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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
Outdoor equipment sharing platform makes camping more affordable
There are many possessions that go unused in everyday life that could be of use to someone else instead of sitting in the garage, something that peer-to-peer lending sites such as Share Some Sugarattempt to remedy. Camping equipment in particular spends a lot of time taking up space in people’s homes, yet can be prohibitively expensive for others to buy just for one trip. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, The OX is a subscription service for borrowing outdoors gear such as tents, kayaks and fishing equipment. READ MORE…
Crowdfunded ebooks become copyright-free once they’ve reached their target
Writers want their work to be read, but restrictive DRM ebooks are currently the only way to release a book digitally while ensuring they get remunerated for their effort. unglue.it is a crowdfunding platform that enables authors to charge for their ebooks until they’re happy enough to release them into the public domain. READ MORE…
DIY shoes can be assembled and customized at home
We recently wrote about Bamin, the modular bag that comes in several pieces to be zipped together and swapped around by the consumer. Bringing this model to footwear, PIKKPACK is a range of shoes that use just three pieces of material to enable anyone to assemble and customize them. READ MORE…
Design-your-own car decals enable easy personalization
The fashion industry is one that has embraced customization of its products to enable wearers to express themselves when they’re out on the street, but the same can’t be said for cars, with options limited to paint color or bumper stickers. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, StickOut offers large, easy-stick decals designed by professionals and personalized by the consumer. READ MORE…
Project aims to get strangers talking to each other
We’re all in this world together, so it’s probably a good idea that we’re nice to each other. The La Petite Syrah Café in France has already shifted its pricing model to benefit those who are friendly, and now a new project called Talk To Me London wants to explore different ways to get the city’s 8 million multicultural residents to share their stories with each other. READ MORE…
Wearable device tells you when you need more sunlight
Wearable tech has for the most part been focused on fitness tracking, but that’s not the only way we can keep our bodies and minds healthy. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Sunsprite is a clip-on sensor that detects if wearers are getting enough sunlight. READ MORE…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…
This printable smart hive could save bees from dying out
Not everyone enjoys having bees in their back garden, but the insects’ pollination is vital to the global ecosystem and there has been a dramatic decrease in their number past few decades. Companies such as Bee Landing have in the past created handcrafted hives to encourage more homeowners to help the creatures thrive. Now the Open Source Beehives project, currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, has developed a downloadable and printable beehive that can be equipped with smart tech to help crowdsource data about the insects living inside. READ MORE…
These water bottles can be mailed to a recycling plant for free
Bottles water has become an environmental concern over the past couple of decades, even leading to organizations such as Ban The Bottle. While an outright ban is unlikely to materialize any time soon, a new startup called Treeson Spring Water is aiming to make its bottles as eco as possible, including a free mail-back system to ensure they get recycled. READ MORE…
Hair clip collects evidence in the case of a street attack
Traditional attack alarms for women may not discourage the most determined criminals, often only really work if someone is nearby to hear the signal and can often be mistaken for a car alarm. Making the devices more discreet and smart, First Sign is a hairclip that automatically detects a violent attack, notifies friends and relatives, and collects evidence to help secure a prosecution. READ MORE…
Bike light deters dangerous activity behind cyclists
Cyclists often have to deal with poorly planned cycle lanes, dangerous traffic hotspots and even angry motorists, and many have taken to filming their journeys as a way to provide footage in the event of an incident. While products such as the Helmet of Justice have already combined cameras with existing bike equipment, the Fly6 is a rear light with an embedded HD camera that aims to discourage bad behavior on the part of motorists by warning them that they’re being filmed. READ MORE…
Wall-mounted panel enables and organizes guests’ home wifi use
Getting a visitor onto the home’s wifi network usually involves reciting long strings of letters and numbers, and even then there often isn’t any way to control their access to shared files and devices. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, Pylon is a wall-mounted panel that simply requires guests to tap their phone to connect to the wifi, with restrictions set by the homeowner. READ MORE…
Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel
The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an alternative in the shape of an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with minimal need for tracking. READ MORE…
Necklace turns hearing aids into a fashion accessory
As well as being sometimes prohibitively expensive, hearing aids are often uncomfortable and too conspicuous for their owners — but by making them smaller, the device become less powerful. Wear instead aims to help those with hearing loss incorporate the device into their outfit, as well as giving them clearer sound. READ MORE…