Hipanema | Blue Embellished Cuff

Into The Blue


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Smart Car Technology For Tesla Models S & X

Software Add-on Makes The Tesla Smarter

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Smartcar is enabling Tesla owners to personalize and automate their car’s climate and charging settings using their smartphone.

While companies such as Google are still working on their driverless vehicles, true smart cars are still some way from consumer driveways. Earlier this year we saw the BDLink MX WiFi kickstarter campaign successfully fund a small widget that retrofits any car with smart capabilities. For Tesla owners, Smartcar is now enabling them to personalize and automate their car’s climate and charging settings using their smartphone.

As it stands, Tesla vehicles come with an array of high tech features, from the touchscreen dashboard to the energy-efficient batteries. However, Sahas Katta — CEO and founder of Smartcar — believes that they could achieve more when it comes to user experience. Through the web service, Smartcar users can connect their smartphone to their Tesla over the air, enabling them to easily change settings such as charging and inside climate. The software turns the car into a learning machine, which adjusts the settings intelligently based on drivers’ routines. For example, it may automatically start warming up the car at 9AM. It also charges during off-peak hours while still ensuring users have enough power when it’s time to hit the road. Owners can also get updates as to the status of their vehicle through their smartphones.

Watch the video below to see Katta explain more about the technology:

Smartcar was initially set to launch in the summer, but is still open to early access applications. Currently compatible with the Tesla Model S and Model X, the service also hopes to eventually launch for other vehicle brands. In the meantime, are there any other ways to retrofit new technology into existing vehicles?

Website: www.smartcar.io
Contact: www.smartcar.io/contact

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3D Printed City Maps For The Visually Impaired

3D Printed Maps Help The Blind Navigate City Streets

City Map For The Blind

Japan’s governmental department GSI is creating software that will enable those with visual impairments to print out 3D versions of online maps.

Modern technology has turned many of the things we consume from physical objects into pixels on a screen. While this has benefited the majority of us, those with sight difficulties don’t get along well with visual stimuli or touchscreen devices. In the past, we’ve seen Yahoo! Japan develop Hands On Search, a project that lets blind kids carry out web searches with 3D printed results. Now the country’s governmental department GSI is creating software that will enable those with visual impairments to print out 3D versions of online maps.

The official mapping body for Japan — much like the US Geological Survey — GSI already has paper maps for the blind, using embossed surfaces to mark out roads. It’s now developing a program that is able to do the same thing for digital maps.

The software first differentiates the highways, railway lines and walkways from the rest of the landscape. It then creates a 3D relief model that uses different textures to distinguish the features so that anyone running their finger along them will be able to determine what it is. The program also takes into account contour lines, creating accurate topographical representations of a particular area.

GSI has already processed the data for urban locations at a scale of 1:2500, as well as rural areas at 1:25000. Although users will need access to a 3D printer in order to create their own physical maps, the body believes the technology is becoming more and more affordable and especially holds value for those with sight difficulties. Are there other ways to intelligently replicate digital data in physical form for the visually impaired?

Website: www.gsi.go.jp
Contact: intex@gsi.go.jp

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Cipriana & TK Wonder | The Quann Twins

New Generation Tastemakers

Cipriana Quann | http://urbanbushbabes.com/
TK Wonder | http://www.reverbnation.com/tkwonder
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Michigan Women’s Foundation

Stories From The New Economy : Michigan Women’s Foundation

Though its origins are traditional, Michigan Women’s Foundation has become anything but your everyday philanthropy. Its mission remains the same–transforming Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls–but the ways in which it fulfills that mission are evolving. Programs like the…PLEASE READ MORE.

Author | http://neweconomyinitiative.org/
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MiWF Website | http://www.miwf.org/

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Incentivized Consumer Feedback App

Market Research Firm Rewards Consumers For Attaching Product Feedback To Barcodes


Japan’s Research & Innovation start-up is getting consumers to attach comments to product bar-codes to help businesses more easily track feedback.

Social media is an incredible tool for businesses to see what consumers are saying about their products, but the comments are often unorganized and difficult to collate. In the past, innovations such as OpenLabel have let consumers attach their opinions and information to product bar-codes to alert other shoppers. Now Japan’s Research & Innovation start-up is using a similar technology to help businesses tie consumer opinions to their products.

Customer surveys and focus groups are often time-consuming and expensive to organize, and rely on the willingness of consumers to offer up their opinions. Through R&I’s Mycomment system, customers can receive free products and even cash as an incentive to provide feedback, without having to leave their home. The product is sent directly to them, and then using the company’s Code app, they simply scan the barcode and begin to add their ratings and comments. The information is then sent straight to R&I, which passes on the data to companies to help them improve and develop future products.

The system enables companies to quickly see what consumers are saying about which products without having to trawl social media pages or create hash-tag campaigns to organize customer option. Are there other — perhaps more offline — ways to incentivize and collect consumer feedback?

Website: www.r-n-i.jp
Contact: www.r-n-i.jp/contact

Trendspotter | Katharina Kieck
Source | http://www.springwise.com/

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Investor Listing Service Finds Local Start-ups Seeking Funding

Platform Helps Local Business Funding


Partner Hunt is a service that lets investors find businesses close to them in need of funding.

For VCs and angel investors, there’s often some hesitation about investing in a business if they’re located in another city or country. Not only do those who invest locally feel more secure about the types of ventures they’re working with, but they also gain a sense of satisfaction from helping their business community. New York’s CSA+D studio has already helped funders support local artists in return for a share of the profit. Now Partner Hunt is a service that lets investors find businesses close to them in need of funding.

Acting as a listings site for all types of companies, entrepreneurs and investors, users can search for available funding or enterprises they can put their money and experience into. Investors can input their location, choose an industry preference and set a mile radius limit between 1 and 100 miles. The map then shows the companies or business ideas from entrepreneurs closest to them. Interested parties can then swap contact details to arrange a meeting or phone call.

Partner Hunt is a simple tool that lets investors quickly find local businesses in need of their support. Are there other ways to help businesses find the most relevant partners and more easily direct funds to the businesses that need it?

Website: www.partnerhunt.com
Contact: antoine@partnerhunt.com

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Germinator Transit Jacket

This Jacket Could Stop You Catching A Cold


The Germinator Transit Jacket is designed to help commuters avoid picking up a bug from public places.

Regular readers of Springwise may remember Betabrand, the innovative fashion company that created the feature-packed hoodie for audio engineers. Now, the brand is back with another practical item — the Germinator Transit Jacket, designed to help commuters avoid picking up a bug from public places.

Designed by gravitytank, the jacket is a water-resistant fleece that also features silver-infused antimicrobial fabric on sleeve cuffs and collar shield. The material features nanoparticles that inhibit bacteria growth. The antimicrobial linings are removable and washable — as is the hood — to ensure grime and germs don’t build up. As well as this, the sleeves come with fold-out cuffs that protect the whole hand when holding onto poles that may have been touched by travelers with a cold. The collar has a high lining which can also be easily pulled over the face to protect from coughs and — according to Betabrand — rogue subway farts.

Watch the video below to learn more about the idea:

The sheet number of people that use public transit in big cities means they’re a hotbed for spreading illnesses. The Germinator Transit Jacket aims to arm commuters with the protection necessary to prevent them coming down with a cold or flu. Betabrand is currently selling the jacket for USD 223.20 after a successful campaign through its own crowdfunding platform. Are there other pieces of fashion that could be made more practical without compromising on style?

Website: www.betabrand.com
Contact: www.betabrand.com/contact

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Detroit Among Leading Innovative US Cities | CNN

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From technology and infrastructure, to job creation and sustainability, these 10 cities are leading the pack when it comes to creatively solving urban issues.


Need is often a prime driver of innovation — and Detroit needs a lot.

There’s a new land bank charged with helping get people back into the city’s thousands of abandoned homes. The land bank itself is part of a broader plan to reimagine all of Detroit’s unused space — a plan that’s won points from experts.

Start-up incubators abound, with a vibrant technology district downtown. In the city’s Midtown section, light manufacturing is making a comeback and other high-tech industries are taking hold, helped by funding from regional and national foundations. The two neighborhoods will soon be connected by a new light rail line — a collaborative work between the public and private sectors….READ ARTICLE.

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Jewelry Greeting Cards | Foldable Paper Rings

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From the Website:

Jewelry Greetings are paper greeting cards that fold into three dimensional wearable rings. With wearable Jewelry Greetings you can deliver your message in a unique and engaging fashion. Keeping with the tradition of meaningful mailed greeting cards your friends and loved ones will be reminded of you every time they look at their hands and see your thoughtful gift. Jewelry Greetings are a keepsake your recipient will cherish long beyond the day it’s received.

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Website | http://www.jewelrygreetings.com/
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