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Amazed by 3-D Printing

Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit a university that had a 3-D “rapid prototype” printers.  The concept was to take CAD drawings, send the instructions to the device and create a 3-D image by laying down layers of material.  They would take a broken part or tool, create a CAD drawing of it, then feed the information to the controller to enable it to be rendered. It was a slow process, but it had the potential to allow for a number of things including the re-creation of hard-to-get and impossible-to-get machine parts, the refabrication of critical tools and dies, and the exact replication of 3-D items.

Fast forward to now.  3-D printing technology abounds with new applications for the technology surfacing every day.  Now, if you want custom insoles for your shoes, that technology is there.  If the International Space Station needs to replace a broken part, a 3-D printer onboard can create it.  Want a pizza – now?  Print it! They are even boasting that a house can be 3-D printed and built in 24-48 hours.  See this link

Kansas Teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy

A 16 year old high school kid in the region created a 3-D printed prosthetic arm for a family friends kid who was born without fingers on one hand.  It works!  Article Link.  What a great story!  Now the promise of building replacement organs at a cellular level is near reality.  Printing eyes, bone, livers, kidneys and more is very nearly here.

Article: How 3D Printers are Cranking Eyes, Bones and Blood Vessels
Article: A new way to print cells could make it easier to 3D print organs

I think it is revolutionary and it is changing the way we think about many things.  It has the potential to completely change the distribution model for the secondary parts industries.  No longer will they need to have warehouses full of parts.  What might this do to the shipping and transit industry?  How will this further compress time-frames?  How could it change the field of healthcare and medicine?

Keep your eyes on this trend. It will be a big one and could likely change all aspects of our lives.

Anxious to hear your thoughts too!


What does the future of social media look like?

I ran across a good presentation on the 10 Provocations for our social future by Cai Yu Lam.  I specifically like the way he calls out:

“Rather than being a brand that does social, be a brand the IS social! “

Comcast Newsmakers: Conversation with Andy Huckaba Councilman Andy Huckaba



The Home of the Future

“There are smarter phones, so why not smarter homes?”

Citing an article from USA Today titled “Welcome to the Home of the Future”

A nice discussion of what’s been tried, what’s coming down the pike and what is here right now. More interesting are the possibilities this opens for innovation and unique application of technologies as our lives become more integrated with technology, social media and the Internet.

This past week I had the opportunity to play with a nest smart thermostat. Very elegant, very simple, yet functional, exciting. No wonder that the leaders of this company came from Apple.  Just scratching the surface on what could be done.

How have you integrated technology into your home?  Anxious to hear your thoughts.

Citing: “How Bad is the Spectrum Crunch”

From an article in PC Mag – a fascinating Infographic about the Spectrum Crunch. It tells the story of the incredible growth in the mobile industry and the stress on the spectrum, and most importantly solutions that could benefit us all.   The article may be found by clicking on this link: Infographic: How Bad is the Spectrum Crunch?Infographic: How Bad is the spectrum crunch








QR Codes – Part 2

A friend tweeted the article – 6 Things to Know About Using QR Codes in Content Marketing  By NATE RIGGS | Published: JULY 27, 2011

A nice job looking at QR Code usage, what to do and what not to do. There is also a nice graphic showing Kendall Jackson Wine’s mobile application –


Now we’re talking!  This shows a system of social media connections to promote their company and products.  QR Codes are one of these elements.

Last weekend I was at a soccer game at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City. QR codes were on the tickets, each seat in the stadium, and the programs. They are doing a good job encouraging the easy sharing of information and in fact, the social interaction of their fans through QR Codes.  More of this good stuff to come!



My odd fascination with QR Codes

I have been thinking about QR codes lately and in my blind state of excitement have dreamed of all sorts of uses for this square, two-dimensional maze.  I know they’ve been around for awhile, but smartphones and their cameras have now advanced to a point where the possibilities and practical use of QR Codes is reality.

This week I was eating at a great German place in the Kansas City Freight District and we started talking to the owner about QR Codes.  He is about ready to put them on his menus, bier lists, maybe advertisements and such. How incredible would it be to click on a QR Code coming into the restaurant that checked you in on FourSquare and provided a discount for your food, or Click a code to tweet about the tremendous Brat you just ate or beer you just tasted.  A progressive place could really make a splash with these options.  What about downloading the menu to your phone or posting on your blog?

Just about everywhere I turn, I see these opportunities, and it is just a matter of time before these cute little boxes are popping up all over!  Two weeks ago at the Royals/Cubs game I noticed a QR code in the program, scanned it and entered a contest to win free tickets!  I didn’t win….., but it was compelling and easy on a warm summer day at the ballpark.

So, go ahead, scan this code with your phone and enjoy the trip. Start opening your eyes to all of the QR Codes already out there. Scan them, have fun. I think we’ll see a lot more of them in the very near future!


Some great resources to review:

2D codes from AT&T

Pinelas county use of QR codes


QR codes in NYC video

Automotive dealer QR codes

Predictions of Ideas By IBM

By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3-D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy. At least that’s what International Business Machines Corp. sees in its crystal ball.

Always fun to look into the future with IBM and see what could be. Enjoy the article from!!

IBM Predicts Holographic Calls, Air-Breathing Batteries by 2015

A bunch of social media stats

Hats off to Socialnomics-Social Media Blog in their recent post: Statistics Show Social Media Is Bigger Than You Think

  1. By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers….96% of them have joined a social network
  2. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web
  3. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media
  4. Years to Reach 50 millions Users:  Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months…iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
  5. If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest between the United States and Indonesia
  6. Yet, some sources say China’s QZone is larger with over 300 million using their services (Facebook’s ban in China plays into this)
  7. comScore indicates that Russia has the most engage social media audience with visitors spending 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month – is the #1 social network
  8. 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction
  9. 1 in 6 higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum
  10. % of companies using LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees….80%
  11. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females
  12. Ashton Kutcher and Ellen Degeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway and Panama
  13. 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices…people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences?
  14. Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé…In 2009 Boston College stopped distributing e-mail addresses to incoming freshmen
  15. What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…
  16. The #2 largest search engine in the world is YouTube
  17. Wikipedia has over 13 million articles…some studies show it’s more accurate than Encyclopedia Britannica…78% of these articles are non-English
  18. There are over 200,000,000 Blogs
  19. 54% = Number of bloggers who post content or tweet daily
  20. Because of the speed in which social media enables communication, word of mouth now becomes world of mouth
  21. If you were paid a $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia you would earn $156.23 per hour
  22. Facebook USERS translated the site from English to Spanish via a Wiki in less than 4 weeks and cost Facebook $0
  23. 25% of search results for the World’s Top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content
  24. 34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands
  25. People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services  than how Google ranks them
  26. 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations
  27. Only 14% trust advertisements
  28. Only 18% of traditional TV campaigns generate a positive ROI
  29. 90% of people that can TiVo ads do
  30. Hulu has grown from 63 million total streams in April 2008 to 373 million in April 2009
  31. 25% of Americans in the past month said they watched a short video…on their phone
  32. According to Jeff Bezos 35% of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available
  33. 24 of the 25 largest newspapers are experiencing record declines in circulation because we no longer search for the news, the news finds us.
  34. In the near future we will no longer search for  products and services they will find us via social media
  35. More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook…daily.
  36. Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like David Ogilvy Listening first, selling second
  37. Successful companies in social media act more like party planners, aggregators, and content providers than traditional advertiser

Go to the article for a video and the corresponding references.


Some Twitter Stats

A new Twitter study by San Antonio Web data analytics firm Pearanalytics. Enjoy the stats below and the article titled Twitter is lean on news, study shows from the Wichita Business Journal

  • 40.5 percent of the updates fell in the “pointless babble” category. An example: “I am eating a sandwich now.”
  • 37.5 percent of the comments were conversational — a back-and-forth discussion on a topic
  • 8.7 percent had pass-along value — tweets that were re-broadcast or re-tweeted
  • 5.8 percent were self-promotional
  • 3.75 percent were spam — the equivalent of junk mail
  • 3.6 percent were news

Based on my own experience the news category is quite a bit higher and the self-promotional is lower.

Your thoughts?


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