Business ideas



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?

Airplane seat determined by mood

6:08PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever been annoyed by the person sitting next to you on a plane? European airline airBaltic will soon allow its passengers to pick who sits next to them according to their mood.

Sleeping bag with multiple zips promises perfect night’s sleep

6:34PM | Friday, 22 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For avid campers who find their sleeping bags either too hot or too cold, there is a solution: The Zippered Vents Sleeping Bag.

Violight keeps your phone nice and clean

6:06PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Most phones are not waterproof, making them difficult to clean properly. A new device called the Violight solves the problem by using ultraviolet light to kill bacteria.

Tactus pushes all the right buttons

6:13PM | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Anyone’s who ever struggled with fingers skating over today’s touchscreens may be in for relief – future generations of phones and tablets could offer transparent buttons that pop up on demand.

App dobs in wayward dieters

6:10PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Want to blackmail yourself into losing weight? If you own an iPhone, there’s now an app for that.

Princeton’s tooth tattoo could detect life-threatening diseases

6:00PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Engineers at Princeton University are developing a new device, small enough to be “tattooed” onto your teeth, that can detect life-threatening illnesses.

Video sunglasses capture outdoor activities

6:17PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Imagine a pair of sunglasses that can photograph an outdoor scene exactly as you see it. That’s exactly what the LOREXvue LSC001 Sports Video sunglasses do.

Plane parts make for quirky furniture

6:04PM | Thursday, 14 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Californian company has started recycling decommissioned plane parts into furniture, and the orders are flying out the door. Could a similar idea take off in Australia?

Fitness app helps users Sworkit

6:15PM | Wednesday, 13 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It can be difficult to stay motivated for repetitive exercise. Thankfully, a new app has found a niche by taking the routine out of your workout.

SurfSET Fitness brings surfing inside

6:02PM | Friday, 8 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Catching a wave has always been a great way to stay fit. Now, thanks to the SurfSET RipSurfer X, you can get the same health benefits without leaving your living room.

Fur-free bed covers

6:48PM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For many pet owners, keeping the dog off the bed is a lost battle. However, thanks to a new bed cover, at least the sheets and blankets don’t have to be covered in fur.

Save wine glasses from dishwasher destruction

6:35PM | Wednesday, 6 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you concerned that your wine glasses might break in the dishwasher? If so, a new invention called the Tether Stemware Saver might be just what you’re after.

Self-making bed is a smart idea

6:41PM | Tuesday, 5 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For people with limited mobility, making the bed each morning can be a real chore. They can now rest a little easier, knowing their smart bed is going to make itself.

MeeMeep harnesses commuter movement

6:38PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new online community is bringing together commuters who are already going on a road trip with people who need goods delivered. With 350 deals already brokered, the freight savings are adding up.

Baby monitor allows for remote parenting

6:46PM | Friday, 1 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

French company Withings is helping time poor parents by creating a “smart” baby monitor that can be controlled from an iPhone. It’s a great example of how new technology can help solve an old problem.