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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
Roving office printer heads to your desk when your documents are ready
Although printers have slowly become smaller and added wireless capabilities over the past few years, they’re still seen as a hangover of the early digital age. Innovations such as Pocket Printer have aimed to rethink the device, but they still remain a mostly annoying part of office life, and using them can often interrupt an otherwise smooth workflow. In order to help avoid back and forth trips to the office printer, Fuji Xerox has developed an experimental device that uses Roomba-like technology to navigate spaces and deliver printouts to the worker that needs them. READ MORE…
MoodHacker helps employees track depression, as well as overcome it
Feeling out of control of mood swings is a bad thing for both personal health and overall happiness, but it can also lead to a drop in productivity, in which case it can also affect businesses. According to Mental Health America, mental illness and substance abuse directly cost employers an estimated USD 80 to 100 billion each year. While devices such as the Melon EEG headband are already helping to track mood fluctuations to help individuals work better, MoodHacker is an app designed for companies to improve the wellbeing of their workforce, by giving employees tips to de-stress at the right moments. READ MORE…
In NYC, gym classes free for those who lend a helping hand
Gym classes can be prohibitively expensive, meaning many people who would like to keep fit have to find other ways to work out or are even encouraged to forgo exercise altogether. In the past, we’ve seen schemes such as Fitmob, whose community sessions cost less the more often members keep fit, but now several New York gyms are offering work-trade programs, enabling cash-strapped customers to exchange volunteer work for workout classes. READ MORE…
Food delivery service takes orders for 365 days into the future
While startups like Caviar are helping to unlock high quality restaurant menus for takeaway in San Francisco, another venture is focusing on another aspect of food delivery in the area. Palo Alto-based Fluc is helping businesses plan their food takeouts from any chain up to a year in advance. READ MORE…
Smart mask reduces users’ need for sleep
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
A good night’s sleep can be vital in order to have the optimum energy to carry out the day’s tasks upon waking, but constant traveling and other commitments can get in the way. While innovators in Australia recently developed the Re-Timer headset, using light therapy to reset users’ body clocks, NeuroOn is a brainwave-monitoring sleeping mask that enables wearers to develop polyphasic sleep patterns. READ MORE…
Platform offers creative travelers new work opportunities
Many people dream of being able to see the world, but find they’re tied down to a job in a particular location. Now a new site called Worksurfers is hoping to aid creatives in finding employment while they are on the move. READ MORE…
In San Francisco, commuter bus serves as a perk for employees
Several years back we covered San Francisco’s Wi-Drive bus service offering Bay Area workers a high-end luxury commute. Now targeting much the same part of the world, RidePal is a bus service that focuses on corporate employers with a shared commuting service that can be offered as a perk to employees. READ MORE…
Portable desk enables users to work in any location
Springwise has recently covered new ideas enabling people to make their own beer outdoors and even get online while riding a donkey in rural Jerusalem. For those who need to get some work done when they find themselves in a remote location, a solution may come in the form of the new Field Power Desk from KANZ Outdoors, a portable workspace that includes power outlets. READ MORE…
App suggests locations for freelance working based on users needs
While freelancers who find they’re too distracted at home could join a shared office – such as the ones offered by Desktime, there is still the downside of paying to rent space. Recognizing that many self-employed workers could simply make do with a good cafe and wifi connection, Work+ is an app that directs them to the venues that cater to their needs. READ MORE…
Columbian app encourages citizens to document illegal child labor
Community-minded initiatives such as citizen journalism have become much more prolific since the advent of smartphones, and this easily accessible technology is also helping to solve crimes. We’ve already seen Hollaback provide a platform for women to share stories of assaults and post geotagged images of harassers, and – in a similar way – the Kid Rescue app from Telefónica Telecom in Colombia is now encouraging people to help locate and document illegal child labor with their handsets. READ MORE…
Online portal for parents focuses on work opportunities during school hours


We’ve seen several efforts over the years aimed at helping parents connect — or reconnect — with the working world, including numerous child-friendly work spaces. Similar in many ways to AustralianCareerMums, which we covered back in 2008, UK-based Beyond the School Run is a brand-new portal for parents seeking new career or volunteer opportunities during school hours. READ MORE…