Springwise

Apr 24

Chrome add-on lets users annotate the web
One of the problems of conducting research on the internet, or even partaking in online discussions, is that misinformation can often go unchecked and spreads easily. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as TruthMarket aim to bring to account those making statements in public, and now Factlink enables anyone to add a comment or reference to any piece of text on the web. READ MORE…

Chrome add-on lets users annotate the web

One of the problems of conducting research on the internet, or even partaking in online discussions, is that misinformation can often go unchecked and spreads easily. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as TruthMarket aim to bring to account those making statements in public, and now Factlink enables anyone to add a comment or reference to any piece of text on the web. READ MORE…

Home washing machine is pay-per-use
Maintaining a home can often be an expensive pursuit, but there are companies using innovative pricing models to help property owners out. The Netherlands’ Uw Huismeester has already introduced a home caretaker service by subscription, and now a startup called Bundles is offering homeowners a free washing machine, instead enabling them to only pay for what they wash. READ MORE…

Home washing machine is pay-per-use

Maintaining a home can often be an expensive pursuit, but there are companies using innovative pricing models to help property owners out. The Netherlands’ Uw Huismeester has already introduced a home caretaker service by subscription, and now a startup called Bundles is offering homeowners a free washing machine, instead enabling them to only pay for what they wash. READ MORE…

In India, micro-business units let entrepreneurs develop and market green products from their home
Helping to foster grassroots business is one way that emerging economies are helping all corners of society to contribute to their growing GDPs. While Brazil’s Eu que Fiz scheme has traveled to women in favelas to train them in food business management, a new initiative from India-based social venture Innovation eXperience is offering entrepreneurs kitted-out workstations to create eco electronic products, as well as the training and finance to market them. READ MORE…

In India, micro-business units let entrepreneurs develop and market green products from their home

Helping to foster grassroots business is one way that emerging economies are helping all corners of society to contribute to their growing GDPs. While Brazil’s Eu que Fiz scheme has traveled to women in favelas to train them in food business management, a new initiative from India-based social venture Innovation eXperience is offering entrepreneurs kitted-out workstations to create eco electronic products, as well as the training and finance to market them. READ MORE…

Apr 23

Grilled cheese sandwiches delivered from the sky
We’ve seen flying food before in the form of YO! Sushi’s iTray drone waiter. For food businesses who can’t afford ground-level property however, Jafflechutes is now delivering its grilled cheese sandwiches to street level via parachute. READ MORE…

Grilled cheese sandwiches delivered from the sky

We’ve seen flying food before in the form of YO! Sushi’s iTray drone waiter. For food businesses who can’t afford ground-level property however, Jafflechutes is now delivering its grilled cheese sandwiches to street level via parachute. READ MORE…

TRAINR turns smartwatches into a personal fitness trainer
Smart fitness tracking is one of the leading lights of the wearable tech industry, with consumers already buying products such as Nike+ and FitBit in their droves. However, the field has plenty of space to grow, and we’ve seen endeavors such as Athos gymwear, which has performance monitoring tech built-in. Now, LA-based startup Focus has developed TRAINR — a smartwatch platform that turns the devices into fitness trackers that can detect the type of exercise being performed, as well as offering suggestions for improvement. READ MORE…

TRAINR turns smartwatches into a personal fitness trainer

Smart fitness tracking is one of the leading lights of the wearable tech industry, with consumers already buying products such as Nike+ and FitBit in their droves. However, the field has plenty of space to grow, and we’ve seen endeavors such as Athos gymwear, which has performance monitoring tech built-in. Now, LA-based startup Focus has developed TRAINR — a smartwatch platform that turns the devices into fitness trackers that can detect the type of exercise being performed, as well as offering suggestions for improvement. READ MORE…

‘Thinking’ music speaker changes mood with a twist and learns users’ tastes
Over the past few years, music speakers have transformed from having one simple purpose to featuring wifi connectivity and integrated subscription streaming services, such as the Sonos. Now taking these features as granted, the Aether Cone is a next-generation conical speaker that instantly offers a different vibe when it is twisted, and uses algorithms to detect users’ music taste at particular times and locations. READ MORE…

‘Thinking’ music speaker changes mood with a twist and learns users’ tastes

Over the past few years, music speakers have transformed from having one simple purpose to featuring wifi connectivity and integrated subscription streaming services, such as the Sonos. Now taking these features as granted, the Aether Cone is a next-generation conical speaker that instantly offers a different vibe when it is twisted, and uses algorithms to detect users’ music taste at particular times and locations. READ MORE…

Apr 22

Crate on wheels can clipped and locked seamlessly onto bikes
While cyclists are typically free to go anywhere they please on their two wheels, one downside is that they’re limited as to what they can carry with them. In the past, we’ve seen the Springtime picnic basket, which triples as a bike pannier and table and chair set, but now the Netherlands’ Fietsklik is a detachable adapter that helps cyclists securely clip even large crates to their bike. READ MORE…

Crate on wheels can clipped and locked seamlessly onto bikes

While cyclists are typically free to go anywhere they please on their two wheels, one downside is that they’re limited as to what they can carry with them. In the past, we’ve seen the Springtime picnic basket, which triples as a bike pannier and table and chair set, but now the Netherlands’ Fietsklik is a detachable adapter that helps cyclists securely clip even large crates to their bike. READ MORE…

Restaurant lets diners get the perfect lighting for their foodstagrams
Social platforms such as Instagram have brought out the budding photographer in amateurs, and we’ve already seen Australia’s 1888 Hotel offer facilities dedicated especially for smartphone snaps. Now South Africa’s El Burro restaurant has installed a device that enables customers to take professional-style Instagrams of their meals. READ MORE…

Restaurant lets diners get the perfect lighting for their foodstagrams

Social platforms such as Instagram have brought out the budding photographer in amateurs, and we’ve already seen Australia’s 1888 Hotel offer facilities dedicated especially for smartphone snaps. Now South Africa’s El Burro restaurant has installed a device that enables customers to take professional-style Instagrams of their meals. READ MORE…

In Belgium, speed camera locations are crowdsourced from citizens
As much as local authorities try to, they aren’t able to stop every single civic infraction because they only have a limited number of eyes on the street. However, smartphones have already enabled councils to crowdsource details of law breaches, through apps such as Parking Mobility that let users log when a driver is using a disabled parking bay without a licence. Now the ikflitsmee campaign in Belgium has encouraged citizens to send in locations where they believe speeding is a problem in order for the police to invest in safety measures. READ MORE…

In Belgium, speed camera locations are crowdsourced from citizens

As much as local authorities try to, they aren’t able to stop every single civic infraction because they only have a limited number of eyes on the street. However, smartphones have already enabled councils to crowdsource details of law breaches, through apps such as Parking Mobility that let users log when a driver is using a disabled parking bay without a licence. Now the ikflitsmee campaign in Belgium has encouraged citizens to send in locations where they believe speeding is a problem in order for the police to invest in safety measures. READ MORE…

Apr 17

Simple device lets motor impaired kids know what it’s like to walk
For centuries now, those with neuromuscular disorders have had to rely on the wheelchair to get around and many spend their whole lives seated. In the past we’ve seen AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD wheelchair add-on make strides to help paraplegic people get up and stand unassisted. Now opting for a much more simple solution, Upsee is a harness that lets parents use their own legs as a support, in order to give their disabled children the sensation of walking. READ MORE…

Simple device lets motor impaired kids know what it’s like to walk

For centuries now, those with neuromuscular disorders have had to rely on the wheelchair to get around and many spend their whole lives seated. In the past we’ve seen AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD wheelchair add-on make strides to help paraplegic people get up and stand unassisted. Now opting for a much more simple solution, Upsee is a harness that lets parents use their own legs as a support, in order to give their disabled children the sensation of walking. READ MORE…