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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
Smartband for kids turns any object into a toy
Parents often express concern over the effect technology is having on their children. As the thinking goes, kids these days have replaced playing in the park with Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, and their imaginations are being eroded by tech that does all the thinking for them. Springwise recently wrote about Loop — a gaming system that aims to tackle the first issue with gameplay that takes place outdoors — and now Japanese innovators have developed Moff, a smart bracelet that lets kids use any object as a toy in a number of imagination-based smartphone games. READ MORE…
Airline sends cuddly toys on the trip of a lifetime
Some parents can’t afford to take their children abroad, but one Japan-based startup may have found the next best thing. Inspiring a sense of wonder in kids that can’t globetrot themselves, Unagi Travel sends their toys on adventures and posts Facebook photos from their holiday. READ MORE…
From Croatia, soft toy uses sensors to detect babies’ vitals
While health services such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada have invested in humanoid robots to calm children down during visits, our latest spotting is offering a similar idea, but this time for the home. Teddy the Guardian is a soft toy that is embedded with sensors and delivers data on babies’ vital signs in a fun and playful way. READ MORE…
Building block toy kits can be controlled with kids’ smartphones
We’ve seen building block toys that incorporate elements of electronics before, in projects such as LittleBits and GoldieBlox. Now, Atoms Express is enabling kids to use their smartphones to program the creations they make. READ MORE…
Toy store stocks only cardboard boxes
Imagination is one of the most important faculties a child can develop – it’s one of the stepping stones to innovation, after all. We’ve already seen Box Play for Kids encourage children to transform empty packaging into playtime treasures, and now Mr Imagine’s Toy Store is using the idea to tap into the creativity of kids, offering only cardboard boxes to play with. READ MORE…
Toy and story kit aims to encourage girls to develop an interest in engineering
The engineering sector is dominated by men and there are those who believe that the female perspective could bring fresh thinking and innovation to such an important industry. The Roominate range of dolls’ houses is already offering a way for girls to become interested in design and electronics, and now GoldieBlox is another startup using building blocks and story books to encourage girls to construct spaces and objects. READ MORE…
Girls’ toys designed to inspire future female engineers and tech workers
Children’s toys can have a purpose beyond pure entertainment, and there have already been products designed to help kids with autism and diabetes learn to manage their conditions. Now the Roominate range of dolls’ houses aims to get young girls interested in science and technology. READ MORE…
Battery-free toys for young kids by quarterly subscription
In this era of electronic and battery-operated toys, we’ve already seen a few efforts to “push back” with toys that are more sustainable and kid-powered instead. Now, New Orleans-based Little Pnuts is taking that premise a step further with a quarterly subscription service that sends a curated assortment of eco-friendly, organic and battery-free toys for kids up to five years old. READ MORE…
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Toy designed to help autistic children learn to play with others

Regular readers of Springwise may remember Skoog — the musical instrument designed specifically for children with special needs which we featured late last year. Now, hoping to help others with developmental disorders, Auti is a new toy designed by Helen Andreae for children with autism. READ MORE…
Online marketplace helps parents sell used kids’ goods
In today’s consumer society, raising children seems to go hand in hand  with acquiring and then later divesting oneself of mountains of kids’  goods. That’s why we’ve already seen contenders such as Hand-me-downs step in to help with the challenge, and it’s also why there’s StorkBrokers today. Now in beta, US-based StorkBrokers is an online marketplace and  community dedicated to helping parents buy and sell used kids’ goods. READ MORE…
Norwegian band releases USB single inside a toy figurine
As bands and labels continue to fight against the current downturn in  the music industry, we recently found an example of a band really upping  the ante. Norweigan dance rockers DATAROCK have just released their new “single”, which comes in the form of a designer toy loaded with a wealth of extra media. READ MORE…