Springwise Weekly | Flexible 3D-printed sneakers, and the rest of this week's most exciting new business ideas — 13-19 March 2014

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<ol><li> 1. YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS 13-19 March 2014 </li><li> 2. Top 10 business ideas &amp; 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 13-19 March 2014 </li><li> 3. 3D printing has has already set alight a huge community of entrepreneurs who have used the technology to create print- on-demand medical supplies and even food, and the technology is constantly improving, whether its the printing process itself or the material that can be used. A new kind of elastic filament called Filaflex is enabling more complex designs such as the Sneakerbot II 3D-printed shoes. Read more about Sneakerbot II 1. Flexible filament makes 3D-printed sneakers a possibility </li><li> 4. Consumers entertainment libraries are no longer stacks of vinyl, shelves of books or even collections of DVDs, as more content becomes streamed through the web. While weve seen creators embrace digital British band Metronomy recently released a single only to fans pointing their smartphones at the star sign Aquarius, for example others still yearn for the physical aspect of the music, film and books that define them. Enter Qleek, a system of crafted wooden blocks that play digital content when placed onto a special reader. Read more about Qleek 2. Smart wooden blocks add a physical element to digital interactions </li><li> 5. Even though the lightbulb was invented in the 19th century, a combination of poverty and lack of electricity infrastructure means that two billion people still live in complete darkness when night falls. Many rely on non-renewable and dangerous paraffin fuel to light their communities, which is why weve seen a number of initiatives that hope to bring sustainable and safer options to developing nations, even including lamps powered by gravity. Our latest spotting is The Lightie, a system that uses an empty bottle and a solar filament to provide cheap light in the places that need it most. Read more about The Lightie 3. This Coke bottle lightbulb could help illuminate Africa </li><li> 6. When it comes to giving money to members of a citys homeless community, many people worry that their change isnt going to fund essentials such as food or shelter. While startups such as TaskTurtle have already attempted to tackle the problem by offering sustenance in exchange for work, San Franciscos HandUp is now using business cards to let citizens donate food credits to people in need through their mobiles. Read more about HandUp 4. Business cards for homeless people let anyone donate with their phone </li><li> 7. 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. Not everyone enjoys having bees in their back garden, but the insects pollination is vital to the global ecosystem and there has been a dramatic decrease in their number past few decades. Companies such as Bee Landing have in the past created handcrafted hives to encourage more homeowners to help the creatures thrive. Now the Open Source Beehives project, currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, has developed a downloadable and printable beehive that can be equipped with smart tech to help crowdsource data about the insects living inside. Read more about Beehives 5. This printable smart hive could save bees from dying out </li><li> 8. Nowadays, there is a plethora of information out there to help consumers make the right choices before buying, but its not always easy for them to access. In the past, weve seen platforms such as Buycott help users learn which brands share their values, and now a similar app called Think Dirty is aiming to show consumers whether the cosmetic products they use could be harmful to their health. Read more about Think Dirty 6. App lets consumers find out if their cosmetics contain toxic chemicals </li><li> 9. Regular readers of Springwise may remember the BioAid, a system developed by the UKs University of Essex that turns an iPhone into a makeshift hearing aid. Now Danish tech company ReSound has launched its ReSound LiNX, a high-end hearing aid that has been developed to be 100% compatible with Apple devices, offering a number of extra functionalities. Read more about ReSound LiNX 7. Made-for-iPhone hearing aid offers smart extras </li><li> 10. Anyone whos ever ordered clothes online knows that getting an item that fits is by all means hit and miss. Brands such as Stantt and Threadmason have in recent times introduced up to 50 different size options to cater for the varying shapes of the human body, and now Fitbay is an online fashion discovery service that promises to only show users items that fit their body. Read more about Fitbay 8. Personalized fashion store hides clothes that wont fit </li><li> 11. Searching for a holiday can often involve endless checking of multiple websites to find the best deals, as well as a mass of research to discover the best places to go. Even then its not guaranteed that travelers will end up catching the lowest prices or picking a location that truly matches their interests. Aiming to make holiday booking a less painful experience, Hitlist is a social app that offers up destination ideas based on users interests, as well the optimal time to go according to flight fares. Read more about Hitlist 9. This app will decide where users go on holiday </li><li> 12. Baby monitors have been around in some form or other since the early 20th century, and are now becoming smarter than ever thanks to new tech take the Owlet, which monitors the babys breathing and heart rate, for example. However, for those who cant afford the latest devices, Dormi is an Android app that enables anyone to turn an old smartphone into baby monitor, delivering notifications straight to parents working mobiles. Read more about Dormi 10. Platform turns an old Android device into a baby monitor </li><li> 13. The offline world is gradually becoming connected with the web, and weve already seen apps such as Grafetee let users bookmark physical locations. Created by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Findery now helps to link stories with real-world locations through geotagged notes that can be left for online explorers to discover. Read more about Findery 11. App tags physical places with personal stories </li><li> 14. Consumers exercise regimes have been forever changed by fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Nike+ products, but these small devices dont tell the whole story of whats going on in different parts of the body during a workout. Now available for pre-order, Athos is a workout kit with embedded sensors that offer detailed and precise data about muscle growth and technique. Read more about Athos 12. These water bottles can be mailed to a recycling plant for free </li><li> 15. We dont typically think of concrete slabs as anything but dumb pieces of rock, but in the past weve seen innovators integrate technology into sidewalks to help them offer up energy and even wifi to pedestrians. Now Germanys Future- Shape has developed SensFloor, a textile for use indoors that senses the activity thats happening on top of it. Read more about Epic! 13. Sensor-equipped flooring can tell if someones fallen </li><li> 16. The creativity of businesses using vending machines to sell their products seems to know no bounds, and in the past weve seen even prescription drugs delivered through InstyMeds 24/7 hospital kiosks. Going somewhat further, a nonprofit has now installed crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver, in order to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS among the citys addicts. Read more about the crack pipe vending machines 14. 25 crack pipe vending machines aim to lower HIV rates in Canada </li><li> 17. Public transport journeys can be a pain for customers when they forget to bring a book or some music to pass the time. Weve already seen Spains National Reading Plan enable train users to get the first chapter of books on their smartphones through QR code posters, and now First Aberdeen in Scotland is getting passengers to scan the backs of its seats to receive information and entertainment on their mobile devices. Read more about First Aberdeen 15. Bus company brings seats to life with AR </li><li> 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 </li></ol>