Business ideas



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.

Skincare iPhone app has cosmetic appeal

8:25PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Need a recommendation on the right skincare product for you? There’s now an app for that too.

Electric butter knife tipped to be a hot idea

8:46PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

You’ve heard the phrase “like a hot knife through butter”. Well, thanks to the Electric Butter Knife from UK bakery Warburtons, you can now have a hot knife every morning.

Sydney company Greenbo thinks outside the box

8:09PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A growing number of people are moving into inner-city apartments, yet many still want to grow plants. So a company called Greenbo has created a planter box that can balance on a balcony railing.

Three ways soloists can outpace the rest

8:25PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Linnet Hunter

With three simple words beginning with S, smart soloists can always perform at their best. BY LINNET HUNTER.

New York start-up launches water-only café

7:05PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An upmarket café in New York has given up on selling soy cappuccinos, chai lattes or affogatos. Instead, it’s decided to switch to selling a trendy new health drink: Filtered tap water.

Baby steps in innovation

7:21PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Italian company Busetti Garuti Redaelli has designed a baby bassinet called the Culla Belly, which can be used as a standalone crib during the day and as an attachment to the parents’ bed at night.

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.