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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
Wearable tech uses shock therapy to exorcise bad habits
Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist famous for experiments in classical conditioning — the idea that behavior can be manipulated by associating it with positive or negative stimuli. It’s a concept that’s been embraced by productivity experts, and is key to recent success of gamification. Now Pavlok is a smart wristband that tracks owners’ behavior and delivers an electric shock when they fail to commit to their goals. READ MORE…
Wearable tech for dogs tells owners how they’re feeling
Being able to better communicate with animals has been a human fantasy even before Dr Doolittle became a popular culture character. In the past we’ve seen projects such as No More Woof use EEG to read dog’s thoughts, but now Voyce is using a smart collar and app to track their fitness and understand their health. 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…
Suit features integrated wearable payment
Cards offering contactless payments have arguably made retail transactions easier, but haven’t got rid of the wallet altogether. However, there are companies working hard on smarter ways to buy goods and services, such as Finland’s Uniqul, which is developing facial recognition-powered payments. The latest is the Power Suit, a piece of wearable tech that enables owners to pay with a swipe of their sleeve. READ MORE…
Smart wristband tells DJs if the audience is enjoying the show
The crowd can make or break a concert — if they’re not having a good time then the entire event can fall flat, and the best performers can adjust their sets by reading the audience’s reaction. A piece of wearable tech called Lightwave now hopes to make this process easier, by delivering crowd engagement data to DJs in real time. READ MORE…
Smart band for teens lets them game, check tweets and express their personality
While existing smartwatches might let anyone push their smartphone notifications to their wrist, that’s perhaps not enough of a pull to sway the teen market. Offering a plethora of functionality and customization, the NEX band is a modular bracelet designed to let young users send secret messages, unlock game levels and personalize their look. READ MORE…
Necklace turns hearing aids into a fashion accessory
As well as being sometimes prohibitively expensive, hearing aids are often uncomfortable and too conspicuous for their owners — but by making them smaller, the device become less powerful. Wear instead aims to help those with hearing loss incorporate the device into their outfit, as well as giving them clearer sound. READ MORE…
Edible batteries could power tech inside our bodies
While wearable technology is bringing smart devices even closer to home, another emerging field is the development of electronics that actually sit inside our bodies. We recently reported on TruTag — ingestible nanoscale electronic tags that could help tackle pharma fraud — and now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created edible batteries, that could be used to power biodegradable devices located inside the body. READ MORE…
This headset tells workers when it’s time to take a break
We often don’t fully listen to our bodies when tiredness hits, especially if there’s a deadline or we lose track of time. However, sleepiness can affect performance, causing mistakes in the case of work and — more harmfully — accidents when driving. Now seeking funding on Kickstarter, Vigo is a wearable sensor that detects drowsiness and offers real-time data on wearers’ alertness, boosting their productivity. READ MORE…
Trousers double as a drumkit
The days of lugging around heavy musical instruments from gig to gig could soon be over. Regular readers of Springwise may remember the MJ v1.0, the jacket that enables wearers to create music through gesture control, and now we’ve come across DrumPants, which utilize sensors worn underneath trousers to enable users to create electronic beats by simply tapping their legs. READ MORE…
Wearable tech helps athletes perfect their swing
The concept of wearable tech is becoming a reality in more and more varying ways, and it’s gaining significant traction in sports — take for example the Vibrado smart sleeve for basketball players, recently covered on these pages. Now the Zepp range of sensors is helping golf, baseball and tennis players to improve their swing with real-time feedback on their performance. READ MORE…
Smart sock brings continuous baby monitoring into the home
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent covereage of Croatia’s Teddy the Guardian – a soft toy with hidden sensors that monitor babies’ vitals. Offering a similar service, the Owlet is a wearable sock that delivers data to parents about their baby’s health. READ MORE…
Smart sleeve could help basketballers hit more shots
Getting into the NBA requires more than just skill – it takes a lot of dedication, passion and creativity. However, having a little help in the skill department can’t be a bad thing. Vibrado is a wearable sleeve that can tell players where they’re going wrong with their hoop shoots. READ MORE…
Wristband replaces keys and passwords with user’s heartbeat
We’ve already written about the GEAK NFC ring, which enables Japanese consumers to unlock their smartphone without a passcode. Now the Nymi is hoping to improve on this idea, allowing users to unlock a range of devices using their unique heart patterns. READ MORE…
Armband enables remote control of any device through gesture
While the MJ v1.0 jacket allowed wearers to create music through gestures recognized by embedded sensors, our latest spotting aims to go a step further. Canada’s MYO is a piece of wearable tech that detects muscle configuration to enable users to remotely control any device with arm movements. READ MORE…