Springwise

Aug 01

‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones
Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. READ MORE…

‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones

Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. READ MORE…

Travel search engine matches the cheapest flights with the best frequent flyer miles
Price comparison site usually do just that — compare prices — but sometimes there are other factors that consumers would rather prioritize over costs. We’ve previously seen Routehappy eschew flight cost and speed to help travelers search for the nicest routes to their holiday destination, and now 30k is enabling users to determine their optimum flight that takes into account both low cost and high reward miles. READ MORE…

Travel search engine matches the cheapest flights with the best frequent flyer miles

Price comparison site usually do just that — compare prices — but sometimes there are other factors that consumers would rather prioritize over costs. We’ve previously seen Routehappy eschew flight cost and speed to help travelers search for the nicest routes to their holiday destination, and now 30k is enabling users to determine their optimum flight that takes into account both low cost and high reward miles. READ MORE…

App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions
Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. READ MORE…

App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions

Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. READ MORE…

Jul 31

Smart tag for bras can detect heart attacks
Sensor-based wearable technology is not just good for tracking our fitness regimes, it can also monitor our health in general. In the past we’ve seen a sports bra that can detect the presence of breast cancer, helping wearers to take early preventative measures. Now LifeTip is a tag that can be attached to bras in order to detect heart attacks and immediately alert emergency services. READ MORE…

Smart tag for bras can detect heart attacks

Sensor-based wearable technology is not just good for tracking our fitness regimes, it can also monitor our health in general. In the past we’ve seen a sports bra that can detect the presence of breast cancer, helping wearers to take early preventative measures. Now LifeTip is a tag that can be attached to bras in order to detect heart attacks and immediately alert emergency services. READ MORE…

Self-editing video automatically cuts out the boring bits
It was once the case that only professional film editors knew what it was like to sift through hours of footage to find the best content. With smartphones and consumer-level cameras now enabling anyone to shoot as much video as they like, the job of editing it down into a presentable format is familiar to many. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Cinch make the process possible on smartphones themselves. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania have created LiveLight, which uses machine learning and algorithms to automatically edit video reels into a montage of the most interesting clips. READ MORE…

Self-editing video automatically cuts out the boring bits

It was once the case that only professional film editors knew what it was like to sift through hours of footage to find the best content. With smartphones and consumer-level cameras now enabling anyone to shoot as much video as they like, the job of editing it down into a presentable format is familiar to many. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Cinch make the process possible on smartphones themselves. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania have created LiveLight, which uses machine learning and algorithms to automatically edit video reels into a montage of the most interesting clips. READ MORE…

Listings app lets local governments trade equipment
Peer-to-peer lending has already hit a wide range of industries, from audio-visual equipment business goods, enabling those who can’t afford to own limited use items to lend them from others in their community. Now MuniRent wants to encourage city councils to take advantage by pooling their resources and lending them to each other. READ MORE…

Listings app lets local governments trade equipment

Peer-to-peer lending has already hit a wide range of industries, from audio-visual equipment business goods, enabling those who can’t afford to own limited use items to lend them from others in their community. Now MuniRent wants to encourage city councils to take advantage by pooling their resources and lending them to each other. READ MORE…

Jul 30

With Digify, shared files will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3…
Cloud companies always offer security alongside their file storage packages, but the truth is that any piece of data can be stolen so long as it can be accessed via the web. Products such as Lyve have recognized this, giving households a way to store their shared photos and videos on a personal, private cloud system. Now Singapore’s Digify is taking cues from Mission Impossible by offering a file sharing service that deletes documents after custom time periods. READ MORE…

With Digify, shared files will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3…

Cloud companies always offer security alongside their file storage packages, but the truth is that any piece of data can be stolen so long as it can be accessed via the web. Products such as Lyve have recognized this, giving households a way to store their shared photos and videos on a personal, private cloud system. Now Singapore’s Digify is taking cues from Mission Impossible by offering a file sharing service that deletes documents after custom time periods. READ MORE…

Pocket-sized smartphone projector turns any surface into a touchscreen
When it comes to showing something on your phone to friends or co-workers, it’s not always ideal to have them crowd round the small screen size of typical mobile devices. While it’s possible to push the display to larger screens such as connected TVs, the element of touch control is still limited to the smartphone. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, TouchPico is a device that can wirelessly project an 80″ display from Android smartphones, with a touch interface. READ MORE…

Pocket-sized smartphone projector turns any surface into a touchscreen

When it comes to showing something on your phone to friends or co-workers, it’s not always ideal to have them crowd round the small screen size of typical mobile devices. While it’s possible to push the display to larger screens such as connected TVs, the element of touch control is still limited to the smartphone. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, TouchPico is a device that can wirelessly project an 80″ display from Android smartphones, with a touch interface. READ MORE…

Real Detroit graffiti transformed into high end jewelry
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it can often be found in the most unsuspecting of places. In the past, we’ve seen jewelry created out of the shrapnel and scrap metal left behind by landmine explosions in Cambodia, and now Detroit’s Rebel Nell is turning pieces of graffitied wall — considered an eyesore by some — into luxury jewelry pieces, while also helping disadvantaged women. READ MORE…

Real Detroit graffiti transformed into high end jewelry

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it can often be found in the most unsuspecting of places. In the past, we’ve seen jewelry created out of the shrapnel and scrap metal left behind by landmine explosions in Cambodia, and now Detroit’s Rebel Nell is turning pieces of graffitied wall — considered an eyesore by some — into luxury jewelry pieces, while also helping disadvantaged women. READ MORE…

Jul 29

Smartphone-connected debit card teaches kids how to take care of their finances
Money management isn’t something that’s officially taught in schools, which means many people reach adulthood without really knowing what’s best for their finances. The KidZania Mumbai theme park has previously enabled children to roleplay as bank customers in order to teach them about the real world, and now UK-based Osper is a prepaid debit card for pocket money that gives 8-18 year olds independence while providing parents with tools to track their spending. READ MORE…

Smartphone-connected debit card teaches kids how to take care of their finances

Money management isn’t something that’s officially taught in schools, which means many people reach adulthood without really knowing what’s best for their finances. The KidZania Mumbai theme park has previously enabled children to roleplay as bank customers in order to teach them about the real world, and now UK-based Osper is a prepaid debit card for pocket money that gives 8-18 year olds independence while providing parents with tools to track their spending. READ MORE…

Lego-style building blocks could be the future of architecture
Aside from being one of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 50 years, Lego has even proved useful in the adult world, with the company’s Lego Serious Play program enabling product designers to come up with creative prototypes using the simple building blocks. We recently saw OLLA offer modular furniture for kids inspired by Lego, and now Kite Bricks wants to create real-life buildings more quickly and cheaply by using concrete blocks that slot together. READ MORE…

Lego-style building blocks could be the future of architecture

Aside from being one of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 50 years, Lego has even proved useful in the adult world, with the company’s Lego Serious Play program enabling product designers to come up with creative prototypes using the simple building blocks. We recently saw OLLA offer modular furniture for kids inspired by Lego, and now Kite Bricks wants to create real-life buildings more quickly and cheaply by using concrete blocks that slot together. READ MORE…

Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads
Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. READ MORE…

Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads

Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. READ MORE…

Jul 28

Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of OwnPhones, the 3D printed earbuds that don’t fall out even when doing physical activity. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Freewavz is another brand of fitness earphones that combine wireless technology with in-built exercise tracking capabilities and audio feedback. READ MORE…

Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness

Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of OwnPhones, the 3D printed earbuds that don’t fall out even when doing physical activity. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Freewavz is another brand of fitness earphones that combine wireless technology with in-built exercise tracking capabilities and audio feedback. READ MORE…

It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café
The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…

It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café

The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…

In Australia, opera is designed for kids with autism
Children with autism often experience social settings in a different way to those not on the spectrum and sometimes end up having to avoid them altogether. In the past, we’ve seen Squag, the social network for young people with developmental difficulties. Now Victorian Opera in Melbourne has piloted a series of performances that cater for the needs of young kids with autism. READ MORE…

In Australia, opera is designed for kids with autism

Children with autism often experience social settings in a different way to those not on the spectrum and sometimes end up having to avoid them altogether. In the past, we’ve seen Squag, the social network for young people with developmental difficulties. Now Victorian Opera in Melbourne has piloted a series of performances that cater for the needs of young kids with autism. READ MORE…