Essential.ly Now - July 20th

A curated weekly digest with thought provoking articles covering some of our favorite topics: design, robotics, service experience, IoT, healthcare, and innovation strategy.


The world’s first hotel staffed by robots with a focus in environmental sustainability through decreased energy usage and reduced waste.

Turning public lighting into smart-lighting networks that can collect data to communicate patterns in consumer behaviors or traffic congestion.

The online pharmacy, PillPack, launches a mobile medication reminder app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

A lamentation for lost tools in design and architecture, and a quiet manifesto describing a desire for slowness.

Target’s rethinking how they showcase connected devices, showing how the IoT products like Nest and Sonos work together using interactive storytelling.