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Month: March 2017

Why New Tech Delivery Services like “Instacart” Succeed

People in general love convenience, no doubt, and this should not come as a surprise to any prospective customers, or businessman. In fact, people love convenience so much that the idea and concept of ‘delivery drones’ via Amazon is something that has, and will continue to evolve and take off with many companies sure to follow trend.
Just consider, the convenience, technology, and affordability involved with specialty, “app services” like Uber or Lyft, and the values of using these types of evolutionary companies and services to add support, accessibility, and mobility to people across the country.
Instacart, then, as a prime example demonstrates how business start-ups can coordinate with local businesses – many which would otherwise fail in the near future – to come up with new, innovative ways which it might deliver its services or products. And, of course, how it can do so while maximizing profits, and still manage to profit-share or issue commission to these types of tech or business start-ups. That is, not just their time and effort, but, in most cases likely saving the future of that current business or market dynamic – think: Borders, Barnes and Nobles Bookstores, Macy’s Clothing Outlet, Forman Mills, and the evolution of E-books, readers, and the interrelated modernized of Amazon services.
The business start-up Instacart just does this, delivering groceries at the click of a button for customers using the app to decide what foods or other supermarket items they need, where, and what time they want it. Then, in combination with the profit sharing involved for doing business with the supermarket itself, said startups like Instacart will also take in revenue by charging delivery fees – and taxes when applicable.
So you see, now we may begin the successful exploration of how a business start-up like Instacart might expand its design, to get involved with (bulk) deliveries to businesses, saving them time, money, and even delivering smaller orders, or critical supplies that would otherwise be exponentially more expensive or time-consuming.
To date, Instacart has already linked up with major retailers and grocery outlets around the country, like Costco, Wholefoods, and even Supervalu to deliver goods to its customers. And, as incredible as it might seem, this start-up is already worth over 3 billion dollars.
But, keep in mind, its businesses and technology like this that have been the demise of local superstores, grocery, and outlet stores like Save-A-Lot, Radio Shack, and others. That is, due to both the convenience and accessibility of the internet, getting better deals, and getting what you want, as fast as you want it.
So, what’s next? While Instacart recently reinstated it’s “tip” function, doubt remains as it does for many other service industries and businesses (such as fast-food chains) as to the future of needing humans to perform work duties, deliveries (drones), and other physical demands. For example, cashiers or stock-boys, and to what extent in the future such services could effectively, profitably, and solely be performed by robotic and mobile technology combined.
The future, perhaps a world market where you can have food personally delivered to your house at the click of a button, via a drone, and still get the same great deals and discounts you would have by walking to the local grocery store or having to travel a further distance.

Why the Apple Watch Failed Against the Pebble Watch

While the Apple Watch has no doubt been a magnificent, timeless piece for many both who enjoy jewelry, as well as “techies” who could shell out the cash, it’s likewise had its share of problems when it comes to sales and popularity.
With over 9 million Apple Watch unit sold to-date, but, with conflicting data and reports regarding actual sales to customers, doubt is cast onto its actual popularity. In fact, as of 2017 sales could have fallen as much as 70% in just two years. And, although Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Reuters, major news outlets, and the public to defend the product, a lot of customers have continued returning their Apple Watches, or, simply went with another ‘smart watch’ device.
The Apple Watch, as beautiful as it is, sophisticated, and intuitive (such as its Siri functions), the battery power in both Series, even in light of the new added features and power-saving changes remains a serious area of complaint. None the less, a continued problem that the public and Apple fans alike might agree on is, understandably, the extraordinary pricing of just one of these units – easily topping $350 for just a base model.
Although, with the Apple Watch Series 2 unit the new, advanced GPS System, increased battery size, power, music playback, and heart-rate monitor together has brought both great advancements in technology and sales appeal – as well as battery altering functionality. And yet, with customers previously complaining of only getting approximately 12 hours or less total from the original Apple Watch, tests and customers have happily reported being able to reach up to 24 hours with “medium” use and keep going.
Ultimately, though, as sophisticated (and larger) as the Apple Watches are, the alternatively and comparably sophisticated, more affordable, and arguably original Pebble Smart Watch Series conquers all in terms of appeal and marketability. In fact, the new Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel have been reported to last users as much to up to a week of regular use, and with over 8 times more power, and for a fraction of the cost, it is less of a mystery why new customers and Apple users alike are abandoning ship and jumping onto “The Pebble Train.” And, while the Pebble Steel was arguably one of the most popular choices in the past, the new Pebble Time series offers a full (64) color “e-paper” screen, and although not “touch-screen”, does offer nearly identical Apps, program, and system abilities or functions.
Customers would describe the screen of the new Pebble Watch Time as ‘enjoyable’, ‘sufficient’, and even ‘retro.’ In fact, think of the old-school Giga pets if you can, and you’ll understand the differences, in contrast, adjustment, and any variance in vibrancy of colors. Although, in fairness, the Pebble Time watch screen also stays on non-stop, while the Apple Watch must be awakened in comparison – and falls tremendously short in terms of battery life.

The Complexities of Virtual Smartphones and Projection Technology

Much like some of the recent, more modern movies that involve the idea and flexibility of holographic technology, the appeal of projection systems to use our phones, tablets, and computers in unusual places is increasing dramatically. An example of this visual technology demand would be the growing popularity, as well as availability and technological innovations of 3D technology, simulators, gaming, and of course movie watching. And, as the technology improves, likewise will the prices likely become more affordable for the “average joe”, again, in turn strengthening the market and future development of such.
With fascinating, unique, and sophisticated operating systems like iOS, or more open-ware and ‘user friendly’ mobile operating systems like Android, the limits are truly endless when it comes to powered projection systems if they were to be applied in things like tablets, laptops, and of course mobile phones. However, as one might expect, the necessary IR (infrared) technology, sensors, lasers, and projection systems for such an idea can be quit costly as we’ve observed in the recent years. In fact, many “crowdfunding” and other fundraising campaigns have failed due to a lack of funds, or, simply underestimating the total costs associated with designing such a device. That is, one that could project your mobile devices or PC onto the wall, your body, or even one day in the air.
However, technologies and prospective products like the Cicret appear to have made substantial headway, and, are designed to allow users to actually project their cell-phone image or screen onto their forearm via a (projector) device hooked onto their wrist. This is a very fascinating, and exciting concept if and when it is effectively put into play, which could be as early as this year. And, best of all, a technology like this nearly guarantees to be waterproof – which means you could check your texts, emails, and even answer calls by simply touching your skin.
Being able to interact with your own body or skin – reminding us of how desirable virtual reality and 3D technology are – is a very high-demand product and idea, but, also a very costly one. So, again, this is a project and product that will likely take another (at least) consistent 3-6 years to make major developing headway. Perhaps, with an upcoming phone like the iPhone 8, or future iPhone and Android devices we’ll be able to see technology like this – with the ability to project your telephone screen (interactively) onto your body.
It is, however, important for both scientists and prospective customers alike to appreciate that this type of ‘motion sensing system’ will be in a “BETA” form at best, and will come with its shares of challenges in due time. Also, picture or visual distortion, as well as obvious body obstacles, hair, tattoos, and other modifications interfering with performance are large issues to be worked out both now and in the future.
Ultimately, and to be completely fair, as we saw with the Apple Watch, interactive technology directly placed on – or projected on – the body is very technical, requires a lot of power, money, and resources (see Apple Watch battery issues). Not to mention again, the cost, which can and will prevent a lot of prospective customers from enjoying these types of gadgets in the near future – at least at first.

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