ADIDAS AND THE 3D PRINTED SHOE

Adidas has been playing around with 3D manufacturing for a fair while now, but their latest sneaker, the Futurecraft 4D, has achieved the goal.  According to Carbon, the Silicon Valley company that created the innovative printing method, the manufacturing process is faster and more adaptable than traditional additive printing and can make mass-production 3D printing a reality.

It would appear that the future well and truly is here.

FORD FOUND A BETTER WAY TO GET BABIES TO SLEEP

All parents and children for that matter know the secret to a good nights sleep - a drive in the car.  The problem with this though is that this requires leaving the comfort of one's home to drive into the night with no destination or plan in mind beyond "let him/her sleep soon".  

Ford understands the problem, and as a solution, they have created a crib that stimulates the movement, sound and lights of a moving car to help new parents to get their newborn of to dream world.

Check out this awesome innovation here.

THREE INNOVATIONS THAT HAVE CHANGED OUR LIVES

We live in a time of exponential innovation, with constant gadgetry filling our lives and rushing to meet each and every one of our immediate needs.  But, we wouldn't be where we are today if we hadn't looked to the past for inspiration.  The online magazine Innovation Management took the liberty of looking at three historical innovations that changed our lives forever.

Read about them here.

LETS BE FRANK, THIS STATIONARY IS AWESOME

Frank is a designer stationery studio based in Auckland.  The company was founded in 2012 with the ambition to create beautiful notebooks, journals and diaries to help people to better craft and design who they are becoming and who they want to be.  Intertwined with these goals, the company also supports communities in need by donating notebooks to children in less well off schools.

Check them out here and support the cause.

ELON MUSK IS (AGAIN) CHALLENGING OUR PERCEPTION OF REALITY

While Elon Musk is undoubtedly busy with Tesla and SpaceX, it would appear that he just isn't quite busy enough.  Musk's latest technological frontier, Neuralink, would see people willingly planting electrodes into their brains so they can upload and download their thoughts to and from a machine.  According to Mashable, the idea is to "merge humans and machines through a technology called neural lace".

Read more here.

 

MEET THE ROADIE 2 AUTOMATIC TUNER

The Roadie 2 is an automatic string tuner that is quick and easy to use and, according to the Kickstarter Campaign, is three-times more accurate than the human ear.  The unit is completely stand alone and uses vibration detection to tune an instrument in even the noisiest of environments.

Check it out on Kickstarter.

AMAZON DEBUTS AMAZONFRESH

Amazon's foray into the grocery game just got taken to a whole 'nother' level of convenience for shoppers.  AmazonFresh Pickup is a drive-in grocery solution that will deliver your shopping right to your car's boot.  All shoppers need to do is order online from AmazonFresh's selection, pick a time slot, then rock up to receive their order that will be loaded directly into their car. 

Read about it here.

THE REALITIES OF VEGAN LEATHER

Vicki von Holzhausen began her career as a car designer at Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but last year she struck out on her own to launch a luxury handbag range.  Today her line stands out for using the most sustainable practices in the industry.  However, Vicki eventually decided that the most sustainable leather is no leather at all, so she teamed up with her automotive industry contacts to create Technik-Leather, a less harmful but real feeling vegan leather alternative.

Check it out here.

BUSINESS IS BORING, WITH CECILIA ROBINSON

Business is Boring is a weekly podcast presented by The Spinoff, in association with Callaghan Innovation, that focuses on the future of New Zealand.  Host Simon Pound discusses the topic with NZ innovators and commentators, this week speaking with Cecilia Robinson of My Food Bag.

Check out the podcast here.

You can also listen to Simon's interview with PU's James Hurman here.

 

SEVEN TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE INNOVATION

Savannah Peterson shares seven of her tips for corporate innovation that she has learned over the last (near) decade of helping Silicon Valley companies to grow.  In her own words, "if you're not making something new, your competitor is about to eat your lunch", but with her seven tips corporates can try to beat them to the punch and eat the whole thing.

Read it here.

SCHEDULING MAGIC

Designer Kosho Tsuboi has conceived a beautiful gadget idea that merges the digital and physical worlds in a unique and innovative way.  The Magic Calendar uses e-paper to display the user's schedule in a physical form that is both enjoyable to look at and customisable.

Although only a concept at this stage, Tsuboi's idea has been chosen for further development so hopefully, we will see it available at some point in the near future.

Check it out here.

CREATIVELY STUCK? TRY INNOVATECARDS

Feeling a little stuck creatively?  Try Innovatecards, designed to help break the ice and the mould.  This unique game is designed to get people into an innovative mood, giving users both a company card and a prompt card to help their creative juices flow.

Each deck has 48 company cards (including Uber, LEGO and Spotify) as well as 30 prompt cards ('create a physical product', 'add curated content' etc.), leading to 1,440 possible combinations and an invinate amount of possible innovations.

Grab a deck here.

INTEL'S $15.3 BILLION DOLLAR COMMITMENT TO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Last Monday, Intel announced that it was buying Israeli-based Mobileye for $15.3 billion, confirming their commitment to autonomous vehicles.  Mobileye's systems are already used by 27 carmakers and employ specialised cameras to sense a vehicle's surroundings on the road as well as controlling emergency braking and lane assistance systems.

Read about it here.

UBEREATS AND VOLVO CREATE A TRULY UNIQUE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE

The "All-Star Restaurant" is the result of an innovative partnership between Volvo, Uber and Iron Chef Yukio Hattori and is situated in the back seat of a luxury Volvo XC90 Excellence SUV.  The mobile restaurant opened on the 14th of March and allows diners to enjoy a range of different cuisines from high-end restaurants as they literally roll around the city of Tokyo and enjoy the sights.

Check it out here.

LEGO'S DAVID GRAM ON FUTURE LAB & DIPLOMATIC REBELS

Arguably the world's most popular toy, Lego's approach to innovation is certainly one to take note of.  Idealog recently sat down and spoke to the former senior innovation director of Lego's infamous Future Lab, David Gram about how it works, "why design should be human-centric and the development of tomorrow's 'diplomatic rebels'."

Read about it here.

FONTERRA'S NEW INNOVATION PLATFORM

Our little nation's  largest company (AKA Fonterra) recently launched its own collaboration platform - Fonterra Ventures Co-Lab - that has been designed to embrace and exploit the Age of Disruption.  The open platform provides anyone with the opportunity to collaborate with the dairy giant for mutual benefit.

Read about it here from Idealog.

 

WHAT HISTORY CAN TEACH US ABOUT INNOVATION

So many of history's greatest moments are the result of an individual, or group of individuals, thinking outside the box, breaking the rules and challenging the status quo in order to achieve their goals.  Innovation Planner Theo de Monchy examined a few examples of this throughout history as well as looking at how they can be applied to business today.

Read about it here.

CIRCULAR RUNWAYS ON THE RISE?

This quick 3:00-minute cilp from the BBC explores the potential for runways to move away from the traditional design and move to a circular layout.  One of the advantages of this is that it can ensure that planes have no crosswind when taking off and landing and only have a headwind.

Watch it here.

FUTURIST JASON SILVA IS NEW ZEALAND BOUND

 

Think Inc., In association with AUT, Loop and National Geographic Channel, are bringing Jason Silva (futurist and explorer of the imaginations metaphysics) to New Zealand for the first time.  Silva has been described as a "modern performance philosopher" and will be presenting Awestruck at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on June 15th.

More here.

LAND ROVER'S NEW SEARCH AND RESCUE SUV, COMPLETE WITH DRONE.

A special version of Land Rover's Discovery SUV, dubbed 'Project Discovery', has been specifically designed for search and rescue operations and is actually being deployed with the Austrian Red Cross.

The unique SUV comes complete with a roof mounted drone that can take off and land from the Discovery even while it is on the move, and has been added to the new vehicle to assist with search and rescue operations.  With the drone on board, the Red Cross are able to extend the range of territory they can cover beyond where their feet and vehicle can take them.

More here.