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3D printing in space – an example of agility

space station.pngI’ve written before about the alignment of 3D printing and space exploration. I just saw the news that NASA is preparing their first 3D printer for space. This makes a great deal of sense to me since anyone who has seen Apollo 13 knows that sometimes things need to be cobbled together to meet the needs of the moment and the only things the astronauts can use are those that came with them.


There still is quite a bit of confusion about what 3D printing really can do, as you can tell if you read this post about the announcement. I doubt they will be printing anything more complicated than a framework for holding satellite hardware (as opposed to the whole satellite, the way the article states).


I view this approach as analogous to what businesses are trying to do looking to adopt a new style of IT. They are trying to be more agile in how they can address the needs of the day, without having the same level of investment as needed in the past.


Is mobile innovation over?

mobile worker.pngRecently, Wired had a post stating that mobile innovation is over.  I actually think that nothing could be farther from the truth. Though separating out mobile is likely the thought process of the last decade – not this one. We need to take a more environment experience view.


The focus needs to now be on the experience that mobile devices support. With all the capabilities around us all the time. The innovations possible to enable devices can link into those and enable us as users to capitalize to provide the ideal experience at this moment are rich with possibilities. We’re not even close to that today.


Businesses today need to move their thinking to a Bring Your Own Stuff (BYOx) view, since it could be devices, processes and other tools. But do so in an integrated (yet secure) not isolated fashion. It is just another dimension of the whole Everything As A Service (XaaS) approach.

HP and Project Runway

fashion.pngMy daughter always likes to watch Project Runway and as in the past, HP and Intel are providing much of the computing horsepower for Project Runway. There are some interesting behind the scenes shots.


This season, HP and Intel are inviting viewers to create gallery boards showcasing their personal style with inspiration from the show, for a chance to win new HP PCs, cash and prizes. Fans can share and submit their boards at, and fashion insiders from FashionIndieTRENDLAND and BRIT + Co. will serve as the contest judges.


This is an example of how a business can add consumer involvement (gamification?) and embedded marketing of products to drive a show's (or an organization's) contestants to new levels of performance.

The derived data of friendship…

social.pngI was thinking a bit about my post yesterday concerning the millennials and their use of technology. It made me recall a post from earlier in the year by Stephen Wolfram about applying data science to facebook


His post shows an analysis of who are friends with whom and looks at the data associated with friendship. An interesting analysis that demonstrates the kind of analysis possible through the use of derived data. Businesses today have many more sources of data available than they realize and we’re finding more all the time.

Tags: Analytics| Gen Y
Labels: Analytics| Gen Y

Millennial Survey Results from Telefonica

Telefónica just release their Global Millennial Survey Results. They claim to have created the largest and most comprehensive global study of adult Millennial conduced to date. The raw data is also available.


The study looks at many different aspects of millennials, their use of technology and their approach to leadership – some useful information.


Some highlights:

  • people results.pngNorth America - savvy, inter-connected and optimistic about their personal futures.
  • Latin America - nearly twice as optimistic about their future as their global peers and are confident that technology can empower and produce change.
  • Europe - highly comfortable with, and have wide access to, technology, crediting it for having been highly influential in their lives and an important field of study to ensure personal future success.
  • Asia - highly influenced by technology largely due to the high penetration of smartphones in the region, and think technology has improved communication.
  • Middle East and Africa - largely optimistic about the futures of their regions and their personal opportunities for success. 
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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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