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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
Zoo Jeans are ‘designed’ by lions, tigers and bears
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Gaolhouse Denim, the social scheme that provides prison inmates with tailoring skills by getting them to create premium jeans for consumers. Now another charitable cause has developed Zoo Jeans, created with fabric that’s pre-ripped and chewed by dangerous animals before being fashioned into a pair of trousers. READ MORE…
Wireless earbuds are custom 3D printed so they won’t fall out
Earbud headphones come as standard with most smartphones, but they’re typically prone to breaking, and their one-size-fits-all design means that they can be uncomfortable and fall out when exercising. In the past, we’ve seen HeadFoams make the devices more durable, especially for young users. Now OwnPhones is enabling consumers to customize their earbuds to their own unique style and ear shape through 3D printing. READ MORE…
Affordable wheelchair designed for kids
Children often have different needs to adults, but that difference isn’t always catered for when it comes to disabled kids, who typically use the same equipment as older people. While Japan recently developed the Magic Carpet roving platform designed to give less mobile toddlers independence, the Wheelchairs of Hope project is now hoping to give kids access to a chair created especially for them. READ MORE…
Color-changing desk lamp indicates owners’ away status and incoming emails
While some aspects of The Internet of Things are obviously beneficial — think Nest‘s energy saving and remotely controlled heating, for example — the possibilities can actual be a bit more unusual and creative. Exemplifying this is the placeLamp, which tracks the location of owners and emits different colors to let coworkers know where they are, or if they’ve received a new message. READ MORE…
Accessory turns any wristwatch into a smart one
The buzz around smartwatches grows by the day, although some consumers aren’t convinced they need yet another device to stay connected with friends and family, especially if they already enjoy wearing an analogue timepiece. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Glance is an accessory that simply slips inside the strap of any existing watch to give it smart functionality. READ MORE…
Small clip aims to revolutionize the bike rack
Frequent cyclists will be all too familiar with the mess bicycles can make on the walls of their home. Think black smudge marks and dirt from wheels and handlebars. Bike racks, however, are often large and unsightly, leaving riders with little alternative. Looking to change all of that however, Clug is a near-invisible clip which can discreetly mount bicycles both vertically and horizontally. READ MORE…
QR code wallpaper creates virtual bookcases for those with limited space
We’ve already seen wallpapers adapted to block Wifi signals and even create virtual grocery stores, and now we’ve come across an innovation aimed at the budding reader. A collaboration between Vodafone Romania, furniture retailer MobExpert, and McCann Bucharest, the Digital Library Wallpaper uses QR codes to create a flat, virtual bookcase for those with little floor space. READ MORE…
In India, old cardboard boxes used to create school bags that transform into desks
A good education is of vital importance for those seeking a way out of poverty — But in many parts of India, there is a serious shortage of basic necessities such as school bags and proper classroom furniture. Looking to solve both of those problems in one move, Aarambh is using discarded cardboard waste to create school bags which unpack into small desks. READ MORE…
New coffee cup lid puts the pleasure back into takeaway beverages
Takeaway hot beverages have always been problematic. We’ve already seen Coffee Joulies addressing issues with temperature — cooling down the drink to a safe temperature and then holding it there — and now the Viora lid is aiming to tackle a number of remaining issues. READ MORE…

Bottle caps keep consumers healthy, help them make new friends
Bottle caps are typically fairly innocuous objects — we usually throw them away and forget about them. But they can become more useful with a bit of design ingenuity, as Clever Caps‘ Lego-block bottle tops proved. Now, two more campaigns have aimed to bring another dimension to plastic caps, helping consumers to drink more water and even make new friends. READ MORE…
16 million color pen can match its ink to the shade of any real world object
While the 3Doodler has already enabled users to draw new objects into existence with just a pen and some 3D printing technology, translating the qualities of physical objects into digital materials is a bit more tricky. Scribble is a pen that can scan the color of any object and immediately begin drawing in that color. READ MORE…
Small device retrofits old homes with the Internet Of Things
Apple’s recent WWDC had it’s gaze firmly fixed on the Internet of Things with the introduction of HomeKit, and it’s a further indication — if there was ever any doubt — that smart homes will soon be mainstream. One innovation we’ve recently discovered looking to make waves in that space is Notifon, a small device which enables users to setup nearly any object to send notifications based on real world activity. READ MORE…
This bike lock alerts emergency services if you have a cycling accident
In the past we’ve seen numerous efforts to bring smart technology to the world of cycling, such as Lock8‘s keyless security system that lets bike owners grant access to friends via their smartphones. Skylock is another device that offers smart locking and theft prevention, but with the added extra of detecting crashes and calling for help if it’s serious. READ MORE…
Big button can be programmed to do anything

Getting a computer to automate tasks isn’t actually that difficult — it simply requires a formula that tells it to perform a function if certain criteria is true. This is something picked up by the online service IFTTT (If This Then That), which enables web users to connect multiple web services to automatically carry out tasks. Aiming to take this functionality into the physical world, bttn is a large, internet-connected button that can be configured for almost any use imaginable. 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…