Exploring new ideas can help your business maintain long-term good development, even if those sideline is not relevant to your main business.
Let's take a look at some of the well-known businesses in the United States who are exploring the interesting sideline industry, Tesla, Disney, Alphabet, Amazon and IBM. Their subordinates are likely to grow and develop in time, but now they look crazy.
Disney develops all kinds of robots
At Disneyland, you can see Disney robots - electronic animation technology has been a very important part of the Disneyland and Disney world experience for decades. But Disney will not stop there.
Figure: A group of Pixelbot pixel robots form colorful dinosaurs
The company is not only promoting the development of basic robotic art, but also exploring a better way to interact with computers and machines. Disney in the development of a wide range of robot products, such as two legs and can move on the ball robot, a group of large images in the pixel as a color robot, can play with the human race game robot.
Some of these technologies will be used for future Disney theme parks or for film studios, but their applications are more than that. Looking back at the company's ambitious future community experiment prototype (EPCOT), you can see that Disney's thinking completely breaks the mindset of the theme park; you can also look at the "future world" in Florida. Those robots may eventually appear on the city streets.
Alphabet wants to solve the mystery of longevity
This company, formerly known as Google, still has more than 99% of its quarterly revenue coming from the subsidiary's online search and advertising business. This did not stop Alphabet chasing a series of very interesting sideline, many of these sideline have a very broad prospects for development.
Among the many sideline of Alphabet, the most interesting is the number of Calico's medical research laboratories.
Calico was originally owned by Google department, and later became a subsidiary of Alphabet. It wants to stop or slow the human aging process. It is hoped that through the combination of traditional medical research and advanced data analysis to achieve that goal by.Calico consists of a medical scientist's elite team leader, set up soon after with other medical experts and university research institutions to establish cooperation. Want to let oneself and others to achieve ever-young Futurist Ray Kurzweil (Ray Kurzweil) served as a consultant for Calico.
In the industry view, to prevent aging process, cure any disease, longevity, perhaps the most ambitious idea.
Tesla energy business will soon become the main business
It looks like no special roof is actually Tesla's solar roof
As we all know, Tesla is a high-end electric car manufacturers. High-end electric car is now its main business, it also allows the company to obtain the status of today's today.
However, the company's ultimate plan is to become an energy company, those electric vehicles is only a small part of its long-term development strategy. The super battery factory Gigafactory is producing batteries on a scale that can change the size of the industry, and the acquisition of SolarCity's deal also adds to the Tesla's operations the addition of solar panels and the Powerwall battery pack.
In the second quarter of 2017, energy products accounted for only 12.5% of Tesla's total sales. With Tesla turning its focus from sales to profitability, its growth rate has slowed. The crazy sideline is rapidly developing, not long before you will not think Tesla is just an electric car company.
Amazon Incarnation Traditional Entity Retailer
Whole food supermarket became Amazon store
The electronics giant may have destroyed many of the traditional physical retailers, but recently Amazon has also begun to get involved in the field of physical retail.
So far, the company's biggest wave in the field of physical retail is that it has invested heavily in the acquisition of the Whole Foods Market. Whole food supermarket is the United States focused on organic products supermarket chain. As a result, Amazon now sells groceries in your community, and will use the full-food supermarket to promote the merchandise distribution process and facilitate customers to return to other products. The full-food supermarket is a small component of Amazon's vast business machine and is expected to account for about 9% of the company's total sales.
IBM: Ultimate Research Lab
IBM is located in Watson Research Center, Munich, Germany
There is no doubt that the blue giant is the king of innovation. Over the past 24 years, IBM has received more patents in the United States than any other company. Most of these innovations are related to IBM's core business, such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing. But this way down, do not encroach on some unusual concept, a year to make 8000 patents is almost impossible.
In IBM's recently patented, you will see the following unusual techniques:
US Patent No. 20170174343: distribution of coffee by UAVs in accordance with the individual's cognitive state
US Patent No. 9538335: according to the historical data to infer the position of theft of equipment
US Patent No. 20150002312: methods to reduce noise on car horns
Some of these interesting patented technologies may eventually appear in commercial products and services, while others may be a bedding for a wider range of products. Take a closer look, you will find the above three examples of data analysis between the link. Anyway, they do not belong to you will think that IBM will build the kind of enterprise computing products. (Le Bang)