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Fast Company October 2019

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.

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Mansueto Ventures LLC
6 Issues

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1 min
the books that inspire me

1 The British Are Coming RICK ATKINSON The first volume of a trilogy on the real American Revolution. It’s not the kind of fanaticized powdered-wig version we usually get. 2 The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DUBOIS Even though it was written over a century ago, it is still one of the most lucid explanations of the period we call Reconstruction. 3 The Underground Railroad COLSON WHITEHEAD I am reading it for the second time. It is still so startling, original, and surprising that it just wakes me up. 4 A Gentleman in Moscow AMOR TOWLES It is one of these great epic sweeps of a book, which takes place in a hotel, and nowhere else, in Moscow, over many, many decades. It is a wonderful, wonderful book.…

1 min
augmented human lab, university of auckland

A NEW MOUTH-OPERATED REMOTE CONTROL ChewIt, a lozenge-size, wireless “intraoral interface,” could offer a new way for people who can’t use their limbs to control their personal technology. ChewIt creator Pablo Gallego Cascón, a graduate student in the University of Auckland’s Augmented Human Lab, wanted to prototype a piece of assistive technology that “doesn’t draw the attention of others and doesn’t make [the user] feel weird.” A paralyzed person might control a wheelchair by blowing or sipping air through a straw mounted near the face, but “these interfaces are not as discreet and natural as they could be,” says Cascón. ChewIt, about the size of a large breath mint, remains undetectable to anyone other than the person using it. In addition to functioning as a physical button when bitten, ChewIt’s semisoft exterior encases…

1 min
branch creative

An Instant-Print Camera Released this past June, the Kodak Smile is a 10-megapixel camera that also features a tiny internal printer. To take a photo, you slide the cover to open the lens and use the LCD viewfinder on the back, not unlike the way many smartphone cameras function. After capturing an image, with the push of a button you can print out a photo that’s about the size of a standard business card (2 by 3 inches)—up to 40 prints on a single charge. With dimensions similar to a standard smartphone, the Smile is a follow-up to the Printomatic, a larger digital point-and-shoot camera with no LCD viewfinder that Kodak released in early 2018. In addition to the camera, the Smile series also includes a handsize printer that can connect…

2 min
eir healthcare

A BETTER HOSPITAL ROOM Alexa-enabled entertainment, touchless controls for the bathroom sink, and a $2,300 simulated skylight above the bed sound more like amenities in a highend boutique hotel suite than in a hospital room. But they’re all standard options for MedModular, a hospital room designed to prioritize “patient experience.” Most hospital construction emphasizes thrift over comfort, because “the industry that’s building the rooms is not the industry that’s caring for the patients,” says Grant Geiger, CEO of EIR Healthcare, the startup behind MedModular. To correct what Geiger calls this “disconnect,” EIR Healthcare designs, fabricates, and delivers modular patient rooms as if they were “a finished product, like Ford delivers a truck or Boeing delivers a plane,” he says. And by standardizing design and components, “we can integrate technology [into the room]…

2 min
buzzy bags

New York–based accessories brand Bee & Kin collaborated with technology company Flic to equip its bags with buttons that can be programmed to do a range of tasks, from calling a car to finding a missing phone. The honeycomb-inspired bags also include a light to help owners locate their keys. Founder Tracey Hummel, who previously worked at Tory Burch, says, “Users can customize their experience. We wanted to make the technology flexible because women have different needs.” (From $495) Lockjaw Knives (FROM $150, LOC KJAWKNIVE S.COM) “I always use my Lockjaw utility knife, which was handcrafted by an artisan in New Orleans. It has a great aesthetic and a solid weight.” —Ryan Turf, president, CB2 Hire Learning The Biggest Hurdles for Employees After Getting Promoted to Management, According to U.S. Workers It Never Gets Old “I love…

2 min
my operating system basketball player, author andre iguodala

What is your best habit, and what is your worst? My best is that I check up on people. On a human level, I’m always asking, “How you doing?” My worst is that I’m too forgiving. If someone crosses me, I’ll keep them at a distance, but I still keep in touch with them. Do you have a work uniform or wardrobe staple? I like all black, but I like to liven it up with some color. I always wear a blazer. I’ll keep it trendy with the pants. I like Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Good Counsel, which I invested in. That brand is going to blow up. How do you unplug? Meditation. I use Headspace—it teaches you how to meditate. Sometimes I do it with my son. What’s your favorite object in your office? A friend…