Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week.
Maybe You Don’t Need a Gig. Wireless Might Bridge the Broadband Gap
Not every community needs a fiber-to-the-home network. Not every home needs a gig to their doorstep. In our gigabit crazy era this statement might seem like a step backward, but take note that there’s more than one option for delivering the speed consumers and businesses need.
Imitation Often Mistaken for Innovation
Here's the ironic truth about innovation: It gets copied a lot. For a region that prides itself on breaking the rules and changing the world, there is an appalling lack of creativity and spontaneity (in San Francisco), and an oversupply of conformity and pretension.
Patients Are Actually Customers… Who Knew?
Hospitals are waking up to the fact that patients are actually their customers (go figure) and failure to notice this fact will reduce their revenue. Another fact: it wasn’t until CMS decided to penalize hospitals for poor patient satisfaction by docking their reimbursement by up to 2 percent that hospitals started to get religion on this topic.
Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
MIT Technology Review
Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.
Why Voice Is the Next Big Internet Wave
At first glance, few technologies feel as unsexy as voice. From a user’s perspective, little has changed since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. Most see voice as a mature technology that simply connects people in real-time across a distance. But voice is experiencing a wave of innovation that will fundamentally alter this definition.
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