Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the new products and services
that caught our attention this week:
Supporting bees by getting beekeepers online
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability
Heimathonig is a directory of local beekeepers, helping consumers
buy honey direct from the source. Beekeepers' profiles include details
about the bees and the flowers they gather nectar from.
Travel agents bid on consumers' dream trips
Tourism & travel
Users of OfferMeaTrip describe a notional holiday: the destination,
duration, activities and cost. Approved travel agencies then get to
submit offers to the users in the form of a custom travel brochure.
Guerrilla gardeners use candy machines to sell seeds
Eco & sustainability / Style & design
Greenaid is a project to convert vending machines to sell 'seed
bombs': balls of clay, compost and seeds that can be thrown
discreetly into derelict urban sites to (temporarily) transform them.
iPhone app for lodging civic complaints
Government / Telecom & mobile
Potholes, stray garbage, broken street lamps? Citizens of Eindhoven
can now report local issues using an app that allows them to take
a picture, geotag a report, and directly notify the city council.
Helping groups share expenses
Financial services / Life hacks
Recently launched into public beta, California-based WePay is an
online payment service that strives to make it easy for groups to
collect, manage and spend money.
Leanpub helps authors publish early & edit often
Media & publishing
Adopting the rapid-development, frequent iteration principles used
by many startups and software developers, Leanpub allows bloggers
to publish PDF books, then republish later with new updates.
Tech store brings innovation to developing nations
Non-profit, social cause
Kopernik is a platform that showcases exciting tech products, allows
vetted organisations to submit proposals explaining how they'd
use them, and manages crowdsourced funding for those ideas.
No-sweat online publishing of amateur tournaments
Lifestyle & leisure
Konkuri is a free-to-use tournament and league management web
application that allows users to create their own tournament sites.
It has already hosted more than 20,000 tournaments.
Outfit advice, with help from the crowds
Fashion & beauty / Media & publishing
GoTryItOn lets users upload digital snapshots of themselves in
various outfits. Those allowed to see the outfit can then vote for
or against it and/or make suggestions for improvements.
Local wines made from amateurs' grapes
Food & beverage
The Urban Wine Company collects grapes from vine-growers in
London and the southeast UK and presses them collectively. The
resulting wines are sold locally; contributors get six bottles for free.
Remote relatives read bedtime stories by web video
Media & publishing
A Story Before Bed lets users keep in touch with the kids remotely
by recording audio and video of themselves reading children's
stories, synchronized to the pages of an onscreen book.
In-car 'coach' helps Ford drivers save fuel
Automotive, Eco & sustainability
MyFord Touch enables drivers to monitor and track their vehicle's
real-time fuel economy performance and mile-per-gallon averages
by means of a bar chart next to the fuel gauge.