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Innovation Is...

Source: Jeanne M. Liedtka, Design Thinking, University of Virginia

Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Automotive Industry

Aaron Lewis, a design intern at Uber, ended an article he wrote with... "Owning a car will one day be like owning a horse - fun for the wealthy, but financially foolish for everyone else." It makes sense to me. However, the road towards that idea continues to inspire a lot of design ideas and opportunities. Here is FastCompany's Most Innovative list for the Automotive Sector in 2016:

  1. Hyundai - For augmenting autos with gesture-controlled heads-up displays
  2. Ford - For embracing e-bikes and ride sharing
  3. Tesla Motors - For adding autopilot features overnight and making your car come to you
  4. Quanergy - For developing software that makes driverless cars cheaper for the rest of us
  5. Sober Steering - For breathing a better breathalyzer into being
  6. Local Motors - For 3D printing a car we can actually drive
  7. Harman - For giving each passenger a "sound zone," paving the way for peaceful road trips
  8. Hudway - For creating the only app that keep's drivers' eyes on the road
  9. Getaround - For turning car owners into car loaners
  10. Evenflo - For building a car seat that alerts parents if a baby gets too hot or her seat belt unbuckles

Source/s: FastCompany Magazine, March 2016
Photo: Charging the Tesla Model S at Tesla, Robson Street, Vancouver by Angelo Narciso

10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2016

The MIT Technology Review picks 10 emerging technologies that have a chance of solving big problems and opening up new opportunities. The 10 technologies that you need to know about are as follows:

  1. Immune Engineering: Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.
  2. Precise Gene Editing in Plants: CRISPR offers an easy, exact way to alter genes to create traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.
  3. Conversational Interfaces: Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.
  4. Reusable Rockets: Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refueled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.
  5. Robots That Teach Each Other: What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?
  6. DNA App Store: An online store for information about your genes will make it cheap and easy to learn more about your health risks and predispositions.
  7. SolarCity’s Gigafactory: A $750 million solar facility in Buffalo will produce a gigawatt of high-efficiency solar panels per year and make the technology far more attractive to homeowners.
  8. Slack: A service built for the era of mobile phones and short text messages is changing the workplace.
  9. Tesla Autopilot: The electric-vehicle maker sent its cars a software update that suddenly made autonomous driving a reality.
  10. Power from the Air: Internet devices powered by Wi-Fi and other telecommunications signals will make small computers and sensors more pervasive.

Source: MIT Technology Review
Photo: Angelo Narciso, Presto Lumo at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

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Big dreams. Start here.

StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.

Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.