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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
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…
Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Smart thermometer enables old ovens to connect to smartphones
New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one. READ MORE…
Insurance policy rewards employees’ healthy shopping choices with cash
Employees benefit from good health insurance policies from the companies they work for, but if they don’t look after their health then employers are the ones that end up paying a higher premium. Tools such as FwdHealth have previously let bosses track their workers’ exercise regimes, and now EatRight Rewards is encouraging healthy eating by offering cash to employees that buy fruit and veg at the supermarket. READ MORE…
App delivers recipes using ingredients from supermarkets’ daily discounts
Cookbooks are great for getting recipe ideas, but fairly useless if they involve ingredients that aren’t within the family budget. Hellmann’s Brazil has already provided meal suggestions based on individuals’ shopping baskets. Now the Netherlands’ Koken met aanbiedingen app offers recipes made of ingredients that are on sale in major supermarkets that day. 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…
Tailored recipe service aims to get families around the dinner table
Ensuring the entire family gets fed every day of the week can be a difficult and thankless task. We’ve already seen services such as Brazil’s Gulala, which prepares and dispatches all of the ingredients for a meal the day beforehand. Now Seattle’s gatheredtable is working with families to customize their weekly meal plans and better optimize the time they spend at home. READ MORE…
Hellmann’s delivers cooking lessons on demand via WhatsApp
Regular readers of Springwise will know that the Brazilian arm of Hellmann’s mayonnaise is determined to find new ways to engage its customer base, whether it’s through NFC-enabled touchscreen shopping carts that deliver meal suggestions as customers walk through the store, orprinting recipes on the back of receipts, tailored their shopping bill. Now it’s returned with WhatsCook, a campaign that helps anyone get instant recipes and cooking advice from pro chefs via the popular WhatsApp messaging service. READ MORE…
App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. 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…
Healthy mass-market chips made of insects could solve a world food crisis
The meat industry contributes almost one-fifth of all greenhouse gases, takes up vast quantities of land, resources and energy, and relies on techniques that contribute to animal cruelty. Not only this, but demand for meat is set to increase with global population rises and higher incomes in developing countries, which could create problems for world food security. The recent unveiling of the world’s first lab-grown beefburger is testament to the efforts scientists are taking to ween consumers off of farmed animal produce, and now Six Foods has created a brand of chips made from crickets that could make insect meat palatable for the western world. 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…
Temporary recipe tattoos keep cooking instructions handy for chefs
While the traditional cookbook has been somewhat replaced by tablets and smartphones in the kitchen, and we’ve even seen custom recipes based on the items shoppers have bought printed on receipts, there’s still a problem when it comes to actually keeping cooking instructions in view when chefs are busy preparing their meal. I Tradizionali is offering a solution in the form of temporary tattoos featuring recipes that can be applied on the arm and washed off after cooking. READ MORE…
Sensor can tell if food is safe to eat
Consumers can often be especially fussy when it comes to the food they eat. In the past, we’ve seen Russia’s Lapka sensor kits let users determine if their food is organic, and now a Lithuania-based startup called Peres is looking to crowdfund a new system that checks if food is still healthy to eat using a portable sensor and smartphone. READ MORE…
Handheld scanner analyzes the chemical makeup of any physical object
Some new inventions seem too good to be true, especially if the idea was first proposed in science fiction. Star Trek’s tricorder — a handheld device that is able to scan any unknown object and deliver data and analysis about its composition — is one such device that is currently being made a reality. While the Scanadu Scout multi-sensor has already demonstrated similar functions to detect health problems in humans, the SCiO is a new device that enables users to collect information about any food, medicine, plant, or physical object simply by scanning. READ MORE…