This past week has seen lots of innovations coming out of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. One of those is Moflin, an AI pet robot with "emotional capabilities", that looks like a fluffy gray guinea pig, with black beady eyes and soft fur. Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJ1pwVng5U Created by Vanguard Industries, the robot uses … Continue reading Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…
In a quirky published report from the BMJ, researchers found that days featuring high profile (popular) football matches in Europe were associated with more traffic accidents in Taiwan and Singapore than were days with lower profile football matches. Although football enjoys global popularity, most high profile games are played in Europe. The top five most-watched … Continue reading On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan
Coca-Cola has always had some great ads, and this year's Christmas video is no exception. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg4Mq5EAEzw&feature=youtu.be Coca-Cola's Christmas marketing campaign, called ‘The Letter’, asks consumers to “give something only you can give – yourself” this Christmas as it encourages people to be truly present with each other. (The U.S. version of the ad ends with … Continue reading Coca-Cola’s Heartwarming 2020 Christmas Ad
It only took Mike Kane, a self-taught programmer from the Philly suburbs, three weekends to design his ChristmasPrism app. Late on Friday nights and early on Saturday mornings, before breakfast. The app allows homeowners with Christmas light displays to upload a photo of their home to the ChristmasPrism app. People out hunting for cool Christmas … Continue reading Local Guy Makes THE App for the Holiday Season
With many of us housebound for the past several months, the opportunity to experience new locales has literally disappeared. But thanks to a couple from Singapore, such opportunities have not virtually disappeared. Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam created WindowSwap, a site that lets armchair travelers peaceably gaze at the view through hundreds of windows world-wide. … Continue reading Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap
OK, I guess it’s time to fess up. We have not been 100% compliant with CDC and state guidelines when it comes to the Covid lockdowns. One night this past spring on a Friday night, while our region was in a lockdown my wife, son, and I decided to take a drive into Philadelphia just … Continue reading Thanks, Santa! There’s no naughty list this year!
Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year
Every Friday, venture capitalist Fred Wilson features a recent Kickstarter project that he just contributed towards. Today’s featured project was Remotely, remote meeting cards that provide meeting goers and leaders with the tools to communicate effectively, connect with others, and have fun. Here’s the video showing Remotely in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZIqpymoJZ0 Here’s the story behind Remotely, … Continue reading Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for
Many of Dan Ariely’s recent columns have focused on COVID-19 issues and his current one is no exception. Here’s a question a reader posed: Dear Dan, The holidays are right around the corner, but I’ve been hesitating to make plans to visit family or host a party. The changing Covid-19 situation means that any plan … Continue reading To plan or not to plan?
For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.