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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 makes voice calls more like emails
Despite the fact that the majority of people carry a phone round in their pocket, the voice call has largely been superseded by email when it comes to doing business. However, a quick phone chat can be far more productive than waiting around for a written response. While apps such as SayWhat have already attempted to apply email features to phone calls by attaching a subject line, Talko brings together live chats and voice messaging with multimedia attachments to help teams organize more quickly. READ MORE…
Solar-powered tent keeps festivalgoers’ devices charged
Consumers are so attached to their smartphones, laptops and other electronics that running out of juice is one of the most common mini traumas of modern life. Festival goers especially need to accept that being cut off from their friends because of low battery is almost inevitable. However, the UK’s Bang Bang Tents is aiming to change that, with its colorful camping tents equipped with their own solar-powered charge point. READ MORE…
Create your own wearable tech with miniature chip
Two of the biggest trends of 2014 so far have undoubtedly been The Internet Of Things and 3D printing. Fusing the “maker” ethos of the later with the tech of the former, our most recent spotting should come as no surprise then. Mbientlab makes it easy to connect almost any product to a Smartphone through innovative and powerful API and Bluetooth Low Energy technology. READ MORE…
Micro beacon stickers turn any object into a smart one
GPS already helps smartphones make sense of the outdoor world, and devices such as iBeacons are enabling indoor spaces such as stores and homes to be connected to mobile devices. For example, San Francisco Airport recently installed beacons to help blind people navigate its Terminal 2. Now Estimote stickers are tiny adhesive beacons that can be attached to any surface to help unconnected objects interact with smartphones. READ MORE…
Subscription service offers on-demand phone charging in bars and restaurants
Running out of smartphone battery can be a daily problem for those who are constantly chatting, texting and ‘gramming. While ideas such as the QBracelet have aimed to merge fashion with a way to charge devices, a new service called Doblet wants to place portable battery packs in popular bars and restaurants, with users paying an annual fee to use them. READ MORE…
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…