Strawberry + Pineapple = Pineberry

[via Slashfood] I eat a lot of fruit. What do you get when you cross a strawberry and a pineapple? A pineberry, of course. Pineberries are $4.50 for a 4.5 ounce bag, or about 88 cents per berry. This designer fruit — a hybrid that looks like a white strawberry with red seeds, but which allegedly smells and tastes like a pineapple — will first be sold in the UK, ABC News reported. Cr... Read More

Personal Metrics Will Increase Your Performance

Some of you might know that some guys and I are building a watch to count laps for swimmers (www.lapview.com). Our small team at Lapview spends lots of time thinking about ways to measure information so athletes can improve performance. Personal metrics makes me think of the android character “Data” from Star Trek (pictured above). Data could sense a person’s blood flow and brea... Read More

My Prediction for 2010: Rise of “Micro Mapping”

I was a judge again this year at SJSU’s Neat Ideas Fair. It’s a student innovation contest that is open to the public. Two companies this year addressed a rising trend that I call micro mapping. “Kart Buddy” helps grocery shoppers create a route in the store matching their shopping list and “Airport Buddy” helps travelers navigate airports. I predict this wil... Read More

Final 16 Ideas from Google Ideas Contest

Google has selected the final 16 public policy ideas from their big ideas contest. You can see the full range of ideas here. This type of work is important to me because ideas frame our understanding of the world and drive our behaviors. The ideas that resonated with me are: encourage positive media depictions of engineers and scientists (Neal note: ala the Intel commercial) create a transport... Read More

Book: Absinthe and Flamethrowers

I picked up a book today called Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously. It’s an exploration of a single, important question: Are people who take risks happier than those who do not? Bill says they are. I agree. What did not resonate. Bill Gurstelle is a fellow Minnesotan, but a solely different kind of “adventurer”. His book is osten... Read More

[Update] Book: Born to Run

In my previous blog post I mentioned that runners are more likely to get injured in expensive shoes than in less expensive shoes, and even less likely to get injured running barefoot. Customers are spending money to hurt themselves. This is based on Christopher McDougall’s research in the book Born To Run. A few of my friends have suggested that people that buy expensive running shoes are more... Read More