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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
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…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Gymwear with built-in fitness tracking tech reaches pre-order launch
Consumers’ exercise regimes have been forever changed by fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Nike+ products, but these small devices don’t tell the whole story of what’s going on in different parts of the body during a workout. Now available for pre-order, Athos is a workout kit with embedded sensors that offer detailed and precise data about muscle growth and technique. READ MORE…
Airbag-equipped ski suit could save broken bones
Back in 2012, we wrote about Italian sports apparel brand D-Air Street, a motorcycle jacket that contains a hidden airbag that inflates upon collision. Now the company is back with the D-Air Ski, which features a protective airbag that inflates only upon the event of a serious fall. READ MORE…