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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
Beer bottles unlock free online movies with a tap
Combining product purchases with free promotional gifts can sometimes be more hassle than it’s worth — often requiring consumers to collect and send off coupons or enter a code online and hope someone else hasn’t already got there first. Now Dutch beer brand Grolsch wants to make enjoying a lager with a film easier, with it’s Movie Unlocker service that gives customers free access to on-demand video with a clink of their bottle. READ MORE…
Staffless coffee shop relies on customers to pay honestly
A cup of coffee can fluctuate in price, but customers can always expect to pay within the ball park of a few dollars. The low price means that cafés are ripe for experimentation with payment systems, and in the past we’ve seen La Petite Syrah Café in France charge customers more if they’re rude. Now The Vault in North Dakota is a staffless venue that gets customers to make their own coffee and show some honesty when paying. READ MORE…
Windshield-mounted device makes fast food payments even quicker
Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru could enable hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags. READ MORE…
Design agency lets clients pay what they want
Regular readers of Springwise may remember 99designs’ Swiftly service, which offers small design tweaks for a flat rate of USD 15 per job. Exploring another unconventional business model for designers, Poland-based interactive agency 8k is now offering its clients a pay-what-you-want system, whereby they can decide how much the work is worth. READ MORE…
From Finland, platform enables consumers to pay with their face
We recently wrote about Russia’s Synqera platform, which uses facial recognition to offer shoppers discounts based on their mood, and now Uniqul wants to use the technology to enable consumers to pay without their wallet. READ MORE…
In Dubai, restaurant diners pay by weight
Projects such as Halfsies have been encouraging diners in the west to eat less and consider the problem of food waste for a while. Now a new restaurant opening in Dubai – Gramo – is adopting a pay-by-weight business model to raise awareness of sustainability issues and promote moderation in the growing region. READ MORE…
App enables mobile drinks ordering at recommended cocktail bars
The Netherland’s Your Smart Butler has already taken a step into the world of mobile food ordering, and now Coaster is doing the same for cocktail bars in San Francisco, acting as a curated recommendation service in the process. READ MORE…
At Ibiza hotel, biometric payments let guests pay with fingerprints


Innovative ideas enabling consumers to pay digitally without the use of a card have recently included RFID chips embedded into watches and receipts sent directly to customers’ smartphones. However, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel has rolled out what is the first instance of biometric payments we’ve seen in the hospitality industry, utilising the PayTouch system. READ MORE…