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Archives: December 2008

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it really is a man. Flying. In a "wingsuit"

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 30

Caught this video via @jerrymichalski and Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) on Twitter, and felt the need to share it here. These "wingsuits" are astonishing. These "birdmen" are pushing materials and design...

What Chanel Should Do

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 23

Chanel recently announced the cancellation of its Mobile Art tour, which featured a spaceship-like gallery designed by "starchitect" Zaha Hadid. The fashion-meets-art project probably seemed like a chic intellectual and...

Who's the "voice of innovation" in social media?

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 22

For a while now, we've been running the rather lovely "Voices of Innovation" series, featuring the likes of the inventor of the Captcha, Luis von Ahn, sustainable design activist Majora...

TED speakers 2009

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 22

The line up of speakers for next year's TED conference has just been announced. I was thrilled to be asked back to cover the conference for BusinessWeek again... Even more...

Water Works: Hyatt's New Disinfectant/Cleaner Comes from the Tap

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 22

Used to be that the maids and janitors at the Hyatt Regency Chicago cleaned the giant hotel with industrial-strength chemicals like maids and janitors do almost everywhere. Now they scrub...

Five Answers From Tim Brown, IDEO

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 18

Tim Brown from IDEO came into see us here at BusinessWeek in New York earlier this week, and graciously answered five reader questions. Thanks to all for some really smart...

Dell and Two Behind-the-Scenes Green Innovation Stories--involving Blogs and...Beer?

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 16

Dell just announced that it’s launching a new initiative to get really green by reducing packaging materials for its desktops and laptops by 10 percent in the next four years....

Two Wallet-friendly, airport-security-friendly, and shoulder-friendly laptop travel-case picks

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 11

If you're gearing up for holiday -- or business -- air travel, you must be dreading the airport chaos of going through security screening lines. There are a couple of...

Patent Flexibility

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 10

Around the world today, most patents provide a monopoly for 20 years, with the clock starting on the date the application was filed. There are only a few exceptions. Because...

Korea's New Anti-Counterfeit Police

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 09

Like nations elsewhere, South Korea has a problem with fake goods. It's trying an innovative method to stop counterfeiting, according to Jongan Kim, chief presiding trademark judge of the Korean...

Inside Ford's SmartGauge Design

Posted by: Matthew Vella on December 08

Reena Jana and I have been reporting on the design work behind Ford's upcoming Fusion Hybrid. The new vehicle, which will debut next year as a 2010 model, features an...

Google Measures The Readability--Yikes!--of What You Write

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 08

Last night I was typing using Google Docs at home, and when I used the Word Count tool, I discovered some metrics that I didn't know about: scores to show...

IBM's Crafty Intellectual Property Strategy

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 08

IBM came up during a discussion at the Salzburg Global Seminar, a five-day conference in Austria on new models in intellectual property. IBM is known, of course, for innovation. That...

Sparking Innovation: A Patented Alternative

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 07

I'm participating as a fellow in a five-day program on innovation sponsored by the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. The title: New Models of Intellectual Property: Predictability and Openness as...

What Apple Learned from Kodak

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 05

Currently Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill Buxton writes a regular-ish column for the Innovation channel here at BusinessWeek. In the process of working on a new piece, we...

What Are the Five Traits of Highly Innovative Companies?

Posted by: Michael Arndt on December 04

I recently had a chance to talk with Rajesh Chandy, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and co-author of a new study on corporate...

Five Questions For Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 04

Tim Brown is one of the best known proponents of design thinking around, while IDEO, the company he now leads, is probably one of the most-cited examples of a design...

Wal-Mart and e-Health: Notes from Reporting this week's magazine story

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 03

In the December 8 issue of BusinessWeek's print edition, on newsstands now, I've got a story on Wal-Mart's push toward digital personal health records (PHRs) for its eligible employees, in...

IBM Predicts the Next Five Innovations to Watch in the Next Five Years

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 02

IBM has just released its third annual "Next Five in Five" list of innovations to watch. These are based on research done in Big Blue's own labs, as well as...

The Flip's still Hip. And now the Flip's Web site is a design tool and tutorial

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 02

Have you checked out the customization feature for the recently released Flip Mino video camcorder, available on the Flip's Web site? Basically, Pure Digital, the camera's maker, allows Flip buyers...

Five Answers from Motorola's Bruce Claxton

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 02

Bruce Claxton, Senior Director of Design Integration at Motorola came in to see us recently to answer some reader questions. Here's the video we shot of him tackling questions on...

Does Obama get "stim-novation"? More calls for cabinet-level innovation posts

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 01

Today in Washington D.C., Fred Block, a University of California, Davis, sociology professor presented a white paper calling for President-Elect Obama to appoint a cabinet-level Department of Innovation within the...

Best and Worst of 2008?

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 01

I'm somehow in charge of corraling BusinessWeek writers, editors and contributors to make their suggestions of the best and worst of 2008. That's everything from ideas, products, events, launches, PR...


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