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Text therapy service offers unlimited messaging, any time, for a flat fee

Add / Remove Just like other areas of healthcare, telecommunication innovations are changing the face of the therapy services, and we’ve already seen startups such as iCouch offer counseling via video chat and instant messaging. Now Talkspace is enabling patients to chat instantly with a professional therapist whenever they want, offering treatment without time restrictions or the need to make … Read More »

Handheld scanner analyzes the chemical makeup of any physical object

Add / Remove This is part of a 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. Some new inventions seem too good to be true, especially if the idea was first proposed in science fiction. Star Trek’s tricorder … Read More »

Billboard purifies the air with the power of 1,200 trees

Add / Remove Regular readers of Springwise may remember our previous coverage of The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Peru, which created a billboard that captured airborne humidity and filtered it into drinkable water. The institution has now created another environmentally-friendly advertising hoarding, this time in the form of an air purifying billboard that delivers pollution-free air to … Read More »

OwnFone launches world’s first 3D printed Braille phone

Add / Remove While smartphones can do incredible things these days, they’re still too expensive or complicated for some consumers, such as the elderly, disabled or technophobic. We wrote about OwnFone back in 2012 when it began offering cheap and small customizable phones that only receive and make calls to pre-selected numbers. Now the company is back with the Braille … Read More »

Coffee cup sharing in NY aims to cut paper waste

Add / Remove New Yorkers alone throw away around 7 million paper coffee cups every day, which is why there have been plenty of recent efforts to get consumers to either recycle or avoid using them. Products such as KeepCup — which encourage coffee lovers to use their own drinking containers — have been around since 2009, but now a … Read More »

Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation

Add / Remove Online education is booming thanks to platforms such as Khan Academy, YouTube tutorials and even educational video games such as Koe, which recently crowdfunded on Kickstarter. However, language-learning especially is a skill that’s best acquired by speaking one-on-one with natives on a regular basis. Aiming to facilitate this, a new service in Brazil called Speaking Exchange is … Read More »

Tamagotchi-style wristband encourages active play for kids

Add / Remove Any parent will know how difficult it is to get kids to go out and exercise instead of playing on computer games all day. We’ve already seen gamified exercise in the form of the Loop audio and motion sensor-driven gaming platform, and now Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance … Read More »

This book’s pages can be used to create the perfect barbecue

Add / Remove Learning is often amplified through doing, rather than just reading, so perhaps educational books shouldn’t be limited to the printed word either. Regular readers of Springwise may remember we recently wrote about The Drinkable Book, which teaches about the danger of unsafe water while also doubling as a longlasting filter to make any water drinkable. Now using … Read More »

Sleeping bag for dogs enables them to camp with their owners

Add / Remove Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise. Many dog lovers will be hard pushed to leave their pooch behind if they have to leave the house, something that in the past has even been picked … Read More »

App uses video of customers’ feet to 3D print their perfect insole

Add / Remove The mass-manufactured shoes we typically wear are designed to fit the average foot, which means they don’t provide the unique support requirements of individuals’ feet. While new technologies such as Germany’s OpenGo science have provided the tools for doctors and sports scientists to analyze foot problems, 3D printed insole maker SOLS has now developed an app that … Read More »