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A Good Concept: Amazon Books December 22nd, 2015

Amazon launched one of its first physical book stores, Amazon Books. It’s not only the next logical step for the company, but according to leading marketers, it paves the way for more stores. These stores bring the physical environment with all the joys of browsing the bookshelves that online stores loses.…

Opportunity

Amazon has been known as the bully of online retail and is notorious for running bookstores out of business. Ironically the next big chapter for the world’s largest online retailer is opening their own brick-and-mortar store, Amazon Books on November 3rd. The company will be using its online store data to choose the books to display.

Functionality

Amazon has completely changed how the browsing experience works at a typical book store. All the books on the shelves have their covers facing outward unlike most stores where you only see the spine. The selections are backed by Amazon’s recommendation algorithms and review excerpts from previous purchases. Even more exciting, the Amazon store promises the same prices as Amazon’s website.  This guarantees that Amazon Books will have better prices than any of its competitors.

Result

Amazon has found a way to expand their market without reinventing the wheel. It’s a great example for other businesses who are thinking about to rejuvinate their market. Start by figuring out the strengths in your core business and how they can create  unique opportunities for a parallel businesses.

Credits

Amazon

Contributor:
Stephanie Bailey

A Good Concept: Khandu November 18th, 2015

Khandu is a new tool designed to develop creativity, divergent thinking, and problem-solving skills in children ages 6 to 12 years. The goal is to help kids solve anything creatively, by giving them fun challenges and tools to solve them. The challenges push kids to develop an unexpected range of possible solutions, create prototypes, tell stories and test their final designs.…

Challenge

Often throughout their time in school, children lose their natural love of learning. As children struggle to connect with what they are being taught, they fall further behind and become more disconnected. The engagement gap has an even more profound negative impact on kids who are coping with learning challenges. In order to help them succeed, it is vital for them to learn how to connect what occurs in the classroom with their lives and the world outside of the classroom.

Usage

Khandu can help close the engagement gap: hands-on activities rekindle a love of learning and connect abstract concepts to the real world—while achieving desired educational outcomes. By using Khandu, children are learning how to use critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Khandu can help encourage a lifelong love of learning and motivate children to explore and discover new things.

Result

Encouraging children for a young age to explore new ideas can lead to increased confidence and competence in the science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) fields. Khandu gives parents and educators the tools to help nurture these skills and help today’s kids find a new love for learning.

Credits

Khandu Kickstarter
seventhinkers.com

Contributor:

Stephanie Bailey

A Good Concept: Paint Shield August 3rd, 2015

Paint Shield by Sherman-Williams is going beyond the typical bacterial protection for hospitals. Paint Shield doesn’t only inhibit the growth of pathogens, but kills 99.9% of bacteria such as Staph, E. coli, and MRSA after 2 hours of exposure to a painted surface.…

Challenge

Approximately 1 in 25 American patients will contract at least one hospital-acquired infection during hospital care. Not only are such infections a major cause of hospital deaths, but they are also extremely costly. As of now, hospitals are applying robust amounts of paint or epoxy layers on walls and floors so they can be cleaned easily and repeatedly to keep bacteria out.

Possibility

The paint market is one that sees very little innovation. This could give Sherwin-Williams a competitive advantage over its competitors. Its likely to become a tool for interior painting needs in bacteria-friendly environments like medical complexes, locker rooms, schools, daycare centers, hotels, homes and cruise ships. Paint Shield, which was developed after consulting with infectious disease experts, can be applied with a brush or roller, like other paint.

Impact

The CDC has placed “eliminating healthcare-associated infections” at  the top of their top priorities because of the very serious threat they pose to patient’s. Paint Shield changes the possiblities in coating technology. The progress brought by Paint Sheild can help the way we combat HAIs in other ways outside of human interaction. If the paint works as advertised, this will go a long way in combatting HAIs.

Credits

 

www.swpaintshield.com

Contributor:
Stephanie Bailey

A Good Concept: Lily Camera May 13th, 2015

Lily is the world’s first “throw-and-shoot” camera that captures stunning videos and pictures. It’s a camera that flies by itself without the need of piloting. Unlike traditional drones, which are designed for flying, the Lily camera focuses on its subject through the use of a tracking device. …

Form & Function

The camera is about 10 in. x 10 in. x 3 in. and weighs 2.8 lbs. It’s waterproof and ultra-portable. It captures full HD slo-mo videos at 1080p60 and 12 megapixels for pictures. The Lily camera travels at about 25 mph and flies at a distance between 5 ft. and 100 ft. away from the subject. It can also fly between 5 ft. and 50 ft. above head level. It has 20 mins. of battery life and takes 2 hours to charge. The camera records high quality sound and can sync with the tracking device. It can also stream low-res live video to the companion app.

Usage

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3. Once the Lily camera is on, the tracker automatically turns on. As soon as Lily is thrown in the air, it starts following and recording the subject around with the use of GPS and computer vision. The camera is also very smart. When it loses track of the subject, it hovers in place and try to recover the signal. The tracking device will also send pulse vibration before the subject gets out of range. If out of range, the tracking device will continuously vibrate and Lily sends the latest GPS coordinates on the companion app.

Possibilities

The Lily camera can be pre-ordered for $499 and will cost around $899 after that. This first generation is very smart and consumer friendly, but definitely has some room for upgrades in the future. Possible upgrades like multiple cameras/trackers, sensors to avoid obstacles and longer battery life. This new technology could also change design in a big way. As a cost effective tool and not requiring any permits, designers will be able to capture a vantage point not easily obtained before.

Credits

Lily

Contributor:
John Binagatan

A Good Concept: Carpooling for Cargo February 20th, 2015

Roadie is a new app that connects people who need things moved with people on the move. If you’re going from Point A to Point B you can help someone move/deliver something that needs to go in the same direction. Since we all have some room to put junk in the trunk, why not turn it into cash?…

Challenge

Having a package ship using UPS, FedEx, and other services can be costly and problematic. The package will be moved numerous times and may cause damage to the items inside. With the new startup called Roadie, those costs and problems might be a thing of the past.

Functionality

Senders can simply post their requests to the roadie community by taking pictures of their cargo with location and price. From there, a “roadie” that is going the same direction can then grab your request. Once, the sender and a verified Roadie driver are connected, they can coordinate the most convenient place for them to meet. No need to worry, all Certified Roadie drivers are rated by senders and must maintain a 4-star rating.

Result

As of now, Roadie is focusing on peer-to-peer deliveries, but may also start delivering for businesses as well. The startup is smart and is quickly growing. After enough people download the app in a particular location, the company will then turn on the access there. We’ve downloaded ours here in Spring Lake, MI and you can download yours too through the App Store or Google Play.

Credits

fastcoexist.com
Download at the App Store
or Google Play

Contributor:
John Binagatan

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