“Why We Don’t Surf the Web Anymore And Why That Matters” is a featured post in Forbes’ Valley Voices series this week. Written by Ron Palmeri, CEO of Layer, Ron argues that messaging and notifications are profoundly transforming how we use the Internet:
Web surfing was the defining framework in the commercial Internet’s first decade, Facebook led the transition from the browser to messaging apps, and now messaging and notifications will remake all categories of applications going forward… China has already taken this route via the WeChat social/messaging app. And having won the social media era here, Facebook is trying to dominate consumer messaging. Prescient investors like Fred Wilson have already called it, but the ecosystem continues to evolve.
Also this week, Fast Company’s business and design site is featuring one of the 12 finalists in the latest Design Challenge. Chosen by judges working with our client the Stanford Center on Longevity, Veevo is a small side table that hides a mini home gym for the elderly:
“We focused on different kind of exercises that would target different muscle groups,” says designer Emily Cowell. A drawer pulls out to turn into a chair for seated exercises, and under the seat is space for yoga mats and weights. At the bottom, a step stool pulls out for step aerobics, and a handrail on the side offers balance.