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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
Licensed images made free-to-use through embedded attribution
Back in 2012, stock and news photography agency Getty Images embarked on theWatermark Project, which redesigned the way it protected images from being used illegitimately and added a shortlink to make them more useful. Now, it’s investing in a new service called IMGembed, which provides an easy and free way for anyone to use a licensed image on their site through HTML embedding, while ensuring creators get credited. READ MORE…
Image only dating site does away with “About Me” bios
We see no shortage of dating apps submitted through our Springspotters network here at Springwise, but Dreamcliq still managed to stand out from the crowd. How exactly? By completely doing away with “About Me” bios and cheesy one liners. Rather, the dating network is fuelled entirely by images. READ MORE…
App lets homeowners stream art through their TV
Owning a masterpiece is not a pleasure the average consumer enjoys, but being able to hang some art on the walls is something most people would like to do. While some services such as ARTtwo50 have brought the price of original works down to a fairly affordable USD 250, Artkick is an app pursuing a different route by broadcasting renowned paintings and photography into living rooms through the TV. READ MORE…
Handheld scanner reproduces any object in digital form
Chile-based ThinkerThing has already made 3D modelling easy by using an EEG headband to turn their thoughts into shapes. Now Fuel3D is a handheld scanner that can produce a high-resolution 3D model of any object. READ MORE…
In Australia, hotel caters for Instagram junkies
Springwise recently wrote about tourist-friendly stands designed by Japanese company Sunpole – helping them to take scenic selfies on their mobile devices – and our latest spotting has also recognized the importance of social media for capturing holidaymakers’ memories. The 1888 Hotel in Australia is integrating Instagram into its offerings, with facilities dedicated especially for smartphone photographers. READ MORE…
‘Camera’ captures smells, not sights
As Proust famously demonstrated with the madeleine cake whose taste and smell took him back to his childhood, fragrances have strong ties to memories. We’ve already seen the Scent of Departure range of perfumes take advantage of this idea by attempting to capture the smell of particular cities for tourists, and now UK designer Amy Radcliffe has developed the Madeleine analog odor camera, which enables anyone to capture their favorite smells and have them preserved in a perfume. READ MORE…
Device turns any iPhone into a 3D camera
While Instagram has turned many iPhone and iPad owners into photographers, we’ve seen a few innovations that aim to improve the capabilities of the devices. First, there was Condition One, which enabled users to create 180-degree pannable videos on the iPad. Now, the Poppy turns iPhones into 3D cameras to allow users to add originality to their captured moments. READ MORE…
In Tokyo, stand enables tourists to take smartphone selfies
We’ve already seen the Great Wolf Lodge offer guests RFID bands that enable them to upload photos taken at special kiosks directly to their own Facebook profiles. Now Sunpole has created a stand designed to hold smartphones or tablets while tourists pose for a selfie. READ MORE…
From Japan, high-definition digital camera features dynamo and solar panels
We’ve already seen products such as the GravityLight introduce novel ways to generate electricity for devices in regular use. Aimed at consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint, the SUN&CLOUD digital camera is the first which can be wholly powered by the sun or a built-in dynamo. READ MORE…
App puts wedding photos in one place in real-time
We’ve already seen the Flock app provide one solution to creating a single photo album from multiple guests’ snaps after the fact. Now WedPics is a platform that shows a stream of wedding guests’ smartphone photos in real time and acts as a standalone social picture-sharing app for the event. READ MORE…
In New York, restaurant taps Instagram users to create a visual menu
With the average diner likely to head out to eat with a smartphone in their pocket, it’s no surprise to see restaurants taking advantage of this. Your Smart Butler has already paved the way towards customers ordering meals on their handsets, and New York eatery Comodo is now tapping into the social side of things, with its Instagram Menu. READ MORE…
Event photos from multiple photographers automatically merged into one album
Put any three friends together for some socializing, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up with three separate groups of photos to commemorate the occasion – one on each person’s phone. The Flock app is now aiming to make it easier than ever to share these photos and put them into one consolidated album. READ MORE…
In the Netherlands, all-in-one product image studio removes the need for a photographer


The expense of professional-looking product photography is a problem we’ve seen many startups tackle in the past – most recently Yoopia, with its innovative business model that provides high quality images to brands for free in return for the rights to sell the product. iShopShape’s new StyleShoots suite is another – this time enabling the production of in-house fashion imagery using a flatbed device instead of a photographer. READ MORE…
Advertising platform connects brands with influential Instagram users


It’s only natural that the content-producing masses like to be paid for what they create. That’s why we’ve seen monetization platforms including Brandfame for YouTube content, for instance, or Kiosked and GapAd for bloggers. Next up? Instagrid Network, an advertising platform that connects brands with influential Instagram users. READ MORE…
Photography studio sells what it shoots


We’ve already seen one twist on traditional promotional video and photography services when we coveredTimbooktwo, and now we’ve come across another. Belgium-based Yoopia is a new photography studio that will shoot a client’s products for free, before selling those products on at discounted prices through its online store. READ MORE…