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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 Coke bottle lightbulb could help illuminate Africa
Even though the lightbulb was invented in the 19th century, a combination of poverty and lack of electricity infrastructure means that two billion people still live in complete darkness when night falls. Many rely on non-renewable and dangerous paraffin fuel to light their communities, which is why we’ve seen a number of initiatives that hope to bring sustainable and safer options to developing nations, even including lamps powered by gravity. Our latest spotting is The Lightie, a system that uses an empty bottle and a solar filament to provide cheap light in the places that need it most. READ MORE…
Home device offers sunlight in the daytime, LED lighting at night
While solar energy can be transformed into electricity to power home lighting, it doesn’t necessarily need to be converted at all in some cases. Proving this point, the Smart LED from Solatube is a device that uses photonics to draw natural sunlight into dark rooms in the daytime, while providing LED illumination at night. READ MORE…
Lightbulb is powered by bacteria
We’ve seen lightbulbs powered by numerous different forms of energy – even gravity – but now a new project from the University of Wisconsin, Madison has developed the Biobulb, a lamp that uses the bioluminescence of bacteria to provide light. READ MORE…
Battery-free lamp for developing nations is powered by gravity
In areas with poor access to electricity, many people rely on dangerous kerosene lamps once night falls. The Nokero solar-powered light is one solution that is aiming to deal with the problem, and now deciwatt.org’s GravityLight joins it in providing cheap, safe and environmentally-friendly light for developing nations. READ MORE…

LED lighting system for bicycle wheels to revolutionize safety

Regular Springwise readers may remember our coverage of two recent bike related innovations focusing on functionality and style: MAIK’s Bike Crate and the lock that can be worn around the waist. Now Californian start-up Revolights are focusing on cycle safety with their new bike lighting system. READ MORE…

Wifi light bulbs monitored, managed and controlled remotely
Lighting is a significant contributor towards home and business energy costs, but for most of us, switching to more efficient bulbs is the extent of what we’ve done to save energy. Dutch NXP Semiconductors, however, recently introduced technology that connects bulbs over wifi, allowing fine-tuned control from any internet-connected device. READ MORE…