Category: Re-Imagining Effective Work

Broader Usefulness of Satellite Photos

BusinessWeek ran an article in July 2015 called How Satellite Photos May Change Economics. It offered an insight into how companies such as Planet Labs, Spaceknow and Orbital Insight are offering ways of turning satellite imagery into data for decision making. For example, a collection of photos of […]

Re-Imagining Construction at Bechtel

It has been several years since I first saw the above Bechtel case study – on how the company had embraced the iPad for business – but there were a couple of new ideas to me that have stood out over time. First, embedding sensors in form work […]

Intelligent Parking with Siemens

Every driver in the world knows the challenge of finding a car park in busy city streets, and the stress and frustration that mounts as you drive around and around and around until you happen upon a car park. Or the annoyance of being one car back from […]

Shoes That Tell You Where To Go

Navigating urban spaces – particularly when those are unknown or unfamiliar – has become a matter of walking around with your face glued to your phone’s screen. There are many circumstances when walking in such a way is unsafe – because you miss cues from your surroundings (e.g., […]

Seeing Around the Corner

A post from Outthinker outlines a strategic planning method for being able to “see around the corner.” The base idea is that changes in language (how we describe things) changes along with the possibilities presented by new innovations (“ …what limits the progress of innovations are not the […]

Re-Imagining Grocery Shopping

Amazon is experimenting with a grocery store with no checkout lines or counters: E-commerce giant Amazon has opened a bricks-and-mortar grocery store in Seattle without lines or checkout counters, kicking off new competition with supermarket chains. Amazon Go, the online shopping giant’s new 167-square-metre store, uses sensors to […]