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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
Celebrate the Best of the European Web
Do you appreciate creative, inspiring online work? Then get ready to cheer: After a long and exciting season, marked by nearly 1,500 entries from all across Europe, The Lovie Awards has officially announced this year’s winners. READ MORE…
At pop-up restaurant, customers wash the dishes instead of paying
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but we’re increasingly seeing businesses offer their service in exchange for other forms of currency than plain old cash. We recently wrote about several NYC gyms that are using work-trade programs to enable volunteers to get free workout sessions. Now a French washing liquid brand has created the Mir Restaurant, which is charging customers in the form of dishwashing tasks, instead of money. READ MORE…
Wu Tang’s next album will be released as a handheld boombox
Thanks to the mp3, the physicality of records, cassettes and CDs is being replaced by the intangible and distant specter of the cloud and Spotify. However, a few artists are being creative about their releases in order to put music back into the hands of fans. We’ve already seen DATAROCK embed music into a designer toy with a USB output. Now Wu Tang Clan are releasing a portable boombox that is the only way to play tracks from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow. READ MORE…
StorkStand turns any office chair into a standing desk
Working in an office all day is damaging our health, according to experts who are now suggesting that sitting is the new smoking. While ideas such as the Stir Kinetic Desk — which gently rises to ensure workers stand up at regular intervals — offer a rather pricey solution, StorkStand is an affordable add-on for any office chair that enables users to quickly create a sturdy standing desk. READ MORE…
Celebrate the Best of the European Web
Do you appreciate creative, inspiring online work? Then get ready to cheer: After a long and exciting season, marked by nearly 1,500 entries from all across Europe, The Lovie Awards has officially announced this year’s winners. READ MORE…
Furniture is unwittingly designed by street artists
While graffiti may be considered an eyesore for some, others appreciate street art for its energy and authenticity, and it’s already becoming commodified. Projects such as Rebel Nell have taken pieces of crumbling graffitied wall in Detroit and turned it into unique jewelry. Now an Israel-based design studio has created Street Capture, which turns wood that’s been painted on by anonymous graffiti artists into contemporary furniture. READ MORE…
Wristbands let marketers know consumers’ real feelings
Customer feedback surveys are one way to learn more about how users feel about a product or service, but they’re often time consuming and depend on consumers’ willingness to complete them. Is there an easier way to directly tap customer sentiment? We’ve already seen DJs use wearable tech such as Lightwave to track live audience reactions to the music. Now XOX is using similar technology to gauge the reaction of crowds through biometric wristbands. READ MORE…
Digital lockers will take parcels and clean laundry
Services such as LaundryLocker have been attempting to replace the traditional laundromat with a 24/7 automated service inside apartment buildings for years now. But now it has a competitor in NYC-based Clean Cube, which is adding secure package pick ups and drop offs alongside quick and easy dry cleaning services. READ MORE…
In Australia, restaurant makes soup out of waste
Half of all edible food gets sent to landfill instead of being eaten — that’s about 2 billion tonnes. We recently wrote about France’s Intermarché supermarket, which is turning ugly fruits and vegetables into sellable soups and juices. Now Brothl is going one step further by using food commonly considered as organic waste on its menu. READ MORE…
Smart sticker could stop your car being towed away
Parking restrictions are clearly there for a reason, but sometimes drivers have a need to just quickly park to pop into a shop or pick someone up. It seems to be in these moments that motorists are most likely to get a ticket or — even worse — get towed. While the Fixed app already help drivers retrospectively challenge parking tickets, TowStop is a smart sticker that alerts car owners when a parking enforcer is about to tow their vehicle. READ MORE…
Furniture adapts as kids grow older
Kids grow up at a phenomenal rate — both in size and personality, which means that parents can often buy things that become useless within a few months. We’ve already seen designers tackle this problem by creating shoes and even bikes that change as the child does. Now Italy’s Dot and Cross has created a range of furniture pieces that aim to serve kids from birth to teenagehood. READ MORE…
At Düsseldorf Airport, a robot called Ray will park your car
Airport parking lots can be a hassle. Every driver knows the experience of spending the better part of an hour searching for a spot, only to find one that’s miles away from the terminal entrance. Those flying from Düsseldorf Airport may no longer have this problem thanks to a new robotic employee. Ray is a robot valet that will safely store travelers’ cars and have it ready for them when they return. READ MORE…
Dress lets women change clothes in public without getting naked
Working hard to look great in a bikini can do wonders for self-esteem, but that can all be undone when it comes time to awkwardly change clothes at the beach without accidentally flashing passersby. Hoping to put an end to this important problem, The Undress is a portable changing room that protects women’s dignity when they need to swap outfits in a public place. READ MORE…
Software add-on makes your Tesla smarter
While companies such as Google are still working on their driverless vehicles, true smart cars are still some way from consumer driveways. Earlier this year we saw theBDLink MX WiFi kickstarter campaign successfully fund a small widget that retrofits any car with smart capabilities. For Tesla owners, Smartcar is now enabling them to personalize and automate their car’s climate and charging settings using their smartphone. READ MORE…
Smart grill cooks food perfectly every time
Home cooking can be very rewarding when it goes right, but also kind of soul crushing when it goes wrong. Devices such as the Drop smart kitchen scale have already helped amateur chefs to avoid disaster by adjusting recipes on the fly if they accidentally veer from the instructions. Now Palate Home wants to take out the human element altogether, with an intelligent cooker that never undercooks or overcooks meals.the patent pending algorithm will make sure the food is never under-cooked or over-done. READ MORE…