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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
Platform helps digital sports influencers get sponsored by brands
Social media has made the careers of bloggers, YouTube stars and opinion leaders. A major source of revenue for these new influencers is to team up with brands, but finding the right partnership is a hard job for both creators and companies. Focusing on the sports industry, Raynforest is a marketplace that helps fans with social influence get paid for reviewing products and promoting brands. 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…
Beer bottles unlock free online movies with a tap
Combining product purchases with free promotional gifts can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth — often requiring consumers to collect and send off coupons or enter a code online and hope someone else hasn’t already got there first. Now Dutch beer brand Grolsch wants to make enjoying a lager with a film easier, with it’s Movie Unlocker service that gives customers free access to on-demand video with a clink of their bottle. READ MORE…
Device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and smart TV in one
Owning a number of different devices can often mean having to regularly transfer data between them to keep them synced, or storing private information in the cloud. Offering a truly connected alternative, Seed is a set of mobile and computer products that use the processing power and data of a single docked smartphone. READ MORE…
Scan a printed article’s headline, instantly get the digital version
Every article that appears in a major magazine today comes in two forms — its printed version and its online counterpart, but they’re both often left unlinked. Peekster is a new app that enables readers to scan the headline of a print article in order to quickly bring up the digital version on their phone, for sharing or saving for later. READ MORE…
In Austria, council uses app to crowdsource community issues
Civic authorities can’t be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Bürgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct to the council. READ MORE…
Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues
Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing rooms, playgrounds and kids’ food locations. READ MORE…
App turns small change into an investment portfolio
nvesting money in the right places isn’t easy if you don’t have the know-how, and especially if you don’t have the money in the first place. However, even a small amount of cash can be placed into shares, and Acorns is a new app that rounds up users’ purchases to the nearest dollar and automatically invests the difference in a stock of their choice. READ MORE…
Smart wooden blocks add a physical element to digital interactions
Consumers’ entertainment libraries are no longer stacks of vinyl, shelves of books or even collections of DVDs, as more content becomes streamed through the web. While we’ve seen creators embrace digital — British band Metronomy recently released a single only to fans pointing their smartphones at the star sign Aquarius, for example — others still yearn for the physical aspect of the music, film and books that define them. Enter Qleek, a system of crafted wooden blocks that play digital content when placed onto a special reader. READ MORE…
App tags physical places with personal stories
The offline world is gradually becoming connected with the web, and we’ve already seen apps such as Grafetee let users ‘bookmark’ physical locations. Created by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Findery now helps to link stories with real-world locations through geotagged ‘notes’ that can be left for online explorers to discover. READ MORE…
Netflix for kids’ books makes reading fun with unlockable achievements
Getting kids to read can sometimes be a difficult task if they don’t have a lot of options to choose from or — what’s more likely — they’d rather play on their phone or tablet. While ideas such as the scannable Smart PJ’s have embraced new technologies to make picking a new story at bedtime more engaging, a new service for kids called Epic! offers a large digital library of children’s titles, complete with rewards for finishing chapters and embarking on reading marathons. READ MORE…
Marketing events with secret speakers priced as low as AUD 1
Regardless of the industry, week-long conferences can be expensive and — worst of all — tend to drag on a bit. Forgoing the name tags and endless lectures on similar topics, Australia’s Real Big Things is a series of 2-hour events for digital marketers that charges customers by their ticket number. READ MORE…
Smart letterbox notifies users when they’ve got mail
When it comes to digital technology, its common to name platforms after the real-world things they aim to virtually replicate — online messages arrive in an inbox. But today’s digital inboxes have become something much more than their physical counterparts, offering greater functionality. Aiming to redress the balance, Mr. Postman is a solar-powered mailbox that offers notifications, package tracking and smart security features. READ MORE…
Interactive comic lets readers call the shots
The interactivity of digital platforms is bringing new dimensions to existing artforms — for example, we’ve recently seen how Switzerland’s IDNA — Spatial Storytelling project has brought dynamism to film by enabling viewers to control the camera focus in order to determine the plot. Now a new digital comic strip called FRAMED is ploughing similar ground, allowing readers to switch the panels around to alter the outcome of the scene. READ MORE…
In Japan, public libraries embrace digital tech with NFCs
In a world of ebooks and Wikipedia, the role of physical book collections is diminishing, and we’ve even seen the launch of entirely digital public libraries such as the BiblioTech in Texas. Now the Hanno City Library in Japan is integrating its collection with digital tech, using NFCs to help visitors more easily browse the contents of each shelf. READ MORE…