Business ideas



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.

LiquiGlide “liberates” sticky condiments from stubborn bottles

5:32PM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has developed a non-stick layer for sauce bottles. A large potential market of frustrated tomato sauce lovers rejoice at the news.

Drinklip sure to appeal to latte-lovers

5:09PM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you running out of desk space? The clever new Drinklip Portable Cupholder might be just what you need.

Child-friendly phone puts parents’ minds at ease

5:13PM | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Japanese phone company NTT DoCoMo has discovered an untapped market for child-friendly smartphones. Could a similar market exist in Australia?

Real-time facial recognition at the KLiK of a button

5:18PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Identifying and tagging Facebook friends is now easier thanks to a new real-time facial recognition app called KLiK.

Shoe with interchangeable heel

5:25PM | Friday, 25 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Italian fashion company Claudio Tonello has introduced a shoe with an interchangeable heel, answering the prayers of women everywhere.

Shoe deodoriser is a sweet-smelling idea

5:54PM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A company in China has released a new device that dries and deodorises wet shoes. It may lead canny entrepreneurs to ask whether a similar product could gain traction in Australia.

SellARing is music to app developers’ ears

5:46PM | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An advertising company wants to replace your dial tone with an advertisement. It’s a business model that has app developers talking.

Pay with the flick of a wrist

5:33PM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cashless music festivals are on the way, with a scheme that will allow UK Wireless Festival attendants to load up a wristband with $400 cash to spend during the three-day event.

Offline travel app puts little-known destinations on the map

5:44PM | Monday, 21 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An app called Triposo describes itself as the perfect app for travellers, with in-depth destination guides for “not just Paris, but also Palembang, Porto and Pula”.

Bra with built-in ice cubes “super cool”

5:33PM | Friday, 18 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Japanese underwear company has created a bra with built-in ice packs to help keep women cool in the summertime.

Live streaming service brings gigs to your lounge room

5:20PM | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new service called PlayFi Live allows artists to sell virtual tickets to gigs and stream concerts to fans. It is one of many new business opportunities created by video and broadband.

Furniture company thinks inside the box

5:06PM | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Latvian company has created futuristic fold-away furniture for people who live in cramped apartments. Could a similar opportunity exist in Australia?

Wind turbines create drinking water

5:54PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wind turbines have often been cited as an answer to climate change. Now scientists believe they may hold the key to our water problems too.

Online service fast-tracks criminal history checks

5:26PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The process of conducting a criminal background check has been significantly simplified by National Crime Check. Could there be similar untapped niches in the market?

JoeyBra offers users security and support

5:24PM | Thursday, 10 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sick of losing your phone? There’s a new way to stay abreast of where you put it last.

Gender-reveal parties a quirkier alternative to baby showers

5:24PM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurial cake shops in the UK are helping parents to celebrate learning their baby’s gender. It’s an opportunity waiting to be delivered in Australia.

eCoffeeCard keeps loyalty cards together

5:14PM | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do café loyalty cards clog up your wallet? Here’s an app that can help.