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Custom-made chocolate bars
Food & beverage / Retail
While candy bars with personalized labels are a dime a dozen, a
German startup offers a tastier kind of customization, letting
customers design their own chocolate.
For the first time, jeans to be made in North Korea
Fashion & beauty
Motivated by North Korea's isolation, a group of Swedes is attempting
to forge connections through a startup that will be the first to produce
jeans in North Korea and export them to the rest of the world.
Navigating London, Toronto and NYC by mood
Travel & tourism / Media & publishing
Guidebooks and recommendations are all very well, but there's little
point in discovering a new activity, restaurant or shop if you're not in
the right headspace to enjoy it. Enter mood-based maps.
Pop-up cafe is a (straw) monument to sustainability
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability
Melbourne's Joost combines pop-up spaces and sustainable
innovation with a temporary cafe that's designed to demonstrate
creative ways to put sustainability into practice.
Honda adds ambient feedback for greener driving
Automotive / Eco & sustainability
Instead of displaying potentially distracting numbers and statistics,
Honda's Eco Assist dashboard system gives feedback by changing
From RSS feeds, a personalized PDF magazine
Media & publishing
All the world may be available online, but the tangibility and portability
of print remains appealing. Which is where Tabbloid comes in, with a
service that converts RSS feeds into a printer-ready document.
Tokyo-based tryvertising lab expands globally
Retail / Marketing & advertising
Those who have watched with interest the rise of dedicated
tryvertising spaces in Asia now have an opportunity to jump into the
arena themselves: Sample Lab is seeking franchisees.
Eyewear chain in Singapore goes green
Eco & sustainability / Retail
Singapore's Nanyang Optical retail chain has recently begun an
eco-conversion of its brand through which it will sell only eyewear
brands that are significantly green.
Animated photo printing for everyone
Lifestyle & leisure
Bringing motion to 2D pictures and a new lease of life to a retro
technology, Snapily's new online business turns customers' pictures
into animated prints.
Free holiday love in Manila
Food & beverage / Marketing & advertising / Retail
If ever there was a time of year made for free love, it's the holiday
season. Apparently the same thought recently occurred to the Manila
locations of cafe chain Delifrance.
Muppets made to order at FAO Schwarz
Capitalizing on the personalization trend, Muppets and FAO Schwartz
have teamed up to build the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. Customers
can build their own muppet at FAO Schwartz or online.
Concierge service for London's busy moms
As college students now have their own PA and concierge service,
along with expectant parents and the rest of us, it's no surprise to see
another niche being targeted: mothers.
Web-based, branded karaoke for the home
Popular London karaoke venue Lucky Voice recently expanded right
into consumers' living rooms, with a branded karaoke party-planning
website and equipment.
Mapping restaurants by photos of their dishes
Food & beverage / Travel & tourism
Eatbite/NYC is a new site that lets users browse through photos of
individual dishes at local restaurants to let their craving of the moment
dictate where they eat.
Internet-in-a-box for areas without electricity
Non-profit, social cause
A new, solar-powered innovation from Florida-based GNUveau
Networks is bringing computers and the internet to places that have
no connectivity, no phone service and no electricity.