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Wise Words with Peter Knudsen

Add / Remove Regular readers will know that we have written about BLIP Systems’ Bluetooth and wifi-enabled beacon technology and its many applications. First, it was an airport sensor system that tracks mobile phones to provide accurate queue times. Then, we saw the tech being used in Christmas markets to monitor shopper behavior and optimize retail operations. Lastly, the device … Read More »

Social app for refugees and locals translates in real-time

Add / Remove Europe is in the middle of a major refugee crisis, with more than one million migrants arriving in 2015 alone. Now, developers in Stockholm are coming up with new ways for arrivals to integrate into their new homes. Welcome! is an app based in Sweden, a country that has operated a broadly open policy to immigration in recent … Read More »

Floating barriers enable ocean to clean itself

Add / Remove The sheer scope of pollution in our oceans is going to require an enormous effort to clean up. We have recently seen projects such as a denim line and even a plastic-eating microorganism that can help, but Ocean Cleanup is organizing the largest cleanup in history using floating barriers, which will enable ocean currents to passively gather … Read More »

Smart shopping bag could eliminate queuing

Add / Remove Self-scan checkout machines have sped up the consumer experience at many supermarkets. But now, two companies — Twyst and QueueHop — are going even further and eliminating the checkout line altogether. With the help of smart shopping bags and QR codes that use RFID technology, shoppers can scan and pay for their items as they shop without … Read More »

Investment platform funds renewables in South America

Add / Remove Countries in the developing world are investing heavily in new renewable energy projects, with initiatives such as these microgrids in Kenya set to power more growing economies. South America has seen strong growth in its renewable energy sector, and an online platform could help to spur this growth. Caaapital is an online platform for renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure … Read More »

Top Ten Innovation Report for April

Add / Remove In the Top Ten Innovation Report, we present a digestible run down of the best innovations from the last four weeks. Published monthly these reports are a quick and pain free way to stay up to date on the latest innovations, and are included as a part of a Springwise Access account. *Note that to read some … Read More »

Navigation app plans routes according to interests

Add / Remove Originally, navigation apps were used to help get people from A to B the quickest way possible. But we have seen an app that helps nocturnal walkers find the most well-lit route and one that enables visitors to choose the most beautiful path. Now, Sidekix combines many of the features from previous navigation apps and enables the … Read More »

Disaster drones crowdsource a search and rescue team

Add / Remove Drones are rapidly moving into the field of human rescue, and we have already seen new developments aiming to make quadcopters more effective at mountain rescues, and extra large carrier drones developed to evacuate the wounded from dangerous combat zones. Now aeroSee is looking to improve the speed at which aid is brought to survivors in disaster zones … Read More »

Restaurant-style soup kitchen serves patrons with dignity

Add / Remove For those who have fallen on hard times, visiting food banks and soup kitchens can be an embarrassing necessity, and the experience can have a horrendous effect on people’s self-worth. Now, a soup kitchen in Kansas is attempting to combat this by rethinking the way it operates. At Kansas City Community Kitchen, instead of waiting in line … Read More »

Free email digest will clear inboxes of spam

Add / Remove Most people’s inboxes are full of unopened emails they didn’t subscribe to and have no interest in. This can cause email fatigue, which in turn makes customers less receptive to newsletters and offers from companies they actually want to hear from. Offering a solution is Throttle from Mindsense — a browser plugin that enables users to generate … Read More »