It's the Gun, Not the Shooter

Foreign Affairs - 04 april 2014 - 21:42
The Real Lessons From Fort Hood April 4, 2014 Nancy Sherman Summary:  The recent shooting at Fort Hood should be seen as a warning to the U.S. military that guns and mental illness do not mix. It should not make Americans warier of returning service members in need. ... [continue]

App keeps citizens informed and engaged with political issues

Springwise - 04 april 2014 - 13:29
Add / Remove They say that a week is a long time in politics, which is what makes it so hard for citizens and businesses to track what’s going on in Washington. While FiscalNote already offers information and predictions about new legislative bills for businesses, a new app called iCitizen is now helping voters stay more informed by tracking the issues that matter to them. The app acts as an interactive news feed, and users can subscribe to the political issues that interest them. Someone... [continue]

Think that’s a craft beer you’re drinking? This app identifies genuine microbrews

Springwise - 03 april 2014 - 16:17
Add / Remove In recent years, craft beer has been transformed from the preserve of ale connoisseurs into a viable consumer market, replete with its own thriving app market. In the past we’ve written about Untappd, which lets beer fans find the nearest bar selling craft ales, and now a new iOS app called Craft Check is enabling customers to ensure the beer they’re drinking is genuinely from a microbrewery. Thanks to the rise of craft beer consumption, many multinational companies have... [continue]

Mobile sauna enables surfers to brave freezing temperatures

Springwise - 03 april 2014 - 15:42
Add / Remove While many surfers might make use of innovations such as Spain’s Spotfav — which uses crowdsourced webcam feeds to let users check the weather at the beach before they head there — some surfers are more than willing to catch a wave in the middle of the winter. Now, those surfers can avoid suffering the cold for longer than they have to with the customizable Surf Sauna, a heated cabin that can be transported to any beach. The sauna is essentially a large barrel-shaped room... [continue]

‘Selfie Ticket’ puts a face to event attendees’ names

Springwise - 02 april 2014 - 10:21
Add / Remove For event organizers and promoters, collecting an email address and a name from each ticket buyer is good for future marketing, but not for really getting to know the community of people that are engaged by their shows and events. Aiming to put a face to the names of customers, the Selfie Ticket provides a more personal and fun way to create a unique admission ticket. Created by Ticketleap, the idea has been devised as an easy way for small community event organizers to check... [continue]

In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone

Springwise - 01 april 2014 - 15:04
Add / Remove Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and... [continue]

Custom SMS notifications help users decide if they should bother checking their phone

Springwise - 01 april 2014 - 13:00
Add / Remove Caller ID has made it easier for both businesses and consumers to make a decision before they pick up the phone since its implementation in the telecoms world, and we’ve even seen apps such as SayWhat provide subject lines for incoming calls. With today’s smartphones, the urge to check every notification is now one of the biggest timekillers, and new Android app called Mumble uses custom alerts to give more information about the type of text message they’ve... [continue]

Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans

Springwise - 01 april 2014 - 09:40
Add / Remove Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. The NY-based startup has already put a twist on the dating... [continue]

Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick

Springwise - 31 march 2014 - 15:40
Add / Remove Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise. Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when... [continue]

Customizable jewelry range features a smart rape alarm

Springwise - 31 march 2014 - 15:05
Add / Remove While wearable tech can often offer great practical uses, consumers won’t go for it if they think it looks silly — take the backlash against Google Glass, for example. Taking this into consideration, Cuff is a new collection of stylish jewelry products that come with a discreet and detachable Bluetooth module that, when pressed, lets friends and family know if wearers are in trouble. The range features necklaces, bracelets and pendants that have all been designed to be... [continue]