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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
In Singapore, mobile customers can donate unused 4G to good causes
While smartphones have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives, the monthly tariffs attached to them are often overpriced and limited to a few options that leave customers with excess data or calls each month. In the past, Korea-based mobile operator T’s LTE Data Gift scheme has let those with unused data donate it to family members and friends, and now Singapore operator StarHub has launched the #4Good campaign, which enables customers to give it to projects using technology for positive causes. READ MORE…
In Manchester, gym workouts for indie music fans
For many, exercise is more of a chore than something to look forward to, and for others it’s only bearable if there’s a distraction to take their mind off what they’re actually doing. In the past, Blue Goji has successfully tricked people into doing exercise to control games characters. Now The Fit Sessions in the UK is hoping to entice alternative music fans — not typically the most sporty types — to keep fit by bouncing along to the indie genre’s more upbeat tracks. READ MORE…
App offers a comprehensive guide to local and real-time parking restrictions
Finding a parking space in big cities can be a nightmare, which recently prompted on-demand valet service Caarbon to do the job for drivers. But even when a space is discovered, it’s easy to fall foul of rules and regulations that aren’t clearly marked or are just plain confusing. AppyParking is an app that details paid and non-paid parking spaces in real time, as well as factors such as congestion charges and special restrictions. READ MORE…
Public toilet for dogs lets owners flush away the mess
There’s been a much larger crackdown on dog littering in the past few decades, with owners now expected to clear up their pet’s mess or face a fine. However, it remains a problem in some areas. Madrid’s Cacas Express recently took the extreme measure of tracking owners and mailing them any dog poo they leave through the post. A much more friendly alternative is now being trialled in northeastern Spain, where streetside public dog toilets give pooches the same luxury as humans when it comes to spending a penny. READ MORE…
Smartphone-charging exercise desks arrive at Amsterdam Airport
It’s always a pain to have to go hunting for a place to charge your phone, especially if you need to stay put in a particular location. We recently wrote about Soofa, the Boston-based company that’s hoping to place solar phone-charging benches in city parks, and now Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their plane. READ MORE…
Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Jibo is a social robot for the home
Robots in the home are currently limited to Roombas and smart appliances that can seem less like The Bicentennial Man and more like computers on wheels. There’s a growing trend to make robots act more like humans however, and we’ve already covered Budgee, the helper robot that carries luggage and follows its owners wherever they go. Now Jibo is a friendly robot that uses facial recognition and natural language processing to offer personal assistance in the home, and perhaps become a new member of the family. READ MORE…
Swedish gallery measures buyers’ emotional responses to art pieces before selling
Money makes the world go round, and — in the case of a competitive auction — the lot will always sell to the bidder with the biggest bank balance. However, in the past we’ve seen Nike Mexico’s Subasta de Kilometros app enable joggers to win equipment simply by tracking longer running distances than their rivals in auction. Now a Swedish gallery has held An Auction Based on Emotions, which sold glass sculptures only to those who had the most intense emotional reaction. READ MORE…
Smart bookmark lets authors tweet at readers who have neglected their novel
Authors writing traditional novels have always had to work hard to attract readers, but the job is made even more difficult in the age of the internet attention span. Smartphones and the web serve as a perennial distraction from reading, contributing to entire shelves of books left abandoned at chapter 3. Argentina-based publisher Eterna Cadencia has in the past printed books with vanishing ink to add a sense of urgency to completing them, and now the Tweet For a Read campaign is using a bookmark that can detect if readers haven’t opened their novel recently and tweets a reminder to pick it back up. READ MORE…
Stick-on knobs let iPad DJs mix with physical dials
Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile control of mixing desks to tablets, with attachable buttons that work with multiple DJ apps. READ MORE…
Business card doubles as a free train pass for recipients
There’s a famous scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman and his colleagues compare business cards. The scene is humorous because business cards are seen as old fashioned in the digital age, but the truth of the matter is that a good one can still make a brand or client memorable. The Kokopelli hostel in Peru recently embedded its business cards with altitude sickness-curing medicine to help backpackers remember it’s name. Now the Russian arm of Greenpeace has created EcoCard, a business card that’s getting more people to use public transport by combining contact details with free train rides. READ MORE…
Zoo Jeans are ‘designed’ by lions, tigers and bears
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Gaolhouse Denim, the social scheme that provides prison inmates with tailoring skills by getting them to create premium jeans for consumers. Now another charitable cause has developed Zoo Jeans, created with fabric that’s pre-ripped and chewed by dangerous animals before being fashioned into a pair of trousers. READ MORE…
Cat face detection helps track the health of multiple pets
Facial recognition isn’t solely capable of identifying humans, as proved by ideas such as PiP — the database that uses the technology to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now Taiwan’s Bistro is a feeding device that uses facial recognition to track the unique health metrics of individual cats. READ MORE…
Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones
New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. READ MORE…
For one super-rich couple, tour takes in 12 global cities by e-bike
In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000. READ MORE…