If current research is an indicator, wearable electronics will go far beyond just very small electronic devices or wearable, flexible computers. Not only will these devices be embedded in textile substrates but an electronics device or system could ultimately become the fabric itself. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) will allow the design and production of a new generation of garments with distributed sensors and electronic functions. Such e-textiles will have the revolutionary ability to sense, act, store, emit, and move – think biomedical monitoring functions or new man-machine interfaces – while ideally leveraging an existing low-cost textile manufacturing infrastructure. All these wearable and potentially textile-embedded electronic gadgets will require power; and it wouldn't make sense to have to plug your sleek flexible sleeve display into a bulky lithium-ion battery brick. Researchers are therefore pushing the development of wearable energy storage. Especially supercapacitors with a cable-type architecture could lead to flexible energy storage devices that can remove traditional restriction and achieve a subversive technology that could open up a path for design innovation. Researchers have now demonstrated that flexible cotton threads can be used as a platform to fabricate a cable-type supercapacitor.
Crowdsourcing the Fight Against Drug Violence, Corruption in Mexico Crowdsourcing.org Corruption is a big problem across much of the world, stunting economic growth and perpetuating a culture of cronyism.
David Bell's insight:
Important to stick the head out of corporate for a change and recognise the emergence of crowd sourcing and its social impact potential
Quick review of a study that validates the idea that serial entrepreneurs are more likely to build successful businesses. Prior business failure is an indicator of future business success. The principle should be a part of succession planning.
Now that LinkedIn has demonstrated the huge opportunity to build social tools for corporate recruiting, the startup wars have begun. Dozens of companies are now launching tools to help recruiters find candidates and candidates find jobs.
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David Bell's insight:
Seismic shift for all to enable. From management, policy, "tools of the trade" on offer, not least IT support. Either way, freelancer workforce is growing fast, and I'm some functions, location / time is relatively irrelevant. Just quality of agreed outputs and milestones.