Springwise Weekly | A smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop in one, and the rest of this week’s most exciting new business ideas — 03-09 April 2014

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  2. 2. Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2014 Weve selected 15 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration. Spotted from countries all around the world, these ideas offer a taste of whats to come. YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS 03-09 April 2014
  3. 3. Owning a number of different devices can often mean having to regularly transfer data between them to keep them synced, or storing private information in the cloud. Offering a truly connected alternative, Seed is a set of mobile and computer products that use the processing power and data of a single docked smartphone. Read more about Seed 1. Device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and smart TV in one
  4. 4. Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK- based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Swedens ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. Read more about ICEHOTEL 2. For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice
  5. 5. Plastic water bottles have long been recognized as a big problem for the environment, so much so that San Francisco recently banned the sale of bottled water on city property. But a new invention from a group of UK students could offer a solution. Ooho! is a spherical membrane for carrying water, which can be eaten when its finished with. Read more about the Selfie Ooho! 3. This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
  6. 6. The web has made higher education-level learning more accessible, and even free, through programs such as MIT and Harvards EdX and the nonprofit Khan Academy, but its actually inspiring adults to want to learn new skills and knowledge that can be difficult. New Yorks Raising The Bar is an event placing 50 lectures in 50 bars across the city, replacing drunken conversation with stimulating talks. Read more about Raising The Bar 4. Free lecture series replaces inane bar conversations with stimulating talks
  7. 7. The market for a product is not neces- sarily a fixed thing, and weve even seen beer redesigned as a fitness drink in recent months. For those who find fine wine too snobby, two US companies are now repackaging premium wine in convenient juice-style pouches to make it more accessible for busy consumers. Read more about Nuvino and Spotwine 5. Fine wine goes casual with single-serve pouches
  8. 8. 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, weve seen solutions such as Hyginex a wristband system which alerts hospital staff when its 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 about PullClean 6. This hospital door handle also cleans your hands
  9. 9. While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spains 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 about Surf Sauna 7. Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures
  10. 10. In recent years, craft beer has been transformed from the preserve of ale connoisseurs into a viable consumer market, replete with its own thriving app market. In the past weve written about Untappd, which lets beer fans find the nearest bar selling craft ales, and now a new iOS app called Craft Check is enabling customers to ensure the beer theyre drinking is genuinely from a microbrewery. Read more about Craft Check 8. Think thats a craft beer youre drinking? This app identifies genuine microbrews
  11. 11. 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. Were all in this world together, so its probably a good idea that were nice to each other. The La Petite Syrah Caf in France has already shifted its pricing model to benefit those who are friendly, and now a new project called Talk To Me London wants to explore different ways to get the citys 8 million multicultural residents to share their stories with each other. Read more about Talk To Me London 9. Project aims to get strangers talking to each other
  12. 12. Buying a new home typically requires some research of the local area in order to understand where buyers will be living for the good few years to come, as well as whether the property is the right size for them. However, Czech architects have now created PORT X, a houseboat that can be customized with extra modules and anchored on both the river or land. Read more about PORT X 10. Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick
  13. 13. Every article that appears in a major magazine today comes in two forms its printed version and its online counterpart, but theyre both often left unlinked. Peekster is a new app that enables readers to scan the headline of a print article in order to quickly bring up the digital version on their phone, for sharing or saving for later. Read more about Peekster 11. Scan a printed articles headline, instantly get the digital version
  14. 14. Civic authorities cant be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Brgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct to the council. Read more about Mumble 12. In Austria, council uses app to crowdsource community issues
  15. 15. Getting consumers to exercise is much easier when theres an incentive, and especially if its a financial one. Chile- based dairy brand Colun Light has taken this on board with its As da gusto pagar campaign, which saw customers at its pop-up sportswear shop pay with exercise, rather than money. Read more about As da gusto pagar 13. In Chile, sports goods are paid for with exercise
  16. 16. They say that a week is a long time in politics, which is what makes it so hard for citizens and businesses to track whats 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 issues that matter to them. Read more about iCitizen 14. App keeps citizens informed and engaged with political issues
  17. 17. Parenting is a long-haul job, and one that changes from year to year as kids grow up and demand different things. Weve 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 rooms, playgrounds and kids food locations. Read more about KiddyUp 15. Through app, parents share the best child-friendly venues
  18. 18. What is Springwise? Springwise scans the globe for the most promising, unique and innovative business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation. Springwise headquarters is in close contact with more than 17,000 Springspotters in over 150 countries worldwide, who provide us with details of the latest innovations in their countries. These are compiled and assessed by our editorial team, and the best examples are published to provide entrepreneurial inspiration to our readers around the world! Springwise publishes a Daily and a Weekly newsletter, to which you can subscribe for free, they are sent to more than 170,000 people. Established in 2002, Springwise is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. 2002-2014 SPRINGWISE FOLLOW SPRINGWISE