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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
French hospital set to open wine bar for the terminally ill
Hospitals’ primary concern should be to provide adequate healthcare to the local community, but they shouldn’t underestimate the smaller things that can improve the patient experience. In the past we’ve seen Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospitalin Michigan set up it’s own organic food garden to improve the quality of the meals patients receive, and now France’s Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital is planning to open a wine bar to help terminally ill patients better enjoy their long-term stays. READ MORE…
pd.id is a date rape drug detecting lab in your pocket
Unfortunately, we live in a world where women — and even men — feel more comfortable on a night out if they carry some form of protection against sexual assault. We recently wrote about Guardian Angel, the jewelry that sends a fake call to wearers’ smartphones to help them get out of uncomfortable situations. Now pd.id is a small kit that enables anyone to check if their drink has been spiked. READ MORE…
It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café
The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…
Subscription service turns members into cocktail mixologists
Cocktail lovers who want some new inspiration each month aren’t short of creative subscription services such as Vinyl Me, Please, which combines music LPs with cocktail recipes to try out. However, making sure they have the best ingredients for the job is another thing. TWIST offers monthly boxes of premium ingredients that members can mix and match to create their own cocktails. READ MORE…
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
In Japan, store sells secondhand booze
Passing on used goods is a time honored way to ensure that resources don’t get wasted, and Japan has plenty of secondhand stores. There’s even one in Tokyo calledPass The Baton, which attaches the story of the previous owner to each item. While such stores don’t typically accept food and drink items, LiquorOFF is now taking in and reselling donors’ unwanted spirits, beers and wines, helping consumers to save money on alcohol. READ MORE…
This machine is a portable coffee maker and flask in one
Being able to enjoy coffee on the go thanks to numerous inventions such as the cafetière-styleImpress Coffee Brewer and the Handpresso espresso maker. Now Hey Joe Coffee is a portable coffee machine that can make a fresh cup anywhere at the push of a button, and doubles as a flask to drink it from. READ MORE…
US gift packages offer a taste of recipients’ home state
We’ve already seen subscription services that enable customers to get a taste of a different city, such as Try The World‘s regular boxes of assorted products from different global regions. However, sometimes those moving to a new city simply want a reminder of the unique tastes and oddities from their hometown. Catering to students and others who have moved states, PiecesofThere provides gift boxes for each of the 50 states of the US. READ MORE…
Cup automatically knows what’s inside and tracks drinking habits
We recently saw coffee cups with e-ink displays that could provide new and engaging marketing opportunities for cafes and restaurants. Now Vessyl is another drinking receptacle with an electronic display that can detect what’s inside and track users’ consumption in real time. READ MORE…
Drinkable sunscreen protects the skin after swallowing
Regular readers of Springwise may remember the Netherlands’ Swallowable Parfum— an ingestible perfume that emits fragrance from the skin. Following a similar concept, Osmosis Skincare has now created Harmonized H2O, a potable solution that provides the same amount of protection as sunscreen in one mouthful. READ MORE…
This cocktail ingredient will prevent a hangover
Dealing with a hangover is typically something that’s done the morning after, usually with a variety of “cures”, hair of the dog, or even a call to services such as New York’sThe IV Doctor. Now Ficks has created a range of natural cocktail fortifiers that contain the nutrients to prevent grogginess after a night’s drinking. READ MORE…
Subscription service pairs vinyl records and cocktail recipes each month
Music can be an integral part of any social evening, and this idea has been picked up in the past by Turntable Kitchen, a subscription service that helps members discover new music, as well as new foods. Now Vinyl Me, Please is a new service offering curated vinyl records as well as a cocktail recipe to try while listening. READ MORE…
The IV Doctor will visit your home and cure a hangover
For those who have partied too hard in Las Vegas, there is a bus called Hangover Heaven that tours the strip and offers hangover remedies. But what if there’s absolutely no way of even moving from that bed? The IV Doctor is a service launched in New York that actually offers a home visit to give revelers the treatment they need to feel fresh. READ MORE…
Live concert app launches seamless bar tab platform for venues
Bars are busy at the best of times, but it’s especially the case at gigs and concerts where there’s a mad rush to get a drink before the next act starts. Having already made booking tickets for recommended events easier and more social, WillCall is now introducing BarTab, a tablet app for businesses that lets gig-goers order and pay for a drink simply by giving their name. READ MORE…
Coffee bean roaster promises the freshest automatic home brew
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
While some consumers may be swapping their morning brew for theSprayable Energy‘s drink-less alternative, others still treasure the nuances of a freshly ground coffee. For coffee purists, Bonaverde is now offering a machine that turns unroasted beans into coffee at the push of a button, maximizing flavor while also delivering profits more directly from consumers to farmers. READ MORE…