PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

Sharing Economy Reconnecting Us With Our Cities

Molly Turner from Airbnb on “the shared city”, and how the internet-powered sharing economy is bringing us back to our urban roots. 

I completely agree with Molly that one of the most exciting things happening right now is the way we’re re-connecting with our cities and communities and rediscovering the small, personal, and unique.

(via The Shared City: Molly Turner at TEDxSoMa - TEDxSoMa - Independently Organized TED Event)

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Sharing is the New Buying: 7 Sharing Economy Sites You Need To Know

The Sharing Economy affords people the ability to participate in certain experiences or utilize certain products without ownership.

Also called Collaborative Consumption - the thought process behind it is that we can all share our resources rather than individually go out and purchase them. This reduces our overconsumption as a society but also makes things more attainable for people that may not usually be able to afford it.

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On the flip side - the Sharing Economy also democratizes the ability to sell products and services in such a way that anyone can open a hotel, a restaurant or become a taxi service with the homes and cars that they own in order to subsidize their living. In essence, owning a restaurant or running a hotel can be achieved now by anyone with a roof over their head or a dining table.

Collaborative Consumption is 100% dependent on technology with the internet at its core. The most famous Sharing Economy platform is AirBNB where people can offer up their apartments and homes for rent while they are out of town giving travellers an alternative to the hotel and also providing the owner with some additional income.

But this technological movement has span way past AirBNB into other areas such as transportation, item rentals and even food.

Here are some of the most popular and up and coming Sharing Economy platforms today:

Lodging and Accommodations

Transportation

Dining

Item Rentals

By Tom Emrich

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Do you have a favorite Sharing Economy app to share?

Car-sharing revenue is expected to reach over $3 billion by 2016 and peer-to-peer rentals are expected to expand to become a $26 billion industry. Perhaps most telling is the estimated total market for the sharing economy, which is projected to be $110 billion within the next few years. This market is emerging and continuing to expand at a rapid pace.

What if Millennials’ aversion to car-buying isn’t a temporary side effect of the recession, but part of a permanent generational shift in tastes and spending habits?

Sharing Economy on the Rise in the US
The Sharing Economy or Disownership is a major trend coming out of technology.
Successful start-ups like Airbnb, Sidecar, Uber, Neighborgoods and Relay Rides are all great examples of peer sharing marketplaces which are disrupting consumerism.
A fantastic survey from Sunrun, a US solar home system company was just release this month which illustrates how disownership is on the rise.
According to Sunrun “disownership’ means sharing, renting, borrowing or making similar alternative arrangements to gain access to traditionally-owned items—without the expense or hassle of owning them”.  
Findings from the survey include:
More than half (52%) of the 2,000-plus Americans surveyed have rented, leased or borrowed items including cars, bikes, clothing, vacation homes, tools or home appliances in the last year, rather than buying them.
A resounding 83% said that they would rent, lease or borrow these items if they could do so easily. The leading reasons given for this growing “disownership” were saving money and cutting down on storage and/or maintenance.”
24% of Americans 55 years of age or older were more likely to rent, lease or borrow traditionally owned items today than they were five years ago.
More than half of those aged 45-54 have done so in the last two years.
Of respondents in the Midwest, 46% plan to “disown” items in the next two years. In the South, that number jumps to 50%.
For the full infographic click here.

Sharing Economy on the Rise in the US

The Sharing Economy or Disownership is a major trend coming out of technology.

Successful start-ups like Airbnb, Sidecar, Uber, Neighborgoods and Relay Rides are all great examples of peer sharing marketplaces which are disrupting consumerism.

A fantastic survey from Sunrun, a US solar home system company was just release this month which illustrates how disownership is on the rise.

According to Sunrun “disownership’ means sharing, renting, borrowing or making similar alternative arrangements to gain access to traditionally-owned items—without the expense or hassle of owning them”.  

Findings from the survey include:

  • More than half (52%) of the 2,000-plus Americans surveyed have rented, leased or borrowed items including cars, bikes, clothing, vacation homes, tools or home appliances in the last year, rather than buying them.
  • A resounding 83% said that they would rent, lease or borrow these items if they could do so easily. The leading reasons given for this growing “disownership” were saving money and cutting down on storage and/or maintenance.”
  • 24% of Americans 55 years of age or older were more likely to rent, lease or borrow traditionally owned items today than they were five years ago.
  • More than half of those aged 45-54 have done so in the last two years.
  • Of respondents in the Midwest, 46% plan to “disown” items in the next two years. In the South, that number jumps to 50%.

For the full infographic click here.

Wearables, Gesture Control & 3D Printing Make BI’s List of Tech Reinventing Our Society

Business Insider just posted a fantastic article on the “15 Ways Tech is Reinventing Society" covering most, if not all, of the hot future tech topics making headlines today (see a snapshot of their list below).

As you know my blog, Future Tech Report, is dedicated to exploring how emerging and disruptive technology is impacting our daily lives and so this article is very dear to my heart (Great job BI!).

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On the BI list of 15 included:

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Wearable Tech - Google Glass
  • Wearable Tech - Health & Fitness 
  • The Sharing Economy
  • Robots
  • Smartphones & Connected Devices
  • Social Networking
  • 3D Printing
  • Nano-filtration
  • Gesture-controlled devices
  • Outside use of touchscreens and wifi

If you want a quick snapshot of the future tech which is just about to change your life head on over to Business Insider.

I can’t say it enough how grateful I am to be born in this time. We truly are on the brink of a connected revolution where we will start to see changes in society we haven’t seen since the last great industrial revolution (which was before me). 

What tech are you most excited to see impact the new world, Future Geeks?

Tech for Good: Mobile App SideCar is Car Pooling 2.0

By Tom Emrich

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The dream of technology is that it will help us to become a better society. Its what all the Japanese video games predict (e.g. Final Fantasy) and its usually a fundamental desire which drives the innovator to his creation. 

With people being more connected then ever today thanks to the internet and the mass adoption of smartphones and tablets, this dream is slowly starting to become a reality.

Mobile App, SideCar is a car sharing app which connects people who need a ride with people who have a ride. The company’s mission is to move transportation into a more sustainable and community-driven direction one ride at a time. 

Essentially SideCar is an app which looks very much like the Taxi apps which have hit the scene - Uber, Hailo and the likes where you enter your location and destination and find available SideCars riders who are willing to pick you up.

SideCar runs background checks on everyone who signs up in order to help with the queasy feeling you might initially get by basically arranging a “digital hitchhike”. It also accepts donations through the app to the car owners if the passenger so chooses.

The company started in February 2012 in San Francisco and has grown to support 5 cities in the US including LA, Seattle, Philadelphia and most recent Austin, Texas for SXSW with DC, Boston, Chicago and New York coming this month.

Forbes recently caught up with SideCar’s Director of Marketing, Nick Allen at SXSW to get the low down on what the app is all about and the success the company has seen so far. 

SideCar is available for Android or iPhone. If you are in one of the 5 cities and have used it, shoot me a line on your experience in the comments.