PSFK sits down with our London event panelist Grant Harrison to discuss key shopping themes of the Future of Retail 2016 report
Each year, PSFK publishes new thought leadership around the themes changing the shopping experience. Ahead of our Future of Retail Preview Event in London this Monday, October 12, we sat down with panelist Grant Harrison, Founder and Partner at The Future Customer, to discuss some of the key themes in the report.
Mobile application, Kibo, lets users conceal personal messages under the veil of everyday digital banter
Covert messaging has come to define communication among the millennial cohort. While Snapchat and its competitors have found success in the ‘burn after reading’ method of discretion, users still risk accidental oversharing with over-the-shoulder glances and the meddling of curious coworkers or partners. New mobile application, Kibo, addresses these concerns with a new keyboard application that lets users send naughty—or business-related—messages under the guise of common texts.
3D printing edges closer and closer toward commercial territories with Voodoo Manufacturing's rapid prototyping processes
Brooklyn New York, with its Tech Triangle contributing an impressive 10 percent to tech’s global sector, is increasingly becoming a sought after location for inspiring new tech brands. The latest to set up shop within the area is Voodoo Manufacturing whose team is making 3D printing simpler and more accessible.
Bishop Ranch, which lists GE and AT&T as tenants, is set to introduce EZ10 shuttles in 2016, the first of their kind in the United States
If a bus pulled up to your stop with no driver, would you get on? The Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon, California, will add two driverless Easymile EZ10 shuttles to their campus next summer, the first such vehicles in the country.
The Toyota Barista Project creatively shows the amount of electrical energy harvested from braking during a racing lap
Car companies have spent a lot of time creating complex diagrams and animations to explain the energy generation and harvesting features of hybrid and electric vehicles. Generally these fall into the category of eye candy for engineers but to all of us lay people, the jumble of flow lines and arrows has more in common with abstract art. Toyota created the Toyota Barista Project that might finally bring some understanding to this technology, using something we can all identify with: breakfast.
Looncup links with a smartphone app to alert you when it's time to change your cup, record your health patterns, and more
It’s time to take your period to the next stage. You can soon use Looncup, a smart menstrual cup that syncs with your smartphone, to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to (and more) about the intricacies of your monthly cycle.
Lumo Run shorts (and capris) feature an integrated sensor that monitors and alerts users on optimal running form
Lumo Bodytech has developed a pair of running shorts that can provide the wearer with real-time feedback on their performance. The Lumo Run shorts could help runners increase their speed, distance and also prevent them from suffering injuries.
littleBits's Gizmos and Gadgets kit (GGK) is the perfect starting point and ultimate toolbox for new inventors
After opening its first-ever popup store in July, littleBits continues its journey to democratize hardware and empower everyone to become an inventor. This time, littleBits released the Gizmos and Gadgets kit (GGK), taking its LEGO-like functionality to the next level. The kit includes materials for multiple inventions and 15 modular Bits, and comes with a free app for added inventions.
At just over 200 square ft, Kasita reimagines urban living as complete, beautifully designed and smart-tech-enabled studio apartments
Meet Kasita: sophisticated, affordable, and portable urban dwelling, inspired by dumpster living. Wait, what?
The Future of Retail 2016
Designing The New Shopper Experience
Kid Licks is a collection of edible polishes made from all-natural carrots, beets and barley grass
Audrey and Josh of Kid Licks have developed edible nail polish made from organic food. Parents of young children, they try to make sure that what they give them is safe. They weren’t able to find a food-based nail polish on the market so they decided to make one themselves.
Designed to keep runners visible at night, the clip-on Million MIle Light doesn’t need batteries
The Million Mile Light will last for a 100,000 hours without ever needing a change of batteries or recharging. The little device runs on electricity generated from the up-and-down motion of a runner and it flashes bright lights at traffic to let them know you are there.
Lord Foster's Africa-based project for emergency supplies could be the first droneport erected
In the developed world, drones continue to be a toy for gadget fans with swaths of disposable income and a handy tool for niche business models. In the developing world, however, they could become a tool for saving lives. Lord Foster, an iconic British architect, has proposed a drone airport in Africa as a way of delivering emergency supplies like food, water and medical equipment in areas with little transportation infrastructure.