Business ideas



High-powered speakers extinguish fires

7:56PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How cool can an Ice Cube beat be? According to new research from a US Government agency, potentially cold enough to put out a bushfire.

YSL introduces Facebook-inspired makeup

7:26PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

First there was the Apple-inspired perfume. Now Yves Saint Laurent has created a four-colour eye shadow palette inspired by Facebook.

Underwear claims to reduces cellulite with nanotechnology

7:21PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Italian firm MyShapes has created a new range of underwear that it claims helps burn fat. It uses nanotechnology and crystals, which focus infrared rays, to create a material that - allegedly - reduces cellulite.

Ward off persistent suitors with a fake number option

7:39PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever felt pressured to give out your phone number? Perhaps you are receiving threatening phone calls? If so, there’s a new number you need to give out.

Xena: Warrior armour

7:50PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A growing number of women are choosing to join the defence forces. So US military engineers have turned to a TV classic, Xena: Warrior Princess, for inspiration on how to equip modern day warriors.

Word Lens captures the language

7:05PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever hear about the guy who needed some cargo moved during a holiday in Paris, but ended up ordering the “escargot” by mistake? It wouldn’t have happened with today’s invention.

Redneck Resort focuses on hillbilly tourism

7:23PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sick of Paris and sunny tropical islands? Looking for somewhere different to have a holiday? Why not try the Redneck Resort in Tennessee?

At-home HIV test

7:49PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An at-home HIV test is soon to go on sale in the United States. It is hoped the test kit, which gives a result in 40 minutes, will save the lives of people who might not otherwise get tested.

Breakthrough for screening genetic diseases

7:45PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In a medical breakthrough, scientists have discovered a way to test unborn babies for a range of genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosis, without needing the father.

Goal-line technology a winning idea

7:15PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For decades, fans of the world game have argued over questionable goals. Now new goal-line technology should help settle at least some of the arguments.

Jeans accommodate “urban mobile culture”

7:47PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sick of fishing around in your jean pockets for your smartphone? A new pair of jeans with see-through plastic pockets could be the clear solution.

App calculates fertility expiration date

7:01PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An increasing number of women choose to have children later in life. This has created the niche for a rather morbid new app: A clock that counts down to the day they become infertile.

Fart pads make flatulence odours disappear

7:54PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurial success often comes from creating products that help consumers to breeze through an otherwise smelly situation. The latest example of such an innovation is the Flatulence Deodorizer.

Pot plant doubles as lamp

7:28PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever got home late and struggled to find your keys? An innovative new pot plant might just be just the thing you’re looking for.

Cupcake ATM helps settle late-night sugar cravings

7:10PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you addicted to cupcakes? A bakery in LA has installed the world’s first cupcake ATM, which is a sweet solution for late-night withdrawals.

Body Exchange provides a “safe haven” for plus-size clients

7:30PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you keen to go to the gym more often, but find yourself feeling self conscious when you get there? A Canadian gym wants to help – by banning skinny people.

Self-adjusting glasses appeal to older consumers

7:20PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In the past, when your vision deteriorated, you used to need different spectacles for different occasions. Now a new set of self-adjusting spectacles mean you can always have the right glasses on you.

Inflatable vest offers hug-like pressure

6:28PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new inflatable vest designed to make people feel like they are being hugged could help people with autism or anxiety disorders stay calm. The jackets can also be used to calm screaming babies.

Hit me with your FixMeStick

6:25PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you sick of calling in the technicians every time you get a computer virus? Thanks to the FixMeStick, making your computer safe might become as easy as plugging in a USB stick.

Experience weight loss through rose-coloured goggles

6:40PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

University of Tokyo researchers have developed goggles that trick the wearer into thinking the plain snack in their hand is a chocolate biscuit. Could the market be hungry for such an innovation?