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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
AI robot called Amy will politely arrange meeting requests with your co-workers
To-do apps are a popular way to ensure that our increasingly busy lives stay organized, but they can become so sprawlingly as to actually take up time themselves. We recently wrote about Timeful, which uses smart suggestions to help users plan their day more effectively, and now x.ai is a service that enables busy people to task an AI personal assistant to deal with the tedious back and forth involved in organizing a meeting. READ MORE…
Car detects if drivers are falling asleep at the wheel, wakes them up
Driving while sleepy can be just as dangerous as drink driving, and yet there isn’t currently a way to test for tiredness in the event of a crash. Marketing campaigns such as Drive Awake have used facial recognition to detect if drivers are falling asleep, but required drivers to take it upon themselves to install the app. Spain’s Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) has now created the Harken project, which places sensors into seatbelts and car seats to track drivers’ alertness. READ MORE…
In China, cinemas place live audience comments on the big screen
Most cinema showings come with a warning for the audience to turn off their devices because most people prefer to watch the movie in peace without getting distracted by others texting. However, we have already seen the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island offer free seats at the back of the stage show auditorium for those who agree to live tweet the event, and now some Chinese theaters have introduced cinema texting, where viewers’ comments can be sent directly to the screen for everyone else to see. READ MORE…
App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls
When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls. READ MORE…
Stylish bracelet charges wearers’ smartphones
We’ve already seen headphones designer handbags equipped with phone charging capabilities, so it was only a matter of time before the items we wear became able to provide some extra juice for our devices. QBracelet is a minimalist wristband that can give smartphones extra power when there’s no available outlet. READ MORE…
Service offers luggage-free travel to frequent fliers
Packing for a flight is often a stressful affair, especially considering the hefty charges that can be applied to those who go over the check-in weight limit. One airline has even gone as far as charging travelers for any mass they bring onto the plane, including body weight. Singapore-based Packnada enables passengers to travel with only a passport, through a wardrobe storage service that delivers to their hotel every time they land. READ MORE…
Camera-equipped headphones mix Beats, Instagram and GoPro
The prevalence of smartphones means that video can be captured anywhere, but fleeting moments can still be missed in the time it takes to get them out of the pocket and load the camera app. SOUNDSIGHT headphones is aiming to change that, using an on-board camera to instantly capture video and audio of the wearer’s location or activity. READ MORE…
Multi-tool rape alarm takes photos, sprays mace and calls the cops
Most women hope that they’ll never find themselves in a dangerous situation when walking alone, but the sad fact is that many do. We’ve already seenGuardian Angel — the necklace that sends a fake call to wearers’ phones to give them a way out of uncomfortable advances — which could stop any violence from happening in the first place. But in the case when an attack does happen, The Defender is a small tool that includes an alarm, pepper spray, photo capture and automatic emergency service alerts in one. READ MORE…
Browser bookmarklet seamlessly adds recipe ingredients to online shopping carts
We’ve seen quite a few startups helping to make mealtimes easier by delivering all of the ingredients for a recipe to the door, most recently in the form of Forage, which selects meals from the menus of high-end restaurants. But for fussy eaters who prefer to choose their own meals, Popcart enables them to simply copy the ingredients from any online recipe and immediately get them delivered through FreshDirect. READ MORE…
3D printed reproductions enable gallery visitors to touch and feel precious historical objects
A parent’s worst nightmare during a museum visit can be when kids try to grab the artefacts on display, but ‘no touching’ rules do present a barrier to interaction, making exhibitions less engaging. Dutch designer and art historian Maaike Roozenburg now hopes to change this with her Smart Replicas project, which uses augmented reality and 3D printed reproductions of priceless museum objects to make visits more hands-on. READ MORE…
Neighborhood mailbox stickers let communities display items they have to share
If those nostalgic for the pre-digital age are to be believed, neighbors used to simply knock on a door to ask to borrow something, but now they’re too engrossed in their smartphone screen to even know who lives next door. To solve this problem and renew a sharing community spirit, Pumpipumpe is a Switzerland-based project that is encouraging residents to place stickers on their mailbox to denote the goods they’re willing to lend to their neighbors. READ MORE…
Platform helps digital sports influencers get sponsored by brands
Social media has made the careers of bloggers, YouTube stars and opinion leaders. A major source of revenue for these new influencers is to team up with brands, but finding the right partnership is a hard job for both creators and companies. Focusing on the sports industry, Raynforest is a marketplace that helps fans with social influence get paid for reviewing products and promoting brands. READ MORE…
Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals
People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed especially to teach those with learning difficulties to cook for themselves. READ MORE…
Modular smartwatch lets wearers pick and choose the functions they need
While Google’s Project Ara may be some way from hitting the market, we have already started to see similar projects that enable consumers to customize the hardware they use. The NEX band has combined modular sensors with custom designs to capture the fickle teen market, and now Blocks is a smart watch whose wrist is made up of varying components that enable wearers to tailor the device’s functions. READ MORE…
Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets
Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. READ MORE…