2. China finding its innovative touch? From the Wall Street Journal:
Many executives at Chinese and Western companies contend, China’s technology sector is reaching a critical mass of expertise, talent and financial firepower that could realign the power structure of the global technology industry in the years ahead.
3. Contact lenses, from Google. I wrote a few days ago about why I see Google as the most interesting company around today. No idea seems too daring or challenging. Well, another example has arrived, they’re making smart contact lenses to monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics. From the Associated Press:
The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers, is one of several medical devices being designed by companies to make glucose monitoring for diabetic patients more convenient and less invasive than traditional finger pricks. The contact lenses were developed during the past 18 months in the clandestine Google X lab that also came up with a driverless car, Google’s Web-surfing eyeglasses and Project Loon, a network of large balloons designed to beam the Internet to unwired places.
4. Want innovation? Then create proximity. From Quartz:
Talented people want to work and live in urban places that are walkable, bike-able, connected by transit, and hyper-caffeinated. Major companies across multiple sectors are practicing “open innovation” and want to be close to other firms, research labs, and universities. Entrepreneurs want to start their companies in collaborative spaces, where they can share ideas and have efficient access to everything from legal advice to sophisticated lab equipment.
5. Amazon drones? How about rockets. While not quite as funny as Groupon’s catapult delivery service, here’s a fun video to mark Friday.