It must be frustrating for artists and performance who are on stage, and giving it their best, and look out to the audience to see many of them looking through, or looking at their telephone.
Artists like Alicia Keys are using a novel new San Francisco start-up called Yondr which is a small case given to each person who attends the concert in which you're supposed to place your telephone. Once inside the venue the case locks and the only way you can get to your phone, make a call or take a photo is to step outside of the venue. The company says it is trying to liberate the artist and encourage people to focus on what's in front of them instead of recording or being distracted by messages.
Interesting idea however you have to rely upon the discipline of the attendees to actually declare they have a phone and place it in the Yondr pouch. This idea should be mandatory for every school event with parents placing their phones or iPads in a lockable pouch so kids see their parents faces and reactions in real time!
Many business leaders are so intense on completing their to-do lists for today they can fail to truly look down the track at what is looming. Disruption is all around us. It's in every industry, category, products, and service.
A good example is a new service by Opternative - a service which allows you to get your prescription for glasses or contacts, faster and easier using a smart phone or computer. You grab the phone, do a 30 minute exam free of charge then pay a fee of $40 where the App gives you your results. Your results are sent to an ophthalmologist who approves a prescription within 24 hours. This service has even been endorsed by the American Academy of ophthalmology however there are those that still believe that this service cannot replace a comprehensive eye health examination.
Either way that's not the point of our story. The point of our story is, it could disrupt your industry into the future. Keep focused on the future.
Thinking about downsizing and following the trend of “small is better” can be daunting. Maybe this is a way to get comfortable with the idea of cutting back. Getaway Cabins allow you to test what it's like to live in all 160 square ft cabin in a rural setting. They are situated within two hours of the city and have their own kitchen, stove, shower and toilet. They are highly functional small homes, in lovely secluded settings. They offer a unique opportunity to roadtest minimalism.
It is invigorating to scale back, get rid of the clutter, and surround yourself with the stuff that has meaning and add to your life. For many, it is difficult to start this journey, or find the “space” to start… Getaway offers the chance to experience “small is better” living. What a great motivator.
Imagine walking through the airport and calling to your suitcase to come.
The Cowa Robot is a motorised suitcase with a tracking system that allows it to follow you around the airport. You wear a wristband and your suitcase follows. It even has optical avoidance technology and a Sim card should you lose your bag (more than likely right!). Although the bag is quite heavy, early adopters will be all over this one.
If you live in a capital city then sitting in traffic is commonplace and far too prevalent. Tomorrow morning, if you find yourself sitting in traffic, perhaps ask yourself this question -“Is this live time or dead time?”
What’s the difference? It's all about how you choose to see that time and how you choose to use it.
How to Become a Disruptor and Creator?
Kim Chandler McDonald is an expert in innovation, disruption and collaboration and a high-tech entrepreneur. Kim is also a globally respected thought leader on disruption, international business strategies and trends. Disruption is a term widely talked about in the corporate world, but the question is, can we do it, how do we do it, what’s it about and what’s the first step? In this show, we discuss everything disruption and more. Want to be a disruptor, tune in and unlock your creative mojo.
The Mojo Radio Show - EP 92 - The Secrets Bacteria Hold for the Health of your Skin - Jasmine Aganovic
Great Advice to Create the Best Skin Ecosystem for our Optimal Health.
Invisible to the naked eye, our bodies play host to trillions of microorganisms. Just like our gut relies on good bacteria and probiotics, our skin also relies on good bacteria to keep us healthy. This elaborate ecosystem the skin biome, today faces many challenges. Our obsession with cleanliness & sterility have created a difficult environment for many beneficial organisms to survive. Modern chemistry and lifestyle shifts have undermined this ecosystem, making it less diverse and leaving us more susceptible to sensitivity, irritation and other skin problems. We speak with Jasmina Aganovic, President of Mother Dirt, a start up with a mission to create products that enhance and protect our skin biome restoring and maintaining the beneficial bacteria for healthy skin and a healthier life.
The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept is a driverless engine less car that is fully autonomous, has zero emissions and is hand built to your specifications. A virtual assistant called “Eleanor” handles everything from setting your destination, programming your entertainment, reminding you of your daily schedule, and even briefing you of any meetings you may have to attend.
The vehicle has a glass roof allowing you to enjoy the outdoors indoors but at the same time giving you privacy. It carries all the plush interior tricks and tricks of the trade that you would expect from a roller.
This is a pretty pimped ride.
What Gets You GOLD in Rio?A Special Edition "The Olympic Thinking" Show
The best athletes in the world are now gathered in Rio. What does it take to be at the top of your game to not only be there, but to deliver in that moment? We know The Mojo Radio Show audience loves to hear about Olympic Thinking. Our best feedback comes when we interview those athletes who have been there and delivered in the Olympic Cauldron. This show is the GOLD from shows we have previously recorded with the Olympians.... it's a highlights package of the stuff we thought was Gold, the stuff we use personally in and out of work to get our Mojo working, to be our best! It's a Mojo Radio Show special edition.
Icaros is an amazing virtual reality machine that allows you to fly through virtual worlds, play games, all the while exercising your body. Is this the future of exercise? Icaros is part game, but exercise machine and said to be the perfect training partner or physical and sensory training. It is believed to stimulate muscles and the senses by taking you in a game like environment where you fly through valleys, fields and across mountains moving your body to navigate and using your senses to design the route.
You kind of lie in a machine with your arms in front of you, your legs behind you in a pose reminiscent of Superman. By moving your body to navigate the virtual reality world it is said to give you exercise and also stimulate your senses. If you are an early adopter and you like the idea of a VR training partner you can order Icaros today.
The world of Artificial Intelligence has made its way into health where you can essentially hire an AI personal trainer. The VI artificial intelligence personal trainer is essentially a device that fits around your neck. Using sensors in the neck band and attached to your ears with buds the AI personal trainer can measure your elevation, heart rate, cadence, speed, and location and give you your body's feedback as you work out.
The good news is that you can talk to it as it responds to your voice commands and through the advance you can hear all that is going on. Using Harmon Kardon technology you know it’s gonna sound great. Naturally it all syncs up with your smart phone so you have a record of your workout. Jump on it now on kick starter now if you are an early adopter and want to play with the latest in AI and PT.
If high-performance motorsport events like the Indy 500 was an event that happened with no actual human drivers in the cars, would it be as popular? … Would it pull over 400,000 spectators? That may well be the future with much smaller events happening around America where teams are entering their own designs of customised self driven cars based on artificial intelligence. The AI systems guide them around the track.
Roborace is such an event and is at a point where they are now designing an appropriate vehicle that could race using AI. The series is aimed to serve as a testing ground for autonomous technology, artificial intelligence and more computing power where, given the cars are almost identical, what will separate them will be the engineers and the data programmed.
Go-Go Bot is a travel planning app that uses artificial intelligence to send you the best suggestions of things for you to do whilst on vacation. The app uses AI to predict what you're looking for and make recommendations even before you start typing. It's driven by a concept called tribes where you match yourself to like-minded groups and from that, customised recommendations appropriate to you and/or your tribe are designed.
The app even has the ability to factor in weather, time-of-day, distances for walking or driving and whether you are a tourist or a local, before making a recommendation. Sounds like the perfect guide!
Recently I heard Editor in Chief of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly interviewed about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR). This edition of the Espresso is dedicated to that topic. Although your business right now may not be in a position to capitalise on AI or VR we do need to stay abreast of what's going on and open our minds to the possibility that AI and VR will have an impact if not a large impact on our business, our category, and our own lifestyle in the not too distant future.
It's already happening and will only become more prevalent as these technologies get a true head of steam. The leaders of the future will be looking beyond the first Horizon to explore the possibilities of what this means to them and their business by reading listening and watching experts like Kevin Kelly to hear their take on what's likely to happen now and into the future.
Known as the Armadillo Tea Canopy it's easy to see where the inspiration for this unusual design came from.
The structure consists of five moulded shells which are joined with brass wing head screws and bronze brackets. Individual shells can be removed if you want less space or to change the feeling of the interior. You have the freedom to configure that Tea Canopy to suit a number of needs expanding it by using additional shells. You can even change the materials depending on your requirements.
Nature is said to be the true artist. There is so much inspiration around us in nature, we simply need to stop, breathe, observe, take note and dream about the possibilities or our next great idea.
However in our rushed, multitasked, multifunctional world, we quite often walk straight past the design cues that mother nature is giving us, in an effort to get the next to do list item checked off.
The Armadillo Tea Canopy is a great example of creative observation and application.
There is no doubt that there is a generation who are looking for a more natural and organic way to source their food. The Bunyadi Restaurant in London has found what some would say is a natural progression for food. It's because you dine au natural!
According to the Guardian, London's first naked pop up restaurant promises an experience free from many of the trappings of modern life including clothes, mobile phones and even electricity. All the cooking is done with fire, the venue is lit by a canopy of candle lights, and although there is a clothes section but those who want to remain in full kit, the restaurant is clothes free. For health & safety reasons the people cooking the meals wear clothes. Guests are served vegan and non-vegan meals along with organic wine.
The idea is to make this restaurant as pure and natural as possible. Will it work? The waitlist is 45,000, so let's assume yes.
We've spoken before in the Espresso about the importance of creating your own category. Perfect example.
Just the slightest bit of dehydration can affect your performance as your energy levels and clarity of thought and start to decrease. Carrying a water bottle in your knapsack briefcase or tote along with your laptop files and journal is sometimes a bit of a pain as traditional round water bottles don't sit properly amongst flat elements in your bag.
For our fashionable minimalist and stylish espresso readers we bring you the solution: The memo bottle - a flat water bottle that conveniently fits alongside your laptop and journal in your bag.
It comes in a number of sizes including A5 and A6 like your journal. It is said to carry a bottle of wine in quantity so if you are a healthy executive who wants to stay hydrated and stylish, grab a memo bottle.
Fermentation is well and truly in the news and is a hot topic as a means to create and sustain a healthy gut. That's good news for those who homebrew their own beer.
Out of Whirlpool lab’s comes the Vessi Beer Fermentor which promises to deliver fresh beer in just seven days. It is said to make it easier and more controlled which means we can make less mistakes. The Vessi provides precise temperature and pressure control and minimum exposure to light and oxygen. It does the work right up until you're ready to bottle or pour off the tap.
Currently on Indiegogo - if brewing is something you have ever thought of, get on board…it looks cool! And let’s say its also good for your gut!
THE MOJO RADIO SHOW - EP 90 - He is Legally Blind: A World Champion with Laser Focus - Matt Formston
Learn how a Legally Blind Athlete can Powerfully Visualise to be a World Champ.
Matt Formston is a world champion tandem cyclist, speaker, coach and global adventure seeker. Matt is a legally blind Australian para-cyclist who won gold at the 2014 and 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Champs. At age 5, Matt was diagnosed with Macular Dystrophy resulting in 0% central vision and 5% peripheral vision. He is an incredibly focussed and driven individual and in this show he shares the How. Learn to develop laser beam focus and determination and a winning attitude of a world champ. He puts an amazing spin on visualisation. Matt will soon be heading to the 2016 Rio Paralympics to represent Australia. We catch him in his final stages of prep for Rio.