About time, after all the horrible design changes they’ve made. Time to switch to Vimeo.
A few months ago Google launched a contest called #ifihadglass. Millions competed just for the opportunity to preorder a pair for $1500.
Well, I won! Now I have to decide if I can find $1500 to pay for the glasses, and make it to New York for the launch event.
#ifihadglass I would test various ways we can use Glass to save lives on my upcoming charity trips to the third world, and as part of my research as the founder of projectinnovate.org, a new organization working to open up dialogue on global issues, freeing them from society’s typical constraints.
Apparently they liked the concept of me working to innovate and improve the day to day lives of as many people as possible. And I’ll also be helping the world by reporting on every last detail of the Glass.
Ironically, I never would have known if it weren’t for The App Store Chronicle’s own Google correspondent Previn Edwards, who facebook messaged me that I’d won.
Who’s excited for google glass?
No. As frequently as its’ claimed (shout out to you- Wired Magazine) Netflix far from invented the tv-binge where an entire series is watched straight through. Bingewatching has been happening ever since the first series appeared on VHS and other tape formats(if you don’t know what that is- ask your parents). I’ve talked to several people who told me they binged through series on DVD while in college.
What Netflix did was innovate. They took an existing process, and made it much easier. Instead of having to buy or rent the series, you can stream it to your computer in seconds. It’s portable, cheap ($8 a month), and easy.
My point here isn’t to advertise for Netflix. My point is to say that the greatest products take an existing process and simplify it. Many people are questioning Netflix’s plan to release all of the “Arrested Development” remake episodes at once, but they’re doing what they should do. They’re providing easier access to match consumer habits, and they’ll see a reward from that.
So, what other products follow this trend of innovation?
How about the iPhone? The iPhone wasn’t an invention. We had phones with music, and that surfed the web, and we even had a few handheld touch devices. Apple took the concept, streamlined the most common processes, and opened it up to developers, and they were rewarded for it. They innovated an existing system, and that’s basically the path to success with any company these days. Facebook didn’t invent social networking and Google didn’t invent search. Twitter didn’t even invent microblogging. They all simply offered the best solutions, grew the fastest, and won their markets.
I could go on, but between the last sentence and this, I fell out of my chair, braced and tensed to avoid hitting the metal bottom, and really hurt my back, so for the sake of keeping this article focussed (it would go in all different directions if I wrote in pain) I’ll end it here with a question.
What’s your favorite application of innovation?