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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
Platform helps digital sports influencers get sponsored by brands
Social media has made the careers of bloggers, YouTube stars and opinion leaders. A major source of revenue for these new influencers is to team up with brands, but finding the right partnership is a hard job for both creators and companies. Focusing on the sports industry, Raynforest is a marketplace that helps fans with social influence get paid for reviewing products and promoting brands. READ MORE…
App translates sports fans’ cheers from the armchair to the stadium
During the height of the Arab Spring, the Tunisian government banned crowds from gathering at games played by the soccer team C.S Hammam-Lif. To enable fans to continue supporting their team, the Mobilizing the 12th Man campaign translated virtual clapping and cheering from an app into real sound played through speakers in the stadium. Although these were special circumstances, the average fan can also be locked out of supporting their teams in person thanks to extortionate ticket prices and the cost of traveling to away games. The UK’s Fanmode is an app that enables stay-at-home sports fans to have their support broadcast at the game venue. READ MORE…
Sports pitch turns into a giant solar panel when not in use
Public facilities are often developed with one purpose in mind, but with a bit of innovative thinking, they can be designed to change their form in different situations. Sports venues are particularly suited to this — many stadiums are already capable of hosting multiple different events. Now the Netherlands has opened the first Cablean Sportveld, a multi-surface field that can be turned into a sports pitch, an advertisement, or a solar farm at the push of a button. READ MORE…
In Chile, sports goods are paid for with exercise
Getting consumers to exercise is much easier when there’s an incentive, and especially if it’s a financial one. Chile-based dairy brand Colun Light has taken this on board with its Así da gusto pagar campaign, which saw customers at its pop-up sportswear shop pay with exercise, rather than money. READ MORE…
Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. READ MORE…
Platform lets anyone play real NFL superstars at Madden (or Call of Duty)
Hardcore sports fans may share the lows and highs of their favorite teams on a weekly basis simply by watching the games, but nothing beats getting the chance to personally connect with the athletes themselves. While Egraphs — the service that gets sports stars to record unique personal messages for fans — has gone some way to achieve that connection, gaming platform OverDog is offering fans perhaps the ultimate dream — giving them the opportunity to beat pro athletes at their own game. READ MORE…
Stick-mounted sensor helps ice hockey players up their game
Many sports, from tennis to soccer, have already got their own smart devices that give athletes more data on their performance and skills development. It’s no wonder then that a Canadian startup is now bringing the same tech to the country’s national sport — ice hockey — with the FWD Powershot device, a stick-mounted sensor that provides players with rich performance information, helping them identify areas they can improve upon. READ MORE…
Robot cameraman lets users take video selfies
While selfies have become a major trend in the past year — even leading one Japanese company to developselfie camera stands for tourists — they’re actually a practical way capture a meaningful moment when there’s no-one else around to do it. With this in mind, SOLOSHOT is a robotic camera tripod that automatically tracks the subject as they move, enabling athletes and performers to create dynamic video selfies. READ MORE…
Wearable tech helps athletes perfect their swing
The concept of wearable tech is becoming a reality in more and more varying ways, and it’s gaining significant traction in sports — take for example the Vibrado smart sleeve for basketball players, recently covered on these pages. Now the Zepp range of sensors is helping golf, baseball and tennis players to improve their swing with real-time feedback on their performance. READ MORE…
Skipping rope harvests energy, providing power to remote and disadvantaged areas
Uncharted Play should be a familiar name to regular readers of Springwise — we’ve already written about its energy-storing soccer ball SOCCKET, and featured the company in a Where Are They Now? feature. Now the New York-based startup is back with the PULSE — a jump rope that stores the energy of each skip, which can be used later to power electronic devices. READ MORE…
Smart sleeve could help basketballers hit more shots
Getting into the NBA requires more than just skill – it takes a lot of dedication, passion and creativity. However, having a little help in the skill department can’t be a bad thing. Vibrado is a wearable sleeve that can tell players where they’re going wrong with their hoop shoots. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced sportswear is doing away with ads and stores
Major sports brands like adidas and Nike have built up their brands over the last several decades and taken advantage of multi-million dollar marketing campaigns to get their name known worldwide, but how can a young startup such as London’s Tribesports compete? In order to make its range of sportswear more affordable than high street brands, it is fostering a community of loyal customers through crowdsourcing and fitness tracking. READ MORE…
Device quantifies extreme sports performance
Equipment enabling athletes to quantify their performance have already been developed for swimming, ball games and cycling, so it was only a matter of time before more extreme sports got in on the act. The Trace is a device designed for skaters, surfers, skiiers and snowboarders that tracks their progress and shares it with friends. READ MORE…
Golf cart is a hovercraft
Having announced its partnership with Bubba Watson earlier this year, Sports brand Oakley has created Bubba’s Hover, an all-terrain, low footprint hovercraft that replaces the traditional golf cart. READ MORE…
Goggle-mounted swimming monitor gives real-time feedback to athletes
Smart sports equipment has been emerging for a while now, and we’ve seen performance-monitoring tennis racquets, bikes, and even basketballs. Electronics and watersports don’t tend to go hand-in-hand – however, Instabeat is a waterproof display for goggles that measures swimming performance and provides feedback. READ MORE…