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Failure, The Mother Of Innovation
What do the people of Silicon Valley look like? Experimentation and failure are essential to innovation because, by its nature, an innovation is an unknown that can only be discovered through trial and error. Still, startups may embrace the “fail-fast” mantra, but many corporate leaders are risk-adverse. Link
Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. They keep customers happier. They enjoy their work more. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and it is now poised to expand far beyond IT. But, did you know it actually began outside of IT? Link
Over 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone. Link
Top Investors In Wearable Tech
The day when it is hard to remember not wearing smart wearable tech, be that a smart watch, a connected jewelry or even smart labels, is closer than you can imagine. Here ‘s the list of top 20 most active investors in wearable tech in 2015. Link
VR + Gamers
About 40 percent of gamers will buy a VR headset in the next year, according to the survey by the ESA. 55 percent of the most frequent gamers are familiar with VR. And 58 percent of those familiar with VR say that they intend to play games on VR. Link
Beyond VR Hardware
Samsung is all-in on virtual reality, as if it were the next smartphone. Samsung is also trying to move up the VR food chain, by actively investing in VR software. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Earlier this year, MIT’s CSAIL computer science lab offered a class called, seriously, Duckietown. The class’s immediate goal was to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles, quickly and on a budget, that could navigate a streetscape entirely on their own. This is how rubber ducks are the groundwork for the next generation of self-driving cars. Link
The IoT Needs Design
The IoT, because of its innate technological integration and new customer experiences, demands a significantly higher level of design and technology partnership. It’s a space where design thinking can make a difference. Link
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