Top ideas from around the world - available in very small bit-sized pieces. Enjoy!
Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the new products and services
that caught our attention this week:
For GBP 3.89, expert evaluation of an item's worth
Customers upload photos and descriptions of their antiques and
Value My Stuff Now responds with a valuation within 48 hours.
Items evaluated include furniture, jewellery, memorabilia & stamps.
Service for sports fans aims to rub in the team rivalry
Entertainment / Telecom & mobile
Using a combination of live or automated phone calls and emails,
RivalGrams will contact a friend who supports the wrong team
and taunt them with songs and plaudits about the right team.
Fair-trade lemonade supports grassroots projects
Food & beverage / Non-profit, social cause
LemonAid is a bottled drink made entirely of a few organic, fair-trade
ingredients. A major share of yearly revenue goes to support
small, locally based grassroots projects in the developing world.
Phone support for seniors, by seniors
Telecom & mobile / Life hacks
Tree Rings provides telephone-based customer service, technical
support, order and claims processing, data entry and other services,
and has offices close to large retirement communities across the US.
Recyclable picnic box with compostable utensils
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability
Boxsal is an eco-minded spin on the age-old picnic basket. Boxes
cost USD 24.99, are made from recycled materials and contain
compostable trays, bowls, cups, utensils, napkins and a trash bag.
Card rewards consumers for buying locally in Portland
Marketing & advertising / Retail
Supportland has developed a rewards card that works at
50 different Portland-area businesses, all of which are locally
owned. Points earn discounts from any participating store.
Device ionizes tap water for chemical-free cleaning
Eco & sustainability
The Activeion Ionator uses electrolysis and electroporation to help
lift dirt like a magnet, enabling it to be wiped away. Plus it kills more
than 99.9 percent of harmful germs without leaving any residue.
Custom travel guides designed for sharing
Media & publishing / Tourism & travel
Norwegian Stay.com is a social platform where users can create and
share their own custom travel guides using material sourced from
a range of online sources including TripAdvisor and OpenTable.
Post-breakup gifts & support for newly single women
Lifestyle & leisure / Retail
Texas-based Pink Kisses offers heartbroken consumers a selection
of restorative packages that include chocolates, flowers, texts,
emails, virtual gifts, life coaching sessions and photo shoots.
1,500 board games on hand at wifi-free cafe
Food & beverage / Entertainment
Aiming to recreate the offline interaction of days gone by, Toronto's
Snakes & Lattes serves up not just coffee but also 1,500 board
games. The baristas offer instructions and tips to customers.
Bikes built for heavier riders
Transportation / Lifestyle & leisure
Super Sized Cycles make bicycles, electric bikes and tricycles
capable of supporting up to 550 pounds thanks to their steel
frames, wider tires, broad pedals and strong rims and spokes.
Location-based disaster alerts using mobile app
Telecom & mobile / Government
CiviGuard is a mobile app service designed to help governments
deliver emergency information to civilians in an affected area, by
contacting users whose phones are linked to nearby phone towers.
Site helps friends meet up spontaneously
Lifestyle & leisure
Users of San Francisco-based Poig can create and view "pings" with
activity suggestions. Pings can be restricted to Facebook friends,
posted on Facebook and Twitter, and filtered by geographical area.
Shimano kit converts regular bikes into e-bikes
The STEPS kit for bicycles is designed to preserve the feeling of a
traditional bike, while adding a 250W electric motor and a
regenerative braking system to help recharge the removable battery.
Online donation platform mimics real-world equivalent
Non-profit, social cause
Nadanu provides graphical interfaces for raising money on websites,
mobile devices and social networks. Donors fill virtual receptacles
with 'coins' and make a single payment on reaching a specified sum.