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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
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…
Instagram snaps turned into physical mail for inmates
The problem with long-term incarceration is that prisoners become isolated from the technology that everyone now uses to communicate with each other. While the outside society is using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, inmates are restricted to letters and telephone calls. Created by a former prisoner, Pigeonly aims to make it easier for digital natives to communicate with friends and family behind bars by automatically turning smartphone snaps into printed photographs and sending them through the post. READ MORE…
Guide helps business owners to communicate with tourists
Taking a trip to a country that speaks a foreign tongue can be tricky for tourists – but also for business owners dealing with customers who don’t understand the language. The Paris Regional Tourism Council has now launched a new program called Do You Speak Touriste, which aims to tackle this problem by offering advice on how to communicate with visitors of different world countries. READ MORE…
City street lights project residents’ stories in Brazil
While the FITSAT-1 has provided a way for anyone to write morse code messages across the night sky, our latest spotting enables city residents to get their stories across in a more direct way. A new scheme called Mensagens Que Brilham – or Messages That Shine – has altered city street lights to project messages sent in by the public. READ MORE…
Watch-sized communicator helps parents and kids stay connected
We’ve already seen one mobile app that rewards kids for keeping parents updated as to their whereabouts and well-being, but Evado Filip takes a different approach. Earlier this year the London-based company launched VIVOplay, a wearable mobile communications and location device designed to help families stay connected. READ MORE…
Notes attached to phonecalls refresh the memory of smartphone users
Due to the large number of calls coming in each week, many people struggle to remember exactly what point conversations where at when they last concluded. RefreshMe is an app for Android phones that enables users to make notes during conversations to jog their memory the next time they call. READ MORE…
Service offers quick newsletter creation for non-profits
One of the problems with newsletters is that open rates can be low and the number of actual clicks even lower. We’ve already seen Médecins Sans Frontières try out MSF.TV, its own continuous online broadcast of current conflicts, and now Encore is providing another alternative for non-profits that aims to engage donors through stories. READ MORE…
Photo messaging app makes shared images disappear within 10 seconds
The success of Instagram has shown that photo sharing is now a standard part of the mobile world, but Snapchat offers a different take on this. Whereas Instagram presents photos as a stream from the people a user follows, Snapchat is closer to text messaging and sends photos only to friends the user chooses. Even more intriguing, it gives those friends only a few seconds to view them. READ MORE…
Charity TV station reports the news that mainstream media overlooks
The internet has helped charities benefit from a variety of ways to encourage donations – take France-based TousDonateurs as an example with its ad revenue fundraising model – but awareness and engagement can still be a challenge. Unhappy with the lack of coverage given to important humanitarian issues on mainstream media outlets, international aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières has created its own online channel, MSF.TV. READ MORE…
App translates languages during real-time phonecalls
Web users can already easily take advantage of translation services that convert text from one language to another, and we’ve also seen TransFire bring that capability to web-based instant messaging on smartphones. Providing a similar service for speech conversations, Japan-based NTT DOCOMO is launching its Hanashite Hon’yaku app, which offers real-time translation of phonecalls. READ MORE…
Mini satellite can create visible Morse code across the night sky
A couple of months ago we reported on the ArduSat project, which aimed to enable anyone to control a CubeSat orbiting space. Using similar technology, the FITSAT-1 developed by researchers at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in Japan houses LEDs that can create a morse code message that can be seen from earth. READ MORE…
Made-to-order phone focuses on calling a select set of preprogrammed contacts
In this era of ever more sophisticated smartphones, the need for a “simple phone” on the market has become increasingly evident. Enter the OwnFone, the latest entrant in this trend-defying category that adds a twist of personalization to the mix. READ MORE…
At zoo, iPad system improves human-animal communication
Although human-animal communication can be limited, we’ve seen services attempting to bridge the language gap with innovative ideas such as the in-house animal psychic at Oregon’s Hotel Monaco. Now, Jungle Island in Miami is incorporating iPads into its Orangutan School in an attempt to better understand the primates and encourage interaction between visitors and animals. READ MORE…