Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

Consumer Retail and Fast Food Go Virtual Reality With Innovative Smartphone Packaging

Want consumerism with a side of origami and geeky innovation? Coca-Cola has unveiled an innovative design for its retail packaging which can be folded into virtual reality glasses for smartphones. McDonald’s has also venture into packaging as virtual reality headsets in Sweden with limited edition”Happy Goggles” VR headsets are made from folding Happy Meal boxes.
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“All you need to do is get a limited edition Happy Meal box and then fold it – following the instructions on the box.” – happygoggles.se
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MOOCs have augmented a system of education

MOOCs have augmented a system of education, not replaced it. http://ow.ly/Cm4PW #edu

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Alchemistic Leadership: Unafraid

Alchemistic Leadership: Unafraid. A healthy appetite for calculated risk-taking w goal of delivering big new ideas. http://ht.ly/p1ai2

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Focus on your passions to innovate

Focus on your passions to innovate. “You’ve got to see where your passion leads you…” http://ht.ly/kSJIT

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A lamp for $5 that is powered by gravity

A lamp for $5 that is powered by gravity and does not require an electrical source? | http://ht.ly/gtLyS

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By 2045 we will reach the “Singularity,

By 2045 we will reach the “Singularity,” where people and machine will reach a deep level of integration. http://ht.ly/frO4M

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Consumer Rapid Prototyping Will Create Next Wave of Entrepreneurs

Picture of the ORDbot Quantum 3D printer

Picture of the ORDbot Quantum 3D printer

So, I’ve had a few cups of coffee and decided to rant on 3D printing today.

The Creators Project just published an article “10 Insane Things You Didn’t Know 3D Printers Could Do” by Michelle Lhooq. This is one of several recent articles that have rekindled my excitement for this emerging consumer technology. No, it’s not new. Companies have been using rapid prototyping practices for 20-some years. What is new is the availability of this technology to a large new audience of empowered users. As with any new consumer technology (e.g. the Internet, desktop publishing, social media, nonlinear editing), the synergy comes from the unexpected consequences. We use technology for one thing, one specific solution, but often find that “crowd souring” reveals new opportunity.

I first saw rapid prototype printing in 1997. The vision promised for users is now becoming reality. New innovations take time to reach from industry to the consumer market but we’ll all soon be empowered “makers” of new physical products. As we’ve used computers to change business, communications and entertainment in the virtual world, we are going to rapidly enhance the physical world. Anyone will be able to design and build physical prototypes and solutions to common problems. This is sparking a new flood of patents and intellectual property. I am VERY excited to see this coming to fruition!

Desktop publishing changed the printing industry and niche media as we knew it. The Internet changed communications and business processes. Who will be most impacted by rapid prototyping? Manufacturers? Engineering?

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National Inventors Month: What is the co

National Inventors Month: What is the competitive landscape for your idea or product? http://ht.ly/b4i8e @louisforeman @edisonnation

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Google Now Accepting Student Application

Google Now Accepting Student Applications For Its 2012 Summer of Code http://ht.ly/9X6Kt

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BarCamp Charlotte V comes to Area 15 on April 16th, 2011

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BarCamp Charlotte V

Friends, I am MC’ing the upcoming BarCamp V event in Charlotte and just wanted to fire off a quick intro and invite to you. Please do feel free to fwd the event to your friends and associated that may be interested.

“BarCamp” is a free, unconference event for networking, knowledge-building and fun. If you’ve never participated in a BarCamp, it’s a lot of fun, you’ll meet some great people, and learn something new. Best of all, it’s completely free. If you’ve worked with me on THE Geek Fest initiatives in the past, BarCamp is different but has a similar grassroots vibe and also supports a culture of innovation in the greater Charlotte area. Topics presented typically range from the geeky and technical to the creative and weird.

Come join us at Area 15 on April 16th, 2011. If you feel the calling, present something yourself. I am absolutely certain that you’ll be glad that you came.

Also, on the same day, CPCC is hosting “Sensoria” activities on the Central campus near uptown and it’s going to be outstanding as well. If a day with the geeks doesn’t speak to you, there are nearby alternatives. Yes, I just made a double-plug. =)
http://sensoria.cpcc.edu

Geek is chic.
Adam S. Brooks

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