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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
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…
App rewards homeowners switching off devices when dirty power plants serve their house
Eco-minded consumers are increasingly looking to reduce the ‘dirty’ energy used in their home. In the past, marketplaces like the Netherlands’ Vandebron have handed control over to consumers by letting them decide how local and green they want their energy to be and choose their own suppliers. But now Ohmconnnect is taking a different route by notifying customers of the best times to reduce energy use and offering cash rewards for doing so. READ MORE…
App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls
When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls. READ MORE…
Mirror takes a selfie and sends it to your phone
Trying on clothes in the changing rooms always gives a better idea of whether an item is a good fit, but sourcing advice from friends isn’t easy if they’re not there to see it in person. While we’ve already seen Amsterdam’s Karl Lagerfeld Store has already used changing room tablets to enable shoppers to snap their new look and share it with friends, France-based Pixglass now wants to make the process easier, with a camera-enabled mirror that digitally captures whatever is in front of it. 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…
Stockholm tourist guide is based on the city’s most popular taxi trips
Travel guides have undergone a huge upheaval with the advent of the web, with more tourists than ever before relying on the opinions of people like them instead of more professional reviews. We’ve even seen real-time digital data such as social media trends and Instagram photos incorporated into guides before. Now Sweden’s Taxi Trails is offering another example, displaying the most popular cab destinations in real-time to offer city suggestions for tourists. READ MORE…
App makes New York City more accessible for wheelchair users
There’s a lot going on in big cities, but often people with disabilities miss out because venues and amenities don’t have adequate facilities for wheelchair users. London already has its Blue Badge Style app that identifies the coolest places that cater for those in wheelchairs, and now Wheely aims to be a handy interactive guide for disabled people living in NYC. READ MORE…
To-do app actually schedules your day for you
Calendar and to-do apps typically provide a functional way to remind users of what needs doing, but they don’t actually stop them from procrastinating anyway. In the past, we’ve seen apps that turn to-do lists into a game, but now Timeful uses smart suggestions to manage users’ daily tasks for them, recommending the best times for each activity. READ MORE…
App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions
Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. 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…
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…