Todd’s Tech Report: April 24, 2015

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IKEA’s Future Islands

What’s going on?

Those Swedes with their desirable design and need to make everything disposable. Enter the new concept kitchen island they popped off with input from 50 design students. This piney wonder has a “touchable” surface and induction heating underneath. A seamless collaboration of the tacticle and connected network blended into a smart home smoothie.

Why does it matter?

The worlds changing in turbo mode and at the center of it the domestic space. Mix scarcer resources and less personal space with a whisk. Incorporate the fact that most developed world populations will have more old people and fewer children. Combine with ubiquitous connectivity. Serve with home delivery overtaking shopping outside the house and you have a tasty dish of the future designed by landfilling brand.


Operator! Give Me…NOW.

What’s going on?

Ohhh gawwwd. “The text layer” is upon us. Or the lazy layer. Or the fucking, “I’m going to text this service to bring me a poodle made of spent gum from the NYC subway”. Enter Operator, started by an Uber co-founder. The service is focused on “high-consideration” purchases that may require expertise or have lots of options to choose from. Can’t decide what 107 inch 5k TV to buy? Farm it out to stranger on the other end of a text. Consumer Reports be damned.

Why does it matter?

Sounds like if you’re going to get people whatever they need you need a way to get the shit there. Perhaps a worldwide network of on-demand drivers with some downtime? Oh match maker, match maker make me a match! If only I was a rich man then maybe I’d be apt to dispense my commercial interactions with the world to a faceless operator who could bring whimsy to my threshold. Or a box of Peruvian plums.


3D Printed Hearts, Organoids and You

What’s going on?

Straight up the guys at Wake Forest just did a cellular suplex on the 3D printing organ game. Scientists over there have genetically transformed skin cells into heart cells and used them to 3D print mini-organs that beat just like your heart. One step further led them to take another darker organoid fused to a mini-heart mimics your liver.

PS: That bass line is pure sex.

Why does it matter?

This shit’s going to take a cut out of PETA’s Animal Liberation record sales. The project aims to simulate bodily systems by microfluidically linking up miniature organs — hearts, livers, blood vessels, and lungs — and testing new drug treatments and chemicals or studying the effects of viruses on them. Less monkeys and rabbits chain ganging life away having Panteen sprayed in their face. More 3D printed, mini organs being pumped full of generic Levitra. Not a hard decision in my book.


Facetube.

What’s going on?

Gotta keep printing that skrilla. Sup? Wut? Holla. Gyrl I got this. Zuckerburg is G6'ing around the world locking in media partners like Vice, Disney and College Humor for it’s Anthology network. The straight shit is to pitch marketers on developing sponsored video content for apparently mom’s, grandparents and third world populations who think Facebook is the internet.

Why does it matter?

Is that the hot, meaty, pulsing breath of Snapchat breathing down Facebook’s neck? Perhaps. Facebook’s focus on real identity allows for rich creative development, personalization at scale, and unprecedented measurement of video ads. Sure but haven’t super creative marketing ad gurus of the bespoke shoe clan already been doing this? Sounds like someone brought a Slingshot a little to late to the fight.