It’s been real, educational, inspirational, and most of all fun! Thanks for joining us over the last month as we explored innovation through play. And a special hat tip to our resident mad scientist, IBM Fellow John Cohn, for his fascinating experiments, awesome insights and playful brilliance.

Stay tuned for more digestible tech tidbits—some you can even cook up yourself: because Watson and Bon Appetit have been in cahoots and have some concoctions to share with you very soon, here on IBMblr.

Tiny kitchen on wheels aims to get kids cooking at school

Eating out and getting a takeaway are not only expensive, but they are usually much less healthy than cooking a meal. And yet, nearly a third of all Americans say they can’t cook. Hoping to get more kids learning how to take control of the meals they eat, an initiative called The Charlie Cart Project has developed a mini, portable kitchen that’s kitted out with all the equipment needed to teach children how to cook. READ MORE…

You need others. Too often people think that being unique means being isolated, and being a great artist means coming up with genius ideas out of nowhere. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
—  John Lasseter

Later today, Beats is formally unveiling its partnership with Fragment and Hiroshi Fujiwara, the Godfather of Harajuku, at the Apple Store in Soho. Fujiwara is a musician, DJ and designer known for transforming the bustling Tokyo scene with his forward streetwear. Fujiwara has designed a limited-edition Beats Solo2 headphone that balances a glossy chrome finish with matte white accents. This one is bound to turn heads. (More details here and here.)

Ada’s love of both poetry and math primed her to see beauty in a computing machine. She was an exemplar of the era of Romantic science, which was characterized by a lyrical enthusiasm for invention and discovery.


It was a time not unlike our own. The advances of the Industrial Revolution, including the steam engine, mechanical loom, and telegraph, transformed the nineteenth century in much the same way that the advances of the Digital Revolution — the computer, microchip, and Internet — have transformed our own. At the heart of both eras were innovators who combined imagination and passion with wondrous technology, a mix that produced Ada’s poetical science and what the twentieth-century poet Richard Brautigan would call “machines of loving grace.”

—  Happy 199th birthday, Ada Lovelace! How Lord Byron’s daughter became the world’s first computer programmer.
INFJ Personality Type and Innovation

MBTI Test INFJ Personality Types are caring, perceptive, and optimistic, using their skills and abilities to better others in some way. They formulate their thoughts around trying to find the correct solution for something, rather than putting forward various poorly thought out ideas. They truly enjoy helping others in the long run, and the ideas and solutions they bring to the table reflect that. Usually, if they are working on something that they don’t feel betters others, they may become lackluster about the task.

- Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, Introduction to Type and Innovation

Txch This Week: Smarter Smartboards And Wireless Brain Sensors


by Jared Kershner

This week on Txchnologist, researchers looking to reveal the details of how dinosaurs move have created an advanced simulation using a chicken-like bird as their model. Moving virtual bones were then dropped in to recreate how the animal’s stride disturbs the surface it travels across. The work is providing new insights into dinosaur locomotion.

Researchers in South Korea and the U.S. may have built the smartest artificial skin yet – its texture is stretchy like human skin, and it also senses pressure, temperature and humidity. It even contains a built-in heater to mimic living tissue. The researchers have tested this new artificial skin on a prosthetic hand, and their next goal is to integrate the system with a patient’s nerves so amputees can sense what it feels.

NASA reports that its Curiosity rover has uncovered details of a large lake that existed on Mars more than 3 billion years ago. This body of water partially filled a crater called Gale near the planet’s equator, which was fed by melting snow that flowed in from its northern rim. Additionally the rover has found evidence of streams, river deltas and a history of filled and dried lakes around the crater, indicating that the area went through multiple hydrologic cycles over millions of years.

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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INFP Personality Type and Innovation

INFP types enjoy developing new proposals and plans, allowing others to take their ideas and run with them and actually put them to use. They prefer that their innovative thoughts provide an advantage to others or to organizations, hoping to make a difference in their community. They are constantly searching out new ideas, oftentimes building on moments from their lives or new information that provides insight that further builds on what they already know. If they are having a slow day of ideas, Myers-Briggs INFP types enjoy supporting others and stimulating their own imaginative ideas.

- Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, Introduction to Type and Innovation


Woman Invents Amazing Car That Wheelchair Users Can Just Drive Away

A woman in a wheelchair wanted to help people like her to become more independent, so she designed and is now manufacturing an innovative electric car that provides easy access and drivability, without ever getting out of your chair.

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Here’s something that’ll add a little Play to your day. 

INTJ Personality Type and Innovation

Those with the Myers-Briggs Test INTJ Personality Type are incredibly adept at viewing problems as a whole, and can therefore generate ideas on how to solve these problems on a larger scale as opposed to fixing each component individually. They usually have a keen eye for right answers, choosing the correct direction for their innovation without bothering with testing out various different ideas. They are path-pavers, making way for even more innovation as they go.

- Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, Introduction to Type and Innovation