Softbank to invest up to $750 Million in Zume’s Pizza-Making Robots

Zume Pizza "Baked on Way" Delivery Truck

Pizza-making robots named Pepe, Gorgio, Bruno, and Leonardo have things under control and with a big investment from Softbank coming, this could be the next big thing in pizza.  California start-up Zume Pizza aims to deliver the worlds freshest pizza with its “Baked on the Way” delivery trucks. The custom-made trucks are equipped with 56 ovens and can cook up to 120 pies per hour.  Zume pizza uses AI (Artificial intelligence) and robots that work with humans to create awesome and unique pizzas. It all starts with the Dough-bot The…

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The $3500 Porsche Soundbar that is made from a 911 exhaust

Porsche Design had developed a high performance soundbar audio system. The team at Porsche Design have taken the twin exhaust from the 911 GT3 and converted it to a high performance soundbar. The 200-watt table top design is integrated with all the latest audio technology and connects wirelessly to your tablet or smartphone. By using the components from the 911, the speaker achieves a higher maximum volume, with the sound resonating from the twin chrome exhaust tips. The details of the forged titanium silencer with exposed burnished welds adds a…

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Globalshop 2018. Retail is not dead, It’s finally getting better.

Globalshop returned to the Windy City for 2018 after a 4 year run in Las Vegas. Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities, and it was this show, 18 years ago, that was my first business trip. I have been a designer within the retail industry for most of my career, and with the media attention surrounding the “retail apocalypse”, I wanted to understand what the industry was saying. I landed in Chicago on the first day of the show and made my way to the W-Hotel City Center…

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The Most Funnest Water in The World.

How are you feeling today?  #happy, #cool, #healthy, or perhaps #lazy or #grumpy? Now you can communicate mood with your water. Toronto based Moodwater has packaged Canadian Spring water with colourful “moodicons”. I have been working with Moodwater for a few years, helping them with their in-store merchandising. Moodwater is now available across Canada in many locations including Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and popcorn company Kernels. Being a young company that is focused on branding, Moodwater, also releases special edition moods like #pride for the Toronto Pride Festival and holiday…

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Papa’s got a brand new bag

Handbags may have always been the quintessential accessory for women. But with our love for technology, urban lifestyles and travel, men have driven a trend for the “do everything bag”.  A simple filter in crowdsourcing site Kickstarter showing bags in design and sorted by the most funded reveals 1063 projects with names like The Everyday Backpack, The NOMATIC travel bag and Avanada. For example, the top 3 most funded bags are: Everyday Backpack Tote and Sling – $6,565,782 with nearly 27,000 backers The Everyday Messenger Bag – $4,869,472 with 17,000…

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Shaken not Stirred, Reynolds flies high with Aviation American Gin

Celebrities are investing in liquor companies like never before. Last year, George Clooney’s 4 year old tequila company Casamigos sold to Diageo for as much as $1 billion dollars. Clooney and friend Rande Gerber initially started making tequila for personal use, but were forced to get licensed because they were drinking too much. Talk about first world problems! Ryan Reynolds may have his eye on a billion dollar buy out, as he becomes the new owner and face of Aviation American Gin. Reynolds said: Aviation is the best tasting gin…

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Bad to the BONE

Bone Structure Homes - Stanford California

Bad to the Bone…. Rethinking the Building Industry I have always had a love for modern homes, the clean lines, open spaces and minimalist style.  I have owned my home for 6 years now and have been very lucky, as the investment has been excellent. As I look towards the future, I think about developing the land into something more to my taste. In my neighborhood, the typical plan is to tear down and rebuild the property. The city has no design guidelines, so developers will replace a small 1200ft…

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Best Buy Steps It Up!

I have been working in visual merchandising for nearly twenty years and have witnessed the evolution of retail first hand. I recall working on a display for Samsung/Verizon that integrated a 7” screen that was used to advertise a flip phone. At the time, it was very rare to see any kind of digital signage in retail, mainly due to the high cost of screens and content development. The Retail Display industry or Point-Of-Purchase (POP) is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and as retailers look to have more innovation and interactivity, the…

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Never Lose Suction… Dyson opens first Canadian Demo Store

  The company that made vacuums cool is now opening demo stores.  The first Canadian location in Toronto’s upscale Yorkdale mall allows consumers to test out products and learn more about the technology. This is the statement from Dyson: Dyson technology works differently, it is engineered to solve real problems. The best way to understand it is to experience it. This is why the Dyson Demo was created – a place that brings to life the science and engineering at the heart of each machine. Last year Dyson entered the…

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Can empty malls become the Ultimate Fun & Fitness Destination?

Trends in fitness have changed over the years and new facilities are opening constantly. Facilities like OrangeTherory, F45, and Soulcycle are taking the fitness industry by storm. These companies all offer group based workouts that are typically between 45 and 60 minutes. These new companies all have something else in common, they are very conscious of their brand. The spaces are designed with bold colours, cool elements and funky lighting. Check out this London based gym 1REBEL designed by New York based firm Sheridon&Co. It is a great example of…

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