Best Of 2012: Technology

As 2012 quickly comes to an end, we're looking back at what stood out across various industries this year. Today, Camilla, one our Youth Advisory Board members, discusses some of the biggest achievements in the tech space.

Best Of 2012: Technolgoy

This year, we’ve been met by some incredible novel pieces of technology, and stellar improvements on already-existent technology. Incidentally, we’ve also been advertised (often successfully) a fair number of less-than-impressive techie goodies, but we won’t talk about that today. For me, at any rate, the best of this year’s technology spans two separate realms of possibility: the maybe-if-I-save-up variety, and the completely unpurchaseable but nonetheless faint-worthy innovations. In these categories, I’ve picked out a couple highlights.

So, without further ado:

Your world: Roku Streaming Stick

RokuDoesn’t ring a bell? That’s because this is the present you want, but didn’t even know how much you wanted it (but, now you know, you’re going to pretend you’ve always wanted one). Basically, it looks like a USB stick you plug into your TV. Unlike a USB stick though, this tiny object provides you with extensive access to online streaming episodes on Netflix and likeminded sites — and it’s (relatively) affordable. “Stream to your heart’s content,” their website proclaims.3D printing

Out of this world: 3D printing.

Obviously, this is not a viable Christmas present, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an ‘I always WISHED this existed’ sort of dream. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you print in three dimension. It's of incredible use to architects, and apparently also in constructing dental crowns. For those of you who don’t build buildings or teeth, the options seem limitless now but after a week of printing origami-like designs, I’m not sure this gift…

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Fourteen percent of Millennials 18-32-years-old are currently parents, and they’re becoming an influential majority as they simultaneously take over the workplace. Balancing work and childrearing will likely be a priority for the generation, and while young parents today want longer maternity and paternity leaves, this type of flexibility is not often offered. For those with older children, parents want the ability to make children’s mid-day events, even if they have to work later at night to make up for it. Tech companies are “leading the pack” in providing good parental leave policies, and if talent begins to leave due to inflexible policies, other industries could follow suit. (Fast Company)

Kids today are more stressed out than ever, but one school’s effort to lesson their load has parents up in arms. In an effort to combat students’ frustration, exhaustion, lack of family time, and loss of interest in learning, a public elementary school in New York City recently assigned students the tasks of reading books and spending time with their families instead of traditional homework. However, parents are threatening to take kids out of school in protest, and have even assigned their own homework to “fill the gap.” Parenting trends currently lean towards the intense, competitive, and overprotective, and we’ll be interested to see if the pendulum swings as more Millennials become parents of K-12 kids. (DNAinfo)

Instagram is a vital Snapshot Marketing platform, and they’re introducing even more features for brands who want to appeal to young, visually-driven consumers. The app will now host sponsored, carousel-style posts featuring multiple photos that can be flipped through until the user is given the option to click for additional content. The new format “allows for sequential storytelling,” and has the potential to draw more brands to advertise on the platform, which is already bigger than Twitter with 300 million monthly users globally. (Adweek)

Always’s original “Like A Girl” ad was included in Ypulse’s round up of our favorite marketing of 2014 for standing out in the category of grown up girl-powered marketing. Now the brand has released a follow-up in honor of International Women’s Day with a new spot that features girls all over the world scoring, experimenting, running, calculating, and climbing “like a girl.” After the original ad aired during the Super Bowl this year, Always reported that 79% of women and 59% of men 16-24-years-old said it had altered their perception of what “like a girl” means. The sequel continues the brand’s championing of young girls, and asks viewers to keep doing things #LikeAGirl. (Huffington Post)

Ozo, an adorable 3D-printed bear, is introducing children to the Rubik’s Cube. The retro toy stumps even adults, but it turns out the exercise helps develop important mental capabilities. Ozo Bear teaches kids problem solving with body parts that have to be rearranged to put him in the correct shape. The product is still in early development stages, but mass production predicted for Ozo’s future and 3D-printed playthings are an emerging toy trend to watch. (psfk)

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