Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Singapore Post beats Amazon in delivery drone debut
There’s been a lot of buzz during the last year about Amazon using drones as an automated delivering service. But the e-commerce giant has run into legal difficulties and only received a waiver to run tests in the U.S. in April this year. Meanwhile, the company known as SingPost has managed to beat the American online vendor to the market. In a statement released last Thursday the company said that they managed to deliver a packet containing a letter and a t-shirt on a five minute, two-kilometer flight – which makes the first time any postal service has successfully used a drone for a “point-to-point recipient-authenticated mail delivery”.
Is the complex legal environment that American companies operate in hindering their disruptive power? Well, they’re surely a concern for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the moment.
Print your sneakers at home
Nike COO Eric Sprunk released some futuristic plans at the last GeekWire Summit. The ambition is to offer the customers, instead of a normal delivery, a data file with which they can print the shoes themselves, at home or at the local Nike store. The customers will also be able to make changes to the design of the shoes online before ordering. This entirely new supply chain, where the customer is involved both in the design phase as well as taking care of production, will probably not happen overnight. However, it is likely that we are to see more and more products delivered in this fashion. There are already platforms, such as 3D Hubs, connecting customers with local 3D-print shops where anyone can print a physical copy of a digital model.
The battle for data
Data security has become one of the biggest issues of our time and it seems as though we can never have TRUE security despite all efforts. Germany used to have a contract with Verizon (US telco) that they dropped because of NSA spying fears. This past week however the US government decided against a law that would require tech companies to include ”backdoors” in their software.
This week a few gadgets were also released, a multimedia company Archos and software specialist Sikur together released a smartphone that they promise will keep ”privacy … in your hands”, and Amazon released a box for physically shipping data. Transferring data cross borders or in huge amounts can despite today’s fast connections and security be challenging, so for companies or individuals this way of transferring might be a great proposition. The battle for our data goes on, but will it ever be truly secure?
Tesla playing its role in the smart grid
Tesla is about to prove that it’s energy storage batteries aren’t just meant for saving money (and possibly, the environment) at home. The Irvine Company plans to outfit office buildings across California with Tesla battery farms that, in an initial phase, will both reduce electricity demand at peak hours and give Southern California Edison up to 10 megawatts of reserve power. That’s enough to light up 10,000 homes, folks.
Volvo shows interface for self-driving cars
We have previously mentioned that Volvo Cars is about to release a number of autonomous test vehicles on the roads outside of Gothenburg. Now they have released a video showing what the future driving/riding experience of an autonomous Volvo will look like. Nice to see something that is closer to a commercial product, the tipping point is getting closer!