Innovation and creativity are shaping and changing the world as we know it. New, promising, unique and innovative ideas and concepts are launched everyday, with the potential for regional or international adaptation. I hope you’ll find these concepts as inspiring as I do, and that they spark even more innovation in the year to come!
Mellowcabs enables South African citizens to travel for free in its advertising-funded and eco-friendly cycle cabs. The vehicles have been designed to achieve three goals: free and effective public transport, provide much sought-after advertising hoardings for marketers, and also cut carbon emissions.
2. Hello Ruby
Hello Ruby is a children’s book designed to appeal to 4 to 7-year-old girls (and boys) that hopes to get them inspired by the web and programming. Hello Ruby raised more than USD 380,000 from its initial Kickstarter target of just USD 10,000.
SIGMO is a voice translating device that wants to revolutionise the way you are able to communicate and understand other languages. SIGMO a palm-sized device that translates speech into 25 different languages and relays it as audio, enabling real-time two-way communication between users of different nationalities.
4. OBDLink MX WiFi
OBDLink MX WiFi is a fun little gadget that lets your phone talk to your car, in real time. It’s easy for anyone to use, and it works on iOS, Android and Windows platforms. The pocket-sized widget can be installed in around three minutes, using the OBD-II interface that has been a standard in all vehicles sold in the US since 1996.
5. Hövding helmet
Typical helmets can be uncomfortable and there is continuing debate about whether they actually protect wearers. The Hövding is an airbag that is packed away and stored around the neck when cycling. In the event of a crash, the airbag is activated and covers a much larger area around the head than a regular helmet would.
YrStore (pronounced ‘your store’) is a brand new pop-up store in London, UK. YrStore is the world’s first live, all-over garment printing store. The pop-up store enabled visitors to design their own garments before having them printed live in store. YrStore offer a taste of greater customer involvement in the creation of the products they consume.
7. Modern Meadow
Modern Meadow combines 3D printing and tissue engineering to “print” animal products , starting with leather, and later moving on to beef. They develop cultured leather and meat products which require no animal slaughter and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals.
Wickr gives users the ability to send self-destructing files securely and anonymously. The app give users the ability to send “self-destructing” pictures, video, audio and text messages securely and anonymously. Files are never stored; they are completely overridden, cleared of metadata and encrypted with the same security technology employed by the National Security Agency.
CoeLux is enabling anyone to experience tropical, Mediterranean or Nordic sunlight in their own home using false windows with nanoparticle technology. According to its Italy-based creators, CoeLux uses complex optics to mimic the way the sun refracts through standard glass in particular situations.
Karbon Kinetics solves these problems with the lightweight, foldable GoCycle electric bike. The 18-month-old U.K.-based company has racked up awards for the bike, which has a range of 20 miles and recharges in three hours.