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Speaking books for health education in low literacy areas

Add / Remove Low literacy levels in Africa are part-and-parcel of everyday life, and seriously reduce the effectiveness of health care literature. In association with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, Books of Hope has designed and produced interactive, multilingual Speaking Books that can be seen, read, heard and understood regardless of someone’s reading […]

Aussie buzz-thru

Add / Remove No other substance screams WAKE UP as effortlessly as coffee. Australian company Muzz Buzz has capitalised on the realisation that people want their coffee to be quick, convenient and satisfying. At Muzz Buzz, all consumers need to do is drive thru. After all, in-transit consumption is designed with one purpose – saving […]

Bands funded by their fans | Update

Add / Remove A month after launching, music portal Sellaband just announced that it has signed up over 250 bands from more than 30 countries. As described in our previous article, Sellaband enables fans to invest in bands they believe in. More than 1,500 fans have signed up so far, buying over 2,500 stocks (or […]

Calorie controlled meal delivery

Add / Remove Mumbai rivals the pace of the fastest cities around the globe. And just like everywhere else, junk food is an easy and popular meal option. To the rescue comes Calorie Care, which delivers healthy food to a customer’s door. Calorie Care is India’s first calorie-counted meal delivery service, and their mission is […]

More beer for women

Add / Remove It seems an international race is on to get women to drink more beer. Following our previous coverage of Karla, a functional German beer for women, comes a related spotting from Poland. Karmi, a regional brand produced by the Polish division of Carlsberg, is a dark beer that has been around for […]

Ready to assemble, no tools needed

Add / Remove Just as everything can be upgraded, most things can be simplified. For consumers who struggle with regular ready to assemble furniture and it’s complicated instructions, Real Simple Furniture will come as a welcome relief. Real Simple Furniture lives up to its name: their flat-pack furniture can be assembled and disassembled with absolutely […]

The going is green (and electric)

Add / Remove Designed in California and manufactured in India, GoinGreen‘s G-Wiz electric cars are a hit in London, where the company has sold over 600 units, making London the electric car capital of the world. GoinGreen, which was founded in 2004 and has received numerous new business awards, did so purely by word of […]

Gifts by text message

Add / Remove Dutch, which launched earlier this week, lets late or lazy gift givers send presents by text message. How it works: the giver goes to the company’s website, enters the recipient’s phone number and a message, pays by credit card, and a message containing a unique gift code is immediately sent to […]

Calling for a cause

Add / Remove Belgian Ello Mobile is a new mobile operator that was established with the sole aim of giving away 100% of its profits. Ello is a mobile virtual network operator – it uses an existing network. Instead of offering bargain-basement cellphone plans, the company offers its customers the chance to contribute directly to […]

Tripadvisor for gay travellers

Add / Remove Launched a few weeks ago, Pink Choice is a review website for gay and lesbian travellers. The company was founded by the owners of two successful gay guesthouses in Massachusetts, who were frustrated by the lack of relevant information when planning their own holidays. While TripAdvisor and other online travel review communities […]

Robotic retailing

Add / Remove Opening next month in Nagoya, the Robot Mirai Department store will sell robots and robot accessories. The store is part of a complex that also houses Nagoya’s new Robot Museum, and its star product will be a 35 centimeter tall humanoid that goes by the name of Nuvo. Nuvo responds to voice […]

Wearing your profile on your sleeve

Add / Remove Here’s something that captures the zeitgeist in a novel yet simple way: Canadian t-lists are t-shirts that list the owner’s top 5 for *anything*, from five worst movies or five most admired musicians, to five best products ever, or five things he or she will never eat. T-lists t-shirts are sweatshop-free and […]

New hotel includes work space for non-guests

Add / Remove The Hoxton Hotel just opened its doors in a hip neighbourhood in London’s East End. Besides the usual meeting spaces for guests, the Hoxton also offers private offices for non-guests. Perfect for getting work done between meetings in London. Each office features a desk, free wireless internet, a phone and a private […]

Clinical grooming

Add / Remove Amenity creates skincare products for men. The company launched two years ago, no doubt riding the much hyped wave of metrosexuality. Now, after listening carefully to feedback from its customers, the young company is launching an entirely new range of products. Amenity claims to be pioneering “clinical grooming”, a skincare segment that […]

Tribal tourism | Update

Add / Remove In April, we reported on Tribe Wanted, the entrepreneurial social experiment that’s aiming to create the world’s first online and offline tribal community. Tribe Wanted views a Fijian island as its geographical home, and yesterday, 13 ‘first footers’ landed on the island. The group participated in a traditional ceremony with the island’s […]