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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
Cat face detection helps track the health of multiple pets
Facial recognition isn’t solely capable of identifying humans, as proved by ideas such as PiP — the database that uses the technology to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now Taiwan’s Bistro is a feeding device that uses facial recognition to track the unique health metrics of individual cats. 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…
Earpiece gives anyone super-human hearing abilities
Hearing loss affects a huge number of people, and not just the elderly. Those who often attend rock concerts or listen to music at a loud volume on their headphones can often lose aural dexterity, making hard to hear in certain situations. Soundhawk is a device designed for anyone to improve their hearing in loud environments by helping them to tune into the sounds they want to hear. READ MORE…
Radar sensor for cyclists keeps tabs on dangerous traffic from behind
Cyclists are always advised to keep a clear distance from motorized traffic whenever they can to reduce the chances of collision, but it’s difficult to know when cars from behind are in danger of coming too close. While Japan’s Safety Sight app already warns drivers if they’re heading too quickly towards another vehicle, a new device called Backtracker now aims to save cyclists’ lives by letting them know of dangerous traffic coming from behind. READ MORE…
Smart exercise tracker for the vagina rewards women with vibrations
Sensor-based technology is now tackling almost every aspect of our lives, and in the past we’ve even seen smart products like BleepBleeps help parents-to-be get through their pregnancies. A new device called kGoal is now aiming to be a Fitbit for the vagina, helping pregnant women track their Kegel exercise regimes. READ MORE…
Breathing monitor helps users track their state of mind
Stress is typically thought of as having negative health consequences, but it can be difficult to know when or why we become stressed. While tools such as the handheldPIP sensor have previously aimed to let users know when they should relax, Spire is a wearable device that continuously tracks users’ respiration and other metrics, letting them know when they need to take a deep breath. READ MORE…
Affordable wheelchair designed for kids
Children often have different needs to adults, but that difference isn’t always catered for when it comes to disabled kids, who typically use the same equipment as older people. While Japan recently developed the Magic Carpet roving platform designed to give less mobile toddlers independence, the Wheelchairs of Hope project is now hoping to give kids access to a chair created especially for them. READ MORE…
Fake window reproduces sunlight from around the world
Ensuring we take advantage of the effects of sunlight is an important part of wellbeing. We recently wrote about Drift, the smart lightbulb that emulates the rhythms of the sun to send users more easily off to sleep, and now CoeLux is enabling anyone to experience tropical, Mediterranean or Nordic sunlight in their own home using false windows with nanoparticle technology. 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…
Smart lightbulb looks to emulate the rhythms of the sun for better sleep
Electric lighting has brought so many benefits to society that it’s often easy to overlook the potential damage it may have caused. Before electricity, humans relied primarily on the sun as a light source, and the Drift lightbulb is now seeking to emulate a more natural lighting experience in an effort to improve health and wellbeing. READ MORE…

Bottle caps keep consumers healthy, help them make new friends
Bottle caps are typically fairly innocuous objects — we usually throw them away and forget about them. But they can become more useful with a bit of design ingenuity, as Clever Caps‘ Lego-block bottle tops proved. Now, two more campaigns have aimed to bring another dimension to plastic caps, helping consumers to drink more water and even make new friends. READ MORE…
Newspaper printed with ink that repels mosquitoes
The spread of Dengue fever has become an epidemic in Sri Lanka, a country wheremore than 13,000 people have been affected by the disease in the past six months alone. In the past we’ve already seen ideas such as Kite, a wearable patch that helps to repel disease-carrying mosquitoes. Now one of the country’s most popular newspapers has created the Mawbima Mosquito Repellent Paper, printed using an ink containing a bug-repelling ingredient. READ MORE…
Online course trains tattoo artists to spot skin cancer
For Brazilian beachgoers, days spent soaking up the sun’s rays can be fun, but can also lead to skin cancer if the necessary protection isn’t taken. What’s more, young people in particular believe that skin cancer checks are more for the elderly. In order to get through to the youthful demographic, a project called Tatuador Consciente is teaching tattoo artists how to detect signs of melanoma and other skin cancers while they’re inking. READ MORE…
Telepresence pharmacies can dispense prescription drugs in remote locations
Of all of the potential applications for telepresence technologies, many of the most exciting have appeared in the arena of healthcare. We’ve already seen telepresence robots enabling remote patient-doctor relationships within a hospital, and now a collaboration between HealthSpot and MedAvail will see the technology used to bridge even great physical distances. READ MORE…