Business ideas



Kiss of approval for electronic lips

8:54PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you’re going away on a business trip, you can now kiss your loved one over the internet thanks to a new invention called the The Kissenger.

Chirp app looks to make some noise in the market

8:51PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Just when you’ve gotten your head around tweeting, a group of developers invent a Chirp app. Thankfully, this “digital birdsong” promises to make it easier to transfer files between devices.

Transparent solar panels face clear future

8:21PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In the past, solar panels were olive green eyesores on rooftops. Now, thanks to next generation transparent solar panels, the windows on tall office towers can generate clean energy.

Swiss sock gives wearers that barefoot and fancy-free feel

8:26PM | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Just imagine footwear that makes you feel like you are just wearing socks, while giving as much protection as a pair of tough hiking boots? A Swiss company claims to have worked out how.

Businesses set to tuck into smart foods

8:39PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen are developing “smart foods” that can trick us into feeling full after just a few bites.

Mum-friendly outdoor gyms gain some MOMentum

8:35PM | Friday, 24 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Making time for personal growth and fitness can be difficult, especially if you’re stuck at the local playground with young kids. In the US, a new outdoor gym service has found a creative solution.

Siesta time comes easy with the Blandito

8:34PM | Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you like the idea of having a late-afternoon snooze, while wrapped up in a soft cushion? The Blandito has you covered.

Home cooks get some indoor green thumb help

8:54PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Fresh local produce is a growing trend in kitchens everywhere. Now, thanks to the Urban Cultivator Home, fresh local produce is a trend that can grow in kitchens everywhere too.

Pure Fix Cycles has a glowing idea

8:52PM | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cycling on the roads at night can be hazardous. Thankfully, a US-based company has had the bright idea of building a glow-in-the-dark bicycle, shedding some light on a possible solution.

Artwork a new currency for Stockholm’s Clarion Hotel

8:18PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever wondered what a painting is worth? At least two nights at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, apparently.

Tesco taps into virtual store trend

8:28PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UK supermarket chain Tesco is rolling out “virtual supermarkets” in airports, allowing tourists to order food to be delivered when they return from their holiday.

LuxeFinds app makes for a colourful retail idea

8:52PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to be certain the colour of the shoes you’re looking at matches your outfit? There’s a new colour matching app that can help you out.

Consumers set to be Wrapped with new gifting app

8:10PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Gift giving is going social thanks to a new app, with the team behind Skype and LinkedIn keen to Wrapp up the Australian gift market.

Gold-plated vacuum cleaner fit for a king

8:54PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wealthy people who want sparkling clean floors are proving to be a golden prospect for one US firm. With a 24-carat gold-plated vacuum cleaner, looks to really clean up.

Cardboard bike tipped to withstand the elements

8:02PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Many commuter cyclists cite the environmental benefits of riding to work. One entrepreneur has now taken this environmental argument to a whole new level, building a bike out of scraps of cardboard.

US company Wizmark has a loo-py idea

8:30PM | Friday, 10 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There has always been a market for toilet humour. Now a US company is capturing the niche with a waterproof entertainment system for urinals.

New hotline encourages people to swear away

8:05PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Feeling angry? A new hotline in Germany allows you to blow off steam by verbally abusing an operator for 1.49 euros a minute. It's a service customers swear by.

Online marketplace TaskRabbit hops to it

8:37PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new online marketplace helps you to find people – “TaskRabbits” – who can help you complete the tasks on your to-do list. It’s an example of how social networks can strengthen real-life communities.

Bloke basics make supermarket Man Isle a winner

8:29PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

With more men doing the supermarket shopping than ever before, one New York supermarket has set up an aisle stocked with “manly” items. The “dude food” is now flying off the shelves.

Google Science Fair lauds artificial brain

8:39PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Student Brittany Wenger has won the top prize at Google’s Science Fair with an artificial brain that can detect cancer. Medical minds are already thinking about the possibilities.