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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Millennial News Feed

In just 15 months, Tasty has not only become the driving force behind BuzzFeed video, it has also become one of top three publishing brands on Facebook. According to an analysis by Tubular Labs, in the last three months Tasty’s Facebook videos averaged 22.8 million video views in just the first 30 days, while BuzzFeed’s main Facebook page only averaged 4.7 million in the same timespan. Known for their “overhead shots of hands assembling delicious, bizarre and everything-in-between recipes,” the brand has recently expanded to include celebrity chefs in the mix. (Digiday

Millennials’ desire for convenience is leading the food delivery revolution. According to Mintel, Americans are increasingly choosing to order in than go out, and 45% of U.S. adults have ordered food delivery in the past three months. That percentage increases to 69% among 18-34-year-old males who live in urban areas, with Millennial women not too far behind at 58%. Among all respondents, the top reasons for ordering in were to catch up on TV shows and movies (41%) and eating alone (25%). (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Bordeaux is releasing a new video series to make itself seem approachable and less stuffy to young drinkers. Beyond Bordeaux is a 10-episode YouTube series where the founder of a food magazine visits the best BYOB restaurants to drink Bordeaux wine at, from “neighborhood pizza places in New York to taco joints in L.A. to sushi spots in Chicago.” The brand wants to shed its exclusive and expensive image, and show Millennials their wine can be fun, affordable, and accessible. (Adweek)

Disney and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are pairing fairytales and fine art for a “fresh” Snapchat campaign. In bi-monthly stories that will be featured on both Disney’s and LACMA’s accounts, the duo will visually retell classics like Beauty and the Beast using works of art and hand-drawn overlays. Disney calls the partnership, “a natural way to add a little magic to art and storytelling to reach a new generation of art and Disney fans alike." LACMA has been using Snapchat since 2014 to playfully highlight and spread awareness of their artwork, winning a Webby for their efforts. (Ad Age)   

Quote of the Day: “For me being an adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

Gilmore Girls Snapchat filter unlocked big numbers for Netflix. When they took over 200 local cafés to recreate the show’s Luke’s diner and promote the upcoming reboot, Netflix also added Snapcodes to 10,000 coffee cups that gave customers access to a sponsored filter for up to an hour. The filter, which featured a sign from Luke’s and the image of toaster with the show’s premiere date, was viewed 880,000 times and reached more than 500,000 people in one day. Snap to Unlock is a fairly new ad offering from Snapchat that has already been used by Sprite, Burberry, and Cinnabon. (Adweek

REI has tapped into Facebook 360 videos to reach multicultural Millennials. As part of their “Access Outdoors” campaign, the outdoor gear retailer released three two-minute long Facebook 360-degree videos featuring artists in Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles working on art installations. Vix, a publisher whose audience is 65% Hispanic and 12% African-American, was used to share the videos, with the goal that the young residents from the three major cities would see “the outdoors [as] more accessible.” The effort reportedly generated more than 822,000 views on Facebook. (Digiday)

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