Our latest edition is now online. Ideas featured this week:
Premium tire chain focuses on transparency
Visits to auto garages are rarely a pleasant experience, fraught as they are with jargon-filled descriptions, unclear pricing and less-than-pristine surroundings. Not so at the UK's HiQ chain.
Real-time IM translation
The wired population can zap messages around the planet in an in-stant, but whether those messages are understood is another matter. Language barriers still exist, and that's where SpeakLike comes in.
Affordable phones, built to order
Telecom & mobile
Custom-built phones ordered from zzzPhone are shipped directly from a factory near Shenzhen, China. Customers can tweak to their hearts' delight, adding the features they want and need.
Next-gen chocolate makers
Food & beverage
Whereas many companies that work with chocolate simply re-melt the heavenly stuff, dedicated newcomer TCHO has built a factory capable of producing 4,000 metric tons of its own chocolate per year.
Web community for greener living
Eco & sustainability / Media & publishing
People band together online to date, discuss politics or lose weight. Now Greenopolis has created a community whose members help each other live in a more earth-friendly manner.
Online shopping for medical services
Lifestyle / Retail
The US health-care industry may be best known for its problems. A recently launched Minnesota-based site could give the industry the shake-up it needs.
Buy one house, give one free
Homes & housing / Social cause
A new project by eco-urban design firm LJ Urban aims to make giving more concrete -- quite literally -- by matching its sales of homes domestically with funds to build homes in Burkina Faso.
Shop-ahead service for hotel guests
Travel & tourism / Life hacks
With increased baggage restrictions and cramped cabin seating, travelling light makes more and more sense. A new service from Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts helps travellers do just that.
In-store wave riding
Retail / Lifestyle & leisure
A Florida extreme sports store called Adrenalina has gone to the next level by bringing the excitement of its surfing products right into its shopping mall space. Enter the FlowRider.
Transportation / Automotive
Back in 2006 we covered GoinGreen's G-Wiz electric cars. Recently, we've begun seeing several options emerge in battery-powered trucks.
Visualising energy use
Eco & sustainability / Life hack
Though by no means ubiquitous, household energy monitors have been around for some time. New entries into the space add a splash of style and make understanding energy consumption more intuitive.
More DIY dress design
Fashion & beauty
Last fall we covered StyleShake, a site that lets consumers design their own dresses, and recently we came across a like-purposed site called Studio 28 Couture.