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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
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…
Instagram snaps turned into physical mail for inmates
The problem with long-term incarceration is that prisoners become isolated from the technology that everyone now uses to communicate with each other. While the outside society is using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, inmates are restricted to letters and telephone calls. Created by a former prisoner, Pigeonly aims to make it easier for digital natives to communicate with friends and family behind bars by automatically turning smartphone snaps into printed photographs and sending them through the post. READ MORE…
Gadget alerts others if you’re willing to share your umbrella in the rain
There’s a notion that humans — especially those in big cities — don’t do enough to be nice to each other on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it’s an unwritten rule that most urbanites should avoid eye contact and generally ignore one another unless absolutely necessary. Schemes such as Pittsburgh’s Here You Go, which we wrote about back in 2010, have aimed to tackle this problem by giving out free umbrellas on rainy days in return for another random act of kindness. Now the Umbrella Here project has developed smart umbrellas that light up when owners are up for sharing their cover with strangers. READ MORE…
MoodHacker helps employees track depression, as well as overcome it
Feeling out of control of mood swings is a bad thing for both personal health and overall happiness, but it can also lead to a drop in productivity, in which case it can also affect businesses. According to Mental Health America, mental illness and substance abuse directly cost employers an estimated USD 80 to 100 billion each year. While devices such as the Melon EEG headband are already helping to track mood fluctuations to help individuals work better, MoodHacker is an app designed for companies to improve the wellbeing of their workforce, by giving employees tips to de-stress at the right moments. READ MORE…
Supermarket store is entirely powered by food waste
Supermarkets are one of the worst offenders for food waste — not only do their pricing structures encourage consumers to buy more than they need, but they also throw away perfectly edible goods if they don’t look aesthetically appealing or have gone past their sell by date. While the Department of Sanitation New York has recently introduced a scheme that uses the city’s leftover food to power homes, UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has now created the first outlet in the country to be powered solely through food waste. READ MORE…
At upmarket SF restaurant, non-refundable meal tickets help tackle no-shows
The way diners pay for a meal has remained largely unchanged in the last few decades — customers reserve a table for free, pay for what they order and leave a tip at the end. Startups such as Cover have previously aimed to shake up this model, with automatic payments that enable guests to simply eat and leave without waiting for the bill. Now San Francisco restaurant Coi is introducing a ticketing system for its reservations, enabling diners to pay a flat fee and managers to avoid the headache of cancellations. READ MORE…
Airbnb-style service for Asia lets homeowners find lodgers with a cultural match
Finding someone to share your living space is never a simple task, as there is a whole gamut of potential problems that can be sparked from personality clashes. While Russia’s Dreamroomer has already aimed to help landlords find tenants that match their interests, PandaBed is a peer-to-peer lodging service that enables homeowners to connect with guests that share their cultural or religious ideas. READ MORE…
Community knit sessions combine the creativity of the young with the skills of the elderly
In large cities, different pockets of the community rarely interact with each other, and most people don’t even speak to their neighbors. We’ve previously seen schemes such as Talk To Me London attempt to get urbanites to get chatting, but now a Netherlands-based project called Granny’s Finest is pairing young designers with elderly knitters to create new products, and foster community spirit in the process. READ MORE…