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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
App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls
When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls. READ MORE…
Stylish bracelet charges wearers’ smartphones
We’ve already seen headphones designer handbags equipped with phone charging capabilities, so it was only a matter of time before the items we wear became able to provide some extra juice for our devices. QBracelet is a minimalist wristband that can give smartphones extra power when there’s no available outlet. READ MORE…
App lets users in 2G zones make free voice calls
Mobile phones are great things, but if there’s no cell or data reception they become pretty useless. We’ve already seen Kan Khajura Tesan enable those in media blackspots to gain access to entertainment through their cell phone, and now nanu is an Android app designed to deliver clear voice calls when only 2G data is available. READ MORE…
Pocket-sized smartphone projector turns any surface into a touchscreen
When it comes to showing something on your phone to friends or co-workers, it’s not always ideal to have them crowd round the small screen size of typical mobile devices. While it’s possible to push the display to larger screens such as connected TVs, the element of touch control is still limited to the smartphone. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, TouchPico is a device that can wirelessly project an 80″ display from Android smartphones, with a touch interface. READ MORE…
Custom business analytics dashboards for iPhones and iPads
Analyzing the hard figures from your website can be extremely useful, but a bit overwhelming for some. In the past, Echobox has provided action suggestions to go along with its data, and now Numerics is an app that simplifies and customizes business analytics, making it easier for companies to track their numbers using mobile devices. READ MORE…
Smartphone-charging exercise desks arrive at Amsterdam Airport
It’s always a pain to have to go hunting for a place to charge your phone, especially if you need to stay put in a particular location. We recently wrote about Soofa, the Boston-based company that’s hoping to place solar phone-charging benches in city parks, and now Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their plane. READ MORE…
Caarbon is a personal, on-demand valet service
Drivers in any reasonably-sized city know that parking can be an absolute nightmare, whether it’s difficulty finding a spot, trying to avoid fines or even just the walk through dank, gloomy parking lots. While apps such as Fixed have aimed to make parking tickets less of a worry for motorists in San Francisco, a new startup called Caarbon is now enabling drivers to safely store their car by summoning a valet service to any location through their smartphone. READ MORE…
Hellmann’s delivers cooking lessons on demand via WhatsApp
Regular readers of Springwise will know that the Brazilian arm of Hellmann’s mayonnaise is determined to find new ways to engage its customer base, whether it’s through NFC-enabled touchscreen shopping carts that deliver meal suggestions as customers walk through the store, orprinting recipes on the back of receipts, tailored their shopping bill. Now it’s returned with WhatsCook, a campaign that helps anyone get instant recipes and cooking advice from pro chefs via the popular WhatsApp messaging service. READ MORE…
Consumer drone lets anyone take the ultimate sports selfies
The GoPro has created a generation of action videographers, and new accessories designed around consumer-level action footage are also growing because of it. In the past we’ve seen SOLOSHOTprovide automatic camera panning through a robotic tripod. Breaking free of the camera stand for some true action shots, HEXO+ is a small drone that autonomously follows and records the athlete at preset distances. READ MORE…
Robotic stand makes smartphone presentation videos more dynamic
Smartphones and tablets have almost replaced consumer cameras thanks to the increasing quality of their built-in lenses, coupled with the fact that the devices can do much more with the resulting footage. Making professional-looking content can be difficult with handheld devices, however. While we’ve already seen the roboticSOLOSHOT tripod provide automatic tracking for video selfies, Swivl is now bringing similar technology into the workplace, enabling office workers and educators to give more engaging video conference calls and presentations. READ MORE…
Nokia develops world’s first smartphone-charging trousers
We use our smartphones so much that keeping them charged is a high priority, but it’s not always possible to find an outlet outside of the home or office. The idea of clothes that can keep devices powered has already been touted in high-end fashion ranges such as Pauline van Dongen’s Wearable Solar. Now Finland-based Nokia has teamed up with British fashion designer A. Sauvage to create commercial wireless charging trousers that can power the company’s Lumia devices on the go. READ MORE…
App enables patients to place house calls on demand
Mobile apps have already enabled businesses such as retailers and banks to let their customers take advantage of services at times when physical branches are closed, and the healthcare industry is now moving to 24/7 models. We recently wrote about Talkspace, the unlimited and anytime therapy texting platform, and now Pager is letting New Yorkers call a doctor of their choice to their home at any time through their smartphone. READ MORE…
Text therapy service offers unlimited messaging, any time, for a flat fee
Just like other areas of healthcare, telecommunication innovations are changing the face of the therapy services, and we’ve already seen startups such as iCouch offer counseling via video chat and instant messaging. Now Talkspace is enabling patients to chat instantly with a professional therapist whenever they want, offering treatment without time restrictions or the need to make an appointment. READ MORE…
Handheld scanner analyzes the chemical makeup of any physical object
Some new inventions seem too good to be true, especially if the idea was first proposed in science fiction. Star Trek’s tricorder — a handheld device that is able to scan any unknown object and deliver data and analysis about its composition — is one such device that is currently being made a reality. While the Scanadu Scout multi-sensor has already demonstrated similar functions to detect health problems in humans, the SCiO is a new device that enables users to collect information about any food, medicine, plant, or physical object simply by scanning. READ MORE…
App lets consumers scan anything to instantly buy it online
In the past we’ve seen a few platforms that aim to make it easier to identify and buy products, whether it’s instantly shopping items in print magazines with Selectionnistand Prague’s Mall.cz, which leverages QR codes to turn its billboards into supermarkets. PowaTag is a new platform that combines many of these technologies into one system, enabling retail opportunities at almost any point of interaction between consumers and products. READ MORE…