Toothbrush, tell me…

It’s true. In this connected world we live in and as more and more devices are becoming connected (and smart), I’m able to communicate with my toothbrush.

Its true. There’s an app available and you can pull all sorts of data and information.

It’s true. You can understand what’s going on with your brushing of the teeth and most importantly, what you should be doing to get the best results.

Its true. It’s Genius. It’s Genius 9000.

Stop, Collaborate &….

I’ve shared in many keynote talks I’ve done previously, the importance of ‘Collaborating & listening’.

I also did some filming once, for an internal Innovation-related topic, where I spoke about it again. And the team filming, who are good friends of mine, decided to edit part of it, and send it back to me.

Had it for a while, and thought i’d share it with you all.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

 

Packaging Innovation 2017

This week, I was able to head over to the Packaging Innovation show. 

It’s always great to see the latest innovations in the world of packaging and listen to some great people speak on how packaging is going to change. 

Some things I noted, 

  1. Packaging sizes are going to get smaller – we kind of know this and have seen it already happening, but it’ll get smaller and more variations will appear.
  2. Sustainability and Recycling – more and more consumers wish to be aware of a) where the packaging came from and b) how can it be recycled.
  3. Smart Packaging – packaging that can be tracked, traced and/or understood using data and analytics. 

I was able to see some packaging award winners, like this drinks provider in Japan…


Then, there were example of nutrional foods being made available in different pack shapes… 


There were a few exhibitors showing their skills with cardboard to make everyday items easier to handle…


As mentioned, great to see Innocent talking about Sustainability 


And, one my favourites? Was this…


Cardboard that lets you hold your cold can of beer without your hands freezing, and with further development, areas in the cardboard to store your crisps and nuts. 

“OK Google, i’m cold…”

So it looks like, Google is finally sharing some information on their equivalent of the Amazon Echo.

Google Home will be releasing in the UK, around June time of this year.

ok-google-wireless-speaker-is-just-ok

There’ll be more and more of these devices, and by that I mean, Microsoft are bringing out one using their intelligent system named Cortana (for some reason, every time i think of this, I think of Cortina.. the old Ford car which was replaced by the Sierra, then replaced by the Mondeo… that just shows my love of cars!).

With all these coming onto the market, which one should you get?

That’s a great question.

I’m not going to go into that just yet. But what I will share, that you will be looking at products and items that go in your home, and ensuring any new purchases you make, are smart.

Your home will need to have various appliances and products that can connect and work with one of the ‘virtual assistants’.

It could be the heating system, or it could be your washing machine. In my opinion, to take full advantage, you’ll slowly start to need investing in your home items so controlling them, adjusting them and making them work for you will get easier.

For example, your heating system. By installing a ‘smart’ heating system, you can make it learn your behaviors and habits. This means, it’ll perform at an optimum efficiency level. Which means it’ll save you money.

Yes, that’s what it comes down to. Saving money & Being efficient.

Or you could say, Being Smart.