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Marketing Communications Associate at The Grommet

  • What has innovation looked like over the last century?

    1939 New York  World's Fair

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    Here at Daily Grommet, we see innovation every day. Whether it's when we receive Grommet submissions through our Citizens Gallery, or when we're discussing big ideas for the company, there isn't a point of innovation that we don't touch. It's amazing to watch how quickly the world changes and what's cutting edge one day is considered old news the next. Anyone who owns any type of personal technology device can attest to this. We often joke that "Grommet time" is faster than regular time. Things happen quickly around here and trends come and go at a rapid pace. Yet one thing always stays the same: the desire to create products that make people's lives easier. We've seen it since the dawn of time.

    Recently, we happened upon an article that showed us what "big innovation" looked like back in the 1930's. Oh, how far we've come. This got us thinking. What have been the biggest technological milestones over the last century? Some of the big advancements below might appear very commonplace, yet not the case at the time.

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  • Valentines Day: Love it or hate it? Either way, here are 5 great apps for it!

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    Oh, Valentine's Day. It's either a day you're anxiously awaiting or one you're dreading. You're either waiting for that special smooch from your loved one, or...planning a movie night with the girls and burning old love letters. Either way, you'll have a great story to tell and only 365 days until the next. If you're planning a special night with your sweetie, yet stuck for some romantic ideas, here are 5 new apps that may help.

    Happy Valentine's Day from the team at Daily Grommet!

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  • New products we support on Kickstarter and Indiegogo: January 2013

    Welcome to January's edition of products that we think are kick-ass on Kickstarter and Indiegogo! If you are here for the first time, read up on our series and check out December and November's products.

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    Ian catching up with Grommet Partner, Justin of Zipbuds during CES

     

    Last week, some members from our team had the amazing opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They came back with so much knowledge about new products and trends they saw. One of the biggest trends is the rise of crowdfunding. This is nothing we didn't already know, yet it's great to see some of these products that are currently on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the flesh. It gives us the opportunity to chat with the founders and really learn their story. Given our wild support for these products, we are choosing four this month that are currently campaigning to raise necessary funds. Want to contribute as well? It's not about how much you donate, it's about being part of something bigger and knowing that you are helping to fuel innovation that can change how we make, source and buy products. Hurry as time is running out on a few of them!

     

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    Mauz: One device to rule them all

    Raised $12,765 of $150,000 Goal

    Days to go: 49

    MAUZ is a fantastic product that we're excited to support. MAUZ is a small device that you connect to your smartphone and voila, you have the ability to control computers and televisions with a kinetic three dimensional computer mouse. In other words, your smartphone actually becomes a mouse that can control computers, televisions and other media centers. The limits are endless.

     

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  • 7 Products To Help you "Unsuck" In the Kitchen

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    The young professional crowd in Boston wishes they had more time and skills to be a better cook.

    Did you get inspired this holiday season by all the tasty treats around you and wish you too could make them? Whether or not "unsucking" at cooking was one of your resolutions, you'll find the list of Grommets below to help you get started.

     

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  • 6 Apps To Help With New Year's Resolutions

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    Welcome to 2013! Right in front of us we have a fresh slate, an unwritten year that we can make into anything we want. It's time for renewal, rebirth, and you guessed it, resolutions. Doesn't it feel like yesterday that we promised ourselves (or not) that this would be the year for ___ (fill in the blank). Whether or not you've sucesfully stuck with your resolutions from last year, here's your chance to start again. This time, we thought we'd share a few apps which may help.

    Below read about 6 apps that will help you keep your new year's resolutions, whatever they may be.

    Gympact:

    Ever gone to the gym in January? It's packed!  Unfortunately, by March it's back to the regular crowd. Those who ditch feel guilty for not working out and not using the gym that they've paid for. Enter Gympact. When real money is involved, people's motivations heighten. Who knew? Keep your own "pact" of how often you'll go to the gym or work out and you'll be compensated with cash. Miss a workout and be ready to pay the price (typically about $5). Check out this app and be sure to let us know if it helped you to get motivated and fit.

    RunKeeper:

    You can think of RunKeeper as a necessary arm to Gympact. They actually work together to help you achieve your weight and workout goals. When you track your workouts on Gympact, they get added to your goals on RunKeeper too. It even adds in the social aspect to provide encouragement from friends who also use the app. Want a laugh? Check out their video on Why New Year's Resolutions are Bullsh*t. Then scroll through the informative infographic on new year's resolutions and how to make them realistic.

    Ideal Me Lite:

    Here's an important question. Who's the ideal person that you'd like to become? Kind of a big question, right? Don't think about just one or two aspects of your life, but others such as becoming more confident, dressing better, getting up earlier. Take some time to think about it and then make them into real goals on the Ideal Me Lite app. We think it's pretty cool and would love to hear what you think.

    Babbel:

    N'aimeriez-vous pas de parler français?

    Translation: (from French) Wouldn't you love to speak French?

    Or perhaps you've always felt yourself drawn to the beauty of the Italian language. Yet there's just so little time to take classes between kids, school and work. Well, now you can learn on the go with Babbel. It has strong reviews and the New York Times even wrote about the app recently. So what are you waiting for?

    Inizia oggi l'apprendimento!

    Translation: (from Italian) Start learning today!

    My last cigarette: Quit Smoking!

    We all hope that fewer and fewer people need this app each year. Yet for those who are trying to kick the bad habit, this app might provide some help. My last cigarette has recently become an app, and a popular one at that. All you need to do is enter your smoking information along with personal details and readouts will keep you informed with stats about your improved health, lifespan, savings, as well as nicotine CO2 levels and expected cravings information. We know quitting is hard, which is why no on can do it alone.

    Reward Volunteers:

    More than ever, the world needs volunteers to help. Volunteering gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps you to become part of a community. Yet there are so many charities and causes out there, who can choose? Reward Volunteers helps you choose and rewards you and the organizations where you volunteer.

    What are your resolutions this year and which apps would you suggest?

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  • Four MORE Kick-Ass Projects We're Supporting

    Sushi Quik is a recent Grommet that got its start on Kickstarter!

     

     

    Last month, we kicked off a series of 4 Kick-Ass Kickstarter projects we're supporting. Why? Because today is a fantastic time to be a creator, hacker or maker. There have never been more opportunities to get your project funded, designed and manufactured than ever before. And we're not the only one's who think this.  So, we're on board because we want to have our skin in the game and support projects that deserve it.

    Yet Kickstarter isn't the only platform funding amazing projects! Therefore, this month we're expanding our support to Indiegogo too. Below are three projects from Indiegogo and one from Kickstarter that we think might be truly "kick-ass".

    Want to help support these products? Click through to their individual pages and contribute! Hurry as time is running out on a few of them.

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  • Holiday Cheer from Daily Grommet!

    Rosie the Boxer says Happy Holidays! 

    We're not sure about you, but the last few weeks have been a whirlwind! The office has been full of shipping, meetings and deadlines to get things done before the break. We expect this week to fly by even faster! Below are a few pics of the holiday cheer we've had around the office, including our colleague, Melinda's beautiful dog Rosie!

     

    Happy Holidays! What Grommets are on your wish list this year?

     

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  • App Roundup: Best for the holidays

    The holiday season is here in full force! (In case you hadn't noticed) Gift planning, travel arrangements and recipes are just a few things on our minds. Don't worry, there are apps for that. Continuing our series on some of the best apps out there, below are 5 of our favorites for the holidays. So take a seat, put your feet up and start downloading these apps to help you keep everything under control.

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  • Four Kick-Ass Kickstarter Projects We're Supporting

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    The Elevation Dock, a dock for your iphone was the first Kickstarter project to break $1M.

     

    There's never been an easier and better time to be a maker, hacker or creator. The abundance of resources available to ordinary people who want to change the world is far beyond what it once was. There are funding resources available every step of the way, for any type of project. App creators can fund a project on AppsFunder. Sustainable foodie entrepreneurs can look to Credible for early investors. This Mashable article lists even more, geared toward niche organizations. Other types of resource platforms include Quirky which crowdsources and then chooses products to manufacture.

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  • App Roundup: Fall 2012

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    Raise your hand if you have a hectic life. Of course you do! You might be juggling classes and social commitments, or parent pick-ups and gymnastics meets. Whatever your crazy schedule, you likely have a few apps on your phone to help keep everything together.

    If you're a fan of Daily Grommet, you know that we're always looking out for the next big innovation.  Typically, we keep our eyes peeled for cool products that we feel people will want to buy. Yet sometimes it's fun to take a step back and search for innovation in places we don't normally look. So today we are launching a new series to identify some of the most popular smart phone apps out there. We're getting this series started by outlining 5 apps below to save you time and keep you organized. Ready to get started? Read on.

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