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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
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…
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…
Smart wristband monitor could keep kids out of trouble
Parenting is a tough job, and the more help moms and dads can get, the better. We recently wrote about the Ignore No More app, which enables parents to lock their teens’ phones if they don’t respond to calls. Now Sync Smartband lets parents receive alerts if their child moves outside of a preset digital boundary. READ MORE…
3D printed kids’ books enable blind readers to visualize the story
We’ve already seen how on-demand 3D printing can turn simple web searches into a tactile experience for the visually impaired through Yahoo! Japan’s Hands On Search. Now the Tactile Picture Books Project is using the technology to help blind readers use their hands to get more from illustrated narratives. READ MORE…
New Toyota minivan will make it easier for drivers to yell at their kids
Parents who drive will know all to well the feeling of trying to concentrate on the road while the younger backseat passengers scream and fight, because it happens without fail every single day. Not only is it annoying, but it’s also dangerous. Australia’s Attention Powered Car has already attempted to introduce an automatic slowing mechanism when drivers get distracted from the job at hand, and now the new Toyota Sienna is set to come with Driver Easy Speak, a system that amplifies parents’ voices, enabling them to be heard over kids’ screaming. READ MORE…
Smartphone-connected debit card teaches kids how to take care of their finances
Money management isn’t something that’s officially taught in schools, which means many people reach adulthood without really knowing what’s best for their finances. The KidZania Mumbai theme park has previously enabled children to roleplay as bank customers in order to teach them about the real world, and now UK-based Osper is a prepaid debit card for pocket money that gives 8-18 year olds independence while providing parents with tools to track their spending. READ MORE…
Virtual pet can only be fed through walking
Getting children to exercise instead of sitting inside with computer games is becoming an ever more difficult task. We’ve already seen Loop, the outdoor game where young players use tracking sensors to score points and compete with friends. Now Wokamon is a virtual pet app from China that requires kids to walk and exercise in order to keep their creature alive. READ MORE…
Uber for families provides lifts home from school when parents are busy
Home time can be stressful for kids, parents and schools if there’s no-one to pick students up at the end of the day. While platforms such as 3Fifteen have aimed to improve communication between everyone involved in home time pickups, Shuddle is a service offering safe rides home for kids whose parents aren’t available in the afternoon. READ MORE…
Affordable wheelchair designed for kids
Children often have different needs to adults, but that difference isn’t always catered for when it comes to disabled kids, who typically use the same equipment as older people. While Japan recently developed the Magic Carpet roving platform designed to give less mobile toddlers independence, the Wheelchairs of Hope project is now hoping to give kids access to a chair created especially for them. READ MORE…
Paris extends its bikeshare program to kids
City-wide bikeshare programs may encourage more adults to cycle, but most people really learn the joys of riding when they’re young. However, the rate at which children grow means that it can be an expensive pursuit for parents when their kids are suddenly too big for their frame. In Spain, we’ve seen the Orbea Grow bike come with an extending frame to cater to growth spurts, but now France is aiming to make cycling for kids more affordable with P’tit Vélib, which opens up Paris’ Vélib scheme to younger residents. READ MORE…
Kid-proof “HeadFoams” are designed to never break
It’s no longer unusual for kids to own a range of devices from tablets to smartphones to dedicated gaming consoles, and we’ve already seen tough, “kid-proof” tablets designed specifically to keep the very young safe and entertained. Of course, this recent boom in tech for the young means there’s also demand for third party add-ons designed for that same market. Enter MarBlue, and the world’s first flexible foam headphones which can withstand bending, squashing, dropping and just about anything else a kid can throw at them. READ MORE…
Tamagotchi-style wristband encourages active play for kids
Any parent will know how difficult it is to get kids to go out and exercise instead of playing on computer games all day. We’ve already seen gamified exercise in the form of the Loop audio and motion sensor-driven gaming platform, and now Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance and teaches them about healthy eating. READ MORE…
Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues
Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing rooms, playgrounds and kids’ food locations. READ MORE…
Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…
Netflix for kids’ books makes reading fun with unlockable achievements
Getting kids to read can sometimes be a difficult task if they don’t have a lot of options to choose from or — what’s more likely — they’d rather play on their phone or tablet. While ideas such as the scannable Smart PJ’s have embraced new technologies to make picking a new story at bedtime more engaging, a new service for kids called Epic! offers a large digital library of children’s titles, complete with rewards for finishing chapters and embarking on reading marathons. READ MORE…