Archive for December, 2013

What’s after 2014?

December 30, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

A lot of people are wondering what 2014 will bring. But for forward-thinking innovative companies, it’s what comes after this year that excites those who invent, design and dream:

How Social Media Will Influence Christmas 2013 Purchases

December 19, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Alpha Moms

The Christmas shopping deals are nearly over. I knew that Facebook continues to be a big influencer, but I’ll bet you didn’t realize just how much shoppers depend on social media to get those last-minute gifts:

For the retail industry, holiday sales make up approximately 20% of annual sales and experts are projecting $602.1 billion this year for retail holiday sales, $82 billion of which will be online sales. Whether the purchase is made online or in store, 64.8% of shoppers use social media to find the perfect gift. It is one of the most trusted forms of advertising according to 92% of consumers and almost double the consumers would make a purchase based on peer recommendations via Facebook or Twitter versus a commercial on TV.

Click here for the full report:

Eco-Friendly Products Lead 2014

December 19, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Crowdsourcing

Future packaging trends!

December 17, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Packaging Trends

I thought this list was a useful look at food packaging trends for the next decade.
Sustainability concerns, ranked behind cost and food safety/security as today’s driving trends, will dominate packaging industry work in the next 10 years in both Europe and North America.” (Read more here:)

Breakthrough Israeli ‘Wrapping Paper’ Will Make Bones Heal Faster And Better

December 14, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Health and Wellness

Now this is exciting news for Israel. I’ve been watching some innovative technologies and products come from this tiny nation that didn’t even exist until 65 years ago.

Kids shoes: Room to grow!

December 9, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Alpha Moms

Here is a forward-thinking company called PLAE, a startup that is redesigning sneakers for children, making them more flexible to cater for their continuing development. Check out their story:

In their early stages, kids’ feet aren’t yet tough enough to support their weight. However, even when they’ve learned to walk the feet are still developing and require greater support and flexibility than typical child’s shoes provide. Rather than simply downsize adult designs to fit kids, PLAE has created a sneaker that fits more comfortably to the shape of each individual foot and can withstand the stresses of children’s play. Although the products take cues from orthopedic shoe design, PLAE shoes are also made to appeal to kids, with options such as customizable velcro straps and a range of colors and styles. The video below explains the philosophy behind the startup:

Artificial hand conveys real touch sensations

December 6, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool videos

 

I was checking out Fast Company the other day and saw a great article about an artificial hand that is so advanced that its wearers can sense surfaces with their fingers.

as I dug deeper, I came across this video from the inventors of the project:

As you can see, sensation is restored by three small electrodes implanted on the nerves of the wrist, close to where the hand connects. The hand was developed at Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University.  Wearers say the prosthetic hand begins to feel more like a part of the user’s body, thanks to these sensors.  I can imagine that those who are able to wear one of these are thrilled to be able to regain the sense of touch!

Bit-coins: Way of the future?

December 1, 2013 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

Have you checked out bit-coins yet? This new currency is quietly gaining momentum. Check out this story on how easy it is to obtain and exchange these: