las Vegas

Mediabistro Inc. (Nasdaq:MBIS) today announced that Jered Kenna, CEO & Founder of Tradehill, will deliver the keynote presentation at its Inside Bitcoins conference, December 10-11, 2013 in Las Vegas. Kenna’s keynote, A State of the Union for Bitcoin, will address the technology innovation, popularity, and governmental regulation of cryptocurrencies that have brought us to a crossroads with our modern behavior around currency. He will examine the changing landscape of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency and outline the coming hurdles facing individuals, businesses, and communities. Inside Bitcoins will cover topics such as How to Win in the Bitcoin Exchange Ecosystem, Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies, Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts, Bitcoin's Silent Killer: Surety Bonds, Best Practices for Using and Securing Bi... (more)