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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
These swimshorts never get wet or dirty
A while ago we wrote about Silic, the project that developed t-shirts that were immune to liquid stains. Now Canada’s Frank Anthony is doing the same for shorts, offering a pair that repels any kind of water or fluid stain. READ MORE…
Chrome add-on lets users annotate the web
One of the problems of conducting research on the internet, or even partaking in online discussions, is that misinformation can often go unchecked and spreads easily. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as TruthMarket aim to bring to account those making statements in public, and now Factlink enables anyone to add a comment or reference to any piece of text on the web. READ MORE…
Crate on wheels can clipped and locked seamlessly onto bikes
While cyclists are typically free to go anywhere they please on their two wheels, one downside is that they’re limited as to what they can carry with them. In the past, we’ve seen the Springtime picnic basket, which triples as a bike pannier and table and chair set, but now the Netherlands’ Fietsklik is a detachable adapter that helps cyclists securely clip even large crates to their bike. READ MORE…
Simple device lets motor impaired kids know what it’s like to walk
For centuries now, those with neuromuscular disorders have had to rely on the wheelchair to get around and many spend their whole lives seated. In the past we’ve seen AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD wheelchair add-on make strides to help paraplegic people get up and stand unassisted. Now opting for a much more simple solution, Upsee is a harness that lets parents use their own legs as a support, in order to give their disabled children the sensation of walking. READ MORE…
Micro self-storage will stow single boxes for 24 hours
We recently saw how Japan’s smart NeutralBOX is enabling homeowners to take advantage of self-storage-style capabilities in their own home through smartphone organization. For those who need to clear a bit of space in their home for a short space of time however, the UK’s LOVESPACE will take even just a small box of items off customers’ hands for as short as one night. 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…
Thanks to ads, Instagrams printed for free
Consumers love to have a tangible version of the smartphone photos they take, leading to almost an entirely new industry dedicated to helping them print their Instagrams. Flag is another, but with a twist. The startup lets users print 20 museum quality photos a month for free, thanks to small ads placed on the back of each print. READ MORE…