Tag Archives: Motorola

How this Zebra Changed Its Stripes – Bold Move


Zebra Technologies is a company most people don’t recognize. Yet, I bet every product you buy has the product on which they specialize. Since 1982 Zebra has been the leader in bar code printers and readers. Zebra was a pioneer in the application of bar codes for tracking pallets through warehouses, items used in a manufacturing line, shipment tracking and other uses for manufacturing and supply chain management.

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Why SIRI And Not Watson?


Our first impression, of course, is that SIRI is much more suitable as an app. Turns out SIRI continually learns.. And at first glance, Watson seems extremely complex and complicated. We all remember Watson at the famous jeopardy TV game…we were all blown away. Imagine the possibilities that Watson can offer..

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When Innovation Goes Wrong


Ever since innovation became the buzzword du Jour, a lot of people seem to have lost their ability to tell smart ideas from stupid ones. Case in point: the financial "innovations" (read: stunningly stupid loan products) that kicked off the trillion-dollar economic meltdown mess we're currently in. The simplistic notion that "new equals good" has often been a recipe for grand-scale disaster, just as it was in the dotcom debacle at the turn of the millennium.

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Learning by Exchanging Ideas


I had the opportunity a little while back to interview Rami Levy, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Mobility and Manager of the Motorola Open Source Technologies (MOST) Team about open innovation and its business possibilities. Motorola Mobility was a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola that focused on mobile devices and set-top devices before being acquired by Google.

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Innovation and Strategic Exhaustion


I write today about a beloved company – Hewlett-Packard (HP), and all that it has meant to my life. One of my first consumer electronic purchases was an HP calculator, and as a young engineer fresh out of college we were regaled with the history of HP: born in a garage, during a depression, making excellent products. The HP story ...

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How Many iPads and Kindles will be Garbage?


Last week in San Francisco was action packed. New people starting, more furniture coming, a few projects in final stages and magazines. Scott and I were doing some street bodystorming between meetings (photo to the right). Since I wrote about tablet last year at the CES, it is still the main battlefield this year as everyone is not only jumping ...

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