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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
Lego-style building blocks could be the future of architecture
Aside from being one of the most popular kids’ toys of the past 50 years, Lego has even proved useful in the adult world, with the company’s Lego Serious Play program enabling product designers to come up with creative prototypes using the simple building blocks. We recently saw OLLA offer modular furniture for kids inspired by Lego, and now Kite Bricks wants to create real-life buildings more quickly and cheaply by using concrete blocks that slot together. READ MORE…
Home washing machine is pay-per-use
Maintaining a home can often be an expensive pursuit, but there are companies using innovative pricing models to help property owners out. The Netherlands’ Uw Huismeester has already introduced a home caretaker service by subscription, and now a startup called Bundles is offering homeowners a free washing machine, instead enabling them to only pay for what they wash. READ MORE…
‘Thinking’ music speaker changes mood with a twist and learns users’ tastes
Over the past few years, music speakers have transformed from having one simple purpose to featuring wifi connectivity and integrated subscription streaming services, such as the Sonos. Now taking these features as granted, the Aether Cone is a next-generation conical speaker that instantly offers a different vibe when it is twisted, and uses algorithms to detect users’ music taste at particular times and locations. READ MORE…
Micro self-storage will stow single boxes for 24 hours
We recently saw how Japan’s smart NeutralBOX is enabling homeowners to take advantage of self-storage-style capabilities in their own home through smartphone organization. For those who need to clear a bit of space in their home for a short space of time however, the UK’s LOVESPACE will take even just a small box of items off customers’ hands for as short as one night. READ MORE…
Buy an apartment in this Brazil complex, get a free USD 1,000 bike
Buying a home is already the largest single purchase many will every make in their lifetime, without taking into account all of the accoutrements that come with furnishing and decorating it. We’ve seen a number of businesses offering extras along with properties in recent times, including Canada’s World Housing, which builds a home for a family in need for every property bought. Now, Brazil’s newly-designed Huma Klabin construction is offering every resident a complementary fold-up bike. READ MORE…
Modular, floating home can be built on land or water
Buying a new home typically requires some research of the local area in order to understand where buyers will be living for the good few years to come, as well as whether the property is the right size for them. However, Czech architects have now created PORT X, a houseboat that can be customized with extra modules and anchored on both the river or land. READ MORE…
Patch lets homeowners test a new color without ruining their wall
When it’s time to redecorate, homeowners typically use tester pots to see exactly what paint will look like on their walls. This can leave a temporary mess in their home while also contributing to waste when the packaging is thrown away. While digital alternatives such as Decolabs have used augmented reality to virtually alter what a space looks like, iPatch is a simple sticker that can be added and removed from any surface without damage. READ MORE…
Streamed fitness and dance classes offer real time Q&As
Enjoying exercise tips from expert instructors at home has been around since the age of fitness VHS tapes, now updated as live streamed sessions through platforms such as Peloton. Offering an element of personal communication with fitness and general wellness trainers, InstructorLive enables users to get responses to their questions in real time. READ MORE…
App lets homeowners stream art through their TV
Owning a masterpiece is not a pleasure the average consumer enjoys, but being able to hang some art on the walls is something most people would like to do. While some services such as ARTtwo50 have brought the price of original works down to a fairly affordable USD 250, Artkick is an app pursuing a different route by broadcasting renowned paintings and photography into living rooms through the TV. READ MORE…
Service helps landlords find the perfect tenants
Relationships between landlords and tenants can sometimes become frayed when personalities clash or expectations aren’t adhered to. Dreamroomer is a new startup from Russia that acts as a matchmaking service for renters and property owners based on shared interests, with the hope of avoiding such conflicts. 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…
From Croatia, soft toy uses sensors to detect babies’ vitals
While health services such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada have invested in humanoid robots to calm children down during visits, our latest spotting is offering a similar idea, but this time for the home. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy that is embedded with sensors and delivers data on babies’ vital signs in a fun and playful way. READ MORE…
iPad app enables homeowners to buy original art for USD 250
We’ve already seen Artsy provide a way for anyone to browse the world’s art, with facilities to buy a piece for themselves. However, a lot of original art isn’t in the budget of typical households. ARTtwo50 is a platform that sells one-off pieces for USD 250, with users able to see what it might look like in their home through augmented reality. READ MORE…
Smartphone-based intercom enables homeowners to see who’s at the door remotely
LaunchKey has already helped web users to boost their online security with logins verified on their smartphone, but what about security in the real world? Doorbot is a system that aims to replace the doorbell with a camera that broadcasts direct to homeowners’ smartphones. READ MORE…
iPad app enables long distance bedtime storytelling for families
Video chat has changed the way we communicate with far flung contacts, and we’ve already seen the technology applied to storytime through Smories, the platform that lets kids read bedtime stories to each other. Now Kindoma combines e-books with video calls to do the same for families who live apart. READ MORE…