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: “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)

Millennial women have almost closed the alcohol consumption gender gap. According to new analysis: “Men born between 1891 and 1910 were 2.2 times as likely as women to drink alcohol; among people born between 1991 and 2000, that ratio fell to 1.1.” The likeliness of alcohol abuse in young women has also increased from a century ago, and is currently nearly equal to young men. Analysts say the closing of other gender gaps, like education, employment, and status, has given women more opportunities to drink. (The Atlantic

Netflix and Hulu may have some major competition coming their way. LeEco, the "Netflix of China," will launch LeEco Live in America early next year, and will include shows and movies from partners like Showtime and Lionsgate. The brand, which been ‘dominating’ the Chinese market, started as a streaming video service but has grown to also develop tech like TVs, VR headsets, and smartphones. Their new service will be programmed to work seamlessly across these devices, providing a “consistent experience.” (Business Insider

Children’s curiosity is fueling the popularity of nonfiction digital content. Research from Insight Kids’ has revealed that 92% of kids like watching nonfiction entertainment, which can include “tutorials, reality programs, ads/trailers, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, ‘making of’ content and cast interviews.” Being in control of what they learn is driving their interest, with 62% saying non-fiction content inspire them with ideas on what to learn or do. (Kidscreen)  

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