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Palacio Inc. today announces the launch of Canvia, a smart art frame that uses the confluence of innovative technologies, device features and curated content to redefine “Art as an Experience”. Canvia gives customers the option to display a variety of artworks in a single frame, bringing flexibility to art buying.

Palacio Inc. combines cutting edge technical design with an artistic sensibility to create new ways of enhancing and experiencing the spaces in which we live and work. Its new device, Canvia, displays art from an expansive library, handpicked by the customer, which can be controlled via a web account or the Canvia mobile app.

Canvia is driven by Palacio’s ArtSense technology to simulate the behavior of print art on a digital screen using proprietary image processing techniques. Sensors read ambient visual conditions and this data is then used to actively adapt the digital display. In this way, a light-emitting object is made to appear solely light-reflective, as with prints, and this ensures all images retain a realistic, print-like quality whatever the environment. In fact, the patent-pending technologies make it difficult to differentiate Canvia from regular wall-hanging print art.

Customers can choose to display one art piece, or create a playlist of different pieces, from Palacio’s growing catalog of over 3K artworks. The varied collection includes art across genres, eras and cultures from both famous and up-and-coming artists, and all works are individually curated and tested for quality. Canvia’s unique recommendation engine then suggests art as it learns more about customers’ specific décor and preferences. The color and size of the wooden frame can also be chosen to suit the desired style and surroundings.

Since no two artworks are created alike, Canvia displays pieces in both a vertical and horizontal position, and curates each playlist to specifically suit each orientation. A zoom feature further allows the viewer to move around the artwork for a closer look at details, such as paint texture and brushstrokes, or to highlight a particular area of interest. The Canvia app also gives the option of displaying information about the original piece directly on the artwork.

Each year, an estimated US$150 billion is spent by consumers on arts and culture-related goods in the U.S. However, this art market often feels restricted or intimidating, confined to the wealthy elite or art connoisseurs. Many people find it hard to justify investing in a single work of art due to the expense of buying something so unique that may not always fit to a changing personal taste or style over the years. Palacio Inc., however, aims to disrupt the art and decoration market by giving everyone access to thousands of art pieces in a single frame. Incorporating technology into the beauty of art not only makes the experience more interactive for the consumer, but allows for flexibility. With Canvia, anyone can hang art in their homes, and adapt their art to fit their changing tastes in décor as time goes on.

“We want to bring real value to customers through decorative and smart products that enlighten their living and work spaces and adapt to different decoration themes,” said Rahul Ranjan, founder and CEO of Palacio Inc. “Canvia represents a long desired device that empowers “Art as an Experience” for art enthusiasts and maintains a high quality print look at the same time.”

 

The peace agreement signed by the Colombian government and leftist Farc rebels in 2016 has ushered in new opportunities, as well as new challenges. Though the peace treaty papers were signed in the bustling cities of Cartagena and Bogota, the success of the agreement depends largely on what will play out in the small farms stretching across Colombia’s vast countrysides, as historically, drug money from trafficking cocaine has fueled the armed conflict.

Millennials are cornered by the current zeitgeist, labeled as lazy by some and idealistic by others.

According to a study by Deloitte, Millennials expect a higher level of inclusiveness and flexibility, they expect to understand where they add value – as opposed to simply being told what to do. And, crucially, they feel it right to hold their employer to account; they want to know what the company they work for will do for them beyond a simple paycheck.

“That population was born with a cellphone on their hand, and everything they’re doing they’re doing on a smartphone,” says Othamar Gama Filho, CEO of Talentify,” One of the core things we believe is that we need to be mobile first because candidates are mobile first.” Talentify is a recruitment platform with an established focus on mobile. Their goal has been to slim down the application process, to fit comfortably inside a mobile application, devoid of hassle and uncertainty.  

The process of applying for a job – as most are well aware – is arduous, but it doesn’t need to be. Talentify have attended to the way candidates drop out of the hiring funnel and recognized that additional steps lead to fewer applicants. The crucial recognition is that employers can’t use an arduous hiring process as a test for who will make it through; a better approach is to make it simple to apply, so employers have more availability of choice.

“Millennials don’t have that pressure from parents or pressure from society to find a career and stay in it forever,” says Filho. “Now it’s much more acceptable to find [a] project and work when they feel they need it.”

And the jobs market needs to adapt to this established reality. 60% of Millennials leave jobs either because the company is not a good culture fit, or because they got a better offer. Which might sound like two different reasons, but ultimately it comes down to employers being up-front with employees about what to expect and delivering on those expectations.

The approach is based on a recognition that Millennials don’t deal with the jobs market in the way their potential employers expect them to “making things fit on a cellphone is better… it’s a mobile mentality and a gig-economy mentality, which makes [Millennials] jump jobs faster,” says Filho.

Currently operating in the US and Brazil, Telentify has had the advantage of a unique position to gain insight into how the trend of younger companies looks across a variety of economic areas.

Brazil’s jobs market is far more employer-focused, with the economy short of jobs potential employees are willing to engage in lengthy recruitment processes if it means getting a job. And once they get a job they’d prefer stick to it, rather than change jobs after only a year or two. And the Brazilian government has been slow to update regulation to a new method of job hunting.

“It’s too risky for countries in Brazil and other Latin American countries to adopt that gig economy mentality,” says Filho, “there is a regulation black hole at the moment and they want to see what’s on the other side, that’s causing many companies to delay that strategy. It is a country recovering from a recession.”

The subsequent problem is that this leaves a lot of applications to sift through, but clever algorithms can review the most basic requirements. Employers should, in the end, be looking at fewer, more applicable candidates by virtue of accepting a higher volume of applications. Rather than trying to stifle the entry process as a botched short-cut to desirable employee traits.

In the end, the old ways won’t work. Filho says, “In Brazil, because there are so many candidates willing to go through that arduous process of applying for a company, it doesn’t force the companies to adapt, it doesn’t force them to provide a better experience.”