In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about ad agency, Wieden and Kennedy’s successful SHOP a collaborative, free-wheelin’ 5 day event in their offices, which brought NYC designers together (via JC Report). Could this sort of collaboration and energy be a good model for a recession-strapped retail sector?
Meanwhile, Nora Young mentions a fun and funky remote-controlled kitchen island, which you can operate with a custom-built iPhone app (via PSFK) Nora thinks that with the rise of the Internet of Things, we’re going to see more and more remote-controlled objects in our environment. She also thinks the idea of creating products with custom-made apps is the future. It’s the natural extension of brands with real-world products building companion apps to extend the brand.
In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about Samsung’s new Restore cellphone. It’s cute! It’s green (literally and figuratively)! It’s a follow-up to its previous Reclaim phone. The Reclaim featured mostly corn-based bio plastics, and was mostly recyclable. With the Restore, it’s 84% recyclable, and the shell is made of more than 25% post-consumer recycled material. (via Gizmag). What do you think?
Cathi also discusses Indonesia’s plan to get geothermal power from volcanoes (via Inhabitat)
Nora says it’s a sign of the times that New York’s Limelight, which began life as a church before becoming a much talked about nightclub is now set to be…a mall! A sign of the times, as shopping seems to be the new religion. That said, it does look pretty swell! (via JC Report)
This time on the podcast, Cathi Bond talks about the fact that elite US department stores are opening bargain bin pop-up shops to get rid of unsold stock. (via PSFK). Nora Young mentions Holt Renfrew’s pop up shop on King Street west.
Nora mentions that Apple apparently has a patent on a solar powered iPod (via Gizmodo)
In today’s trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond looks at the use of virtual mannequins to harvest information on street fashion (via PSFK). Nora looks at research from the University of Tokyo into a cell phone you can dial without touching the device (via CNET).