RIP Grumpy Cat! This week Instagram created a special ecommerce account called @shop that curates posts from online merchants that sell products through Insta. Every product on the @shop account has shopping tags that lets users make a direct purchase without leaving the app. Open the app on your phone, follow @shop, and check it […]Read More Social Pulse, Week of 5-13
(cross-posted from the space150 blog) We recently attended CES 2017 in Las Vegas. This year, our annual pilgrimage to tech’s biggest showcase underscored a lot of what we’ve been exploring at space150 in 2016, including voice-enabled devices and VR, but in many instances set the stage for new exploration in 2017. From a new definition […]Read More CES 2017: Trends to Watch
Ah, the Consumer Electronics Show: the annual international destination for the most forward-looking technology each year, matched with a frenetic navel-gazing from industry insiders that pales only to the self-aggrandizing swagger of the tech world’s brand behemoths, and big promises from baby hardware start-ups hoping to make it big on a non-working plastic prototype and […]Read More 73 cool new consumer technology innovations from CES 2015
For decades, humans have been obsessed with smart home technology that: opens automated window blinds when we wake up, orders pizza with the push of a button, creates custom entertainment and lightning experiences based on the user, and orders food automatically when our refrigerators are depleted. These are the tenets of the smart home past, […]Read More Microsoft’s 1999 home of the future video has just about come true
This was my eighth year attending South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in Austin, TX, and the expectations were high. The key theme I took away from SXSW 2013 was “Exponential Thinking, Exponential Opportunities,” and capitalizing on that thinking and opportunity, the main theme I took from SXSW this year was “Quit looking to others for […]Read More SXSW 2014: Quit looking to others for the next big thing. Go make it yourself!
How Looney Tunes imagined the automated home of the future 60 years ago… “Design for Leaving” is a Looney Tunes short from 1954 parodying smart home technology of the day, including the Design for Living House in the Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Daffy plays a salesman from the […]Read More Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd’s version of the automated home, circa 1954
As Google buys Nest today, it increases the pressure for consumers to decide what type of operating system they want their home to run. And what types of off-the-shelf and add-on devices they should buy. Is your connected home a Mac or a PC? Apple or Android? The internet of things works best when the […]Read More Is your automated home a Mac or a PC?