Innovators need to keep an eagle eye on new technology trends. Things are developing so quickly now and in so many areas that keeping tabs on what’s happening is daunting. These new developments offer a constant stream of opportunities (if you think and take action on them), but it’s a bit like that famous clip of Lucille Ball on the chocolate line — all that tasty stuff can quickly overwhelm you. You need a radar screen — a wide view of what’s inbound.
Today’s post is to provide you with a great tech watching tool — Gizmag — and a few other tech watching resources. But first, a word or two on why and how.
In the most obvious way, your organization can adapt new tech to its current offerings. In a less obvious way, your organization, or you, can mash-up the new technology concept with your challenges, perhaps borrowing an approach, the tech trend, a bit of science, or just an idea. Innovation by theft from another industry is just smart work. If you find that conceptual mash-ups are difficult to do, get in touch with me and I’ll work with your organization to build that skill.
Gizmag is an ezine. Today’s issue features biodegradable transistors made from human proteins. It also mentions Ford’s new trunk door opener activated by a swift kick to the back bumper (why didn’t I think of that?), and self-healing-velcro replacing hydrogel. Interesting stuff eh? I suggest you subscribe to the newsletter which will arrive daily, but you can also follow them on Twitter.
Don’t forget keeping an eye on Twitter, using #technology as your search hashtag.
So, while not exhaustive these tools should get you started, happy tech watching…