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From: Ron5/25/2019 1:42:57 PM
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Ford rolls out a delivery robot named 'Digit' which is transported and powered by a Ford self-driving car:


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From: Julius Wong5/26/2019 7:08:45 AM
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The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery provider

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To: richardred who wrote (2292)5/28/2019 1:11:14 PM
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5 Packaging Trends to Watch in 2019
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By Cory Francer





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Based on interviews with three packaging experts, these five key packaging design trends stood out regarding the impact they could have on the industry in 2019.

A New Sustainability Focus The environmental impact of packaging has been a major topic of conversation for decades, but has so often solely centered on recyclability. In 2019, keep an eye on how sustainability is framed, and the ways converters, brands and retailers can extend the conversation. According to David Luttenberger of Mintel, much of the backlash against packaging — particularly plastic packaging — in 2018, was misleading. “So many of the claims were so outlandish,” he says. “They didn’t do anything to educate the consumer, but they did a lot to scare and misinform the consumer. I believe in 2019, we’re going to begin to see brands use on-pack communication to talk more simply and more succinctly to consumers about what is compostable and what is the definition of plastic free?” He adds that Mintel is suggesting brands take a “plastic responsible” approach to packaging by using plastic in an environmentally responsible manner, and educating consumers about proper plastic reuse and disposal.

Packaging Illustrated
Illustrations, rather than photographs, are projected to be prevalent on packaging this year.

Print technology has become so advanced that photographs of consumer products can be pristinely replicated on packaging. But, according to multiple experts, consumers can expect to see an increasing number of product and ingredient illustrations on packaging this year. Taylor Getler of Works Design Group explains that the use of illustrations gives brands freedom to utilize graphics to speak to specific consumer lifestyles. Luttenberger meanwhile, explains that illustrations can give off the appearance of a natural, wholesome product.

Related story: Eye-catching Illustrations Highlight Chobani Shrink Sleeves

Smarter Packaging for a Better Experience Smart or interactive packaging has been emerging for years, but experts predict that this year it is poised to become more contextually relevant to the consumer experience. Rather than novelties or gimmicks, smart packaging will serve as a resource for consumers to learn more about the product and its brand, and how it fits into their individual lives.

Rethinking Women’s Product Packaging According to Getler, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how brands are marketing products to them. In women’s product categories in particular, Getler says to expect a shift away from overtly pink packaging designs that do little to speak to the consumer as an individual. Instead, she explains women’s product brands are transitioning away from stereotypical hot pink to more elegant designs. One brand she says is leading the way in this category is Flamingo, a provider of razors and related products.

Cannabis Goes Mainstream
This folding carton was entered into the Paperboard Packaging Council’s award competition and is representative of trends in cannabis packaging. Credit: Paperboard Packaging Council.

As cannabis and cannabis-related products continue to achieve a varying degree of legality, brands in this space will need packaging that not only attracts consumers, but provides the necessary degree of security cannabis products require. Getler explains that brands are steering away from the stereotypical stoner imagery associated with cannabis and into more refined designs. Just like in other product segments, she says a variety of consumers legally use cannabis, and its packaging should be multidimensional.












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From: Julius Wong5/29/2019 8:43:46 PM
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How a ‘Smart’ Trash Bin Can Transform City Garbage Collection

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From: Julius Wong5/30/2019 7:15:04 AM
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Police Unlock AI's Potential to Monitor, Surveil and Solve Crimes

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From: Julius Wong5/31/2019 6:58:26 PM
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How Tech Giants Get You to Click This (and Not That)

Design tactics, known as dark patterns, are aimed at prompting users into actions that benefit the company but not necessarily the user

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From: Julius Wong6/1/2019 8:47:30 AM
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Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment Before You Do

The tech giant has figured out a way to get millions of its smart speakers into homes without consumers lifting a finger, as property managers bring in Alexa to manage tenants

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From: Julius Wong6/2/2019 8:43:47 AM
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How medical 3D printing could solve the shortage of organ donations

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To: Julius Wong who wrote (2527)6/2/2019 9:53:13 AM
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Good video generally but the title is a bit misleading. They barely mention 3d printing of organs, instead focusing on technologies that are already in use or very close to being used.

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From: Julius Wong6/4/2019 9:03:24 AM
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A Glass Battery That Keeps Getting Better?

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