Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
How To Brand Yourself In The New Economy: be the Lemonade
In a recent global poll only 13% if people said that they were highly engaged in their jobs and not looking for other opportunities. This means that now, more than ever, to navigate successfully in this new economy, we must brand our work and ourselves in terms of the value we bring to our target audience. We have to show them in their terms where and when we do our best work. It is a delicate balancing act but this article does a nice job of starting to lay some of the things you can do to be successful. Read the article here.
Rotate This Travelers’ Clock To Switch Time Zones Effortlessly
If you’re a frequent traveler who has an analog time piece fetish, this clock by Korean design studio Elevenplus will be your new best friend. The cylindrical World Clock can ingeniously show what time it is in all 24 different time zones by simply rotating its cylindrical frame, and keeps ticking while you’re changing the time. It is ingeniously simple and beautifully designed must have for any traveler. Read the article here.
Domino’s Brings Pizza Orders to the Smartwatch
Pizza-lovers can already order Domino’s on iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Kindle Fire mobile devices—even via in-car tech powered by Ford, not to mention at dominos.com. Add smartwatches to its list of digital ordering innovations, as Domino’s customers can now place and track their order by downloading an app for Pebble and Android Wear smartwatches. I’m curious to see how this works as I’ve never found wearables to be a platform where ordering or e-commerce works very well for anything but the most basic, pre-designated items. Read the article here.
IKEA Introduces Wireless Charging Furniture
Certain things need time and for the most part a big dominating player in a market to actually go ahead and adapt the technology. This week Swedish furniture giant IKEA has announced that it has incorporated induction-charging stations into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to wirelessly charge their smartphones. The collection includes lamps, bedside tables and desks, each coming with an integrated pad that can charge portable electronic devices simply by placing them on top. Read the article here.
Massive Data Visualization Brings NYC’s Busiest Street To Life
What does big data tell us about the character of an iconic street? Created by data viz maestros Moritz Stefaner and Lev Manovich, On Broadway is an unprecedented visualization of social media data, which pulls in millions of updates from Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, Google Street View, and more as a way of exploring the data that stacks up, almost like vertebrae, to translate the spine of Manhattan into a digital entity. Read the article here.