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Lessons From GE’s Digital Transformation
Sensors, the cloud, mobile and broadband wireless, and other such technologies are increasing the flow of digitized information exponentially. How do you transform a traditional giant into a digital one? Does a legacy company really have a chance of transforming itself into a math house? Learn how GE did it. Link
New Pentagon Innovation Board
Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, will head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military. Modeled on the Defense Business Board, which provides advice on best business practices from the private sector, the new panel is intended to help the Pentagon become more innovative and adaptive in developing technology and doing business. Link
Mobile-First Approach. Yea or Nay?
2016 may be the year mobile eclipses desktop spend, but should marketers go all in? Not only is “mobile-first” easier said than done, it’s not always advisable. Putting mobile at the forefront of your strategy bears careful consideration over whether it is actually right for your brand. Link
McDonald’s Sweden is launching a promotion that invites kids to turn Happy Meal boxes into virtual-reality viewers. It’s kind of like Google Cardboard with fries! Link
15K Vive Units Sold In 10 Min
If the Vive would be a crowdfunding project, HTC would have raised $12M in 10 min! That’s not bad for a headset that costs $800 and requires a $1,000 PC. This early success is showing that VR has a lot of interest. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Top 10 IoT Technologies for 2017 & 2018
From IoT security to IoT platforms or IoT standards and ecosystems, discover the top 10 Internet of Things technologies that should be on every organization’s radar through the next two years according Gartner. Link
Like Smartphones Nine Years Ago
Is virtual reality poised to convert into real sales? Deutsche Bank AG analysts argues that the VR ecosystem is in its “2007-smartphone” moment in terms of the adoption cycle. They expect a slower adoption curve for VR, but still strong enough for an enormous market. Link
Old Style Book Meets AR
Get ready to experience your favorite book like never before as Google filed patents for augmented reality books last week. The technology outfits a physical book with numerous page sensors, touch sensors, and motion sensors to understand the reader’s movements. Based on those movements and the storyline of the book, the system adds augmented reality elements over the pages. Link
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