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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 offers a comprehensive guide to local and real-time parking restrictions
Finding a parking space in big cities can be a nightmare, which recently prompted on-demand valet service Caarbon to do the job for drivers. But even when a space is discovered, it’s easy to fall foul of rules and regulations that aren’t clearly marked or are just plain confusing. AppyParking is an app that details paid and non-paid parking spaces in real time, as well as factors such as congestion charges and special restrictions. READ MORE…
For one super-rich couple, tour takes in 12 global cities by e-bike
In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000. READ MORE…
Boston shuttle service aims to make commutes more productive
Public transport commutes aren’t the best way to start a day of work, with train delays, packed carriages and traffic problems making getting to the office a daily trial. In the past we’ve already seen Kabuto Noodles’ Kab-U-To Work campaign, designed to pamper hungover workers as they travel to work. Now Bridj is hoping to make commutes productive, using luxury wifi-equipped shuttles and dynamically chooses the best routes for the city based on big data analysis. READ MORE…
Taxi fleet to be made kid friendly with safety seats
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent article on BalticTaxi’s new dedicated service for cyclists, which sees certain cars within the fleet equipped with bicycle roof racks. In an effort to further accommodate the varying needs of their passengers, the company is now adding in child safety seats as standard in selected vehicles as part of its SafeBaby scheme. READ MORE…
Uber for families provides lifts home from school when parents are busy
Home time can be stressful for kids, parents and schools if there’s no-one to pick students up at the end of the day. While platforms such as 3Fifteen have aimed to improve communication between everyone involved in home time pickups, Shuddle is a service offering safe rides home for kids whose parents aren’t available in the afternoon. READ MORE…
This machine is a portable coffee maker and flask in one
Being able to enjoy coffee on the go thanks to numerous inventions such as the cafetière-styleImpress Coffee Brewer and the Handpresso espresso maker. Now Hey Joe Coffee is a portable coffee machine that can make a fresh cup anywhere at the push of a button, and doubles as a flask to drink it from. READ MORE…
Holiday discounts offered to travellers with a large number of social media followers
Offering deals to social network users with a large number of followers is based on the logic that the cost of the discount will hopefully be outweighed by the subsequent exposure and publicity. We’ve already seen the model employed by fashion brand Volga Verdi, and now Hotelied is looking to apply the same thought process to the travel industry. READ MORE…
Travel site targets airport-to-destination trips
The travel and transportation sector is one that’s almost saturated with startups, from Airbnb and Hitlist to Uber and Lyft. There’s even FlightCar, which lets travelers make money by renting out the cars they’d otherwise leave in the airport parking lot for the duration of their trip. However, Mozio is moving into a previously untapped area, helping tourists to more easily plan their transport between the airport and their hotel. READ MORE…
Drinkable sunscreen protects the skin after swallowing
Regular readers of Springwise may remember the Netherlands’ Swallowable Parfum— an ingestible perfume that emits fragrance from the skin. Following a similar concept, Osmosis Skincare has now created Harmonized H2O, a potable solution that provides the same amount of protection as sunscreen in one mouthful. READ MORE…
Sleeping bag for dogs enables them to camp with their owners
Many dog lovers will be hard pushed to leave their pooch behind if they have to leave the house, something that in the past has even been picked up by the IKEA branch in Germany that introduced dog parking bays to keep their pets comfortable while they shop. Now aimed at hikers who want their dog to accompany them on their treks, Barker Bag is a miniature sleeping bag designed to keep dogs warm while spending a night under the stars. 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…
Air France-KLM set to use smart tags to enable quick luggage drop-offs and suitcase tracking
Luggage causes all kinds of problems for both travellers and airlines — it can get mislaid by baggage handlers or customers can arrive late to find long queues for check-ins. In the past, we’ve seen the hop! suitcase automatically follow its owners so it never gets lost, but now Air France-KLM has announced that is teaming up with FastTrack to offer its eTag and eTrack system to passengers. READ MORE…
Carbon fiber smart bike warns when cars come too close
There’s been a considerable effort in recent years to apply smart technology to bikes, from the Velo-1, which uses the riders’ smartphone as a dashboard, toHelios handlebars that include GPS to track stolen bikes. Now Canadian company Vanhawks has created the Valour, a lightweight carbon fiber bike that is perhaps the first to come with an array of smart features out of the box, such as warning when drivers come dangerously close. READ MORE…
Haptic footwear gives wearers smartphone-free directions
Regular readers of Springwise may remember the OpenGo science insole, which is laden with sensors to help doctors and sports scientists to analyze foot health and performance. It now seems that similar technology from two ventures - Lechal and SuperShoes - is enabling anyone to turn their shoes into smart devices, using vibrations to let them know which way to turn without checking their phone. READ MORE…
Hostel’s edible business card cures backpackers’ altitude sickness
The best hotels do all they can to create a good experience for customers during their stay, but they can’t typically do a lot once they leave. As a way to offer a memorable parting gift to its customers, Peru’s Kokopelli hostel has developed an edible business card that counteracts the effects of altitude sickness. READ MORE…