Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick
Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when it’s licked. READ MORE…

Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick

Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when it’s licked. READ MORE…

Smart wristband tells DJs if the audience is enjoying the show
The crowd can make or break a concert — if they’re not having a good time then the entire event can fall flat, and the best performers can adjust their sets by reading the audience’s reaction. A piece of wearable tech called Lightwave now hopes to make this process easier, by delivering crowd engagement data to DJs in real time. READ MORE…

Smart wristband tells DJs if the audience is enjoying the show

The crowd can make or break a concert — if they’re not having a good time then the entire event can fall flat, and the best performers can adjust their sets by reading the audience’s reaction. A piece of wearable tech called Lightwave now hopes to make this process easier, by delivering crowd engagement data to DJs in real time. READ MORE…

App forces users to give to charity for playing cheesy tracks on Spotify
Handing over money to charity is enough for some to feel good about themselves, but nonprofits and social good organizations often find it difficult to elicit donations without offering something in return. We’ve already seen gaming site GoodGames let users raise money simply by playing ad-supported titles, and now the UK’s Guilty Pledgers is hoping to do something similar for music — charging partygoers for adding an embarrassing track to a Spotify playlist and sending the cash to charity. READ MORE…

App forces users to give to charity for playing cheesy tracks on Spotify

Handing over money to charity is enough for some to feel good about themselves, but nonprofits and social good organizations often find it difficult to elicit donations without offering something in return. We’ve already seen gaming site GoodGames let users raise money simply by playing ad-supported titles, and now the UK’s Guilty Pledgers is hoping to do something similar for music — charging partygoers for adding an embarrassing track to a Spotify playlist and sending the cash to charity. READ MORE…

Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening
Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…

Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening

Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…

Hi-fi coffin for audiophiles offers a soundtrack to the afterlife
Music lovers are fanatic enough that they would probably take their favorite albums to the grave with them. Taking this idea literally, Sweden’s Catacombo Sound System is a funeral casket that eternally plays the deceased’s choice of tracks while they’re six feet under. READ MORE…

Hi-fi coffin for audiophiles offers a soundtrack to the afterlife

Music lovers are fanatic enough that they would probably take their favorite albums to the grave with them. Taking this idea literally, Sweden’s Catacombo Sound System is a funeral casket that eternally plays the deceased’s choice of tracks while they’re six feet under. READ MORE…

Trousers double as a drumkit
The days of lugging around heavy musical instruments from gig to gig could soon be over. Regular readers of Springwise may remember the MJ v1.0, the jacket that enables wearers to create music through gesture control, and now we’ve come across DrumPants, which utilize sensors worn underneath trousers to enable users to create electronic beats by simply tapping their legs. READ MORE…

Trousers double as a drumkit

The days of lugging around heavy musical instruments from gig to gig could soon be over. Regular readers of Springwise may remember the MJ v1.0, the jacket that enables wearers to create music through gesture control, and now we’ve come across DrumPants, which utilize sensors worn underneath trousers to enable users to create electronic beats by simply tapping their legs. READ MORE…

Social music box judges party crowd and vibe, then selects the perfect tracks
Japan’s emotion-detecting Mico headphones can already select the best music to suit individual users’ moods, but that task becomes trickier at social events, where crowds with varying music tastes can be difficult to please. Chüne is a smart speaker that curates playlists taking into account those differences, as well as the vibe of the occasion. READ MORE…

Social music box judges party crowd and vibe, then selects the perfect tracks

Japan’s emotion-detecting Mico headphones can already select the best music to suit individual users’ moods, but that task becomes trickier at social events, where crowds with varying music tastes can be difficult to please. Chüne is a smart speaker that curates playlists taking into account those differences, as well as the vibe of the occasion. READ MORE…

Service presses loved ones’ ashes as a playable vinyl record
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise.
Remembering loved ones is a highly personal experience, and placing ashes into an urn can be too traditional for some. The first of our Weird of the Week series focused on Holy Smokes, a service that puts ashes into bullets. Now the UK’s And Vinyly is enabling the recently departed to have their ashes pressed as a vinyl record. READ MORE…

Service presses loved ones’ ashes as a playable vinyl record

This is part of a new series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise.

Remembering loved ones is a highly personal experience, and placing ashes into an urn can be too traditional for some. The first of our Weird of the Week series focused on Holy Smokes, a service that puts ashes into bullets. Now the UK’s And Vinyly is enabling the recently departed to have their ashes pressed as a vinyl record. READ MORE…

Band releases single through the star sign Aquarius
With digital downloads becoming music fans’ format of choice, it’s no wonder we’ve seen ideas such as DIY cardboard turntables and albums embedded in chopping boards attempt to revitalize physical sales. However, others are striving to prove that mp3 releases can be just as imaginative — like British electronic band Metronomy, which is encouraging its fans to use an astrology app to unlock its latest single I’m Aquarius. READ MORE…

Band releases single through the star sign Aquarius

With digital downloads becoming music fans’ format of choice, it’s no wonder we’ve seen ideas such as DIY cardboard turntables and albums embedded in chopping boards attempt to revitalize physical sales. However, others are striving to prove that mp3 releases can be just as imaginative — like British electronic band Metronomy, which is encouraging its fans to use an astrology app to unlock its latest single I’m Aquarius. READ MORE…