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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
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…
3D printed kids’ books enable blind readers to visualize the story
We’ve already seen how on-demand 3D printing can turn simple web searches into a tactile experience for the visually impaired through Yahoo! Japan’s Hands On Search. Now the Tactile Picture Books Project is using the technology to help blind readers use their hands to get more from illustrated narratives. READ MORE…
Customizable wristwatch features 10 designs in one
There are some accessories which are typically too expensive to own more than one, meaning the same item is worn day in, day out. We’ve already seen Japan’s Nendo magne-hinge glasses use interchangeable arm designs to offer daily customization, and now Dutch collective MIJLO has developed the Everyday Watch, a timepiece with two different faces and five straps. READ MORE…
Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on
When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…
Raising nearly USD 2m on Kickstarter, Sense could be the ultimate sleeping monitor
Apps and devices that monitor users’ sleep are nothing new, and we’ve even seen smart lamps that activate gradually according to the sleep phases of those in the room. Now Sense enables owners to track their entire sleeping environment to help them get better quality shut-eye. READ MORE…
Designer sunglasses made of rubber can’t break
Expensive sunglasses may look great and even provide better protection from UV rays than cheap alternatives, but they’re still just as prone to getting sat on or left behind. While Tzukuri‘s GPS-enabled sunglasses have solved the latter problem, Italia Independent has now created the I-Ultra range, which retain high-end fashion design while being made of a special flexible plastic. READ MORE…
Bike can be adjusted to the perfect fit and style
In the past, we’ve written about Spain’s Orbea Grow, a kids’ bike with an adjustable frame that caters to growth spurts. However, one reason adults avoid riding a bike is because frame size options for grownups are fairly limited and finding one with the perfect comfort level is a difficult task. Aiming to change this, the Brooklyness Universal Bike lets owners tweak the frame to their body size and shape, as well as whatever riding style they want. READ MORE…
‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones
Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. READ MORE…
Lego-style building blocks could be the future of architecture
Aside from being one of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 50 years, Lego has even proved useful in the adult world, with the company’s Lego Serious Play program enabling product designers to come up with creative prototypes using the simple building blocks. We recently saw OLLA offer modular furniture for kids inspired by Lego, and now Kite Bricks wants to create real-life buildings more quickly and cheaply by using concrete blocks that slot together. READ MORE…
Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads
Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. READ MORE…
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…