Author Archives: Innovation or Not

Innovation or Not? – Living Life by Text Message

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I did my MBA at London Business School in the United Kingdom and one of the benefits of studying at a top school and being an alumni is seeing all the really cool things that the entrepreneurial alumni coming behind you are doing or that alumni in the venture capital industry might be involved with. One of the startup ventures a fellow London Business School alumni is involved with is called...

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Innovation or Not – Mobile Data Plan for Pets

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The mobile phone family data plan you've been waiting for has been finally launched by T-Mobile. I'm not sure what took so long. Everyone I know has been complaining lately how their dog or cat has been getting into their iPad and watching funny cat videos, inexorably screwing up their...

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Innovation or Not – Swirling Faucet Design

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I came across this faucet design on c|net and I thought to myself, now there is a smart design that brings a bit of the wonder of a dancing water show into the bathroom. It's called the Swirl and was designed my Simin Qiu. He won the 2014 iF Haier special prize student award for the design. The faucet has...

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Innovation or Not – Smart Packaging

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Usually when you here about a liquor bottle talking to someone (even a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue), you would tend think you're about to here a tale of someone having a wee bit too much to drink. But in this case, we are going to talk about a new smart bottle from Diageo (or a smart label to be more precise) that has the ability to talk to your smartphone using near field communications (aka NFC).

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Innovation or Not – The Edible Coffee Cup

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Now you can have your coffee and eat it too. KFC in collaboration with Seattle's Best Coffee (Starbuck's fighter brand) has launched edible coffee cups in the United Kingdom. It's called the "Scoffee Cup" and it is actually a cup-shaped cookie coated in white chocolate and sugar. After the coffee is poured into the cookie cup, the cup slowly softens as you drink the coffee contained inside.

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Innovation or Not – Autonomous Automobiles

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As sensors become smaller, faster, cheaper, and more capable, autonomous automobiles become more of a potential commercial reality. If you're not sure what an autonomous automobile is or the baby steps that have already been taken, you might want to check out this video from Texas Instruments and this other video that takes you for a ride in Google's self-driving car.

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Innovation or Not? – Vector Scissors

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I came across these attractive and thoughtfully designed Vector Scissors in a post by Innovation Excellence contributor Matthew E May that promise to in addition to the normal day to day jobs that scissors execute, to also be able to cut perfectly straight lines. Interesting invention, sure, clever design, sure, but are they an innovation?

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Innovation or Not? – Healthy Chocolate

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I came across the inspiration for the latest in the "Innovation or Not?" series through a London Business School announcement of their upcoming TELL Series speakers, and noticing that Nancy Cruickshank, co-Founder of MyShowcase would be speaking on May 21, 2014. Clicking over to the web site, I noticed that one of the highlighted products was Ohso Probiotic Chocolate which Andrew Marten brands as a healthy chocolate.

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Innovation or Not? – A Smart Smart Home Approach

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I came across the inspiration for the latest in the "Innovation or Not?" series through a current London Business School student - Marie Milleron - for a Smart Home idea that they are raising money for on IndieGoGo. The idea is pretty simple on its face, but I'm sure there is a lot of complexity behind the scenes.

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Is 3D Pen a Novelty or an Innovation?

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We came across the 3Doodler 3D Pen on CNN and after clicking over to its Kickstarter page, we have a question for you. Is this 3D Pen a novelty (a flash in the pan that is temporarily catching people's imagination) or an innovation, likely to persist in the arts and craft world as something that adds value to that universe?

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