Disruption: Eye care market

Optometrist and eye docters will get their share of disruptive innovation. MIT professor Ramesh Raskar figured that the quality of the iPhone screen has reached such a great quality that, with a little clip-on eyepiece and a smart iPhone app it would be possible to create a low cost mobile auto refractor. So he did. But before a diagnostic device like this can hit the market extensive testing is needed and that is where Raskar also revolutionized by gathering all test data from the mobile units in a cloud-based platform called Test2Connect.

Currently EyeNetra is starting large scale testing in countries like Brazil, India and Mexico. A logical choice as EyeNetra states on their website:” 2.4 billion people worldwide don’t have glasses who need them due to a lack of felt need for eye care. While eyeglass manufacturers/retailers can produce $0.25 eyeglasses, they have minimal cost effective, quality, or remote eye diagnostics to build demand + efficiently service those in need“.

When the test results proof the reliability the EyeNetra set, which has been mentioned to have an estimated cost of $30 could replace the 40 pounds weighing, $10,000 costing, auto refractor. This will revolutionize eye care as many people in rural areas, who currently do not have access to auto refractors, will have access to this mobile device to pinpoint for their prescription.

EyeNetra is uniquely positioned to disrupt the $75 billion eyecare market and satisfy the 2.4 billion people who need vision correction through on-demand eye tests and access to care.”

Generation Flux

The world is chaos. The timeframe that we’ve entered represents a new world. And new worlds are inhabited by new generations. Generation Flux is the group of people that embrace instability. They tolerate and even enjoy the fact that nothing is what it seems. Three year ago the global cell phone industry was dominated by three players, Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola. Today Apple and Samsung are in control. Fast paced change is what Generation Flux has embraced. They are the one’s that go rafting on the colorado river of live and change the rules while falling down the mountain. The recalibrate careers, business models. They don’t take the existing assumptions for granted as they have the proof that what you see today will not be tomorrow. They are accustomed to the frictionless spread of information and the accept that schooling as we know it today will change in the blink of an eye as online education efforts and the speed in which we have to learn, de-learn and re-learn disrupts the existing methods.

 

GenFluxer will be or have been student, businessmen, educator, entrepreneur, politician and they do not know what they will be next. What they do know is that they will grab on to something. Since yesterday’s rules no longer are applied today GenFluxer will move freely in what Fast company described in the 1990s as a “Free Agent Nation” and “The Brand Called You.” era. They are the “New economy”.

 

Time Banking, Will time be the new currency to pay of unemployed

Recently I ran into timebanks.org an initiative for those that have run out of money and have time to spent. They describe the basic principle of time banking as follows:” At its most basic level, Time banking is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into the Time Bank as a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time dollar to spend on having someone doing something for you. It’s a simple idea, but it has powerful ripple effects in building community connections.”

So here is the trade. All those people that are currently unemployed should open an account at a timebanks affiliate nearby. they should do the self assesment in order to find out what they have to offer to the world or in other words what they can do for others in the time they have abundant since they are unemployed.

As timebanks started as a volunteers initiative the way they organise the functional trade of time brings in a new equivalent of cash. This way all those gazillions of printed mickey mouse money wont be needed to get things done by people that can do the things. Whatever happend with bartering, it’s back and the internet solutions can speed up a new real life economy for those with time without money.tb_logo

Orange mania, so cadmium

The National colour of the Netherlands is orange based on the Royal house of Orange. Therefore every international sports tournament the Dutch go crazy, they go orange. While sitting on a terrace i write this post in the up-heath of the semi final of the fifa football world championship. Orange flags, orange t-shirts, orange ties, orange merchandise. Actually orange everything.
This made me wonder; What is the environmental impact of this orange mania?”

As you might know orange as a colour is composed by blending red and yellow dies. I knowfrom the past that some toys for my kids were banned because they contained too much cadmium. Next questions that arise are: what specific orange products are brought into the market in what quantities and how have these products been colorized? And last but not least if the Dutch team is kicked out of the tournament what will happen all these orange goods. Will they be disposed and burned? What will happen to the chemicals in the pigments?
I will continue my investigation and I do hope that the readers of my blog can help me in solving the equation:
amount of orange products(KG)*the weight of chemical/metals(kg)*the effect of burning the waste in a furnish(kg remaining in ashes)+waste chemical airborn(kg)
This equation probably makes no sense but it would be great to get it right.