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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
Breathing monitor helps users track their state of mind
Stress is typically thought of as having negative health consequences, but it can be difficult to know when or why we become stressed. While tools such as the handheldPIP sensor have previously aimed to let users know when they should relax, Spire is a wearable device that continuously tracks users’ respiration and other metrics, letting them know when they need to take a deep breath. READ MORE…
Fake window reproduces sunlight from around the world
Ensuring we take advantage of the effects of sunlight is an important part of wellbeing. We recently wrote about Drift, the smart lightbulb that emulates the rhythms of the sun to send users more easily off to sleep, and now CoeLux is enabling anyone to experience tropical, Mediterranean or Nordic sunlight in their own home using false windows with nanoparticle technology. READ MORE…
Cup automatically knows what’s inside and tracks drinking habits
We recently saw coffee cups with e-ink displays that could provide new and engaging marketing opportunities for cafes and restaurants. Now Vessyl is another drinking receptacle with an electronic display that can detect what’s inside and track users’ consumption in real time. READ MORE…
Smart lightbulb looks to emulate the rhythms of the sun for better sleep
Electric lighting has brought so many benefits to society that it’s often easy to overlook the potential damage it may have caused. Before electricity, humans relied primarily on the sun as a light source, and the Drift lightbulb is now seeking to emulate a more natural lighting experience in an effort to improve health and wellbeing. READ MORE…
Smartwatch for seniors tracks their daily routines
Wearable tech has already found a keen market in the young fitness sector, but smart devices can also help the older generation lead better lives. We’ve already seen Israel’s Oxitone, a heart attack-detecting wrist sensor, and now CarePredict has created a smartwatch-like device that tracks the daily activities of seniors and alerts loved ones if something’s not right. READ MORE…
In Belgium, speed camera locations are crowdsourced from citizens
As much as local authorities try to, they aren’t able to stop every single civic infraction because they only have a limited number of eyes on the street. However, smartphones have already enabled councils to crowdsource details of law breaches, through apps such as Parking Mobility that let users log when a driver is using a disabled parking bay without a licence. Now the ikflitsmee campaign in Belgium has encouraged citizens to send in locations where they believe speeding is a problem in order for the police to invest in safety measures. READ MORE…
This ultra-thin insole can tell doctors what’s wrong with your foot
Sports injuries come in all shapes and sizes, and even when it’s clear where the pain is, it’s much more difficult to determine the cause. While innovations such as the Sensoria smart sock have already been able to detect bad running habits, the new OpenGo science is an insole that fits discreetly into athletes’ shoes and delivers rich data to sports scientists. READ MORE…
In Chile, sports goods are paid for with exercise
Getting consumers to exercise is much easier when there’s an incentive, and especially if it’s a financial one. Chile-based dairy brand Colun Light has taken this on board with its Así da gusto pagar campaign, which saw customers at its pop-up sportswear shop pay with exercise, rather than money. READ MORE…
This hospital door handle also cleans your hands
Hygiene is a major issue for hospitals and many already use sanitizer dispensers to enable doctors and visitors to easily wash their hands and prevent the spread of bugs. However, remembering to use them can be a problem. In the past, we’ve seen solutions such as Hyginex — a wristband system which alerts hospital staff when it’s time to wash their hands and helps managers track hygiene levels. Now PullClean is offering an elegant solution in the form of combined sanitizers and door handles, prompting hospital users to wash each time they enter and exit a room. READ MORE…
Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
Customizable jewelry range features a smart rape alarm
While wearable tech can often offer great practical uses, consumers won’t go for it if they think it looks silly — take the backlash against Google Glass, for example. Taking this into consideration, Cuff is a new collection of stylish jewelry products that come with a discreet and detachable Bluetooth module that, when pressed, lets friends and family know if wearers are in trouble. READ MORE…
Wearable device tells you when you need more sunlight
Wearable tech has for the most part been focused on fitness tracking, but that’s not the only way we can keep our bodies and minds healthy. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Sunsprite is a clip-on sensor that detects if wearers are getting enough sunlight. READ MORE…
Reflective bike uses cat’s eyes technology to save lives
Cycling in the city can be a dangerous business, regardless of the experience levels of the rider. We recently wrote about Fly6, which has turned rear bike lights into cameras to deter motorists from making bad judgments, and now Lumen is the world’s first commercially available retro-reflective bicycle, offering greater safety at night through a coating that lights up in car headlights. READ MORE…
Online pharmacy makes pill regimens less confusing
When you’re ill, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you’re taking the right pills at the right time, or if you’re about the run out. We recently saw Walgreens and TaskRabbit take the pain out of getting medicine for cold and flu sufferers by delivering it to their door within a couple of hours. Now online pharmacy PillPack is mailing any prescription direct to patients, conveniently organized, dated and refilled when necessary. READ MORE…