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FuturistU > Tactics > Future of Tech > Module 1 / 4

Intro to the Three Phases of Futurism

Instructor: Sean Watson
Future of Tech
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In today's world, modern technology is evolving at a pace that is often hard to properly keep up with and track. From its impacts on the consumer and retail experience to health care and even labor, technology is so deeply embedded in every aspect of our lives. It helps create more seamless shopping experiences while also providing us with information at lightning speed.

This course examines the bright and potentially dark future of technology, diving into what this means for both consumers and brands. Will robots take over your job? Will voice activation replace touch once and for all? How is technology reinventing brick and mortar? Discover the 3 Phases of Futurism with Trend Hunter's Sean Watson.
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Autonomous Hub
Unstaffed retailers are popping up in densely populated areas
Trend - Retail hubs like hotels, offices and malls are increasingly featuring unstaffed stores in order to speed up consumers' shopping times. These stores allow for smart detection and automatic charges for products that consumers purchase.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize convenience within its purchase journey?
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Retail Bot
Retail-based robots now have more social features and functions
Trend - Retail bots are no longer only designed to offer assistance in-store--they're now also dealing with some of the social interactions associated with brick and mortar shopping. These bots are designed to foster good will and do everything from greeting customers to bringing them snacks.
Workshop Question - How is your brand ensuring its customers are engaged throughout the purchase journey?
7.1
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Gesture Kiosk
Gesture-controlled interfaces use hand-tracking technology to reduce health risks
Trend - Retail and entertainment industries are opting for gesture-controlled kiosk interfaces to enhance the user experience without contact-related health and safety risks. Hand-tracking technology registers the user's movement to allow touchless screen navigations.
Workshop Question - How will your brand continue to adapt to consumers' pandemic-induced lifestyle changes?
6.8
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AI Label
AI technology is being employed in packaging and label design to improve experience
Trend - Brands are embracing artificial intelligence in packaging more boldly, with the hopes of improving the consumer experience through convenience, authenticity, accessibility, and trust. The implementation of such technology in this sector enables fluid storytelling and even self-translating capabilities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand strengthen transparency and accessibility in packaging?
6.2
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Home-Inspired Auto
Auto brands are working to supercharge comfort and experience in car design
Trend - As the smart car concept is continuously evolving, auto brands are looking for ways to deliver on designs that closely mimic the home environment. The range of concepts here is robust—from entertainment solutions to chic interiors that are powered by smart technology.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help consumers feel more comfortable in their day-to-day?
6.3
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Contactless Airport
Both necessary and recreational processes at airports are becoming contactless
Trend - Contactless airport systems are on the rise as airports around the world continue their heightened safety efforts in light of the ongoing pandemic. These contactless systems are occurring in everything from agent interactions to in-airport food deliveries.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing safety in the long-term amidst the ongoing pandemic?
4.5
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Tech-Supported Caregiver
Brands are developing high-tech training materials for caregivers
Trend - By appealing to the benefits of mixed reality and artificial intelligence, brands in the health care sector are able to offer substantial training for caregivers who work with older adults. Through simulation, workers are able to build a greater degree of compassion and learn from their mistakes through hands-on activities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand enhance the training of your employees?
6.2
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Smart Parking
Tech companies are striving to make the parking experience easier for consumers
Trend - Through the increasing incorporation of various technology—from robots to artificial intelligence—companies are launching tools that will assist individuals in finding and navigating parking spaces.
Workshop Question - How can your brand use technology to create a seamless experience for consumers?
6.3
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Blockchain Transparency
Alcohol brands are introducing blockchain technology to packaging designs
Trend - In a bid to verify the authenticity of a product, as well as to increase transparency between the brand and its consumers, alcohol companies are incorporating blockchain technology into the experience. Through scanning a code on a bottle, closure, or label, consumers can access a ledger with information about the product, its quality, how it was manufactured, and so on.
Workshop Question - How might you strengthen the transparency between your brand and consumers?
6.2
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3d Shopping
3d virtual shopping platforms aim to elevate the purchase journey
Trend - 3d visuals on e-commerce platforms are increasingly popular as consumers seek out more immersive forms of virtual retail. These aesthetics have the benefit of showing customers the products in a more realistic and all-encompassing way.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing its virtual shopping experience for customers?
7.6
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