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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
Intelligent yoga mat could replace your instructor
Technology is changing the way we exercise — whether it’s wearable fitness trackers or apps such as FitStar, which acts as a digital personal trainer that reacts to users’ workout performance. Bringing these capabilities to yoga, the SmartMat uses sensors to intelligently measure users’ posture and balance to deliver personalized advice and help improve their practice. READ MORE…
E-bike kit is controlled by cyclists’ heartbeat
Every now and then, a company tries to re-invent the wheel. It’s now common to see bikes equipped with electronic assistance, or add-ons such as the The Copenhagen Wheel that turn any bike into an e-bike. Many use the technology to help them climb hills that they’re not fit enough to do with simple pedalling. However, this assistance does take away some agency from the rider. Falco e-motors has now created a e-bike kit for any bike that responds to the user’s heartrate and delivers personalized assistance. READ MORE…
Through app, kids ask questions about politics via text
While general elections in the UK typically receive a moderate voter turnout — usually above 60 percent — there’s still widespread disaffection with politics and voter numbers have been dropping since the 1950s. Young people especially aren’t engaged by political activity in their region and learning about it isn’t mandatory in schools. Now a new campaign in the country is looking to change this with Ask Amy, an app that uses artificial intelligence to provide kids with answers to their questions about politics. READ MORE…
App offers 1:1 daily diet advice
When it comes to dieting, most of us require a bit of friendly encouragement — or harassment — in order to stick to weight loss goals. In the past, we’ve seen innovations such as the Virtual Fridge Lock leverage embarrassment as a motivation tool, using a sensor that detects when users raid the fridge at nighttime and letting their friends know by posting an update on their Facebook profile. Now an app called Rise wants to help users reach their dieting goals by connecting them with a remote personal coach, who checks up on them daily. READ MORE…
Visual search app lets homeowners find the right parts to fix their machines
The technology we use is made up of lots of different components and widgets, and if one breaks then the whole device or machine can be rendered useless unless a replacement can be found. The problem is that these pieces are often unlabeled and difficult to identify for those wanting to repair their own appliances. Partpic lets consumers or businesses simply snap a photo of the broken part they need and lets them know where they can order a new one. READ MORE…
App visualizes and translates dangerous sounds for the hard of hearing
Because sounds are often the first indicator of a dangerous situation, the hard of hearing are frequently forced to react late. We’ve already seen South Korean-based Moneual create the SCS1000 wristwatch, which can help those who are hard of hearing become more aware of their surroundings, but by focusing on software, our newest spotting has the potential to be of even greater use. The Otosense app translates sounds into visualizations, vibrations, flashes, and other cues for the deaf to see or feel. READ MORE…
Visual recognition app acts like Shazam for furniture
With thousands of furniture catalogs being pushed into mailboxes everyday, alongside endless images of aspirational lifestyle apartments in the media, it’s perhaps inevitable that today’s consumer is more paticular than ever when it comes to interior design. In an effort to help them source exactly the right item, LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload. READ MORE…
Wordless picture book app encourages creative storytelling

Reading or making up bedtime stories every night can be daunting task for parents. We’ve already seen The Sparkup Magical Book Reader attempt to tackle this problem by playing recordings made by the child’s family members as they turn each page. While a familiar voice is comforting, a new app called Imagistory takes a different approach, encouraging children to verbalize and narrate their own imagination as they flip through the wordless illustrated stories. READ MORE…
iOS app turns smartphones into an automated teleprompter
Those who regularly speak at conferences will know how much of a help a teleprompter can be in making sure they keep on track and don’t fumble their words. However, it’s not a luxury that every speaking occasion affords. PromptSmart  is an iOS app that mimics the standard autocue, using voice recognition to track users’ place in the text. READ MORE…
Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions
There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…
App turns text messages into face-to-face interactions with strangers
Most of the products and services we write about on Springwise have a practical use or make a difficult task easier. However, every so often we come across an idea that actually serves to disrupt the most efficient ways of accomplishing a task in order to create a new experience. And that exactly describes a new app called Somebody, which sends text messages not to the intended recipient, but to a nearby stranger who is tasked with finding them and delivering the message verbally. READ MORE…
Store mannequins deliver fashion promotions direct to shoppers’ mobiles
Consumers are by now well used to online shopping and its benefits, and parts of the platform are now seeping into physical stores. In France, we’ve already seen on store install the Inspiration Corridor, using body scanning and touchscreen tech to drive in-store recommendations. Now a company called Iconeme is trialing a smart mannequin service in the UK, enabling the static models to send store info and shopping suggestions to customer smartphones. READ MORE…
iOS app adds notes to phone contacts to jog users’ memory
The iPhone contacts app enables users to store more information than simply a number and name, but it’s still not perfect. While Android phone owners are able to customize their contacts and call lists, and even add text subject lines to phone calls, Humin is an iOS app that lets users add relationship context and social media details to their contacts. READ MORE…
In SF, app delivers a personal bouncer within 30 minutes
Apps such as Uber, Caarbon and Paris Picnic are all part of a trend to deliver services on demand, offering speedy taxi, valet and impromptu meals at the tap of a button. Following in their footsteps, Bannerman is a San Francisco-based service that enables to provide professional private security for any event or venue at short notice. READ MORE…
Location-detecting beacons help blind travelers navigate San Francisco Airport
Airports are confusing places at the best of times, but to navigate them with a visual impairment can be a trial for many blind people. To make the experience of flying more enjoyable for those with sight difficulties, indoor mapping firm indoo.rs has now installed its beacon technology at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), delivering location-sensitive, voice-based directions via smartphones. READ MORE…