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Airbnb for universities enables users to rent flats to trusted alumni
Airbnb has become a popular model for homeowners looking to make some extra cash from their properties, however many are still concerned about whether they can trust the people staying in their home. UK-based FlatClub is now tapping into existing university networks to help alumni set up safe short-term accommodation sharing. READ MORE…
Key-less bike lock lets riders hand access to friends
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
We’ve seen numerous updates to the bicycle that use smart technology to make them more secure and practical — take the Helios handlebars, which enable users to track performance, for example. Now Lock8 is another bike accessory that is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter — offering keyless unlocking, location tracking and access sharing. READ MORE…
Texas-based car rental company will offer just a single make, model and color
We’ve seen plenty of car-rental innovations over the years, including FlightCar, which rents out vehicles left in airport parking lots. More recently, however, we came across Silvercar. In a nutshell, the Texas-based company plans to rent out just a single color, make and model of car – the silver 2013 Audi A4 – and to use mobile technologies to take the hassle out of the rental process. READ MORE…
Community housing scheme encourages home sharing
Projects such as Renew Australia have already tried to make use of urban space that is temporarily empty. Looking for a more long-term solution to the problem of housing in the university town of St John’s, Newfoundland, Home Share aims to connect students looking for affordable accommodation with those over 50 living alone. READ MORE…
Airport parking lot cars put up for short-term rent
UK vehicle owners willing to let out their car to others when it’s not in use can already do so through the easyCar Car Club scheme. Now in the US, FlightCar aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to use by offering them up for short-term loans. READ MORE…
Community car-pooling platform connects owners with local renters


As the current economic climate drives consumers to tighten their belts, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman are launching a new car hire model. The Car Club enables car owners to earn money by renting their unused car out to those seeking one in the area, for a cheaper price than standard car hire companies. READ MORE…
Connecting owners and renters of luxury vehicles


High-end vehicles such as yachts, RVs and airplanes may typically be priced beyond the means of most consumers, but we’ve seen a number of efforts to put them within closer reach via fractional ownership models and rental programs. Now adding to the options is Qraft, a Californian company that gives those lucky enough to own such items a way to rent them out while not in use. READ MORE…

Indian fashion site lets US shoppers borrow or buy

Rental options for fashionistas have become increasingly common over the years, and it was just recently that we looked at an example in the world of sunglasses. Now, putting a different niche spin on the concept is Illinois-based Luxemi, which offers Indian fashions for sale or rent to US consumers. READ MORE…

For fashionistas, sunglasses for short-term rent

Renting can be a more compelling option than buying during tough economic times, particularly in the world of high fashion, where ever-shifting styles encourage frequent — and expensive — change. We’ve already seen companies offer up designer clothes, handbags and gowns for short-term rent, and now — thanks to French La Fabrique de Lunettes — we can add sunglasses to the list as well. READ MORE…
Easter chicks for rent from Michigan farm
We’ve seen try-before-you-buy urban chicken farming and we’ve seen household pets offered up for rent. Combining a bit of each, Michigan-based J&M Farm is now offering “Easter chicks” for two-week rentals, giving kids and  families a short-term taste of what it’s like to raise the real thing. READ MORE…
Brazilian video rental service distributes using USB drives

Just as the music industry is struggling against the popularity of  illegal downloads, so too the film industry is being badly affected by  movie piracy. But just as DATAROCK have turned to USB pens to fight back, we recently discovered Brazil-based 100% Video adopting USB pen drives to widen the circulation of legal movie rentals. READ MORE…