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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
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…
Toothpaste contains taurine to offer a morning energy boost
Some people simply can’t operate until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee or favorite energy drink, but today’s hectic lifestyles sometimes don’t leave enough time to hit the coffeeshop before work. While ideas such as Sprayable Energy have attempted to replace coffee with spray-on caffeine, Russian oral care company R.O.C.S. has now developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth. READ MORE…
The Kitchen Library lets anyone borrow cooking appliances just like a book
The increasing popularity of the sharing economy in recent years has given communities a way to both pool their resources and get to know each other. Most recently, we wrote about Switzerland’s Pumpipumpe scheme, which enables homeowners to display the goods they have to share through mailbox stickers. Now, The Kitchen Library is Canada’s first non-profit lending library dedicated to short-term rentals of cooking equipment. READ MORE…
Journey tracking app will use cyclist data to make cities safer for bikes
Most cities were never designed to cater for the huge numbers of bikes seen on their roads every day, and as the number of cyclists grows, so do the fatality statistics thanks to limited investment in safe cycle paths. While Berlin already crowdsources bikers’ favorite cycle routes and maps them through the Dynamic Connectionsplatform, a new app called WeCycle lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners. READ MORE…
$1 ‘origami’ microscope is made from a single sheet of paper
Citizen science is becoming a more popular past-time thanks to the plummeting cost of complex technologies. We’ve previously seen ideas such as PublicLab’s Infragramturn basic digital cameras into infrared plant analyzers, and now Foldscope wants to make microscopes more accessible with a printable version that can simply be folded into shape. READ MORE…
Tool enables better collaborations between data science geeks and regular workers
Companies who want to want to get ahead are often told that they need to take advantage of big data. However, turning the raw data into a coherent narrative and business strategy is a difficult task. In the past, we’ve seen apps such as Numericshelp visualize key data on common mobile platforms such as iOS devices, but now Adatao is offering a more comprehensive solution that lets business leaders and data scientists work together more easily. READ MORE…
From China, smart chopsticks alert diners if their food is unsafe to eat
Food poisoning is never a nice experience, but those dining out at restaurants often have no way of knowing how their meal was prepared before they eat it. While devices such as Peres have offered a way for professional chefs and home cooks to see if their ingredients are safe to eat, a Chinese tech giant has now created smart chopsticks, which detect contamination in food and use a red light to indicate to diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal. READ MORE…
App turns text messages into face-to-face interactions with strangers
Most of the products and services we write about on Springwise have a practical use or make a difficult task easier. However, every so often we come across an idea that actually serves to disrupt the most efficient ways of accomplishing a task in order to create a new experience. And that exactly describes a new app called Somebody, which sends text messages not to the intended recipient, but to a nearby stranger who is tasked with finding them and delivering the message verbally. READ MORE…
Roving office printer heads to your desk when your documents are ready
Although printers have slowly become smaller and added wireless capabilities over the past few years, they’re still seen as a hangover of the early digital age. Innovations such as Pocket Printer have aimed to rethink the device, but they still remain a mostly annoying part of office life, and using them can often interrupt an otherwise smooth workflow. In order to help avoid back and forth trips to the office printer, Fuji Xerox has developed an experimental device that uses Roomba-like technology to navigate spaces and deliver printouts to the worker that needs them. READ MORE…