Trends, predictions, and improvements for 2013. A continuation of the era of consumer empowerment 2013 is shaping up to be a tipping-point year for consumers. We should see big data, tech innovations and social media empowering consumers more than ever before. Retail will become even more ubiquitous and advertising, more relevant and personalized. 3D printers and smart objects will revolutionize your home and personal life, crowd-sourced start-ups and peer-to-peer service offerings will prove you don’t have to be a big corporation to compete, and robots will begin living among us more prominently. Yes, the future looks bright and exciting as innovation draws nearer to the consumer experience. Even unplugging and playing will have a greater role (for adults) in 2013, as reducing and eliminating stress is proving to increase profitability, and play can spur more and better ideas. It’s a great time to be alive! Luke Roberts, Senior Strategic Planner