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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
This simple tool repairs flat bike tires in 60 seconds
Punctures are the bane of cyclists’ existence, not least because they seem to happen at the most inopportune moments and require getting your hands dirty to fix. While New York’s Bikestock equipment vending machines have aimed to make available 24 hours a day the tools riders need to fix their bikes, a new device called patchnride is a portable device that permanently fixes any puncture with one easy maneuver. READ MORE…
Earpiece gives anyone super-human hearing abilities
Hearing loss affects a huge number of people, and not just the elderly. Those who often attend rock concerts or listen to music at a loud volume on their headphones can often lose aural dexterity, making hard to hear in certain situations. Soundhawk is a device designed for anyone to improve their hearing in loud environments by helping them to tune into the sounds they want to hear. READ MORE…
Wearable tech uses shock therapy to exorcise bad habits
Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist famous for experiments in classical conditioning — the idea that behavior can be manipulated by associating it with positive or negative stimuli. It’s a concept that’s been embraced by productivity experts, and is key to recent success of gamification. Now Pavlok is a smart wristband that tracks owners’ behavior and delivers an electric shock when they fail to commit to their goals. READ MORE…
Perfume-holding jewelry enables fragrance reapplication on the go
Jewelry and fragrances are often put on at the same time, so it makes sense to combine the two. In the past, we’ve seen Perfumetools enable those allergic to perfume chemicals to wear a scent housed in necklace pendants, and now OBO is similarly embedding fragrance capsules into necklaces and bracelets, allowing wearers to easily reapply their perfume when they need it. READ MORE…
Temporary recipe tattoos keep cooking instructions handy for chefs
While the traditional cookbook has been somewhat replaced by tablets and smartphones in the kitchen, and we’ve even seen custom recipes based on the items shoppers have bought printed on receipts, there’s still a problem when it comes to actually keeping cooking instructions in view when chefs are busy preparing their meal. I Tradizionali is offering a solution in the form of temporary tattoos featuring recipes that can be applied on the arm and washed off after cooking. READ MORE…
All-natural beeswax will keep your glasses on your face
A perennial problem faced by glasses wearers is having to constantly push them back to keep them in a comfortable position on the nose. While companies such as Protos Eyewear are using 3D printing to better tailor frames to fit customers’ faces, Nerdwax is an organic wax that stops glasses from sliding off their face. 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…
Custom SMS notifications help users decide if they should bother checking their phone
Caller ID has made it easier for both businesses and consumers to make a decision before they pick up the phone since its implementation in the telecoms world, and we’ve even seen apps such as SayWhat provide subject lines for incoming calls. With today’s smartphones, the urge to check every notification is now one of the biggest timekillers, and new Android app called Mumble uses custom alerts to give more information about the type of text message they’ve received before they look at their device. READ MORE…
App lets users barter to jump queues
Nobody enjoys waiting in a queue, even if it’s for something they really want. Apps such as Qminder have provided a way for businesses to avoid crowded waiting rooms or long lines of customers by providing them with smartphone notifications when their appointment or reservation is ready, and now another app called Shout wants to turn queues into a marketplace, where users can buy and sell spots in line for new games consoles or a table at no-reservation restaurants. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced transit app shows what time the bus will really come
The problem with most transport apps is that they rely on fixed data from transport company schedules and don’t truly reflect exactly what’s going on with the city’s trains and buses at any given moment. Operating like a Waze for public transport, Israel’s Ototo app crowdsources real-time information from passengers to give users the best suggestions for their commute. READ MORE…
Smart cardboard boxes turn homes into a self-storage unit
Locating items that are somewhere in one of masses of boxes can often be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Smart technologies are now making this process easier, and self-storage startup Boxbee is already enabling customers to digitally inventorize their stored belongings. Now Japanese stationery company King Jim is letting homeowners do the same thing at home with its NeutralBOX, which comes with an app that lets users keep a visual inventory or scan boxes to easily see what’s in them. READ MORE…
Read a 300-page book in 90 minutes with this app
As online content continues to be increasingly consumed through mobile platforms, it’s no wonder we’re seeing new formats to deliver information more quickly and fluidly. In the past, we’ve seen Wibbitz present any news story as a visual and dynamic infographic instead of plain old text. But now Spritz believes that humans can read much faster using its system of ‘streaming’ text at up to 600 words per minute. 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…
In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history
The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…
AI resurrector lets people Skype their dead relatives
The death of a loved one is an irreparable loss, but tokens of the departed can help grievers to remember what it was like when they were alive and appreciate their existence. While projects such as DNA Memorial enable future generations to learn more about their passed relatives’ genetic makeup, a new startup called Eterni.me is going much further. By trawling traces of their online activity, the company wants to reconstruct people’s personalities with an artificially intelligent version that friends and family can ‘chat’ to after they’re gone. READ MORE…