Friday, February 15, 2008

YKK: Technology Adoption

In my last post I alluded to how fast one kind of technology is adopted with far more celerity than others. Its time to focus on a particular brand of technology in the past which took way more time than neccesary: that of zipper. Invented in 1893 it didnt "Cross the Chasm" till 1930 when USPS was the first customer to use that technology on its mail bags (other than WW1 use)

Anyways my post was not about how long a tech innovation gets adopted by mainstream but rather about what the heck "YKK" meant on all of my jeans. The answer was "Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha" which leads to some kind of Zen, if you know what I mean..

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