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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…
Self-editing video automatically cuts out the boring bits
It was once the case that only professional film editors knew what it was like to sift through hours of footage to find the best content. With smartphones and consumer-level cameras now enabling anyone to shoot as much video as they like, the job of editing it down into a presentable format is familiar to many. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Cinch make the process possible on smartphones themselves. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania have created LiveLight, which uses machine learning and algorithms to automatically edit video reels into a montage of the most interesting clips. READ MORE…
Browser plugin lets you listen to any YouTube video in your language
Hollywood movies and foreign films are considered to be two different artforms — one is for the masses and the other is for the preserve of aesthetes. However, the schism is still largely a result of limited language options for films. While MyLINGOhas made an effort to introduce dubbed translations into the cinema through viewers’ own smartphones, a project called alugha is now hoping to bring the same capability to the web, with a plugin that provides alternative language tracks for existing YouTube videos. READ MORE…
Robotic stand makes smartphone presentation videos more dynamic
Smartphones and tablets have almost replaced consumer cameras thanks to the increasing quality of their built-in lenses, coupled with the fact that the devices can do much more with the resulting footage. Making professional-looking content can be difficult with handheld devices, however. While we’ve already seen the roboticSOLOSHOT tripod provide automatic tracking for video selfies, Swivl is now bringing similar technology into the workplace, enabling office workers and educators to give more engaging video conference calls and presentations. READ MORE…
Liveguide is a what’s on listing for web live streams
The internet is changing the nature of visual entertainment. We already have YouTube and Netflix offering on-demand content, and even shows such as@SummerBreak integrating social media as a medium for additional storytelling. Platforms such as Twitch are now showing that there’s real demand for live streams on the web, and Sweden’s Liveguide is an app that acts as a comprehensive schedule listing for livestreamed content across the web. READ MORE…
App enables users to add typography to their video messages
Smartphones have placed high definition cameras into the hands of many consumers, enabling them to easily capture their lives on digital film. However, tools to edit and organize this raw footage with the same ease are few and far between. While apps such as Cinch are going some way to give users complex editing tools, Wordeo is a new app that lets amateur filmmakers quickly organize their clips and add their own text to tell a better story. READ MORE…
App lets anyone experience 12 seconds of someone else’s life
Photo and video sharing has become a phenomenon following the success of apps such as Instagram and more recently Snapchat, the platform that lets users send 10-second messages that disappear after they’ve been viewed, and which recently declined a buy-out offer from Facebook worth USD 3 billion. Now a new app from Greece could join them — PeekInToo offers a real-time, virtual glimpse into an anonymous person’s life for just 12 seconds. READ MORE…
QR code stamps let senders attach video content to physical mail
Croatia’s Hrvatska Pošta scheme has already leveraged QR codes on stamps to help the country’s postal service track the whereabouts of mail. Now the Australia Post is making the technology useful for consumers, enabling them to attach a recorded video message to the physical envelopes they send through the Video Stamp. READ MORE…
App helps smartphone owners to create better video
We’ve already seen a television ad for mymuesli created entirely with the iPhone, but your average consumer still struggles to achieve professional-looking video on their handset. A new app called Cinch aims to change that, offering complex video editing capabilities and tips on how to get the perfect shot. READ MORE…
App digests news articles as quick video summaries
The web is an interactive, multimedia world, but most online news outlets still format their articles as plain, static text. Wibbitz is an app that automatically takes the pertinent facts out of news articles and presents them in a more mobile-friendly video format. READ MORE…
Drones turn the crowds into mountain rescue rangers
We’ve recently seen drones repurposed to deliver food and even beer to consumers, but our latest spotting could give the devices another, more vital application – saving lives. The aeroSee project enables anyone to remotely help search and rescue missions by analyzing live images from a drone-mounted camera. READ MORE…
Throwable 360° camera could aid search and rescue operations
Devices such as the Kopin Golden-i Wireless Headset has already shown how emergency responders can take advantage of mobile tech. Now Serveball – a throwable camera that can capture 360-degree footage while in the air – could find use in search and rescue missions, giving responders visual coverage where the eye can’t reach. READ MORE…
Platform enables users to enrich videos with web content
Regular readers of Springwise will remember our recent coverage of Sketchfab, the platform that aims to do for 3D design what Youtube did for video. Now TouchCast is a platform for interactive video creation and publishing that is challenging Youtube itself, offering rich multimedia integration. READ MORE…
Smartphone-based intercom enables homeowners to see who’s at the door remotely
LaunchKey has already helped web users to boost their online security with logins verified on their smartphone, but what about security in the real world? Doorbot is a system that aims to replace the doorbell with a camera that broadcasts direct to homeowners’ smartphones. READ MORE…
Removals price comparison site takes individuals’ video footage into account
We’ve already seen interesting relocation ideas in the form of pedal-powered removals and house move services aimed especially at seniors, but our latest spotting puts new technology to use to make moving home easier. Moveline creates an inventory of its customers’ homes over video conferencing and works with removal companies to find the best deals. READ MORE…