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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
Virtual pet can only be fed through walking
Getting children to exercise instead of sitting inside with computer games is becoming an ever more difficult task. We’ve already seen Loop, the outdoor game where young players use tracking sensors to score points and compete with friends. Now Wokamon is a virtual pet app from China that requires kids to walk and exercise in order to keep their creature alive. READ MORE…
App tracks product price drops with a simple screenshot
Consumers often come across items they’d like to buy, but don’t necessarily have the money for them right at that moment or feel they may be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Apps such as PowaTag have already enabled users to scan any real-world object and find an e-retailer to buy it from, and now SnapUp helps mobile shoppers automatically organize the online products they’re interested in with just a screenshot, and lets them know when they go on sale. READ MORE…
Fitness tracker offers real-time granular data for bodybuilders
The market has been flooded with fitness trackers for all kinds of activities in the last few years — including weightlifting — and there’s even been devices such as the Tao Wellshell that lets office workers build muscle on the job. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Italy’s Beast is a sensor and app that accurately track users’ multiple bodybuilding exercises on a rep-by-rep basis. READ MORE…
App delivers recipes using ingredients from supermarkets’ daily discounts
Cookbooks are great for getting recipe ideas, but fairly useless if they involve ingredients that aren’t within the family budget. Hellmann’s Brazil has already provided meal suggestions based on individuals’ shopping baskets. Now the Netherlands’ Koken met aanbiedingen app offers recipes made of ingredients that are on sale in major supermarkets that day. READ MORE…
Platform enables authorities to pay individuals if they bring an end to riots
Over the years, a huge number of techniques and strategies have been created to help local authorities deal with civil unrest. Many of those methods remain controversial, and it’s possible that our next spotting may be no exception. Designed to assist law enforcement agencies disrupt and diffuse riots, Tiltor is a new platform which can be used to reward key influencers for breaking up those potentially dangerous situations. READ MORE…

App provides personal buying assistant to hunt down your items
Buying online may be more convenient than a trip to the shops, but for many it’s still far from a pain-free process. While we’ve seen efforts such as Snap Fashion — which taps the crowds to locate where to buy clothing submitted in users’ photos — go some way towards cutting research time, our new spotting goes even further. Fetch is a personalized shopping app which will search for items sent in via text, voice memo, or photo, and then purchase the product on behalf of the requestor at the best price. READ MORE…
App uses video of customers’ feet to 3D print the perfect shoe for them
The mass-manufactured shoes we typically wear are designed to fit the average foot, which means they don’t provide the unique support requirements of individuals’ feet. While new technologies such as Germany’s OpenGo science have provided the tools for doctors and sports scientists to analyze foot problems, 3D printed insole maker SOLS has now developed an app that lets consumers simply shoot video of their foot to help them create an orthotic insole tailored to them. READ MORE…
App lets consumers scan anything to instantly buy it online
In the past we’ve seen a few platforms that aim to make it easier to identify and buy products, whether it’s instantly shopping items in print magazines with Selectionnistand Prague’s Mall.cz, which leverages QR codes to turn its billboards into supermarkets. PowaTag is a new platform that combines many of these technologies into one system, enabling retail opportunities at almost any point of interaction between consumers and products. READ MORE…
App creates wedding gift lists using Tinder-style accept and reject system
One of the prime reasons for the success of the dating app Tinder is its innovative ‘swipe left for no, right for yes’ system, which makes decision-making as easy as the brush of a digit. We’ve previously seen Hitlist use the model for its holiday recommendation engine, and now a new app from wedding registry platform Zola is also employing the swiping system to enable brides and grooms-to-be to easily and quickly fill up their gift lists. READ MORE…
Scan a printed article’s headline, instantly get the digital version
Every article that appears in a major magazine today comes in two forms — its printed version and its online counterpart, but they’re both often left unlinked. Peekster is a new app that enables readers to scan the headline of a print article in order to quickly bring up the digital version on their phone, for sharing or saving for later. READ MORE…
In Austria, council uses app to crowdsource community issues
Civic authorities can’t be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Bürgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct to the council. READ MORE…
App keeps citizens informed and engaged about political issues
They say that a week is a long time in politics, which is what makes it so hard for citizens and businesses to track what’s going on in Washington. While FiscalNote already offers information and predictions about new legislative bills for businesses, a new app called iCitizen is now helping voters stay more informed by tracking the issues that matter to them. READ MORE…
Think that’s a craft beer you’re drinking? This app identifies genuine microbrews
In recent years, craft beer has been transformed from the preserve of ale connoisseurs into a viable consumer market, replete with its own thriving app market. In the past we’ve written about Untappd, which lets beer fans find the nearest bar selling craft ales, and now a new iOS app called Craft Check is enabling customers to ensure the beer they’re drinking is genuinely from a microbrewery. READ MORE…
Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues
Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing rooms, playgrounds and kids’ food locations. READ MORE…
App lets users barter to jump queues
Nobody enjoys waiting in a queue, even if it’s for something they really want. Apps such as Qminder have provided a way for businesses to avoid crowded waiting rooms or long lines of customers by providing them with smartphone notifications when their appointment or reservation is ready, and now another app called Shout wants to turn queues into a marketplace, where users can buy and sell spots in line for new games consoles or a table at no-reservation restaurants. READ MORE…