Your Egg Carton is Trying to Tell You Something: The Future of Things

This week, we told you about the tech malaise that Millennials are experiencing. Though they want the latest and greatest new devices, even those on their wishlists aren’t managing to impress them the way that technology used to. So what will be the tech that manages to break the spell and wake up their interest the way that their first smartphone was able to? For years tech insiders have been talking about the Internet of Things: a world where everyday objects can communicate with us, and each other, through the internet, creating a connected space where our belongings will be smarter, more efficient, and make our lives easier. Imagine your alarm clock telling your coffee pot to turn on, or your car texting you when it needs an oil change. Now, after years of being a concept that most had never heard of, and couldn’t imagine coming true if they did, the Internet of Things is becoming a reality. Previously static and inert household items are becoming fixed with sensors and turned into intelligent things that can let their owners know when they are empty, low, need attention, or adjust automatically according to commands and their ambient environment. Business Insider predicts that 9 billion devices will be connected by 2018. If the Internet of Things (or IoT) pans out, it could not only be the next movement to shake up Millennial’s malaise and capture their attention (and wallets) it could also change the way that the next generation—Plurals—views the world around them.

So how close are we to an IoT world? Here are three current projects that are making smart devices a part of our lives right now, and are at the forefront of growing the IoT from a niche concept to a mainstream reality: 

1. Quirky & GE’s Smart Devices 
Some major brands are starting to prepare for the Internet…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “Social media helps me to connect with other parents and to mark the achievements my son has made. It also allows me to brag about my son.” –Female, 32, ID

When phones are considered their lifelines to the world around them, one of young consumers' big daily concerns, and irritants, is a dead battery. Several startups and gadgets have come up with solutions for charging on the go, from solar panel bags to mobile accessories, but one new company is aiming to make emergency charging stylish. QBracelet is a “minimalist wristband” that comes in silver, gold, and black, and doubles as a charger that can bring phones up to a 60% charge. It is currently available for preorder, and is available for both Apple and Android. (Springwise)

Have mercy, Full House might be returning to TV. The mainstay of many Millennial childhoods is reportedly in the “early stages” of being revived, and the show would include several of the original cast members. The fact that repeats of the series remain a “ratings standout” on Nick at Night, and the recent revival of Boy Meets World could be contributing factors. The reboot would continue the run of nostalgia entertainment that is being created for Millennial viewers. (Hollywood Reporter)

Millennials are the most diverse generation to date, post-Millennials even more so, and the 2014-2015 school year marks the first time that white students are the minority in the U.S. In the 1990s, white students made up nearly 65% of the U.S. state school system population, and by the mid-2020s that number will go down to 45%. (Though the pattern is vastly different in private schools). Avoiding whitewashing in media and entertainment will be more important than ever for this generation, who truly will not see a majority white group of kids as their reality. (BBC)

The Legacy Foundation’s Truth campaign has new ads out to convince teens to get more involved in ending smoking. Among those that aired during Sunday’s MTA VMA broadcast, one called out a slew of young celebrities for being an “unpaid tobacco spokesperson,” showing images of them smoking and saying, “They’re the new face of Big Tobacco, and they don’t even know it.” Teens aware of Truth are twice as likely to say they do not intend to smoke in the future, and the new “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” ad has been viewed on YouTube over a million times in the last three days. (Mediapost)

Smoking might not be as popular a dangerous activity as it once was, but that doesn’t mean all teens are playing it safe. The last few years a trend of extreme selfies has been spreading online, with young people taking pictures of themselves precariously perched on tall buildings, and recent events show it’s not going away soon. Last week three young photographers posted a video of themselves at the top of Hong Kong’s fifth-tallest skyscraper, and on Sunday a 24-year-old was arrested in New York for climbing on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. (The Verge)

What if you could collect all the Millennial insights, data, and news that are most relevant to you in one easily accessed spot? Oh wait, you can! On Ypulse.com, the My Library tab is a personalized hub of Millennial content for our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers. Clicking on the star icons next to any insight article, news feed item, or instant poll stat on the site immediately stores them on My Library, creating a repository of relevant information—curated by you. (Ypulse)

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