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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
StorkStand turns any office chair into a standing desk
Working in an office all day is damaging our health, according to experts who are now suggesting that sitting is the new smoking. While ideas such as the Stir Kinetic Desk — which gently rises to ensure workers stand up at regular intervals — offer a rather pricey solution, StorkStand is an affordable add-on for any office chair that enables users to quickly create a sturdy standing desk. READ MORE…
Furniture is unwittingly designed by street artists
While graffiti may be considered an eyesore for some, others appreciate street art for its energy and authenticity, and it’s already becoming commodified. Projects such as Rebel Nell have taken pieces of crumbling graffitied wall in Detroit and turned it into unique jewelry. Now an Israel-based design studio has created Street Capture, which turns wood that’s been painted on by anonymous graffiti artists into contemporary furniture. READ MORE…
Furniture adapts as kids grow older
Kids grow up at a phenomenal rate — both in size and personality, which means that parents can often buy things that become useless within a few months. We’ve already seen designers tackle this problem by creating shoes and even bikes that change as the child does. Now Italy’s Dot and Cross has created a range of furniture pieces that aim to serve kids from birth to teenagehood. 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…
Artificial intelligence designer creates company branding for $50
Branding is an important part of any business and can often make the difference between a generic service and another that stands out from the crowd. However, small businesses in particular simply can’t afford to hire expensive designers if they can’t create their own marketing materials. While platforms like Swiftly have already offered quick design tweaks for as low as USD 15 per job, now Tailor is using natural language processing to help business automatically generate stylish and personalized branding that fits their company. READ MORE…
Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock
Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. READ MORE…
Sandals for kids grow as they do
Any parent will tell you that kids grow at an alarming rate, meaning that clothes and other products have a ridiculously short lifespan as their bodies and personalities change. Some product developers have attempted to tackle this — takeThe Froc chair or Orbea bike for example. Now a UK design student has created Grow, a pair of sandals that can be adjusted to cater for bigger feet as children get older. READ MORE…
At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception
For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
$1 ‘origami’ microscope is made from a single sheet of paper
Citizen science is becoming a more popular past-time thanks to the plummeting cost of complex technologies. We’ve previously seen ideas such as PublicLab’s Infragramturn basic digital cameras into infrared plant analyzers, and now Foldscope wants to make microscopes more accessible with a printable version that can simply be folded into shape. READ MORE…
Community knit sessions combine the creativity of the young with the skills of the elderly
In large cities, different pockets of the community rarely interact with each other, and most people don’t even speak to their neighbors. We’ve previously seen schemes such as Talk To Me London attempt to get urbanites to get chatting, but now a Netherlands-based project called Granny’s Finest is pairing young designers with elderly knitters to create new products, and foster community spirit in the process. READ MORE…
Single use festival tent is compostable
One of the major problems with festivals is that after the party’s over, hundreds of tons of garbage is leftover and needs clearing up. While we’ve previously seen the disposable Glad Tent double as a trash bag to encourage revelers to clean up after themselves, Netherlands-based Psssh! has now developed One Nights Tent, which is designed as a single use festival tent that can be composted after it’s used. READ MORE…
This self-locking bike is impossible to steal
Possibly the biggest problem with cycling uptake among city dwellers is the prospect of spending a fortune on a bike, only to have it stolen while it’s locked up outdoors. The Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project recently came up with two designs —Merge and Denny — that incorporated locks into the bikes themselves. But now the YERKA Project has designed a two-wheeler whose frame functions as a lock, requiring thieves to saw the frame — rendering the entire bike useless — if they want to steal it. READ MORE…
Sleek desk lamp doubles as an emergency flashlight
When the power goes out, it can often be a hectic rummage around in the dark to find a flashlight — that’s if you can even remember where it is. While we’ve already seen the Bulb Flashlight turn into a convenient battery-powered torch when it’s unscrewed, Trioh is a stylishly designed device that serves as both a wireless desk lamp and a flashlight that’s always on hand. READ MORE…
3D printed reproductions enable gallery visitors to touch and feel precious historical objects
A parent’s worst nightmare during a museum visit can be when kids try to grab the artefacts on display, but ‘no touching’ rules do present a barrier to interaction, making exhibitions less engaging. Dutch designer and art historian Maaike Roozenburg now hopes to change this with her Smart Replicas project, which uses augmented reality and 3D printed reproductions of priceless museum objects to make visits more hands-on. READ MORE…