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I am a student of the arts, which for me include: Human Behavior, Emerging Technologies, and Traditional Art.
You can reach me at christopher dot chan at towerswatson dot com

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Shazam for Furniture?


Ever see a piece of furniture somewhere and you didn’t know how to find out where its from?  LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.
Consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture. The app analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items, pulled from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. If you find something you’re interested, you can make a purchase right in the app.
Any other applications you can think of for visual search?

Shazam for Furniture?

Ever see a piece of furniture somewhere and you didn’t know how to find out where its from?  LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.

Consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture. The app analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items, pulled from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. If you find something you’re interested, you can make a purchase right in the app.

Any other applications you can think of for visual search?

#visual search  #LikeThatDecor  #technology  #Shazam  #furniture 
Everyone’s got problems, right?

Everyone’s got problems, right?

Wearable Device Reads Text for the Blind

FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.
The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group.  As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.
When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.
While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete.  What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?

Wearable Device Reads Text for the Blind

FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.

The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group.  As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.

When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.

While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete.  What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?

#blindness  #disability  #wearable devices  #technology  #reading  #human behavior  #MIT Media Lab  #Fluid Interfaces Group  #FingerReader 
10 Peter Drucker Quotes to Live By

1. “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

2. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

3. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

4. “What gets measured gets improved.”

5. “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

6. “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

7. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

8. “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

9. “Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

10. “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things”

Any of these resonate with you?

#Peter Drucker  #work  #quotes  #inspiration 
A Creative Director’s Guide To Picking a Job

This one’s designed for Advertising, but it has pretty good application to a lot of job types.
How do you chose the place you want to work?

A Creative Director’s Guide To Picking a Job

This one’s designed for Advertising, but it has pretty good application to a lot of job types.

How do you chose the place you want to work?

#infographic  #jobs  #human behavior  #advertising  #creative director 
Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One

Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.
The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people.  For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.
Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone.  Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.
Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit. 
Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.
Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?

Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One

Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.

The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people.  For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.

Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone.  Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.

Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit. 

Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.

Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?

#wearables  #nearables  #internet of things  #connected devices  #technology  #human behavior  #privacy  #tracking  #big data 
If Norman Rockwell Went to Ferguson?

Here’s a new take on Rockwell’s “Runaway,” from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda. 

If Norman Rockwell Went to Ferguson?

Here’s a new take on Rockwell’s “Runaway,” from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda

#art  #design  #creativity  #Ferguson  #Runaway  #Anthony Freda  #Norman Rockwell 
Samsung’s New Ad Mocks Apple

 The tech company has released a new ad that pokes fun at the iPhone 6 Plus.  ‘Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now’ sarcastically calls out tech publications who once dismissed the Galaxy Note’s large screen size…which Apple is now imitating with the iPhone 6 Plus. 
The ad goes on to say “Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever.
What do you think about this type of advertising?  Just having a bit of creative fun or just a little annoying?

Samsung’s New Ad Mocks Apple

 The tech company has released a new ad that pokes fun at the iPhone 6 Plus.  ‘Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now’ sarcastically calls out tech publications who once dismissed the Galaxy Note’s large screen size…which Apple is now imitating with the iPhone 6 Plus. 


The ad goes on to say “Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever.

What do you think about this type of advertising?  Just having a bit of creative fun or just a little annoying?

#creative advertising  #Apple  #Samsung  #iPhone 6 Plus  #Galaxy Note 4 
Smart Chopsticks Detect Potential Food Poisioning

Chinese tech giant Baidu has now created smart chopsticks which detect contamination in food.  They’ll show a red light to warn diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal.
The utensils feature sensors that detect the chemical makeup of oil, water and other foods. Users can also connect the chopsticks to their smartphones to see more detailed information about why their food has been flagged. According to Baidu, the chopsticks monitor the quality of cooking oil, but will also be able to track PH levels and temperature and calories.
Would you use these smart utensils out in public?

Smart Chopsticks Detect Potential Food Poisioning

Chinese tech giant Baidu has now created smart chopsticks which detect contamination in food.  They’ll show a red light to warn diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal.

The utensils feature sensors that detect the chemical makeup of oil, water and other foods. Users can also connect the chopsticks to their smartphones to see more detailed information about why their food has been flagged. According to Baidu, the chopsticks monitor the quality of cooking oil, but will also be able to track PH levels and temperature and calories.

Would you use these smart utensils out in public?

#human behavior  #technology  #health  #fitness  #food  #creative design  #chopsticks  #Baidu  #real-time feedback 
Energy Boosting Toothpaste!


Russian company R.O.C.S. has developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth.
Although the toothpaste isn’t ingested in the same way as coffee, it remains in the mouth long enough to supposedly deliver a dose of energy before users head to work.
There are some concerns over taurine’s health effects — for example, taurine has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in some cases. 
What do you think - better and more efficient than coffee?

Energy Boosting Toothpaste!

Russian company R.O.C.S. has developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth.

Although the toothpaste isn’t ingested in the same way as coffee, it remains in the mouth long enough to supposedly deliver a dose of energy before users head to work.

There are some concerns over taurine’s health effects — for example, taurine has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in some cases. 

What do you think - better and more efficient than coffee?

#human behavior  #energy  #taurine  #R.O.C.S.  #toothpaste  #creative design 
The Next Phase for Wearable Tech: Sustainability?
Linou is a sustainable tech brand that seamlessly integrates form and function.
The first two devices from Linou’s collection include the Wood Tech Watch and the Notification Necklace. These products are crafted from timber, bamboo, sandalwood, and walnut!  They provide custom color and vibration alerts for app notifications, messages, and phone reminders.
The first range of natural wearable tech designs from Linou will launch on Kickstarter on Saturday, September 13 at 9am EST. The Wood Tech Watch will be available on Kickstarter for $180 and the Notification Necklace will retail for $90.
Do you think this is better than traditional devices made out of stainless steel and aluminum?

The Next Phase for Wearable Tech: Sustainability?

Linou is a sustainable tech brand that seamlessly integrates form and function.

The first two devices from Linou’s collection include the Wood Tech Watch and the Notification Necklace. These products are crafted from timber, bamboo, sandalwood, and walnut!  They provide custom color and vibration alerts for app notifications, messages, and phone reminders.

The first range of natural wearable tech designs from Linou will launch on Kickstarter on Saturday, September 13 at 9am EST. The Wood Tech Watch will be available on Kickstarter for $180 and the Notification Necklace will retail for $90.

Do you think this is better than traditional devices made out of stainless steel and aluminum?

#wearable devices  #sustainability  #ecology  #human behavior  #technology 

3D Printed Prosthetic Hand?  $50

#3D printing  #prosthetics  #health care  #human behavior 
Gamifying Hand Washing for Kids

TipTapTop tells children how to wash their hands and helps reduce water waste.  It’s designed by Théo Sauzon, a student of Mechanical engineering at the University Claude Bernard in France.
3D printed, you attach it to your faucet to control the flow of water — when water flows throught, it enters a pressurized container which generates energy via a turbine. This energy is stored in a 9-volt rechargeable battery that powers an infrared sensor and a sound card — basically, it has a hydroelectric generator so it can power itself.
The infrared sensor detects your movements and water is released in stages with music and friendly guided narration, like “I’m here to show you how to wash your hands to get rid of bad microbes!” and “Remember the palms, back of hands, between fingers and wrists!”
When you’ve finished, it even says “see you soon!” and helps save water by automatically turning off water when your hands move away.
Good for the environment, for kids and runs itself — would you buy this for your kids?

Gamifying Hand Washing for Kids

TipTapTop tells children how to wash their hands and helps reduce water waste.  It’s designed by Théo Sauzon, a student of Mechanical engineering at the University Claude Bernard in France.

3D printed, you attach it to your faucet to control the flow of water — when water flows throught, it enters a pressurized container which generates energy via a turbine. This energy is stored in a 9-volt rechargeable battery that powers an infrared sensor and a sound card — basically, it has a hydroelectric generator so it can power itself.

The infrared sensor detects your movements and water is released in stages with music and friendly guided narration, like “I’m here to show you how to wash your hands to get rid of bad microbes!” and “Remember the palms, back of hands, between fingers and wrists!”

When you’ve finished, it even says “see you soon!” and helps save water by automatically turning off water when your hands move away.

Good for the environment, for kids and runs itself — would you buy this for your kids?

#gamification  #Theo Sauzon  #University Claude Bernard  #France  #TipTapTop  #conservation  #hygiene  #sustainability 
McDonald’s Testing Delivery Service In Australia

Following successful trial runs near Sydney, the McDonald’s Corporation and Australian food delivery site Menulog have partnered to test McDelivery in Hervey Bay, located in the northeast corner of the state of Queensland. While not yet available in most of the Western world, McDelivery has been enjoying success in a number of Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries since 1993.
Interestingly, in the area, one out of four children and two out of three adults in the Hervey Bay area are overweight or obese, while the combined overweight or obesity rate in current Queensland service areas is 60%.  This isn’t going to help the issue!  And, the minimum-order requirement of AU$25 on Menulog will likely encourage larger orders. 
What do you think? Would you like McDonald’s delivery in your area?

McDonald’s Testing Delivery Service In Australia

Following successful trial runs near Sydney, the McDonald’s Corporation and Australian food delivery site Menulog have partnered to test McDelivery in Hervey Bay, located in the northeast corner of the state of Queensland. While not yet available in most of the Western world, McDelivery has been enjoying success in a number of Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries since 1993.

Interestingly, in the area, one out of four children and two out of three adults in the Hervey Bay area are overweight or obese, while the combined overweight or obesity rate in current Queensland service areas is 60%.  This isn’t going to help the issue!  And, the minimum-order requirement of AU$25 on Menulog will likely encourage larger orders. 

What do you think? Would you like McDonald’s delivery in your area?

#McDonald's  #delivery  #obesity  #fast food 
Happy Creamsicle Day!

National Creamsicle Day is observed on August 14!
The classic Creamsicle flavor combination is orange and vanilla, although many other types are available today. It is made by freezing flavored liquid (such as fruit juice) and ice cream around a stick. Often, the juice is colored artificially. Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop.
The first recorded ice pop was created in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson of Oakland, CA, who left a glass of soda water powder and water outside in his back porch with a wooden mixing stick in it. That night the temperature dropped below freezing, and when Epperson returned to the drink the next morning, he found that the soda water had frozen inside the glass, and that by running it under hot water, he was able to remove (and eat) the frozen soda water chunk using the stick as a handle.
You can easily make your own at home. Mix together fruit juice and vanilla ice cream in a large bowl. Then, gradually add milk and continue to mix. Finally, pour the mixture into small paper cups and place them in the freezer. Once they are partially frozen, insert popsicle sticks into them and place them back inside the freezer. When they are frozen solid, peel off the paper cups and enjoy the creamsicle!
Are you going to celebrate with a creamsicle today?

Happy Creamsicle Day!

National Creamsicle Day is observed on August 14!

The classic Creamsicle flavor combination is orange and vanilla, although many other types are available today. It is made by freezing flavored liquid (such as fruit juice) and ice cream around a stick. Often, the juice is colored artificially. Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop.

The first recorded ice pop was created in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson of Oakland, CA, who left a glass of soda water powder and water outside in his back porch with a wooden mixing stick in it. That night the temperature dropped below freezing, and when Epperson returned to the drink the next morning, he found that the soda water had frozen inside the glass, and that by running it under hot water, he was able to remove (and eat) the frozen soda water chunk using the stick as a handle.

You can easily make your own at home. Mix together fruit juice and vanilla ice cream in a large bowl. Then, gradually add milk and continue to mix. Finally, pour the mixture into small paper cups and place them in the freezer. Once they are partially frozen, insert popsicle sticks into them and place them back inside the freezer. When they are frozen solid, peel off the paper cups and enjoy the creamsicle!

Are you going to celebrate with a creamsicle today?

#creamsicle  #food  #holiday  #human behavior  #summer