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Project aims to get strangers talking to each other

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. We’re all in this world together, so it’s probably a good idea that we’re nice to each other. The La Petite Syrah … Read More »

This hospital door handle also cleans your hands

Add / Remove 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 … Read More »

App keeps citizens informed and engaged about political issues

Add / Remove They say that a week is a long time in politics, which is what makes it so hard for citizens and businesses to track what’s going on in Washington. While FiscalNote already offers information and predictions about new legislative bills for businesses, a new app called iCitizen is now helping voters stay more informed by tracking the … Read More »

Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures

Add / Remove 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 … Read More »

Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues

Add / Remove Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. We’ve already seen the BleepBleeps set of smart sensors help parents from pregnancy to teenage, and now a new app called KiddyUp enables parents to share their favorite venues for children of all ages, including diaper-changing … Read More »

High-end fashion items collect and store solar energy

Add / Remove The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. The project came about after entrepreneur Christiaan Holland approached experimental … Read More »

Fashion collection collects and stores solar energy

Add / Remove The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. The project came about after entrepreneur Christiaan Holland approached experimental … Read More »

In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads

Add / Remove In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in … Read More »

‘Selfie Ticket’ puts a face to event attendees’ names

Add / Remove For event organizers and promoters, collecting an email address and a name from each ticket buyer is good for future marketing, but not for really getting to know the community of people that are engaged by their shows and events. Aiming to put a face to the names of customers, the Selfie Ticket provides a more personal … Read More »