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…

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…

This social network pays its users for their status updates

It’s widely considered that there’s an unwritten contract between tech companies and their userbase — you get to use our service for free, but we own the content you post and can sell it to third parties or use it to target advertising. However, the backlash over Instagram’s privacy policy changes in 2012 showed that consumers aren’t totally happy to give social networks free rein with their data. We’ve even seen services such as Datacoup enable web users to take control of their online information by choosing what to share and selling it to businesses. Now Bubblews is enabling its users to make money for sharing their thoughts online. 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…

In case of a fashion emergency, mobile wardrobe delivers new threads to any location

Whether it’s turning up to an event to find someone else is wearing the same outfit, or spilling a drink down a brand new dress, we’ve all experienced moments where a spare outfit would have been extremely helpful. While the Soho House hotel in London has previously offered an emergency wardrobe service for guests, a new Costa Rican campaign called Closet S.O.S. is delivering a mini store on wheels to anyone in need of a new outfit at the last minute. 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…

Billboard purifies the air with the power of 1,200 trees

Regular readers of Springwise may remember our previous coverage of The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Peru, which created a billboard that captured airborne humidity and filtered it into drinkable water. The institution has now created another environmentally-friendly advertising hoarding, this time in the form of an air purifying billboard that delivers pollution-free air to the surrounding area. READ MORE…

This book’s pages can be used to create the perfect barbecue

Learning is often amplified through doing, rather than just reading, so perhaps educational books shouldn’t be limited to the printed word either. Regular readers of Springwise may remember we recently wrote about The Drinkable Book, which teaches about the danger of unsafe water while also doubling as a longlasting filter to make any water drinkable. Now using a similar technique, The Barbecue Bible includes pages that provide everything needed for beginners to host a successful grill. READ MORE…

Print ad is also a wristband that lets parents track their kids on the beach

Back in 2013, FCB Brasil and Nivea teamed up to create the Solar Ad Charger a print ad that engage beachgoers by enabling them to plug in their smartphone to charge it using an embedded, paper-thin solar panel. Now the two have come together again for the NIVEA Sun Kids magazine ad, which can be ripped out and turned into a trackable wristband that warns parents if their kids stray too far. READ MORE…

In Portugal, The Walking Dead store makes customers pay with their own blood

Cash isn’t the only currency that stores can accept in return for their goods — in the past we’ve seen South Africa’s The Exchange let only customers who pledge to sign up as an organ donor walk away with its products. In a similar fashion, Portugal’s The Walking Dead Blood Store is now getting fans to give blood in order to win merchandise from the series. READ MORE…

During TV ad breaks, platform sends companion ads to second screens

Second screens are causing a problem for television advertisers — while they’re spending money broadcasting their spots during popular TV shows, audiences are largely using it as an opportunity to check their phones or do something more interesting on their mobile devices. Aiming to solve this problem, Xaxis Sync is a new platform that pushes content from TV commercials into mobile advertising in order to regain the attention of consumers who turn to their mobile during ad breaks. READ MORE…

Soap dispenser sounds alarm when patrons don’t wash their hands

We recently saw PullClean develop a door handle with an incorporated sanitizer dispenser to help improve hygiene rates in hospitals, but what about public restrooms? A new campaign from P&G Safeguard in the Philippines is now trialling the Germ Alarm, a soap dispenser and warning device that only turns off when guests wash their hands. READ MORE…

Site hosts marketing ideas for others to steal

While a concept that looks good on paper might not work for one person, it could still provide inspiration for the masses of entrepreneurs and marketers that are always looking for the next big idea. We’ve already seen Ahhha provide crowdsourced advice for those looking to get their idea off the ground without others stealing it, but now a new platform called Ideas To Steal.Today is encouraging just that, with users posting the ideas they couldn’t make work themselves. 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…

Fine wine goes casual with single-serve pouches

The market for a product is not necessarily a fixed thing, and we’ve even seen beer redesigned as a fitness drink in recent months. For those who find fine wine too snobby, two US companies, Nuvino and Spotwine, are now repackaging premium wine in convenient juice-style pouches to make it more accessible for busy consumers. READ MORE…