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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
Sandals for kids grow as they do
Any parent will tell you that kids grow at an alarming rate, meaning that clothes and other products have a ridiculously short lifespan as their bodies and personalities change. Some product developers have attempted to tackle this — takeThe Froc chair or Orbea bike for example. Now a UK design student has created Grow, a pair of sandals that can be adjusted to cater for bigger feet as children get older. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
This self-locking bike is impossible to steal
Possibly the biggest problem with cycling uptake among city dwellers is the prospect of spending a fortune on a bike, only to have it stolen while it’s locked up outdoors. The Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project recently came up with two designs —Merge and Denny — that incorporated locks into the bikes themselves. But now the YERKA Project has designed a two-wheeler whose frame functions as a lock, requiring thieves to saw the frame — rendering the entire bike useless — if they want to steal it. READ MORE…
Sleek desk lamp doubles as an emergency flashlight
When the power goes out, it can often be a hectic rummage around in the dark to find a flashlight — that’s if you can even remember where it is. While we’ve already seen the Bulb Flashlight turn into a convenient battery-powered torch when it’s unscrewed, Trioh is a stylishly designed device that serves as both a wireless desk lamp and a flashlight that’s always on hand. 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…
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…
Customizable wristwatch features 10 designs in one
There are some accessories which are typically too expensive to own more than one, meaning the same item is worn day in, day out. We’ve already seen Japan’s Nendo magne-hinge glasses use interchangeable arm designs to offer daily customization, and now Dutch collective MIJLO has developed the Everyday Watch, a timepiece with two different faces and five straps. READ MORE…
Designer sunglasses made of rubber can’t break
Expensive sunglasses may look great and even provide better protection from UV rays than cheap alternatives, but they’re still just as prone to getting sat on or left behind. While Tzukuri‘s GPS-enabled sunglasses have solved the latter problem, Italia Independent has now created the I-Ultra range, which retain high-end fashion design while being made of a special flexible plastic. READ MORE…
Bike can be adjusted to the perfect fit and style
In the past, we’ve written about Spain’s Orbea Grow, a kids’ bike with an adjustable frame that caters to growth spurts. However, one reason adults avoid riding a bike is because frame size options for grownups are fairly limited and finding one with the perfect comfort level is a difficult task. Aiming to change this, the Brooklyness Universal Bike lets owners tweak the frame to their body size and shape, as well as whatever riding style they want. READ MORE…
‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones
Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. READ MORE…
Perfume-holding jewelry enables fragrance reapplication on the go
Jewelry and fragrances are often put on at the same time, so it makes sense to combine the two. In the past, we’ve seen Perfumetools enable those allergic to perfume chemicals to wear a scent housed in necklace pendants, and now OBO is similarly embedding fragrance capsules into necklaces and bracelets, allowing wearers to easily reapply their perfume when they need it. READ MORE…
Hyper-customizable men’s shirts offer over a billion options
Consumers come in all shapes and sizes and have their own individual tastes, meaning that mass-manufactured fashion often falls short. We’ve already seen companies such as Stantt and Threadmason offer up to 50 different shirt size options, and now Original Stitch is enabling customers to truly personalize shirts with their choice of fabric, color, pattern and design, providing over a billion possible permutations. READ MORE…
Stylish modular garden hut comes with a shedload of optional add-ons
The ability to customize isn’t just limited to everyday products — it’s becoming more and more common to see large spaces offer modularity and personalization. We recently wrote about PORT X, a floating home or office that can be customized and built on land or water. Now tetra shed is offering similar customization through add-ons and the ability to tesselate with extra modules. READ MORE…
In India, micro-business units let entrepreneurs develop and market green products from their home
Helping to foster grassroots business is one way that emerging economies are helping all corners of society to contribute to their growing GDPs. While Brazil’s Eu que Fiz scheme has traveled to women in favelas to train them in food business management, a new initiative from India-based social venture Innovation eXperience is offering entrepreneurs kitted-out workstations to create eco electronic products, as well as the training and finance to market them. READ MORE…
Device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and smart TV in one
Owning a number of different devices can often mean having to regularly transfer data between them to keep them synced, or storing private information in the cloud. Offering a truly connected alternative, Seed is a set of mobile and computer products that use the processing power and data of a single docked smartphone. READ MORE…