Businessweek has a story on Diebold’s virtual executive suite but the collaboration, telepresence and communication technology described below is becoming mainstream in most companies around the world.
Casey is the guy because since 1996 he’s been facilitating hardware manufacturing for companies large and small in China, the world’s largest manufacturer of (and market for) electronics. The simplest way to explain PCH (named for California’s Pacific Coast Highway) is that it offers “end-to-end” services: from design to engineering, manufacturing to packaging, fulfillment to retail distribution. If you gave PCH a sketch on a napkin, the company could turn it into a product on a shelf—as it actually did recently with Drop, a connected kitchen scale. “Some people expect a ‘China button,’ ” Casey says. “But they’re looking for an end-to-end button.”
Makers of semiconductors spend upward of $5 billion to build and operate fabrication plants—known as “fabs”—that run 24 hours a day so they can recoup their investment before the equipment becomes obsolete in five years or so. Rows of pristine machines sit in windowless cleanrooms, which are almost as free of humans as they are of dust. Intel and Texas Instruments have spent decades perfecting this almost sci-fi form of manufacturing. Now they want to show the rest of the world how it’s done.
The chipmakers have set their sights on what researcher IHS estimates is a $185 billion global market for gear to automate industrial production. To capture a portion of that spending, they’re prodding companies to bring the Internet of Things—a term that describes a world in which physical objects are embedded with electronics and talk to each other—into factories. “It’s moving beyond hype and into engineers rolling up their sleeves,” says Doug Davis, senior vice president of the IoT division at Intel, which had more than $2 billion in sales last year. “The economic value and impact are unquestioned.”
ProGlove, developed by Workaround, is an “intelligent” glove that uses chips to power a simple display on the wrist. If the person wearing the glove completes an assembly task correctly, a large green check mark appears.
For Fortune’s first “Change the World” list, we’ve found 51 companies that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy. This list is not meant to be a ranking of the overall “goodness” of companies or of their “social responsibility.” Big corporations are complex operations that affect the world in myriad ways. The goal here is simply to shine a spotlight on instances where companies are doing good as part of their profit-making strategy, and to shed new light on the power of capitalism to improve the human condition.
To assemble our list, the editors of Fortune and FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, reached out to dozens of business, academic, and nonprofit experts around the world, asking for their recommendations. Fortune and a joint team from FSG and the Shared Value Initiative then vetted more than 200 nominees. In our evaluation, we considered four criteria: the degree of business innovation involved, the measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge, the contribution of the shared-value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage, and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business.
Perhaps a few years ago, the concept of intermingling molecular gastronomy with Indian food seemed implausible. Anand and Kalra can be credited for changing this scenario. Much of this science revolves around altering textures and presenting recognisable flavours in unique presentations, and that’s precisely what’s attempted with progressive Indian cuisine as well. For instance, Gaggan’s take on the classic frozen Indian dessert kulfi is nitro-flambeed reduced milk with sun-dried figs, served with freeze-dried figs. A meal at Masala Library will also alter your perception on how palate cleansers can successfully be adapted into Indian flavours. The mishti doi sorbet is the smoothened flash-frozen version of the Bengali yogurt presented with strawberry coulis and served in between courses. Most dishes on their menus are crafted through molecular techniques such as powdered foods and foams.
By adding sophisticated electronics, what was once a fashion statement can now be “a motion-reactive, technology-oriented dress,” said Ben Horvat, CEO of Diffractive Design and an artist himself.
For instance, Diffractive Design’s white “Luminance” dress appears to glow from the inside out. "Our goal for the white dress, was to kind of create something that looked uplifting, or kinda created this aura of light,“ said Horvat.
Horvat and his team have also crafted a black dress—called the "Pulse"—coated in lights that seem to move up and down the wearer’s body.
"As the person moves…based on body motion, [the technology] sends undulating waves of light up and down the body,” he said.
Tired of the bragging it hears from the IT vendors, NASA is using its rockets to launch colored clouds.
“Rocket launches are spectacular, “wow” events that most of us don’t get to see with our own eyes. But between 7 and 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 7, residents in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States may get a glimpse of NASA”s next suborbital launch from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color.
Residents from Long Island, New York, 235 miles north of the launch site, to Morehead City, North Carolina, 232 miles south, 165 miles west in Charlottesville, Virginia -- and everyone in between -- could get a glimpse of the colorful evening launch.”
At a party in Los Angeles in May, Patrón launched a virtual tour of the hacienda in Mexico where its agave is distilled. Birchbox announced that this month its men’s subscription box will include a virtual-reality viewer and app allowing its subscribers to surf or fly a helicopter. And at North Face stores, you can see virtual video of dudes climbing a rock face in the company’s gear. James Blaha, a game developer with severe lazy eye–a condition that affects about 2% to 3% of the world’s population–has used virtual reality to basically cure the disease in 30-minute sessions over three to four weeks; he’s sold 1,000 copies of the system to optometrists already. And Hollywood is putting nearly as much money as Silicon Valley into the concept.
Nearly every week, there’s a virtual-reality convention. Standing in line with 1,500 other people for the sold-out Virtual Reality Los Angeles spring expo in March to visit the booths of more than 50 companies, I am asked to sign a contract. It is not, like other tech releases, about me not telling anyone about anything I saw or thought I might have seen here. Instead, it says, “I am aware that some people experience nausea, disorientation, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality.
Google’s new logo uses a custom, geometric sans-serif typeface called Product Sans
Not to be outdone, so does Facebook. The first logo was created in 2005 when the company was just getting started and it used a Klavika typeface. The new logo is a custom typeface that was created by the in-house design team and Eric Olson from Process Type Foundry.
“Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading fonts to help you read faster with less eyestrain.”
Of course, Apple had to also introduce its own new font, San Francisco
But Tesla’s real competition may not be the mighty German carmakers or the Americans 2,000 miles away in Detroit.
It could just as well be near neighbours — Google, Apple and Uber, which are already engaged in a war for the best automotive talent. The car industry is hurtling towards new, uncertain fields of competing fuel sources, autonomous technologies and business models. And the tech giants want in. The result is likely to be a war of competing technologies as the new entrants fight to supplant the internal combustion engine.