The term “disruptive” has gained a new meaning in the last decade or so. If originally it was used in relation to something that causes disruption (something that interrupts or causes problems), today’s meaning is more positive, so to say – it is used in relation to products, services, and companies that are innovative and groundbreaking. And we have quite a few innovative things around us, ranging from terms like fitcation (a vacation that you use to stay fit) to services and products like the ones below – things that can change the way we live in the near future.
One of the most interesting innovations will likely be very good news for those who switched to the vegan lifestyle but still feel nostalgic about the taste of a good burger. Ethan Brown, founder of Los Angeles-based startup Beyond Meat, wants to give them what they crave for, admittedly or not. Beyond Meat wants to offer a plant-based alternative to meat – it already offers substitutes for ground meat in over 10,000 stores like Target, Safeway, and Kroger – but now it has another product to please our palate: the Beyond Burger. According to those who have already tried it, “it chews like a perfectly tender piece of meat and its taste is something that a written paragraph can never convey”.
Even when they are not in use, batteries discharge in time – this is why car batteries need to be recharged periodically when stored in a long term. Vionx Energy, in turn, is seeking solutions to store power for a long time, much longer than before – its battery-like durable energy storage units can stock up on power for as long as 20 years. While this is by no means a small-scale technology that would make your phone battery last longer but it can serve as a solution to stockpile power on a bigger scale – assisting power grids, for example, by storing energy for the times when the sun doesn’t shine, the wind doesn’t blow, and other power sources are in short supply. So that you’ll be able to charge your phone whenever you need to.
Last but not least, let us mention one of the most disruptive things to happen in the last decade, something specialists usually refer to as the XaaS business model: anything as a (subscription-based) service. Today, you can subscribe to a vast variety of products – the companies will deliver them to your doorstep every month until you cancel. And sometimes the products are a bit surprising. We are all familiar with food box services like Blue Apron that deliver the ingredients for a variety of meals each week or month on your doorstep. Well, just so you know, today you can subscribe to similar delivery services serving you with selected snacks, cookies, coffee, chocolate, even wine. But wait, there’s more – you can subscribe to a service that delivers underwear for men (MeUndies), crochet projects (Knit-Wise), puzzles (Finders Seekers), outdoor gear (Nomadik Subscription Box), and even crystals, home decor, and spiritual practices (Wild Crystals). All this for a flat monthly fee.