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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Celebrate the Best of the European Web
Do you appreciate creative, inspiring online work? Then get ready to cheer: After a long and exciting season, marked by nearly 1,500 entries from all across Europe, The Lovie Awards has officially announced this year’s winners. READ MORE…
At pop-up restaurant, customers wash the dishes instead of paying
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but we’re increasingly seeing businesses offer their service in exchange for other forms of currency than plain old cash. We recently wrote about several NYC gyms that are using work-trade programs to enable volunteers to get free workout sessions. Now a French washing liquid brand has created the Mir Restaurant, which is charging customers in the form of dishwashing tasks, instead of money. READ MORE…
Wu Tang’s next album will be released as a handheld boombox
Thanks to the mp3, the physicality of records, cassettes and CDs is being replaced by the intangible and distant specter of the cloud and Spotify. However, a few artists are being creative about their releases in order to put music back into the hands of fans. We’ve already seen DATAROCK embed music into a designer toy with a USB output. Now Wu Tang Clan are releasing a portable boombox that is the only way to play tracks from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow. READ MORE…
StorkStand turns any office chair into a standing desk
Working in an office all day is damaging our health, according to experts who are now suggesting that sitting is the new smoking. While ideas such as the Stir Kinetic Desk — which gently rises to ensure workers stand up at regular intervals — offer a rather pricey solution, StorkStand is an affordable add-on for any office chair that enables users to quickly create a sturdy standing desk. READ MORE…
Celebrate the Best of the European Web
Do you appreciate creative, inspiring online work? Then get ready to cheer: After a long and exciting season, marked by nearly 1,500 entries from all across Europe, The Lovie Awards has officially announced this year’s winners. READ MORE…
Furniture is unwittingly designed by street artists
While graffiti may be considered an eyesore for some, others appreciate street art for its energy and authenticity, and it’s already becoming commodified. Projects such as Rebel Nell have taken pieces of crumbling graffitied wall in Detroit and turned it into unique jewelry. Now an Israel-based design studio has created Street Capture, which turns wood that’s been painted on by anonymous graffiti artists into contemporary furniture. READ MORE…
Wristbands let marketers know consumers’ real feelings
Customer feedback surveys are one way to learn more about how users feel about a product or service, but they’re often time consuming and depend on consumers’ willingness to complete them. Is there an easier way to directly tap customer sentiment? We’ve already seen DJs use wearable tech such as Lightwave to track live audience reactions to the music. Now XOX is using similar technology to gauge the reaction of crowds through biometric wristbands. READ MORE…
Digital lockers will take parcels and clean laundry
Services such as LaundryLocker have been attempting to replace the traditional laundromat with a 24/7 automated service inside apartment buildings for years now. But now it has a competitor in NYC-based Clean Cube, which is adding secure package pick ups and drop offs alongside quick and easy dry cleaning services. READ MORE…
In Australia, restaurant makes soup out of waste
Half of all edible food gets sent to landfill instead of being eaten — that’s about 2 billion tonnes. We recently wrote about France’s Intermarché supermarket, which is turning ugly fruits and vegetables into sellable soups and juices. Now Brothl is going one step further by using food commonly considered as organic waste on its menu. READ MORE…
Smart sticker could stop your car being towed away
Parking restrictions are clearly there for a reason, but sometimes drivers have a need to just quickly park to pop into a shop or pick someone up. It seems to be in these moments that motorists are most likely to get a ticket or — even worse — get towed. While the Fixed app already help drivers retrospectively challenge parking tickets, TowStop is a smart sticker that alerts car owners when a parking enforcer is about to tow their vehicle. READ MORE…
Furniture adapts as kids grow older
Kids grow up at a phenomenal rate — both in size and personality, which means that parents can often buy things that become useless within a few months. We’ve already seen designers tackle this problem by creating shoes and even bikes that change as the child does. Now Italy’s Dot and Cross has created a range of furniture pieces that aim to serve kids from birth to teenagehood. READ MORE…
3D printed maps could help the blind navigate their city
Modern technology has turned many of the things we consume from physical objects into pixels on a screen. While this has benefited the majority of us, those with sight difficulties don’t get along well with visual stimuli or touchscreen devices. In the past, we’ve seen Yahoo! Japan develop Hands On Search, a project that lets blind kids carry out web searches with 3D printed results. Now the country’s governmental department GSI is creating software that will enable those with visual impairments to print out 3D versions of online maps. READ MORE…
This brick could save Californians 67 million gallons of water a day
California is facing one the worst water droughts in history, and with many towns facing problems with water resources the importance of being thrifty is becoming very clear. We’ve already written about Everydrop LA, the app that enables citizens to report instances of water leakage in the city. Now another project is encouraging Californians to Drop-A-Brick into their toilets to save water and money at home. READ MORE…
Interactive radio ads let listeners speak back
We’re now used to interactive media, but many ads — even online ones — still feel like a one-way message. Platforms such as AdYapper have previously provided a platform for consumers to comment on TV spots and help advertisers get feedback on their work. Now XAPPmedia wants to turn Internet radio ads into a conversation, enabling listeners to speak back to take part in offers and discounts. READ MORE…
Intelligent yoga mat could replace your instructor
Technology is changing the way we exercise — whether it’s wearable fitness trackers or apps such as FitStar, which acts as a digital personal trainer that reacts to users’ workout performance. Bringing these capabilities to yoga, the SmartMat uses sensors to intelligently measure users’ posture and balance to deliver personalized advice and help improve their practice. READ MORE…