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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
Add-on turns bike helmets into a lock
Sometimes bike riders just need to drop into a store or café to quickly pick up a coffee or something on their shopping list. Since most stores don’t like riders carry their bikes inside, they either have to risk propping them up with no security or go through the whole process of locking up. Now Belgium-based sportswear company Lazer has developed the Cappuccino Lock, a helmet strap add-on that enables bike owners to use their helmet to quickly lock both. READ MORE…
In France, supermarket turns ugly fruit and veg into own-brand soups and juices

The amount of perfectly edible food that gets thrown away is now well documented, and yet there still aren’t too many options for retailers to ensure they avoid contributing to the problem. We recently wrote about the UK’s Sainsbury’s chain, which is powering one of its outlets entirely from the food waste it produces. Now Intermarché is now turning fruit and veg that’s too ugly to sell into a range of new products. READ MORE…
Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok
The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of home devices so that relatives can be alerted to breaks in routine. READ MORE…
For premature babies, haptic mattress helps them feel their mother’s heartbeat
Around 15 million premature babies are born every year, and many of those need to spend at least the first weeks of their lives in isolation before they can go home with their parents. However, during this time they lose the vital physical and emotional connection with their mother, who is often limited to one hour of holding time a day. Platforms such as BabyTime, which uses Apple’s FaceTime system to visually connect mothers with their newborns, have previously tried to tackle this disconnection. Now, Babybe is a system that translates mothers’ heartbeats into haptic feedback for the baby inside the ICU. READ MORE…
Sandals for kids grow as they do
Any parent will tell you that kids grow at an alarming rate, meaning that clothes and other products have a ridiculously short lifespan as their bodies and personalities change. Some product developers have attempted to tackle this — takeThe Froc chair or Orbea bike for example. Now a UK design student has created Grow, a pair of sandals that can be adjusted to cater for bigger feet as children get older. READ MORE…
Service taps communities’ unused storage space
In financially unstable times, more people are looking to take advantage of the sharing economy to save money on goods and services they only use occasionally. We recently wrote about Canada’s Kitchen Library, which gives consumers low-cost access to otherwise expensive cooking equipment. For homeowners who can’t afford to use self storage services, there’s now Roost, a peer-to-peer platform that lets them find and rent storage space from others in their neighborhood. READ MORE…
At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception
For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…
Micro beacon stickers turn any object into a smart one
GPS already helps smartphones make sense of the outdoor world, and devices such as iBeacons are enabling indoor spaces such as stores and homes to be connected to mobile devices. For example, San Francisco Airport recently installed beacons to help blind people navigate its Terminal 2. Now Estimote stickers are tiny adhesive beacons that can be attached to any surface to help unconnected objects interact with smartphones. READ MORE…
Like airline food? Service wings it to your door each week
Airline food, especially in economy class, has a bad reputation, although part of its tastelessness can be attributed to the desensitization of the tastebuds at 30,000 feet. Back on the ground, its full flavor can be enjoyed and we’ve even seen Arlanda Foodtrucks offer up airport food on the street. Now Germany’s Air Food One is a subscription service that lets anyone get airline meals delivered to their home once a week. READ MORE…
This color-changing nail polish could prevent sexual assaults
Online dating has made it easier for complete strangers with shared interests to find each other, but a lack of quality control can mean the services are unfortunately used by criminals, facilitating date rapes. Innovations such as pd.id — the personal drug detection kit — have already aimed to arm women with the ability to detect date rape substances in their drinks. Now Undercover Colors is a startup that’s aiming to develop a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with known date rape drugs. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
Service tells businesses what to tweet
Social media strategies are almost indispensable for many companies, but at times it can feel like maintaining an engaging web presence takes over from more important business tasks. While platforms such as Echobox have aimed to demystify web analytics by giving site owners concrete actions to take to boost traffic, now Zootrock automatically injects businesses’ social media feeds with relevant curated content to engage customers and help them concentrate on running their company. READ MORE…
Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce
Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That’s 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they’re throwing away. READ MORE…
Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions
There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…
System could stop parents accidentally leaving their child in the car
Parents typically do their best to look after their children, but one moment of neglect can lead to tragedy. The sheer number of news articles about infant deaths from being left inside hot cars reflects how commonplace such accidents can be. While devices such as the Sync Smartband enable moms and dads to keep their children within visual range and locate them if they get lost, a new system called Starfish is tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they’ve left their baby behind. READ MORE…