Arizona Futurist, Jason Hope Describes The Hype Of The Internet Of Things

Jason Hope is a native Arizonian that grew up in Tempe, Arizona, a town outside of Phoenix, Arizona. He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe, in his hometown. Mr. Hope holds a finance degree and a masters degree in business from his hometown alma matter.

As a futurist, Mr. Hope follows technology innovation and trends very closely. Below is his thoughts that were featured on Tech.co on the hype associated with the internet of things.

Jason Hope says there is much hype surrounding the internet of things. He says that it is an inevitable part of new technology, where they are hyped up and then either live up to those expectations or not. Mr. Jason Hope holds the view that the IoT can live up to its hype and disagrees with those that say it will fail and die out of the public and technology. Here is why.

Jason Hope says that the internet of things can make us healthier. The devices themselves will not make us healthier, but their collection of data can make us choose more healthy options. For example, fitness and nutrition trackers can make it more likely that we exercise and eat healthy foods. They can help motivate us to do better. Mr. Hope also says that storing data from IoT connected devices can give medical practitioners real time data about our health, so it can improve the quality of healthcare we receive.

Jason Hope also believes that the IoT can improve our cities and towns. When sensors and connected technology is utilized in city departments, traffic and pollution can be reduced. First respondents can respond more effectively and quickly. Public transit can be more reliable. All of this is possible through the IoT. To live up to its hype, the IoT needs the right development. Then, we can enjoy its benefits.

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Squaw Valley Ski Resort Gives Update On Upper Mountain Water Quality

The Squaw Valley ski resort has issued a lengthy statement outlining its response to the water contamination that was found on the Upper Mountain portion of its resort. Squaw Valley’s statement also included a report with an update on the current water quality level at upper mountain’s drinking water supply. The following is a transcription of the statement issued by the Olympic Valley based ski resort known as Squaw Valley.

 

A massive rainstorm was the culprit behind the contaminated water supply at Upper Mountain. Much higher than usual precipitation led to flooding of the water supply system which had actually been only upgraded. The flooded waters in turned out, had dangerous e-coli and other coliform bacteria which then seeped into Upper Mountain’s water supply systems. The affected parts of the Upper Mountain water supply system included the sections of High Camp and Gold Coast.

 

Squaw Valley wants to make it clear that as soon as the resort found out that there was contamination at one of its water supplies, the appropriate authorities were notified and the appropriate action was taken. This included contacting the Placer County Environmental Health department and notifting the Squaw Valley Public Service District that a contamination of the water supply at the High Camp and Gold Coast parts of the Upper Mountain area had occurred. The water supply was also immediately shut down upon the learning of dangerous coliform bacteria present in it.

 

The resort also wishes to stress that there was never any danger to the public of being exposed to the contaminated water supply. All tourists and guests at the Upper Mountain area were promptly notified not to drink any of the water. Bottled water was provided to them and continues to be provided until the contamination is completely resolved. All restaurants at the Upper Mountain area have also been shut down and will continue to be until the contamination of the Upper Mountain drinking water is certified to be free of dangerous bacteria.

 

According to Squaw Valley’s latest reports, three of the four wells at Upper Mountain are free of the e-coli bacteria. These three wells also contain minute amounts of coliform bacteria. The resort continues to take all the necessary precautions and actions to restore its water supply to safe standards.

Fabletics vs. Amazon

Amazon controls about 20 percent of the fashion e-commerce market. Its expansive inventory outmatches every company that would even dare to challenge its rule. But recently, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has stepped up and is daring to knock Amazon out of the number one spot.

In just three years, Fabletics has grown into a $250 million business. It’s now one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Fabletics is the leading fashion company in the ‘activewear’ trend. It also uses a subscription mechanic to sell directly to its customers. The overall premise of Fabletics is simple; combine convenience and membership with aspirational fashion.

High-value brands were determined by price and the quality of the product. In recent years, trends have shifted the economics of fashion in a new direction. Just having a good product at a good price is no longer a guaranteed success.

Nowadays, consumers care about things like customer experience, brand recognition, and gamification elements. Along with other personal aspects, the new fashion e-commerce market can be quite tricky. Companies have to put a lot more effort into becoming a brand that consumers will think of as being high-value.

With Fabletics success continuing to skyrocket, the company has now begun opening physical stores. Having seen the success of other e-commerce companies like Apple, Fabletics is taking its physical stores to a new level. Currently, Fabletics has sixteen stores in places like Hawaii, Illinois, Florida, and California.

Gregg Throgmartin, General Manager of Fabletics, thinks of Fabletics as building a modern and re-imagined version of a high-value brand. From day one, the company set out to create something like never before. It’s that innovative spirit that encouraged the customer-focused concept. It’s what allows Fabletics to offer personalized services and products.

While most e-commerce companies with physical stores have been suffering from ‘showrooming’, Fabletics has taken ‘showrooming’ and turned it into a positive. ‘Showrooming’ is where people browse offline and go buy that same item somewhere else. To combat the negative impact of showrooming, Fabletics has introduced ‘reverse showrooming.’

Reverse showrooming is the strategy of welcoming visitors into the store and making them feel wanted. Fabletics relies on customer relationships and getting to know the local markets. This strategy has resulted in 30 to 50 percent of visitors being members and an additional 25 percent of visitors becoming members.

In a recent review about Fabletics, the author actually confirmed much of what people have been hearing about Fabletics. The quality of the products is actually much better than expected. Usually, with products in that price range, it’s expected to stretch out or fade within weeks of being purchased. Fabletics’ products actually hold their shape and compression over time.

Overall, Fabletics is a good membership to join. The prices are good and the products are beyond impressive. What many may not know about Fabletics is that it allows members to skip monthly payments if they’re not going to buy anything that month.