The Internet of Everything transforms Hamburg into a Smart Connected City

Great example of how the Internet of Everything and Cisco can transform a City into a smart city

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Will Beats Music stream direct to your headphones?

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I’ve never been a massive fan of Will.Iam, apart from the time Microsoft got the Black Eyed Peas to play at our sales conference in Atlanta. Then I read about Will’s views of technology and innovation in last month’s Wired magazine. He talked a lot about the need to react quickly to popular culture in order to give the consumer what they want.

Then yesterday Beats announced their Beats Music streaming service. It’s not the first music streaming service on the market; in fact it’s years behind Spotify. But it does seem that Beats Music is all about curation and giving the consumer (or champion as Will.I am calls them) mood of music that they want.

This all sounds interesting, but what I find more exciting, is the possibility of Beats combining their Headphones and streaming service. How cool will it be if their Beats by Dre headphones could connect via 4G and stream music without the need of your mp3, iPhone or Android device?

I have a feeling this is where Will.I am will take Beats. More wearable tech!

Could this be the future of mobile phones?

Really clever idea by a company called Phonebloks.

I love the idea that we can customise our phones to give us what we need. The main issue Phonebloks has, is that consumers buy mobile phones based on fashion/design. As long as these guys account for that, we could have a unique device. Assuming they have the apps….

Clever solution to close the Marketing Voucher loop

Ive never really got behind the QR revolution/whimper. I know what they are but never really saw the benefit. This then affected the way I perceived them in business. “Nice idea, but whats the point”

I then stumbled across the Swipestation. This clever device is a built in scanner, printer and point of sale solution that brings QR codes and marketing vouchers to life. It also allows the retail vendor to capture great information on their customers who are using their establishment and their vouchers.

The case studies on their website in Red Bull, Pepsi and Yates Pubs, but I can imagine this device can be used in just about any retail or hospitality establishment.

In a world where focus seems to be all about online interaction, this device keeps a foot in both camps providing a nice customer experience.