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Top Ten Innovation Report for January

Top Ten

Here is this month’s Top Ten Innovation Report, featuring the most inspiring and popular business ideas from the Springwise Access database over the last four weeks:


In the Top Ten Innovation Report, we present a digestible run down of the best innovations from the last four weeks. Published monthly these reports are a quick and pain free way to stay up to date on the latest innovations, and are included as a part of a Springwise Access account.

*Note that to read some of the linked articles, a Springwise Access account is required.

1 Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2016

We’ve selected 10 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration in 2016. Spotted from countries all around the world, these businesses offer a taste of what’s to come in the year ahead.

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2 3D printed car could be infinitely recyclable

Local Motors is testing customizable motor vehicles, which contain 75 percent 3D printed, IoT-enabled carbon fiber parts.

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3 In Rotterdam, cyclists get the green light faster when it rains

The Netherlands city is trialling traffic light sensors, which limit cyclist waiting times to 40 seconds when it’s raining.

Read more about Rotterdam City Council »

4 Bladeless wind turbine that’s quiet and efficient

The Saphonian bladeless wind turbine generates double the energy output of conventional turbines, and does so silently.

Read more about Saphon Energy »

5 Customers receive email notifications of their incoming mail

Informed Delivery emails users scanned images of their incoming mail, so they can view the contents of their letterbox remotely.

Read more about Informed Delivery »

6 In-office paper recycling is a closed loop

PaperLab by Epson shreds and recycles waste paper in offices via a ‘dry’ process, which is more economical and sustainable than traditional offsite recycling.

Read more about PaperLab »

7 In Colombia, semi-hollow brick design will keep buildings cool

Bloque Termodisipador BT is a re-engineered clay brick that will naturally regulate a building’s temperature.

Read more about Bloque Termodisipador »

8 Tool translates sentences into a picture

WordsEye is an online tool, which enables users to create digital images with language.

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9 Bot suggests TV shows based on group chats

MurdochBot uses IBM’s sentiment algorithm, Sky TV viewer data and users’ conversations to offer entertainment recommendations.

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10 Crowdsourced ocean data via surfers’ fins

Smartfin is a surfboard fin that enables surfers to gather data on ocean quality.

Read more about Smartfin »