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Create an app to breathe new life into well-loved items

6:41PM | Wednesday, 5 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Sometimes the best ideas for apps are those that simply re-purpose existing technologies. A great example is a new mobile phone app that can make a stuffed toy bark like a dog.

Want to be a farmer? Your livestock could be just a bug catcher away

6:39PM | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 | StartupSmart

If you’ve always wanted to be a farmer but been bugged by a lack of space, it might be worth taking a little look into the world of insect farming. It’s an industry crawling with new opportunities.

Simple insights that set apart new versions of everyday items

6:57PM | Monday, 3 June 2013 | StartupSmart

Designer Kim Keun Ae has created a coffee cup that catches drops before they reach your desk or table. It’s a good example of the innovation you need in a crowded marketplace.

Sleeping bag coat has multi-task apparel covered

5:45PM | Friday, 31 May 2013 | StartupSmart

A not-for-profit organisation has been created to distribute a new jacket that can easily be reconfigured into a sleeping bag. It’s a great example of the transformative power of multi-purpose products.

Surfing the internet to find a gnarly new job

5:40PM | Thursday, 30 May 2013 | StartupSmart

Wave riders dreaming of an endless summer of paid surfing have a new way to catch their perfect job online. It’s a business model that’s sure to wipeout the competition.

Wristband analytics could be just the trick for work-life balance

5:34PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | StartupSmart

In an increasingly stressful world, work/life balance and personal wellbeing are a concern for a growing number of people. Now a new wristband promises to help you maintain your emotional balance.

Ongoing issues with eggs spawn new business opportunity

5:50PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | StartupSmart

Separating the egg whites from their yolks has been the bane of many a would-be chef. Now a new tool sucks the hassle out of making a perfect meringue.

New alarm clock has sleepyheads achin’ for bacon

5:51PM | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you love the smell and taste of bacon, but struggle to get up in the morning? The Wake N’ Bacon real bacon alarm clock might get some sizzle into your morning and egg you on to get moving.

Protect your car with V-Tent

5:11AM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Protecting the sheen of a new car is always a worry for motorists parking their cars outdoors, while the need for charging stations has long been a concern for electric car owners. Now a new device solves both problems.

Dogs’ temporary tattoos make their mark

5:53PM | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you a dog lover with a passion for body art? Now, thanks to New York-based celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky, you can give your beloved pooch a temporary tattoo.

RazorPit keeps you looking sharp

5:00PM | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Many people throw away razorblades because they think they’re dull, when really they just need to be cleaned. A new device called the RazorPit can save consumers a small fortune by cleaning away that residue.

Mini barbecue a treat for apartment-dwellers

5:03PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

For a growing number of apartment residents, finding enough room to have a full sized barbeque can be a challenge. Thankfully, the Bruce Handrail Grill lets you fry some hamburgers in ever the smallest of spaces.

The EasyOven helps outdoor enthusiasts cook up a storm

5:57PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you love a slow-cooked meal in the great outdoors? If so, the EasyOven could be the perfect accessory for your next camping trip.

Twitter tool lets you Retwact statements

5:55PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever needed to correct a Twitter message after you sent it? Now you can Retwact it.

Friends on the Fridge keep kids entertained

5:39PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Want to keep your kids distracted, but fear they’re spending too much time on the PlayStation? It might be time to give them a Friend on the Fridge.

Peephole goes digital with Swann DoorEye

5:45PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Imagine there’s someone at the door late at night, but you can’t quite make out who it is through the peephole. There’s a new digital way to work out who’s knocking.

Jack-of-all-cards offers convenience

5:13PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you have trouble keeping track of all your plastic cards? Soon, a single device called the Jackcard could be the only thing you need to carry.

Coffee-lovers rejoice over new loyalty program

5:24PM | Friday, 10 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

You’ve heard about all-you-can-eat fast food before, but what about all-you-can-drink coffee? For a monthly subscription fee, a start-up in Israel called CupsTelAviv lets its customers have as many cups as they want.

Jifiti eases stress of gift-giving

5:20PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever received a well-intentioned but poorly thought through present? If you have a drawer full of old woollen Christmas jumpers, it might be time to give a gift platform called Jifiti a look.

“Groomzilla” trend to boost wedding industry

5:09PM | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a wedding, you might have come across a bridezilla. Now wedding planners say they’re seeing a growing number of perfectionist grooms.

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