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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
Micro meal recommendations help drop calories and fight national hunger
Many people in the US are looking for ways in which they can lose weight at the same time that others struggle to get access to or afford food. Schemes such as Halfsieshave already joined the two together with half-size restaurant portions matched with donations to charity. Now FoodTweeks is an app that gives users small suggestions to tweak their diet, with each calorie cut rewarded with support for local food banks. READ MORE…
QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home
QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. READ MORE…
Raising nearly USD 2m on Kickstarter, Sense could be the ultimate sleeping monitor
Apps and devices that monitor users’ sleep are nothing new, and we’ve even seen smart lamps that activate gradually according to the sleep phases of those in the room. Now Sense enables owners to track their entire sleeping environment to help them get better quality shut-eye. READ MORE…
Shirt detects epileptic seizures and immediately calls a doctor
Sudden attacks can affect people of all kinds, whether it’s those with heart problems, asthma, anxiety or epilepsy. The most difficult thing about living with these conditions is not being in control of when they occur. We recently saw LifeTip offer detailed cardiac monitoring to alert emergency services when a heart attack happns, and now WEMU is a sensor-laden shirt that keeps track of epilepsy sufferers’ physiological signs and alert doctors of seizures. 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…
Smart tag for bras can detect heart attacks
Sensor-based wearable technology is not just good for tracking our fitness regimes, it can also monitor our health in general. In the past we’ve seen a sports bra that can detect the presence of breast cancer, helping wearers to take early preventative measures. Now LifeTip is a tag that can be attached to bras in order to detect heart attacks and immediately alert emergency services. READ MORE…
In Australia, opera is designed for kids with autism
Children with autism often experience social settings in a different way to those not on the spectrum and sometimes end up having to avoid them altogether. In the past, we’ve seen Squag, the social network for young people with developmental difficulties. Now Victorian Opera in Melbourne has piloted a series of performances that cater for the needs of young kids with autism. READ MORE…
In Manchester, gym workouts for indie music fans
For many, exercise is more of a chore than something to look forward to, and for others it’s only bearable if there’s a distraction to take their mind off what they’re actually doing. In the past, Blue Goji has successfully tricked people into doing exercise to control games characters. Now The Fit Sessions in the UK is hoping to entice alternative music fans — not typically the most sporty types — to keep fit by bouncing along to the indie genre’s more upbeat tracks. READ MORE…
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…