Market research firm rewards consumers for attaching product feedback to barcodes

Social media is an incredible tool for businesses to see what consumers are saying about their products, but the comments are often unorganized and difficult to collate. In the past, innovations such as OpenLabel have let consumers attach their opinions and information to product barcodes to alert other shoppers. Now Japan’s Research & Innovation startup is using a similar technology to help businesses tie consumer opinions to their products. READ MORE…

Station display shows waiting commuters the best train carriage to get on

When a train arrives into a station, it’s often the case that travelers aren’t spread evenly along the platform and are huddled in the same spot. This is annoying for both commuters and operators because it means carriages get full while others are left empty and leads to longer boarding times. In the Netherlands, the NSReisplanner Xtra app has already offered train users a way to find a seat using their smartphone. Now the country’s Edenspiekermann design agency has developed a platform-length LED display which provides real-time information on carriage crowdedness and other details. READ MORE…

Park benches charge phones and offer local area information

Park benches are typically pedestrian affairs, but they can be redesigned to offer greater practicality. We’ve already seen ideas such as the Water Bench, which enables outdoor seating to double as a water reservoir in drought-affected areas. Now Boston-based Soofa is turning urban furniture into solar-powered information centers and charge points for cities’ public spaces. READ MORE…

Search tool offers medical information personalized to each user

The internet is increasingly home to reams of information that patients can use to self-diagnose before they contact a health professional, but this wealth of data may either be poorly-researched or may not even be relevant to them. We’ve already seen Cureus try to tackle the first of these issues by placing peer-reviewed papers straight onto the web, and now Israel’s Medivizor is a search tool that offers results personalized to each user. READ MORE…

Government-created app suite aims to improve experience of Brazilian city

While Boston authorities are making their civic services mobile with its City Hall To Go scheme, the Brazilian city of Curibita is using a new suite of apps to benefit its residents. Passaporte Curabita features a range of apps that aim to improve users’ experience of the city. READ MORE…