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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
Gadget alerts others if you’re willing to share your umbrella in the rain
There’s a notion that humans — especially those in big cities — don’t do enough to be nice to each other on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it’s an unwritten rule that most urbanites should avoid eye contact and generally ignore one another unless absolutely necessary. Schemes such as Pittsburgh’s Here You Go, which we wrote about back in 2010, have aimed to tackle this problem by giving out free umbrellas on rainy days in return for another random act of kindness. Now the Umbrella Here project has developed smart umbrellas that light up when owners are up for sharing their cover with strangers. READ MORE…
This jacket could save your life
For those pitting themselves against the elements, practical clothing isn’t just useful, it can be lifesaving. While it may not be able to stop gunfire, like Garrison Bespoke’s Bulletproof Suit, the Life Tech jacket from Seymourpowell is designed to double as an extreme survival kit that uses smart tech to help wearers in a variety of dangerous situations. READ MORE…
Billboards display different fashions based on real-time weather
Fashion ranges are traditionally split into two collections per year – spring/summer for warmer weather and fall/winter for when the temperatures start dropping. However, consumers know that the weather can be much more fickle. In order to ensure it marketed the right clothes for the exact conditions outside, French mail order fashion company La Redoute created Le Billboard Météo, a dynamic advertisement campaign that changed at the same time as the weather. READ MORE…
Personal weather station offers users health advice
We’ve already seen Lapka offer additional functionality to the iPhone with its sensors for testing the organicity of food. While the Lapka can also monitor its user’s environment, France-based Netatmo goes further by using the data to offer advice on how they can stay healthy. READ MORE…
In Sweden, bus stops offer light therapy
Hot on the heels of our coverage of Re-Timer, a light-emitting device that aims to help users readjust their bodyclocks, we’ve stumbled across another innovative use of light. Swedish firm Umeå Energi has replaced bus stop advertising boards with therapeutic illumination, hoping to tackle instances of winter depression. READ MORE…
Clothing changes color in response to sunlight, water and sound
We’ve already seen clothing with removable printed designs, but it wasn’t until just recently that we came across clothes that change color themselves throughout the course of the day. Sure enough, Rainbow Winters offers a line of interactive clothing featuring printed designs that respond to sunlight, water and sound. READ MORE…
Wind turbine turns airborne moisture into drinking water 
With wind power companies still trying to convince the sceptics of their benefits, we’ve seen forward-thinking innovators looking even further into the future, with airborne windmills and small scale wind farming. Taking a different approach, France’s Eole Water has now created a turbine that can condense water in the air and make it safe for drinking. READ MORE…
From Japan, retailer’s alarm clock app wakes users with music tailored to the weather
There’s been a flurry of alarm-clock innovations on our virtual pages over the past few months, including an app from German airline Lufthansa and another that factors snowy weather into wake-up times. Now joining the list is Uniqlo Wake Up, a social alarm app from Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo that incorporates the current weather, time and day of the week into its wake-up music. READ MORE…
Real-time weather reports via crowdsourcing and webcams


We’ve already seen crowdsourced weather reports on Springwise when we covered the Weddar app. Now Spain-based Spotfav has combined that same idea with webcam technology to create a new social media platform. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced weather reporting app provides real-time updates

Despite advances in meteorological technology, and the ever increasing  accuracy of weather predictions, there is still a degree of uncertainly  that comes with any forecast. The new app Weddar hopes to solve this problem through the power of crowdsourcing. READ MORE…