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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
Global vacation takes in famous scenes from art history
Regular readers of Springwise may remember VeryFirstTo from our recent coverage of their collaboration with A2B Bikes, which sent one couple on a guided e-bike tour of 12 world cities. Now the luxury magazine is returning with The Art Lovers Dream Trip, another one-off world tour that visits locations immortalized in famous works of art. READ MORE…
Garden for rent lets urbanites get away from the crowds
It’s hard to get a moment’s peace in the city. While the idea of sitting in a green space and reading a book is a pleasant one, not everyone can afford a home with a garden. In public parks, it’s also more likely to be interrupted by kids, dogs and footballs. While startups such as Breather have aimed to unlock cities’ more peaceful office environments, Plot now aims to rent out mini green spaces to enable anyone to enjoy private relaxation time outdoors. READ MORE…
To-do app actually schedules your day for you
Calendar and to-do apps typically provide a functional way to remind users of what needs doing, but they don’t actually stop them from procrastinating anyway. In the past, we’ve seen apps that turn to-do lists into a game, but now Timeful uses smart suggestions to manage users’ daily tasks for them, recommending the best times for each activity. 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…
Consumer drone lets anyone take the ultimate sports selfies
The GoPro has created a generation of action videographers, and new accessories designed around consumer-level action footage are also growing because of it. In the past we’ve seen SOLOSHOTprovide automatic camera panning through a robotic tripod. Breaking free of the camera stand for some true action shots, HEXO+ is a small drone that autonomously follows and records the athlete at preset distances. 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…
Social network for gardeners offers smart plotting tools and community feedback
Despite the majority of the world now living in urban environments, gardening remains a popular pursuit whether it’s in people’s gardens or on tower block balconies. And technology is no stranger to the field — in the past we’ve seen Israel’sGreenbox app offer smart recommendations and automate garden tasks. Now Greenius wants to inject a social aspect to gardening, enabling users to easily share their green-fingered exploits and receive advice from like-minded gardeners and farmers. READ MORE…
Print ad is also a wristband that lets parents track their kids on the beach
Back in 2013, FCB Brasil and Nivea teamed up to create the Solar Ad Charger a print ad that engage beachgoers by enabling them to plug in their smartphone to charge it using an embedded, paper-thin solar panel. Now the two have come together again for the NIVEA Sun Kids magazine ad, which can be ripped out and turned into a trackable wristband that warns parents if their kids stray too far. READ MORE…
TRAINR turns smartwatches into a personal fitness trainer
Smart fitness tracking is one of the leading lights of the wearable tech industry, with consumers already buying products such as Nike+ and FitBit in their droves. However, the field has plenty of space to grow, and we’ve seen endeavors such as Athos gymwear, which has performance monitoring tech built-in. Now, LA-based startup Focus has developed TRAINR — a smartwatch platform that turns the devices into fitness trackers that can detect the type of exercise being performed, as well as offering suggestions for improvement. READ MORE…
LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Gym classes costs less the more users work out
Getting consumers to exercise is already a difficult task and it isn’t helped by the typically high entry prices of gyms and workout sessions. While the world is suffering from inactivity and obesity, gyms are raking in over $75 billion globally. Ideas such as Peloton‘s live gym class streaming enable exercisers to work out at home, but now San Francisco’s Fitmob is aiming to incentivize fitness class attendance by cutting the price for every extra session taken in a week. READ MORE…
This ultra-thin insole can tell doctors what’s wrong with your foot
Sports injuries come in all shapes and sizes, and even when it’s clear where the pain is, it’s much more difficult to determine the cause. While innovations such as the Sensoria smart sock have already been able to detect bad running habits, the new OpenGo science is an insole that fits discreetly into athletes’ shoes and delivers rich data to sports scientists. READ MORE…
In Chile, sports goods are paid for with exercise
Getting consumers to exercise is much easier when there’s an incentive, and especially if it’s a financial one. Chile-based dairy brand Colun Light has taken this on board with its Así da gusto pagar campaign, which saw customers at its pop-up sportswear shop pay with exercise, rather than money. READ MORE…
Project aims to get strangers talking to each other
We’re all in this world together, so it’s probably a good idea that we’re nice to each other. The La Petite Syrah Café in France has already shifted its pricing model to benefit those who are friendly, and now a new project called Talk To Me London wants to explore different ways to get the city’s 8 million multicultural residents to share their stories with each other. READ MORE…
Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. READ MORE…
Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans
Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. READ MORE…