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”.

 

Connected devices are coming to speed

Verizon moves up in the path of a connected society. As one of the biggest telco’s in the US, they have created a platform to take the smartphone into machines. In their whitepaper they say:” In the coming years, machine-to-machine services will be built into almost everything we touch—enhancing our quality of life and creating new ways to engage with partners and customers”. They put their money where their mouth is and created this development platform that challenges machine builders TO take wireless technology into their machines. In many areas connected devices are showing up; healthcare, vendingmachines, automotive, consumer electronics, security, toys and many more to come.

Communicating machines are not new but the low threshold to adapt the technology through inspiring development platforms will speed up our connected world. Take a moment today to enjoy the silence of just pondering at the coffee machine because soon this machine will start conversation.

Source: Verizon launched a set of services that bring us a step further into the connected society.