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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
Solar-powered tent keeps festivalgoers’ devices charged
Consumers are so attached to their smartphones, laptops and other electronics that running out of juice is one of the most common mini traumas of modern life. Festival goers especially need to accept that being cut off from their friends because of low battery is almost inevitable. However, the UK’s Bang Bang Tents is aiming to change that, with its colorful camping tents equipped with their own solar-powered charge point. READ MORE…
App rewards homeowners switching off devices when dirty power plants serve their house
Eco-minded consumers are increasingly looking to reduce the ‘dirty’ energy used in their home. In the past, marketplaces like the Netherlands’ Vandebron have handed control over to consumers by letting them decide how local and green they want their energy to be and choose their own suppliers. But now Ohmconnnect is taking a different route by notifying customers of the best times to reduce energy use and offering cash rewards for doing so. READ MORE…
Smartphone-charging exercise desks arrive at Amsterdam Airport
It’s always a pain to have to go hunting for a place to charge your phone, especially if you need to stay put in a particular location. We recently wrote about Soofa, the Boston-based company that’s hoping to place solar phone-charging benches in city parks, and now Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their plane. READ MORE…
Eco shower device turns waste hot water into an energy source
Smart devices are already helping homeowners to monitor their resource usage and reduce utility bills, with products like Sprāv focusing particularly on tracking how much water is used in the shower. However, such devices typically only inform and don’t offer practical solutions. Ecodrain is an easy-to-install drain that heats cold water using the hot water going down the plug hole. READ MORE…
Energy-harnessing musical instrument provides power to communities off the grid
There are areas in the world where energy infrastructure is next to nonexistent, meaning that the people living there can’t rely on a consistent source of electricity. In the past, products such as theSOCCKET soccer ball have harnessed energy from human activity when they’re interacted with in order to provide power later on. Now a new project has developed SPARK, a musical instrument that takes a similar approach. READ MORE…
High-end fashion items collect and store solar energy
The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. READ MORE…
Energy marketplace lets customers choose their green power source
Energy prices are rising thanks to the scarcity of non-renewable resources, and this is prompting consumers to look more favorably on alternative solutions not currently offered by major utilities firms, such as Germany-based AOTERRA‘s solution which places energy-intensive cloud servers into customers’ homes and harnesses the excess heat to warm the properties. Another company now hoping to win over dissatisfied consumers is the Netherland’s Vandebron, which lets them pick the type of green energy they’d like to buy, as well as where it comes from. READ MORE…
Bitcoin alternative promises to boost global solar energy
Digital currencies have become a more promising proposition thanks to the tentative success of Bitcoin, which has even inspired the semi-serious efforts of both dogecoin and Coinye in recent months. Now SolarCoin is hoping to provide another option that is backed by the production of solar energy. READ MORE…
Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel
The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an alternative in the shape of an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with minimal need for tracking. READ MORE…
Eco home heating from food waste and underground trains
Cities need to look away from the ever-dwindling supplies of non-renewable resources to provide the power their citizens demand. Two new initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic are now harnessing the energy that’s considered a waste product of existing system to heat homes. The Department of Sanitation New York and Islington Council in the UK are respectively introducing systems that turn residents’ organic food waste and excess heat from the London Underground tube network into energy to warm households. READ MORE…
Skipping rope harvests energy, providing power to remote and disadvantaged areas
Uncharted Play should be a familiar name to regular readers of Springwise — we’ve already written about its energy-storing soccer ball SOCCKET, and featured the company in a Where Are They Now? feature. Now the New York-based startup is back with the PULSE — a jump rope that stores the energy of each skip, which can be used later to power electronic devices. READ MORE…
Drinks turned ice cold in under 45 seconds
Microwaves have long since provided small retailers with a way to quickly heat food on demand for customers, but when it comes to keeping products cool, constantly-on refrigerators are needed, sucking up energy and money. Now a new solution — V-Tex — uses an innovative technique to turn beverages ice cold in less than 45 seconds, reducing the need for mass refrigeration. READ MORE…
Home device offers sunlight in the daytime, LED lighting at night
While solar energy can be transformed into electricity to power home lighting, it doesn’t necessarily need to be converted at all in some cases. Proving this point, the Smart LED from Solatube is a device that uses photonics to draw natural sunlight into dark rooms in the daytime, while providing LED illumination at night. READ MORE…
Rooftop solar kit doubles as water reservoir
In developing nations near the equator, the weather comes in extremes — the sun is at its strongest, while rainfall levels are also the highest in the world. At the same time, the same areas are blighted by a lack of electricity and clean drinking water. In order to tackle both of these issues, designers in Mexico have developed the PhotoFlow, a device that harnesses energy from the sun in good weather and collects and filters rainwater in bad weather. READ MORE…
Lego-like blocks enable plug-and-play smart homes
Springwise has seen its fair few innovations such as the Revolv and Ubi that are leading the way in using tech to give residents more control over their home. Switzerland’s digitalSTROM is the latest to offer the possibility of smart homes, with small, intelligent blocks that turn any offline appliance into a smartphone-controlled device. READ MORE…