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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
Gaming console for dogs keeps them busy when owners are out
It’s a well known fact that dog’s like to be entertained at all times, but there are always times when their owners need to leave them at home alone for a short period. While devices such as the camera-equipped Petzila have enabled owners to check up on their pet and feed them remotely, CleverPet is a gaming system that automatically rewards pets with treats for completing various tasks. READ MORE…
Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…
In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history
The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…
Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality
While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…
USB stick lets distant relatives watch TV and chat together
While family members may be flung across the far corners of the world, there are now many ways to keep in touch more easily, from video calls to social media. Now a new startup called bob is hoping to change the way families use their TV, with a USB stick that transforms the screens into an interactive dashboard to keep track and connect with distant relatives. READ MORE…
Blue Goji turns exercise into a gaming session
Running on a treadmill can often feel like a thankless chore if there’s no other stimulus to keep you going, which is why exercise has become one of the most gamified activities. From the makers of Guitar Hero,Blue Gojiuses wireless controllers and fitness trackers to immerse indoor runners into a world of gaming as they exercise. READ MORE…
Platform lets anyone play real NFL superstars at Madden (or Call of Duty)
Hardcore sports fans may share the lows and highs of their favorite teams on a weekly basis simply by watching the games, but nothing beats getting the chance to personally connect with the athletes themselves. While Egraphs — the service that gets sports stars to record unique personal messages for fans — has gone some way to achieve that connection, gaming platform OverDog is offering fans perhaps the ultimate dream — giving them the opportunity to beat pro athletes at their own game. READ MORE…
Screen addicts avoid overworked eyes with blink-inducing glasses
Considering the amount of time the typical office worker now spends staring at a screen, it’s no wonder that complaints such as computer vision syndrome, which apparently causes dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches, have become a reality. We recently wrote about Vigo — the headset that detects drowsiness and lets users know if they should take a break — and now Japanese glasses manufacturer Masunaga has developed a pair of spectacles that fog up at regular intervals to encourage computer users to blink. READ MORE…
Toy-shaped games controllers connect virtual characters
Devices such as the Nintendo Wii and Leap Motion‘s gesture control for notebooks have demonstrated that there is a whole world beyond the standard controllers for games consoles and computers. Aiming to engage young gamers with the world of physical objects, ZowPow is a new startup that uses plush toys to control corresponding virtual characters in a range of kids games. READ MORE…
VR game could help restore 3D vision
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.
Video games can be useful for a variety of medical setting thanks to the mental and physical stimulation they provide to patients, and in the past we’ve seen platforms developed to help tackle depression and even aid stroke recovery. Now funding on Indiegogo, Diplopia is another such title that uses virtual reality and motion sensing to treat common vision problems such as lazy eye. READ MORE…
Device6 is a playable mystery novel for iPad and iPhone
Although e-reading platforms are designed to replace traditional books, the digital nature means it’s much more flexible. We’ve already seen the Black Crown interactive book enable readers to purchase each chapter with micropayments, and now Device6 is using the iPad’s game mechanics to offer a narrative that requires readers to twist, turn and zoom into the text. READ MORE…
Portable USB motion sensor brings hands-free gesture control to laptops
Surgeons in Brazil are already using the Microsoft Kinect to improve their productivity through gesture control with the Intera project, so could the same go for consumers? Aiming to provide the possibility, Leap Motion is a small motion-sensing device that can plug into any computer’s USB slot. READ MORE…
Armband enables remote control of any device through gesture
While the MJ v1.0 jacket allowed wearers to create music through gestures recognized by embedded sensors, our latest spotting aims to go a step further. Canada’s MYO is a piece of wearable tech that detects muscle configuration to enable users to remotely control any device with arm movements. READ MORE…
Headset sends electric currents into the brain to improve focus
In today’s world of non-stop information, it’s hard to find a good space to concentrate. While Melon aims to help users calm their mind through quantifying and analyzing their brain patterns, the foc.us headset is offering a different approach, using small electric currents to stimulate the brain of gamers to improve their performance. READ MORE…
By playing games, site’s users raise money for charity
Taking time out to donate to charity isn’t often very high on people’s list of daily online activities. Initiatives such as CentUp have tried to make it easier by integrating giving into social sharing, and now GoodGames hopes to encourage online gamers to raise money for charity while they play. READ MORE…