Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fresh Ideas


AlertMe kitHome security with an energy-monitoring twist
Homes & housing / Life hacks

Clearly influenced by Apple, AlertMe is a home security device that
combines simplicity with clever features. Besides guarding a home,
it can also measure energy use and control other appliances.

Illustration of a leafy vineCrowdsourcing the sales force
Marketing & advertising / Life hacks

LeadVine lets users post the types of sales leads they seek, along
with the referral fee they're willing to pay; the community is then invited
to earn that fee by making the desired connections.

Two stylish women in Pmc iPhone magPhotographer launches iPhone-only style mag
Media & publishing / Mobile & telecom

Named after its creator -- noted nightlife photographer Patrick
McMullan -- PMc is a new bi-monthly magazine that's only available for
for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Three Green Garmento garment bagsReusable dry-cleaning bags
Eco & sustainability

So, you thought the market for reusable bags was saturated? Having
found a niche that has yet to be infiltrated, The Green Garmento hopes
to help green up dry cleaning.

Three purple thumbtacks on a map of KenyaCitizen journalism, from text message to map
Telecom & mobile / Media & publishing / Non-profit & social cause

A shining example of crowdsourcing at work, Ushahidi is mobilizing
citizens to report and map conflicts in detail. The project began as a
way for Kenyans to log the post-election violence earlier this year.

Two leViv meal productsMeal delivery service focuses on health issues
Food & beverage / Life hacks

While customized meal delivery programs have been on the market
for a number of years, leViv differentiates itself by focusing on specific
health conditions, rather than healthy living alone.

Back of a postcardSnail mail application for Facebook users
Media & publishing / Life hacks

Facebook users can already send real flowers and candy to their
virtual friends, and now Peggy Mail allows them to send real
postcards through snail mail.

Women using a bike wheel to explain geometryOnline video network helps teens prepare for college
Education / Media & publishing

Brightstorm's online learning network is designed to help high-school
students deepen their understanding of important subjects through
video-based courses designed and taught by inspiring teachers.

Runner in a yellow jacket (with pretty fall background)Turning workout miles into charitable donations
Non-profit, social cause / Lifestyle

A new site dedicated to combining exercise and charity aims to help
consumers get corporate sponsorship for their everyday exercise

Sticky wall art and a couchSticky car art: now for laptops and walls, too
Style & design

Two months after we covered sticky car art purveyor Infectious, the
startup has expanded beyond the realm of cars with a new range of
products for laptops and walls.

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