Archive for November, 2013

Black Friday changed forever by innovation!

November 29, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

From apps that reward you for walking into a store, and guide you toward purchases, to unstaffed digital stores that track customers’ shopping habits, Black Friday is getting to be a game-changer for retailers.  Check out the latest gadgets and high-tech influences:



Dutch/Chinese teamwork helps irrigate in dry times

November 22, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

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Trends in Open Innovation at CoDev 2014!

November 20, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Uncategorized


I hope you can attend the 13th Annual Co-Development and Open Innovation Congress, CoDev2014: Connected for Growth, on January 27 – 29, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Find out how companies are dealing with the latest trends in Open Innovation!

  • Open Innovation is no longer a separate process as it is being integrated into standard business processes
  • Open Innovation is going beyond traditional Research & Development and is becoming more cross-functional in nature.  Marketing, Supply Chain, Sales, etc. are all playing a role and often leading the company’s Open Innovation activities.
  • The level of Open Innovation continues to mature in many organizations progressing beyond typical supplier engagements to multi-partner cooperatives.
  • Deal structures are becoming more complex as Open Innovation capabilities become more sophisticated and more Universities realize the value of the intellectual property.  Basic three to five page agreements are now becoming much larger documents as risk adverse companies and changing regulations factor into the open innovation marketplace.

CoDev2014 is the longest running conference forum focused solely on providing innovation practitioners with the latest trends in open innovation and multiple opportunities to connect and network with top experts. Featuring keynote presentations, case studies, interactive panel sessions and Q&A with top experts and advanced practitioners from Pfizer, H.B. Fuller, Natura, MeadWestvaco, Tech Launch Arizona, 3M, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, WD-40, Sales Force4Hire, MIT and many others, CoDev2014 promises to once again provide cutting edge information about the latest trends and multiple opportunities to connect informally with speakers, attendees and open innovation tool providers as you look to build a more robust open innovation network.

For more program details and to register, call 800.338.2223 or 781.891.8080 or reserve online. And if you register by Friday, November 22nd, you’ll save $200 off your conference registration fee.  Teams of three or more qualify for additional team discounts – organize your team today for best rates.

Are these gadgets on your list?

November 19, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

Free Webinar today at Noon Central!

November 13, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool videos

What are you doing for lunch today?  Innovationedge and The Management Roundtable invite you to join CoDev 2014 Chairperson, Cheryl Perkins, along with Dan Koester, Michael Thomas and Fran Elenbaas from Johnson Controls, Inc. as they candidly discuss some of the critical elements necessary to build a solid foundation for successful Co-Development and Open Innovation initiatives. This hour long webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 starting at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Register for this free webinar at

The panel of faculty members will address:

  • The impact of organizational structure, culture, business model evolution, platform engagement models, staff development and IP management on open innovation success
  • Lessons learned as well as what obstacles and pitfalls they have experienced in advancing their open innovation efforts
  • Key learnings garnered from their attendance at prior CoDev conferences and how this enhanced their open innovation journeys

  danDan Koester is Director for New Technology at Johnson Controls, Inc., located in Holland MI. Dan leads Technology Scouting & Partnerships for the Electronics & Interiors. Dan and his team seek solutions to business and technical challenges using a variety of open innovation methods and tools including technology intelligence, open innovation networks, and idea management.

Dan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Michigan. He has 19 years of experience in automotive R&D holding positions in product engineering, industrial design, and technology development.

FranFran Elenbaas is Senior Manager New Technologies – Technology Intelligence and Partnerships for Johnson Controls, Inc. Fran is integral to JCI’s open innovation initiative as she scouts new technologies to find the state of the art for JCI’s scientists. Fran also assists JCI personnel with related transaction management.

Fran holds a MS in Materials Science Engineering, Polymers and Composites from Michigan State University.

MichaelMichael Thomas is Senior Manager New Technologies for Johnson Controls, Inc. Automotive Seating.  He identifies new technologies, partners and solutions to improve Johnson Controls’ seating product portfolio.  He also serves as a transaction manager, negotiating legal agreements with new development partners.  Michael manages Johnson Controls’ Open Innovation website and its presence in multiple open innovation marketplaces.

Michael holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has 17 years of experience in automotive R&D, holding positions in seating product engineering and technology development.

The Management Roundtable is the leading knowledge and networking resource for product developers. Practitioner-oriented and unbiased, our focus is on providing actionable information about new strategies and processes that enable speed, innovation, profitability, and overall competitive advantage. Founded in 1980, Management Roundtable publishes research reports, newsletters, and leading practice guides and hosts a variety of specialized (both public and onsite) conferences, workshops, and audio-sessions. Its online offering, Fast Track, provides continuous, unlimited access to competitive insights and best practices.


Innovative training helps dogs communicate with owners

November 9, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

Great story out of Georgia Tech, where students have developed a solution that could allow assistance dogs to better communicate with their handlers. Check it out here:

In a project now known as FIDO (for Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations), the group is constructing dog vests studded with an array of sensors that the service dogs can be trained to activate. The researchers are using the dogs’ natural behaviors, such as tugging, biting, and touching things with their noses, to create pull, bite, and motion sensors that should be fairly easy for the dogs to activate. The sensors are fitted onto off-the-shelf dog vests, the kind worn by assistance dogs in public to signal their role as a working animal.

So far, the team has built and tested four sensors: two differently shaped bite sensors; a tug sensor made of a rubber ball sewn to a stretch resistor; and a proximity sensor, similar to the hand-wave sensor on an automatic paper towel dispenser, which a dog can activate with a swipe of its nose. In their initial study, presented in September at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers in Zurich, Switzerland, the team tested three assistance-trained dogs: two border collies (including Jackson’s own dog, Sky) and a black lab–golden retriever mix. The researchers reported that the proximity sensor could be activated by the dogs with 100 percent accuracy, but was also the most sensitive to false positives, as the dogs would sometimes trigger it by accident.

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New test predetermines Alzheimer’s risk

November 5, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Health and Wellness

Have Tweets, Will Travel!

November 1, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Social Media

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