Innovation Spotlight: Patti Maes Demos the Sixth Sense

Innovation Spotlight: Patti Maes Demos the Sixth Sense Imagine receiving immediate, context sensitive, USEFUL information, delivered to you anytime, anywhere. At the grocery or department store, when meeting someone new, when traveling. Not information you have to search for, through a browser; but information that is relevant to your situation, and simply "appears" when you need it. Meet "Sixth Sense." According to the TED.org website, "This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment.…

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The 7 Traits of Innovative Thinkers

The 7 Traits of Innovative Thinkers Innovation has become the benchmark of success, particularly in the current business environment. Companies in every industry are stepping up their efforts to become more innovative in the way they work, communicate and produce the goods and services they sell. But with such an objective, the obvious challenge becomes, how to identify the individuals within an organization who possess the greatest potential to innovate. While everyone has the innate ability to engage in creative thinking, there are seven common traits that innovative leaders like da Vinci, Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs share; seven traits that propel them to think outside the confines of conventional wisdom and imagine breakthrough concepts that change the way you and I live and experience the world.…

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Can Creativity Be Taught? Part Two: Mastering the Creative Process

Can Creativity Be Taught? Part Two: Mastering the Creative Process Photo by Zetson Many people believe that highly creative individuals possess some sort of rare, special, almost magical talent. Somehow, mysteriously, they are able to conjure up new and remarkable ideas, produce extraordinarily inventive work and make a profound impact on the world. Such individuals are viewed by many as favored by Mother Nature and blessed with a special gene, the one most of us missed out on. Businesses that must deliver increasingly innovative goods and services in order to stay competitive (which is just about every company today), rely heavily on such creative thinkers, and may take the appreciation of their enigmatic ability to even greater extremes.…

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Can Creativity Be Taught? Part One: Asking the right question

Can Creativity Be Taught? Part One: Asking the right question It’s no secret that companies in every industry in every part of the world are scrambling to find new and better ways of doing business. Innovation has emerged as the 21st century Darwinian competitive edge for survival. It’s no longer enough for companies to work smarter or more efficiently; fierce global competition, rapidly changing technology and more demanding customers are forcing organizations to re-adapt and re-invent virtually everything they do, what they offer and how they operate. The global economic slump only makes this need for innovation more critical, as companies are forced to do more with fewer resources, attempting to survive the string of unforeseen challenges they are facing, while preparing to take advantage of new opportunities when they eventually surface.…

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Innovation Overload: So Many Technologies, So Little Time

Innovation Overload: So Many Technologies, So Little Time We live in a world of continual innovation. Innovation is the new benchmark of business success. It is the driver of increased efficiency and quality in just about everything we do. In short, innovation defines our contemporary experience. This is a good thing, right? Every moment of every day a better mousetrap is revealed to us. We now have virtually unlimited choices in every area of our life, often where just a few years ago we had just a few, or one, or even none at all. Are you on Facebook? MySpace? Do you "Tweet?" What blog platform do you use?…

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