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Energy is the new new internet I TechCrunch

Energy is the new new internet I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

If you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in energy, you should. We’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: There’s massive economic opportunity ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead.

This time it’s the “enernet,” not the internet, that will transform our lives. The story is the same, though the players have changed.

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Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder I TechCrunch

Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot that teaches kids how to code. Kubo is a pretty simple robot – it’s about the size of a can of soda and has two wheels that allow it to roll around a desk or table. But what it lacks in advanced physical ability it makes up for in brains.

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#FrenchTech : Les 13 startups françaises incontournables du CES 2017 I Maddyness

#FrenchTech : Les 13 startups françaises incontournables du CES 2017 I Maddyness | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

En 2017, la French Tech sera une fois de plus à l’honneur au CES de Las Vegas. Comme les années passées, la France devrait briller dès l’ouverture le 5 janvier, avec une délégation encore plus importante que les années passées. Découvrez les 13 coups de coeur de la rédaction.

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Shiseido Group invests in beauty technologies to maintain competitive edge I Luxury Daily

Shiseido Group invests in beauty technologies to maintain competitive edge I Luxury Daily | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Japanese beauty conglomerate Shiseido Group has established an internal venture capital organization with the aim to create innovative products and services for the beauty sector.

Shiseido Venture Partners will make investments into new ventures that will help the group develop and innovate its business. Part of Shiseido’s “Open Innovation scheme," Shiseido Venture Partner will support ventures from a financial and business standpoint to better the future of the group.

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Google Unveils Its New "Jamboard" Digital Whiteboard I Fastcompany

Google Unveils Its New "Jamboard" Digital Whiteboard I Fastcompany | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Google has launched its answer to Microsoft’s Surface Hub: a cloud-connected touchscreen whiteboard device called Jamboard.

It’s a large display and new software that enables collaboration with other Jamboards (across the building or across the country) and also on iOS or Android tablets or phones. The display can attach to a wall, but Google has also built a large stand with four legs and wheels for the device.

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3 Fashion Start-ups Tapping Tough Categories I BOF

3 Fashion Start-ups Tapping Tough Categories I BOF | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Many entrepreneurs launch businesses with the intention of “filling a white space in the market,” meaning exploiting a product category where competitors are few.

But white space exists for a reason. While consumers may complain about the lack of options in certain apparel categories — in particular, plus-size, maternity and special-occasion attire — these markets come with real challenges for those trying to tap them. “A white space is a double-edged sword,” says Shira Sue Carmi, founder of Launch Collective, a New York-based firm that advises emerging fashion brands. “There’s probably some sort of opportunity, but at the same time there’s a reason [why it’s a white space]. Either people have tried and failed in the past, or the market size for that white space is not large enough in order to sustain a business.”

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Google's $80 Daydream View VR headset is light, comfy, and a whole lot of fun I Wired

Google's $80 Daydream View VR headset is light, comfy, and a whole lot of fun I Wired | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

GOOGLE’S DAYDREAM VIEW feels nothing like other virtual reality headsets I’ve tried. It’s not heavy or plasticky, it doesn’t take an hour to set up, and it doesn’t require a high-end PC. No cables appear to be involved. Really, the only similarity between the View and the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is that you look silly wearing it.

During its much-hyped hardware event today in San Francisco, Google showed off the first devices in its Daydream VR lineup. All we’d seen before were concepts and line drawings, but now we’ve seen at least Google’s version of what a headset might look like. The $80 Daydream View is light, flexible, and almost plushy. Your smartphone provides the visuals. It slides into the headset and rests in front of your eyes. It comes in three colors: Slate, Snow, and Crimson. It’s meant to make virtual reality, the most sci-fi futuristic of current technologies, feel approachable.

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Heek is a chatbot that can build you a website I TechCrunch

Heek is a chatbot that can build you a website I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

A startup called Heek wants to make building websites as simple as chatting over text and answering a few questions. Using a conversational interface, the bot asks you questions about yourself, your business and your site, then lets you click to see different designs you can customize to meet your needs. The bot will even prompt you to save your work, as you get further into the site creation process.

Many of today’s chatbots have fallen short when it comes being a more efficient way of interacting with a web service, and often lead to frustrating experiences due to their restrictive nature.

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Food delivery startup Deliveroo expands with Business tier for corporate accounts I TechCrunch

Food delivery startup Deliveroo expands with Business tier for corporate accounts I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Fresh from raising $275 million this August at around a $1 billion valuation, Deliveroo is now taking the next step in its bid to corner the market in Europe and other markets for high-end, high-concept restaurant food delivery; and turn the Deliveroo business profitable in the process. The startup is launching a new service catering specifically for the corporate market, Deliveroo for Business, which lets companies create corporate accounts with customised settings to control how their employees can use the app to order food at the office.

The service is going live in all across the 100 markets where Deliveroo is active, the company said.

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A High-Tech Engagement Ring Grown In A Lab (For A Bioengineer, Of Course) I BOF

A High-Tech Engagement Ring Grown In A Lab (For A Bioengineer, Of Course) I BOF | INNOVATION | Scoop.it
How do you find the perfect engagement ring for your partner? Many of us have pondered this question, but the choices typically revolve around diamond cuts and sizes and bands of gold or platinum. But what if you're dating the CEO and cofounder of her own tissue engineering company, who frequently uses digital fabrication in her work?

You 3D print it, of course.

That's exactly what Noah Keating did for his bride-to-be, Nina Tandon, a biomedical engineer who is the CEO and cofounder of Epibone, a company that grows human bones for use in skeleton reconstruction. Keating, who runs a tech consulting company, decided to create a ring using 3D-printing technology that was inspired by a data visualization of the muscle fibers of the human heart, which Tandon had studied in graduate school at Columbia University: a high-tech ring for his future high-tech bride.
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Project Sand Hill: Google’s Unknown Campaign To Track The World’s Hottest Startups I Wired

Project Sand Hill: Google’s Unknown Campaign To Track The World’s Hottest Startups I Wired | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Since 2012, Suman Prasad and his team have worked with various Silicon Valley venture capital firms to identify “rocketship” startups before they really take off, and they help plug them into the Google machine. They help them build apps for Android phones, hook into Android Pay, and make use of countless other Google services, from Google Maps to Google ads. Prasad started the project in his Google “20 Percent Time,” but it has since grown into something much bigger. He’s now director of startups and VC partnerships, and at any given time, Project Sand Hill now serves a good 100 US startups, plus about 30 abroad, including places like Israel, India, and China.

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Google And Zalando Launch Project Muze, A Machine-Learning Experiment For 3D Fashion Design I VentureBeat

Google And Zalando Launch Project Muze, A Machine-Learning Experiment For 3D Fashion Design I VentureBeat | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Google has announced an experimental project in conjunction with Germany’s Zalando that will enable users to create virtual 3D fashion designs.

Founded out of Berlin in 2008, Zalando is a Zappos-style ecommerce fashion platform operating across more than a dozen markets in Europe. Now, courtesy of a new initiative called Project Muze, the company has turned to machine learning as it explores the potential of algorithms in clothing design.

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This Mirror Has A Built-In Digital Display For Multi-Tasking I PSFK

This Mirror Has A Built-In Digital Display For Multi-Tasking I PSFK | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Whether beauty, basketball or Beyonce is your thing, this smart-mirror is loaded with widgets to keep you updated on your favorite happenings. Load up on inspirational quotes, weather updates, docked social media panels and other apps on Perseus Mirror’spersonalized dashboard to make your morning routine something to look forward to. Complete with audio, an HD camera, voice recognition, a calendar, access to newsfeeds, video streaming and commute options, its owner can get a holistic sense of what their day will look like all while brushing their teeth.

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BAE Systems wants to use lasers to create energy-scattering deflector shields I Digital Trends

BAE Systems wants to use lasers to create energy-scattering deflector shields I Digital Trends | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Science fiction inches closer to reality as researchers work to alter Earth's atmosphere to bring us ultra long-range telescopes and energy-scattering deflector shields. Some cutting-edge technologies are so futuristic sounding you could be forgiven for thinking they are right out of a sci-fi summer blockbuster. That seems to be the case with much of the work carried out by BAE Systems, a company which has previously brought us such far-out concepts as UAVs that can be “grown” using chemistry in large-scale labs.

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What is a smart mirror and why do so many companies think you want one? I TechCrunch

What is a smart mirror and why do so many companies think you want one? I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

CES 2017 wasn’t the year of the smart mirror – but it was hard to ignore the things lurking about around the edges of the show. The phenomenon has been around for a while now, mostly as concept or Arduino-driven DIY projects, but manufacturers have clearly seen the rise of the smart home as an opportunity to really push the concept toward mainstream acceptance.

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Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund I TechCrunch

Slack makes another 11 new investments in its Slack fund I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

As Slack’s rapid growth begins to slow a little bit, the company is looking to become a wider productivity platform — and that includes getting as many developers as it can building applications that can figure out new and unique use cases for it.

That’s part of the reason it established the Slack Fund, which makes investments in startups that are building tools on top of Slack. Jump-starting that ecosystem is going to be critical as Slack, as a startup, needs to allocate its resources properly and let other people figure out new ways to use its slick work messaging platform. The company is announcing that it’s making 11 new investments today as part of its continuing effort to invest in the ecosystem.

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Baidu Says Its New Face Recognition Tech Is Better Than Humans At Checking IDs I Fast Company

Baidu Says Its New Face Recognition Tech Is Better Than Humans At Checking IDs I Fast Company | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Baidu has proposed a new artificial intelligence solution not only to thwart scalpers but to speed up the wait at any place where checking tickets or IDs leads to long lines. Today the tech giant announced new face recognition technology that it says is up to 99.77% accurate—able to distinguish people even better than a human can.

Baidu published two peer-reviewed research papers and tested the technology using popular methodologies, so it's making more than empty claims. But beyond questions over how and how well these technologies work are questions of how they will be used. What are the implications of an extremely accurate face recognition database, owned by a massive tech and advertising company, that could be subpoenaed by a government?

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Shiseido partnered with Microsoft to create a make-up filter for women who telecommute I Quartz

Shiseido partnered with Microsoft to create a make-up filter for women who telecommute I Quartz | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

As technology has made it possible to have facetime with co-workers even from miles away, companies around the globe are finding ways to accommodate mobile employees. Some 80% to 90% of the US workforce say they’d like to work from home at least part time, according to the latest research from the firm Global Workplace Analytics.

But as appealing as it sounds for white collar employees to be able to video conference from their bedrooms and breakfast nooks, it has also introduced a form of modern angst called the “appearance barrier.” That’s when employees are so distracted by their appearance on screen that they have a hard time paying attention to the official business at hand.

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We’re getting closer to clothing made entirely by robots I Quartz

We’re getting closer to clothing made entirely by robots I Quartz | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

When it comes to stitching together complex garments, dexterous human hands are still far superior to rigid robot arms.
Much of the garment production process is already automated, from picking cotton to spinning yarn to cutting clothes. Some specialist machines can even sew buttons or pockets. However, no commercial robot had been able to piece together all the different materials to create an entire item of clothing, like a pair of jeans or a t-shirt.

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How Kering Built a Start-Up to Disrupt the Eyewear Market I BOF

How Kering Built a Start-Up to Disrupt the Eyewear Market I BOF | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

After a two-year wait, this month Kering will finally launch its first eyewear collection to be produced in-house, following the French conglomerate's decision to terminate its licensing agreement with Safilo and bring Gucci’s eyewear business in-house.

Previously, Kering brands’ eyewear collections were created through licensing agreements with external companies. But now eyewear for Gucci, along with YvesSaint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, will be produced in-house by Kering Eyewear, an internal venture that was formed to design, produce and distribute eyewear for the group’s luxury brands.

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Google unleashes deep learning tech on language with Neural Machine Translation I TechCrunch

Google unleashes deep learning tech on language with Neural Machine Translation I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

Translating from one language to another is hard, and creating a system that does it automatically is a major challenge, partly because there are just so many words, phrases and rules to deal with. Fortunately, neural networks eat big, complicated data sets for breakfast. Google has been working on a machine learning translation technique for years, and today is its official debut.

The Google Neural Machine Translation system, deployed today for Chinese-English queries, is a step up in complexity from existing methods. Here’s how things have evolved (in a nutshell).

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How Legacy Brands And Retailers Can Keep Up With Our Tech-Driven World I TechCrunch

How Legacy Brands And Retailers Can Keep Up With Our Tech-Driven World I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

The U.S. apparel industry is currently valued at$12 billion, and with the high number of dollars pouring into the retail economy, brands are looking to technology to foster deeper connections with consumers and elevate the overall shopping experience.

Whether it’s in-store or online, technology is becoming a lever to bolster brand loyalty and customer satisfaction. Resources such as shopbots and “virtual concierge” services are helping retailers turn new customers into repeat shoppers.

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Need Some AI? Yeah, There’s a Marketplace for That I Wired

Need Some AI? Yeah, There’s a Marketplace for That I Wired | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

DIEGO OPPENHEIMER IS worried that the Googles and the Facebooks will dominate the world of artificial intelligence.

It’s a legitimate worry. Elon Musk and Sam Altman are worried about the same thing. That’s why they created a startup called OpenAI. In recent years, Google and Facebook have snapped up so many researchers at the heart of the deep learning movement, an AI movement that’s rapidly reinventing everything from speech recognition to security. So, Musk and Altman grabbed several top AI researchers from Google and Facebook and vowed to share their work with the world at large.

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Trying Out Apple’s Fully Wireless AirPods I TechCrunch

Trying Out Apple’s Fully Wireless AirPods I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

The AirPods were as close as we got to an honest-to-goodness hardware surprise at today’s big Apple event in San Francisco — though anyone who heard tell of the untimely demise of the headphone jack probably could have seen this coming. Pre-Beats, at least, headphones have traditionally been something of an afterthought for the company, as anyone whose ear canals have smarted from its first-generation earbuds will gladly tell you.

These new headphones feel a bit different in that respect — after all, if you’re going to do something as drastic as killing the headphone jack, you ought to offer up more of a consolation than an in-box dongle (the first, and hopefully last, time I’ll ever write that phrase).

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3D Printing Technologies Explained I TechCrunch

3D Printing Technologies Explained I TechCrunch | INNOVATION | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever been lost in the midst of all the 3D printing technologies, you know how hard it is to get a grip on the different machinery, applications and companies involved.

Patent disputes, crafty marketing teams and feuds amongst inventors have led to a point where identical technologies go by different trademarks and are limited in their applications because of potential infringements. Many “new technologies” — actually trademarks — are presented as revolutionary, when they are in fact similar or the same as existing systems.

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