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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
Google Glass-style helmet combines protection and data for industrial workers
While wearable technology has so far been marketed at the consumer, there are many business cases for products that make data more readily available to workers in the field. We’ve previously written about the Golden-i Wireless Headset, which provides firefighters with maps and information about oxygen levels in dangerous environments. Now the DAQRI Smart Helmet is providing industrial workers with hardhat protection while also using an augmented reality to help them navigate sites. READ MORE…
Play, feed, and talk to pets from anywhere in the world
We’ve seen devices that enable pet owners to feed their furry friends when they’re away from home, and we’ve also seen devices designed to let them play and game with their animal companions remotely. To some extent then, our next spotting was inevitable. Kittyo lets pet owners speak to, play with, reward with treats, and record their cats from a remote location. READ MORE…
Virtual buttons for the iPhone created from any surrounding surface
It was only last week that we wrote about Fuffr, the iPhone case capable of turning any surface into a trackpad for the device. Now we’ve come across a similar spotting, this time from Canada, called XTouch — which enables iPhone owners to use surrounding surfaces as button controllers. READ MORE…
iPhone case turns any surrounding surface into a trackpad
Screen size is becoming a real focal point for mobile technology companies. Too big and the device becomes unwieldily and unpocketable, too small and it becomes inappropriate for media consumption and risks being tricky to use. But a new case for the iPhone — Fuffr — has potentially found a solution which could reduce the importance of the issue. READ MORE…
Health-tracking app connects patients directly with clinicians
The health-tracking scene, once fresh and exciting, is admittedly now becoming a little congested. There’s certainly no shortage of apps and third-party hardware designed to offer insight into the wearers’ day-to-day wellbeing. Where uMotif aims to stand out from the crowd, however, is by facilitating collaboration between patients and clinicians. READ MORE…
Platform enables authorities to pay individuals if they bring an end to riots
Over the years, a huge number of techniques and strategies have been created to help local authorities deal with civil unrest. Many of those methods remain controversial, and it’s possible that our next spotting may be no exception. Designed to assist law enforcement agencies disrupt and diffuse riots, Tiltor is a new platform which can be used to reward key influencers for breaking up those potentially dangerous situations. READ MORE…
Smart lightbulb looks to emulate the rhythms of the sun for better sleep
Electric lighting has brought so many benefits to society that it’s often easy to overlook the potential damage it may have caused. Before electricity, humans relied primarily on the sun as a light source, and the Drift lightbulb is now seeking to emulate a more natural lighting experience in an effort to improve health and wellbeing. READ MORE…

App provides personal buying assistant to hunt down your items
Buying online may be more convenient than a trip to the shops, but for many it’s still far from a pain-free process. While we’ve seen efforts such as Snap Fashion — which taps the crowds to locate where to buy clothing submitted in users’ photos — go some way towards cutting research time, our new spotting goes even further. Fetch is a personalized shopping app which will search for items sent in via text, voice memo, or photo, and then purchase the product on behalf of the requestor at the best price. 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…
Telepresence pharmacies can dispense prescription drugs in remote locations
Of all of the potential applications for telepresence technologies, many of the most exciting have appeared in the arena of healthcare. We’ve already seen telepresence robots enabling remote patient-doctor relationships within a hospital, and now a collaboration between HealthSpot and MedAvail will see the technology used to bridge even great physical distances. READ MORE…
From Mexico, latest news stories printed on bathroom paper towels
For any smartphone owner, accessing the most up-to-date news is hardly a struggle. There’s no shortage of of news outlets offering articles and information online, to say nothing of social networks offering instant updates. To stand out from the crowd then, is a serious challenge for any publisher. We’ve already seen innovative efforts involving receipts printed with news updates, and even coffee cup sleeves printed with the hour’s top headline. In a similar vein, Mexican news outlet Mas Por Mas has created a bathroom paper towel dispenser which prints news headlines on the very paper users will dry their hands with. READ MORE…
Underground fridge goes back to basics to save money and the environment
With all of the smart, connected Internet of Things devices we’ve seen recently, it’s refreshing to see entrepreneurs still drawing inspiration from the simplest and most effective ideas from the past. The eCool, an underground fridge for cooling canned drinks, is one such device. READ MORE…
Necklace fake-calls wearers’ mobiles as an excuse to leave uncomfortable situations
Women experience street harassment on a regular basis, but it takes many forms — some subtle and some less so. We’ve already seen Cuff jewelry include a discreet smart rape alarm that can be activated in the case of an actual street attack, but now Guardian Angel is a necklace or bracelet that can trigger a fake call to wearers’ cell phones to give them an excuse to remove themselves from an uncomfortable situation. READ MORE…
16 million color pen can match its ink to the shade of any real world object
While the 3Doodler has already enabled users to draw new objects into existence with just a pen and some 3D printing technology, translating the qualities of physical objects into digital materials is a bit more tricky. Scribble is a pen that can scan the color of any object and immediately begin drawing in that color. READ MORE…
Small device retrofits old homes with the Internet Of Things
Apple’s recent WWDC had it’s gaze firmly fixed on the Internet of Things with the introduction of HomeKit, and it’s a further indication — if there was ever any doubt — that smart homes will soon be mainstream. One innovation we’ve recently discovered looking to make waves in that space is Notifon, a small device which enables users to setup nearly any object to send notifications based on real world activity. READ MORE…