At a time when we are constantly being told to value the new and the different, it may come as a surprise to learn that the standard, the shared and the common can be strong drivers of transformation. In fact, many of the innovations that have changed the world, including railroads, modern manufacturing and interchangeable parts, money, agriculture, containerized shipping, numbers, the Internet, even language, only succeed because of standardization.
As director of user research and interaction design Bresslergroup, Rob Tannen is responsible for making sure that power tools, medical equipment, even touchscreen kiosks fit our hands like proverbial gloves.
Black and Decker have taken a long hard look at the boring old front door lock, and added in some technology that takes it into the 21st Century. Namely a car-style remote key fob so you don't kave to fiddle with a physical key, and internet-accessible locking.
Better Place, a US firm that builds plug-in stations for electric cars, has just landed a $667 million USD deal to build charging networks in Australia’s three largest cities. Like smaller-scale Better Place deals already underway in Denmark and Israel, the Australian charging network will allow battery-powered and hybrid car-owners to charge their vehicles at thousands of locations, or have their vehicles batteries swapped out for faster fill-ups.