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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
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…
QR code name tags help return kids’ stuff to their owners
Smartphones come with a number of technologies that enable them to detect the presence of objects that have gone missing, from GPS and Bluetooth, to RFID — which has been used in innovations such as the Bikn locator tag. Other items that currently aren’t enabled with such technology are still prone to evade discovery however, especially when it comes to kids’ stuff at school. From Australia, StrayHat is using QR code name tags to make the return of lost objects easier for parents. READ MORE…
Eco bottle caps double as Lego blocks
Bottle caps typically serve a humble purpose and aren’t really thought of as the most practical invention ever — instead, they contribute to more than USD 1 billion worth of plastic waste that ends up in US landfills each year, rather than being recycled. While in the past we have seen initiatives turn them into mini indoor gardens, a new scheme called Clever Caps has redesigned them to give them extra use as Lego-style bricks after they’ve finished their life as a bottle cap. READ MORE…
MakerBot’s kids’ book teaches them about 3D printing
We featured Brooklyn-based MakerBot on these pages back in 2010 thanks to its efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses with its initial range of build-your-own desktop machines. Now the project has created LEO the Maker Prince, a children’s storybook that helps them learn about 3D printing and then download files to bring the characters to life. READ MORE…
Social hospital toy lets isolated young patients play with other kids
Hospitals are never fun for kids, and we’ve seen a number of ideas in the past attempt to make their experience more comfortable, from pirate-themed CT scanners to fun robots. But being able to interact with other children is still a major bonus, something denied to kids who need to be kept in isolation or quarantine. From the Netherlands, Konnekt is a hospital isolation barrier that doubles as a two-way toy, enabling collaborative play among children that have to be separated. READ MORE…
Loop is a gaming system that gets kids outdoors
While the Nintendo Wii has gone some way to introduce physical activity into gaming, and ideas such as NexGym have aimed to entice kids by incorporating gaming into exercise regimes, gaming and outdoor play are still largely two separate entities. Loop is an open-source audio gaming platform that quantifies kids’ outdoor play and gets them physically competing with friends. READ MORE…