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Trend: Urban Nomads

Trendwatching Signs: Amazon Go

AMAZON GO

Amazon Go was introduced in 2016 as the first grocery store to simply let you walk out with whatever items you purchased – no register, no lines. It works like this: Users walk in with the Amazon Go app. Then, using RFID and different tracking technologies, the store automatically detects which items the user takes, and charges them accordingly as soon as they step out of the store. It’s as easy as shopping can get, and it fits perfectly in the urban nomad worldview: a place to grab whatever you need and go, so you can leave to the next place.

The Reign of the Urban Nomads - Amazon Go

Behavioral Trend: Facilitate My Life / Urban Nomads

Source: amazon.com / Trendwatcher: Andrea Lobo

Trendwatching Signs: Ready Set Van

READY SET VAN

The #Vanlife trend has emerged among adventurous influencers, who decide to abandon traditional housing for modified vans, and lead their lives on the road. One of the leading van customization companies is Ready Set Van, which previously designed a party bus for Burning Man festival. Ready Set Van installs fully-functional, Tesla battery-powered fixtures like sinks, toilets and even kitchenware inside industrial-grade vans, making sure that “vanlifers” have everything they need to live as nomads.

Trendwatching Signs - Ready Set Van

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: readysetvan.com / Trendwatcher: Andrea Lobo

Trendwatching Signs: Netgear

NETGEAR

If we’re on the go, we need the fastest, most portable mobile Wi-Fi options out there. Netgear checks all the boxes, providing top-of-the-line hardware that is sure to enable your independence while carrying out your activities across the city and beyond. In addition to portable Wi-Fi, Netgear also offers some of the most advanced home routers out there, ensuring seamless connection wherever you might be.

Trendwatching Signs - Netgear

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: netgear.com / Trendwatcher: Andres Rodriguez

Trendwatching Signs: Nomadlist

NOMADLIST

In the 1960s, futurists were predicting that we would be able to take our work operations on the go, being able to work as easily from London as we would from Bali. As long as you have internet and your trusty devices, wherever you decide to settle in can become your office. As a way to guide these wanderlust-driven individuals, Nomad List was born: A community-based platform for rating cities around the world based on standards like cost of living, friendliness to foreigners, weather, and Internet speed. Thousands of nomads leave their impressions for potential future residents, making it easier than ever to decide your next remote office.

Trendwatching Signs - Nomadlist

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: nomadlist.com / Trendwatcher: Andres Rodriguez

Trendwatching Signs: Bemate

BEMATE

The rise of Airbnb and other local apartment rental options has shifted the way we think about our travel accommodations. However, when you decide to take up an apartment, it’s your duty to keep it in the state you received it, and when you’re an urban nomad, you don’t really have time for chores. BeMate matches guests, apartments and hotels to provide the best of both worlds: a cozy, local, homey environment with the five-star services of hotels, filling the missing gap in 21st-century accommodation. In addition, BeMate offers free citywide Wi-Fi connectivity for its guests using WiMate technology, which has earned them the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, rounding out each guest’s experience.

Trendwatching Signs - Bemate

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: room-matehotels.com / Trendwatcher: Ivan Babic

Trendwatching Signs: Self-Driving Bicycle

SELF-DRIVING BICYCLE

Google Netherlands’ 2016 April’s Fools Day prank poked fun at the self-driving technology developed at Waymo, Google’s sister company, this time applied to the bicycle, the ubiquitous form of transportation in the Netherlands. However, this lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek campaign ended up predicting a real self-driving bicycle designed by researchers in China in 2019. The bike can move on its own using the highly advanced Tianjic chip, opening the door to new ways of automating our transport and getting to our destinations with the least amount of effort possible.

Trendwatching Signs - Self-Driving Bicycle

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: analyticsindiamag.com (article) / Trendwatcher: Andrea Lobo

Trendwatching Signs: Skyroam

SKYROAM

Skyroam provides affordable, wide-ranging, fast Wi-Fi coverage in over 135 countries, in addition to their multi-function hotspot devices, making it the best option conceivable for constant travellers and saving considerable money on data and roaming plans. A straightforward pay-when-you-need-it model ensures users don’t underuse their plans, while remaining accessible and convenient for most. It also doubles as a power bank, so your devices never run out of battery at the wrong time, plus its remote camera with Moments feature lets you take candid selfies anywhere, anytime. In short: Skyroam is an urban nomad’s best ally for navigating the world and the Web.

Trendwatching Signs - Skyroam

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: skyroam.com / Trendwatcher: Andrea Lobo

Trendwatching Signs: Lime

LIME

Lime provides shareable forms of transportation – micromobility, as they call it, for all. They let users take rides on all kinds of shareable vehicles, from electric bikes and scooters to electric mopeds, in select cities around the world. Lime liberates urban nomads to go where they need to go, entirely on their own.

Trendwatching Signs - Lime

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: li.me / Trendwatcher: Andres Rodriguez

Trendwatching Signs: Remote

REMOTE

If you’re working abroad, you understand the paperwork and red tape involved in keeping your operations legal and in order: After all, this is why hiring internationally is such a hassle for most companies. Remote was built as a platform to eliminate those barriers – going so far as to promise “a local HR team on every continent” – using fully-owned legal entities around the world to avoid intermediaries and let companies hire abroad directly. For urban nomads and enterprises alike, Remote provides a massive relief in enabling international business to happen.

Trendwatching Signs - Remote

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: remote.com / Trendwatcher: Ivan Babic

Trendwatching Signs: Levi’s Jacquard Jacket

LEVI’S JACQUARD JACKET

Google’s innovative Jacquard project is slowly expanding the possibilities of wearable tech: our clothes can be smart too. One of the first experimental outcomes of the project has been the Trucker Jacket, a collaboration with celebrated classic denim maker Levi’s. This jacket allows the user to control their phone with a simple tap on the sleeve, and can even notify users that their ride is here with a simple vibration. A welcome alternative from the clichéd smartwatch approach, the Levi’s Jacquard Trucker Jacket can provide urban nomads with hassle-free information even when they can’t look at their phones.

Urban Nomads - Levi's Jacquard Jacket

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: atap.google.com / Trendwatcher: Andres Rodriguez

Trendwatching Signs: Gore-Tex

GORE-TEX

If we’re constantly on the move, we need clothes that protect us in every environment. Gore-Tex has made a name for itself as one of the most durable and protective material providers, working with renowned outerwear companies like Arc’teryx, Bass Pro Shops and Sitka to provide the best weatherproof properties to their products. Gore-Tex products are the best match for those nomads who find value in above-average protection.

Trendwatching Signs - Gore-Tex

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: gore-tex.com / Trendwatcher: Andrea Lobo

Trendwatching Signs: Homeplus Virtual Stores

HOMEPLUS VIRTUAL STORES

Subway walls in Seoul (South Korea) were covered with virtual displays of over 500 of the most popular products in Tesco’s Homeplus discount stores. Each product was equipped with barcodes which are able to be scanned by customers on the go using their smartphones. Payment is processed instantly and once they get home, they find their order waiting for them.

Trendwatching Signs - Home Plus

Behavioral Trend: Facilitate My Life / Urban Nomads

Source: businesstoday.in (article) / Trendwatcher: Ivan Babic

Trendwatching Signs: Birksun

BIRKSUN

Our dependence on gadgets put us in continuous stress for power sources, so when we go into the wild we need alternate & portable energy. Birksun makes backpacks with incorporated solar panels.

Trendwatching Signs - Birksun

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: birksun.com / Trendwatcher: Ivan Babic

Trendwatching Signs: What3Words

WHAT 3 WORDS

what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each square a unique 3-word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.

Trendwatching Signs - what3words

Behavioral Trend: Urban Nomads

Source: what3words.com / Trendwatcher: Ivan Babic