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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
Camera-equipped headphones mix Beats, Instagram and GoPro
The prevalence of smartphones means that video can be captured anywhere, but fleeting moments can still be missed in the time it takes to get them out of the pocket and load the camera app. SOUNDSIGHT headphones is aiming to change that, using an on-board camera to instantly capture video and audio of the wearer’s location or activity. READ MORE…
City guides from real life cool people
Travel review sites are a good way to see what the general populace thinks of a particular venue or location. However, everyone is different and what works for one person might not for another. Australia’s Nectar & Pulse has already enabled users to get travel tips from locals who match their taste. Now Scouted offers city guides to coffeeshops, restaurants and bars written by the people who actually hang out there. READ MORE…
Scheme turns foreclosed homes into startup incubators
The effects of the housing crisis are still highly visible in certain areas of the US, particularly in St Petersburg, Florida, where more than 800 homes are now boarded up and abandoned. What’s worse is that these properties are concentrated in pockets, meaning entire neighborhoods are left desolate. A new program called Venture House is tackling the issue by renovating and renting out low cost housing in Florida to entrepreneurs, in the hopes of fostering startup communities and revitalizing the local economy. READ MORE…
In India, restaurant is staffed by convicted criminals
Prisons are notorious for being money sinkholes — they cost millions to run but inmates aren’t often given the opportunity to contribute anything to the economy. We recently saw Gaolhouse Denim provide a way for inmates to learn tailoring skills by producing jeans to be sold to the public. Now the Tihar Food Court is a vegetarian cafeteria in New Delhi where the food is made and served by criminals, including murderers, as part of a rehabilitation effort. READ MORE…
It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café
The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. READ MORE…
Jibo is a social robot for the home
Robots in the home are currently limited to Roombas and smart appliances that can seem less like The Bicentennial Man and more like computers on wheels. There’s a growing trend to make robots act more like humans however, and we’ve already covered Budgee, the helper robot that carries luggage and follows its owners wherever they go. Now Jibo is a friendly robot that uses facial recognition and natural language processing to offer personal assistance in the home, and perhaps become a new member of the family. READ MORE…
Cell phone radio brings entertainment to media blackspots
The web has enabled more and more people to become better informed about the world thanks to the relatively free and instant sharing of information across national borders. However, there are parts of the world where consumers don’t get to participate in the global conversation due to a lack of such a technological infrastructure. In the past we’ve seen VascoDe provide SMS versions of popular apps such as Twitter and Gmail, and now Kan Khajura Tesan is an always-on radio station that those in electricity-scarce locations can access by calling it on their cell phone. READ MORE…
Personalized fitness app includes photo-sharing social network
We tend to be a little skeptical when we hear of “the next big social network” here at Springwise. It’s not that those efforts shouldn’t be applauded, and we were among the first to write about both Facebook and SnapChat after all, but it’s simply that in such a crowded marketplace and against such major players, the odds are, realistically, stacked against them. Increasingly, the same could also be said of fitness apps. However, there’s an ever growing overlap between the two, and with that in mind, we felt PumpUp — which is a fitness app offering personalized workouts alongside a built-in photo-sharing social network — deserved our attention. READ MORE…
History-free social network destroys status updates when a new one is made

Privacy concerns are fuelling a huge demand for online services that don’t keep a permanent record of users’ activity, with the most prominent recent example beingSnapchat, the image and video sending platform that deletes messages after ten seconds. Offering another ephemeral messaging alternative, Voycee is a social network that allows users to post Facebook-style status updates, deleting the previous one whenever a new thread is created. READ MORE…
Site translates the foreign press into 11 different languages
With the amount of content now being created globally, there’s even more of a demand for translations of foreign language media. While innovations such as Easy Way Subtitles have provided live computer-generated translations of any Brazilian TV show, ReShares is tapping human volunteers to create translations of the day’s most popular news articles into multiple languages. READ MORE…
Social headphones bring back the art of listening to music together
Music is something that should be shared with friends, but the rise of iPods and smartphones means that many consumers now experience music predominantly as a solitary affair, closed off from the world through their headphones. We’ve already seen Muzik attempt to make headphones more social with built-in buttons to instantly share current tracks on social media. Now California-based startup Wearhaus is introducing its ARC headphones, which can pair with other nearby users, syncing audio across multiple devices. READ MORE…
App-controlled airplane seat lets passengers customize their experience before they board
A key aspect of a holiday is comfort, and consumers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to what helps them feel at ease. While we’ve already seen the UK’s Whitbread hotel chain let guests customize their room before they arrive through itshub project, now Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airplane seat that can be controlled by an app or which automatically detects their entertainment preference using social data. READ MORE…
Social fashion app crowdsources clothing ID and recommendations
Finding out information about a stylish garment found in a photo or spotted on the street can sometimes be a pain, and while visual search — as used by apps like Snap Fashion — is getting better, it’s not always accurate. ASAP54 is an app that taps both the masses and fashion experts for clothing identification and personalized recommendations. READ MORE…
This app will decide where users go on holiday
Searching for a holiday can often involve endless checking of multiple websites to find the best deals, as well as a mass of research to discover the best places to go. Even then it’s not guaranteed that travelers will end up catching the lowest prices or picking a location that truly matches their interests. Aiming to make holiday booking a less painful experience, Hitlist is a social app that offers up destination ideas based on users’ interests, as well the optimal time to go according to flight fares. READ MORE…
Community boxes let city residents share anything
While startups such as Boxbee aim to turn customers self storage assets into a shareable library of goods among friends, a new project in Switzerland is taking a similar concept into the public sphere. Boîtes d’Échange Entre Voisins — or Neighborhood Exchange Boxes — are a network of brightly-decorated repositories where residents can leave books, toys or other items they’d like to give to the community. READ MORE…