Recently in the Espresso we spoke of vultures fitted with go-pro cameras to help identify where rubbish and debris was being deposited around particular cities. Although some thought it was a joke it’s said to be completely real.
Off the back of the vultures innovation we found Pigeon Air Patrol, a 3 day project developed by plume labs which fits pigeons with tiny air monitoring backpacks, collecting data to monitor the air in London. The ultra light backpacks are worn by 10 racing pigeons who are owned by professional pigeon breeders.
With each pigeon having its own backpack on, it becomes a mobile air monitoring device, busy collecting data on nitrogen dioxide, the ozone and many other harmful pollutants. If you use twitter, you can tweet your location to @pigeonair, and receive an instant response on air quality from one of the flock.
This is a fascinating innovation and shows a resource previously untapped that can add enormous value and in a lot of cases, solve a big problem. Let’s face it - a lot of big cities have an abundance of this available resource, in that not a day goes by where we don’t come across a pigeon.
Here’s just a fun design idea that we thought was novel. It’s called the Champagne Gun. Essentially it’s a supersoaker – with a twist - so rather than being filled with water, you use a magnum sized bottle of champagne as fuel. You load your bottle, give the thing a healthy shake and then enjoy a 45 second stream of champagne that travels up to 6 meters.
Now for those who are early adopters and who love the novelty of the champagne gun, it comes in different colours and would certainly be the life of your next pool party. The ideal present for the hipster who has everything.
Working through Depression and Life's Challenges Step by Step
Better known as the street rapper 21Hundred, Michael Casey is a young guy with a mission. Michael is currently walking from Brisbane to Cairns to bring awareness to the steps that can be taken to assist you working your way through depression and the challenges life can throw at us.
After losing his wife, his kids and his desire to get off the couch, Michael took the first steps to recover by doing just that… walking, and just taking step after step. The walk is to support one of our favourite charities R U OK?
We love this show as it just proves what steps can be taken by each of us to get our mojo working and take our lives back when facing hardships.
Recently I was doing a keynote speech for a large organization. Prior to my introduction, the head of the business addressed the audience. His opening comments were “I come to you as an enthusiast of innovation”. What an amazing comment to come from a leader of an organisation – someone who wanted to create a culture around creativity, innovation and imagination. What more could you want from someone leading a business than to be a leader who was enthusiastic about innovation?
Many leaders or senior execs see Innovation as a tick the box mandatory statement - as corporate jargon - a 'something else required' on their to-do list, their culture, their induction process, their reporting requirements.
What made this time any different? This leader spoke with commitment and enthusiasm - he was excited about leading a business that was truly serious about innovation – and every person in the room could genuinely feel it.
Whenever you meet someone who makes creativity and innovation a priority in their life, they are an enthusiast. They enthusiastically look for the next great idea. They are enthusiastic in every conversation. Their enthusiasm spills over to their reading, listening to a podcast, absorbing a documentary or when walking the streets of a new city, they are enthusiastically taking in the sights, the smells, the sounds and the culture – all key elements to help with drawing out and unlocking the next great idea.
What a great notion to spread to any child to encourage them, empower them and involve them in becoming an enthusiast of innovation and creativity.
The Espresso likes to keep you abreast of what’s trending around the world. There's a new trend that’s being spoken about in the world of wellness and health called Ambient Wellness.
Ambient wellness relates to the expectation that we, as consumers, are placing on leading brands to help improve our own wellness and vitality. An example of this is Starbucks who have now partnered with Philips to create special branches of Starbucks in the Netherlands and converted them into energy-up cafes. Philips have put their energy up lamps into the cafes for patrons to use while enjoying their brews. Now these lamps are supposedly meant to have, after 20 minutes exposure to them, a mood lifting, revitalising effect. Sounds inviting.
Another means of how ambient wellness is being put into place is with Qatar Airways who have just taken possession of the airbus carbon filter a350 which is fitted with devices to combat jetlag. The planes have a special air filtering system which keeps the air cleaner and special lighting that matches our natural circadian rhythm to ensure that when we leave the plane we will feel better than our current long haul drag. These planes have special LED lights that change their colour and temperature to mimic the transition of the sun and naturally enhance our circadian rhythms.
A final execution is provided Kit Kat who have done a billboard in Colombia, where if one leans against the billboard it gives you a free massage - giving you a chance to have a break; have a KitKat!
Brands are continually hunting for opportunities to include ambient wellness into their product and/or campaigns – if they make our vitality levels healthier and happier, perhaps it ain’t such a bad thing.
The wine industry has been crying out for some real innovation for quite a while now, and we have found a new contributor to this space that is definitely signaling a new frontier - Kuvée. Kuvée has delivered a fresh new approach to the appreciation of wine allowing you to switch between your wine bottles without the worry that the bottle you’ve opened will go to waste if not drunk immediately.
Your Kuvée wine comes in these silver canisters. You then click your Kuvée wine into the Cuvée custom digital bottle. It has a bunch of information on the outside of the bottle and once it clicks inside you then pour it like a bottle of wine. If you decide you want to switch from a red to a white, you simply change the Kuvée bottle out of the canister and insert a new bottle. Whatever you’ve taken out will last up to 30 days!
Whilst the bottle is in the container you can order replacements, so you always have some available. The Kuvée bottle canister is wi-fi connected. The business has already partnered up with almost a dozen top wine brands who are presenting Kuvée products. To make this innovation work you do need to have the Kuvée smart bottle to start with and then you simply buy the inserts which clip into the bottom of the Kuvée bottle.
What caught our eye was the amazing design and presentation of Twig Teas.
Twig Tea is not just cold tea, it’s cold brewed tea which apparently draws out a different flavour than the one you taste with a normal hot beverage. With cold brewing tea you have fewer bitter tastes and less caffeine, which can make the drink a little sweeter or smoother.
Twig uses no herbal or tea infusions, no sugar, and no teabags: just filtered water and loose-leaf tea. You can choose from a variety of options: Darjeeling from India, Keemun from China, Oolong from Taiwan or Bocha from Japan.
Sounds like a pretty cool idea, we love the packaging and this one wins on a number of fronts.
We are all living in the online world where every piece of our business is built on Intellectual Property (IP). With that comes the questions….what do you own, what can we own, and how do we do it? Alicia Beverley is an intellectual property strategist, an educator, entrepreneur and presenter, and has also written extensively about intellectual property. Alicia has held her own IP rights – patents, registered designs, trademarks and copyright. Alicia’s business KOMO™ makes IP training easily available to all business people at any level and in any industry. This is such an important show for every business leader to hear and share.
It’s estimated that 311 million tonnes of plastics are produced annually worldwide and only 14% is able to be collected for recycling. It’s now believed that researchers have found a microorganism, a bacterium called Ideonella Sakaiensis which is able to completely digest the most commonly used PET plastic. Normally plastics would take 450 years to break down but this Ideonella Sakaiensus as discovered by scientists in Osaka Japan, could break down a small piece of PET plastic in just 6 weeks. A lot more work has to be done at this point but given there is a ray of hope that we may be able to eliminate some of these PET plastics from our environment, and in doing so, save the oceans and our land fill, this could be a major breakthrough.
I still remember being at a conference sitting under a tree with the other attendees and being asked to write a Haiku. It was my first true attempt as an adult at writing poetry and to this day I still remember the emotion and surprise when I wrote a piece of poetry for myself. No-one else, just myself. What if you did that and in return a coffee shop gave you a free cup of coffee?
Over 1000 Meinl Coffee cafes around the world ran a promotion to celebrate Unesco World Poetry Day, by offering a free coffee if you wrote poetry. People would go into a Meinl Coffee brew house and write a piece of poetry on a small piece of paper that the staff would give you, and in return you got a brew.
When we take the time to create, think, write, ponder and put our thoughts and emotions into writing, it can be a powerful way of being present, living in the moment and unlocking cracking new ideas. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pencil, grab your journal, put pen to paper and even if no-one ever sees it, it’s good for the creative soul.