As Seen in i3 (aka Vision Magazine)
Printing Innovation in 3D

Printing Innovation in 3D

 3D printing is disrupting traditional manufacturing and may be the catalyst for the next industrial revolution. It’s moving beyond making prototypes, molds and tooling into the customization of end-use parts for applications ranging from aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer products, architecture and electronics. McKinsey estimates that the 3D printing industry could generate between $230 billion and $550 billion by 2025. Companies like 3D Systems, GE, Shapeways and Stratasys are...
Crowdfunding Unfolding

Crowdfunding Unfolding

Crowdfunding is disrupting the relationship between entrepreneurs, the money raising ecosystem and investors. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites are helping innovators to build businesses and leverage funding with more than 200 online crowdfunding platforms in the U.S. alone. Evidence is mounting that crowdfunding is starting to impinge on the seed turf of angel investors. Venture...
Let's Collaborate

Let’s Collaborate

This year it was clear that one of the real values of the 2014 International CES is its role as an important venue for collaboration across companies and industries, and that this is a new way of doing business. Historically, collaborations at CES tend to be about bilateral company deals such as large OEMs selecting...
Watch for Wearables

Watch for Wearables

For the New Year, C4 is focusing on wearable technologies. Two key events catapulted wearables — the introduction of Google Glass and the launch of the Pebble Smartwatch, the crowdfunding wonder that raised more than $10 million, making it one of the most successful Kickstarter projects to date. The fusion of fashion and accessories with...
Opening the Internet Radio Box

Opening the Internet Radio Box

In the late 1990s, Internet radio first began to attract attention. But it was not until 2001 that Apple transformed forever how we listen to music with the introduction of the iPod and iTunes. While there were already MP3 players on the market, Apple’s attractive device made waves, and its online store is now the...
Disruptive Battery Tech

Disruptive Battery Tech

In May 2013, McKinsey’s Global Institute named energy storage devices or physical systems that store energy for later use as one of 12 disruptive technologies that will impact the economy and shape the future. Batteries power our always-on digital lifestyle but seldom get respect. Today, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries power not only CE devices but also...
A Transformative Wave

A Transformative Wave

Wearable technologies are emerging from the lab onto the street, into the gym and onto the ski slopes. Today’s smartphones and tablets are like having a genie in a bottle. We pull from our pockets a mini, powerful computer and with a swipe or voice command get all of the information we need. We are...
Building New Foundations

Building New Foundations

The theme from this year’s meeting of global thought-leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, “resilient dynamism,” encompasses imperatives for ensuring growth in an era of accelerating change: Recognition that a new status quo is emerging, and leaders must realize that today’s challenges such as adversity, complexity and disruption are here to stay. Innovative...
Two CE Trends to Watch

Two CE Trends to Watch

As we begin the New Year, the top question is where are the opportunities? The key picks for 2013 are investment in innovation and the new role of mobile devices. Investment in Innovation As the market environment becomes increasingly competitive, the need to innovate is the lifeblood for change and prosperity. The good news is...
Change & Innovation: Big Ideas

Change & Innovation: Big Ideas

I am fascinated by innovations that solve “big” problems. Recently I was at MIT’s EmTech Conference as well as several health-focused events. A common thread throughout these conferences was that technology can be part of the solution to many of our greatest problems — from the threat of global warming and the energy crisis to...
The Emerging M2M Market

The Emerging M2M Market

There is a surging interest in machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and services. M2M is emerging from a cottage industry into the consumer technology industries in a major way. The notion of connecting the physical world to the Internet via wireless communication is a captivating idea. The promise of a world of connected devices in which machines...
Reinventing the Customer Relationship

Reinventing the Customer Relationship

Store loyalty is eroding. According to Nielsen, 43 percent of U.S. shoppers switched their retailer of choice after going online to research a product – but interestingly a McKinsey Research study found that 40 percent of customers remain open to persuasion once they enter a store. Consumers who shop across a number of channels –...