4word Thinking Digest – November 11, 2014

In This Edition:

Will the iWatch kill the fitness tracker? Competition is for losers and a giant leap forward in 3D printing technology.

How the Smartwatch Will Kill the Fitness Tracker

Wearable fitness trackers have been all the rage this past year. Fitbit, Nike, Jawbone, even Microsoft and Garmin are in the game. The question is: Can the fitness tracker survive in the emerging world of smart watches? When Apple releases the iWatch, it could be a real game-changer for the companies banking on the wearable fitness tracker. Read what Mashable has to say about it.

To Capture Value, Build a Monopoly

Peter Thiel has long been a voice of innovation. As the co-founder of PayPal turned venture capitalist, his ideas on disrupting markets and creating the “next big thing” are always interesting. In this Wall Street Journal article, he discusses why competition is for losers and how monopolies are good for society. Read the article and watch the interview here.

HP Raises the Bar on 3D Printing Technology

Last week, HP released news that they have developed a 3D printer that can print multiple different materials at once. Think of it as color printing vs. black-and-white. In this case, however, not only the colors can vary, but the materials themselves. A hard plastic can be printed along with a soft, flexible one to create a single item or product. While it is a natural and seemingly obvious evolution of the technology, HP is the first one to get it done. 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing in the 21st century and HP clearly wants to be a part of it. Read more about the new HP 3D printing technology here.

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About Steve Szettella

Love to Jeep, Ski, Golf, and Travel. Living near Boulder Colorado. Founder and president of 4word Systems - among other things.

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