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Techies: A Study of Silicon Valley
What do the people of Silicon Valley look like? Surprisingly human. Link
How does disruptive innovation differ when it’s applied to a product versus a platform? While product-based disruptions change what people buy, platform-based disruptions result in more far-reaching societal shifts. Link
Intel’s Break Into Wearables
Intel gets inside the wearable industry. The technology giant is determined to bring its brand of high tech to the fashion world, melding stylish form with innovative function. Link
Smart Contact Lenses
Samsung has been granted a patent in South Korea for contact lenses with a display that projects images directly into wearer’s eyes. Link
BMW has been using the virtual reality technology since the 1990s, and now it’s adopting the consumer-ready HTC Vive. Staff will be using the headset to visualize new interiors and other physical features. Once they’ve been implemented in VR, designers will be able to simulate a city and test whether the driver has enough visibility behind the wheel. Link
$895M for Virtual Reality Headsets in 2016
Market researcher Strategy Analytics said it expects global virtual reality headset revenues will reach $895 million in 2016. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Self-Driving Trucks Across Europe
About a dozen trucks from major manufacturers like Volvo and Daimler just completed a week of largely autonomous driving across Europe, the first such major exercise on the continent. Link
Bots like Alexa sacrifice credibility for convenience. A.I. assistants can give you the news, order you a pizza, and tell you a joke. All you have to do is trust them—completely. Link
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