[Trends] Teamflow

Teamflow is a video-based workplace collaboration software designed to simulate the office environment virtually. Each team member has their own “video bubble” on a virtual office floor plan. And can “move around” to hear what others are saying around that bubble. Besides a Zoom-like video communication tool, Teamflow also has team collaboration features, like screen-sharing,…

[Trends] Blackout tent

As lights get cheaper and more widespread (LED prices dropped nearly 98% over the past decade alone), darkness is turning into a luxury: 99% of the population experiences a noticeable level of light pollution, and it’s rising at around 2% per year. Already, one-third of the global population cannot see the Milky Way. Abundant screens…

[Trends] Menstrual cup cleaner

Word-of-mouth and social media are powerful drivers of product adoption, but what about products that people don’t want to talk or post about? Menstrual cups have been rising in popularity compared to tampons and pads. On the one hand, reusable cups aren’t the ongoing moneymakers that disposable products like tampons and pads are; on the…

[Trends] Tattoo numbing cream

While it may seem like the rise of Tattoo Numbing cream would be driven by consumers, businesses are creatively using the product to cut costs and increase profits in surprising ways. Tattoo numbing cream reduces the pain barrier to getting tattoos, expanding the market size. And since customers often ask their tattoo artist to take…

[Trends] Lemon.io

Lemon is a platform for finding software developers to work on specific projects. Formerly known as “Coding Ninjas”, the site claims to match startups to a suitable developer in 24 hours or less. There are more than 350 vetted on-demand developers on the platform. And the top freelancers make roughly $6K per month. Devs are…

[Trends] Cocktail smoker

Searches for cocktail smokers have more than doubled since we first covered them in March. And demand looks set to overtake the previous winter peak later this year. A cocktail smoker is a device for injecting smoke into cocktail drinks. Specifically, the device burns wood chips, which pipes smoke through to a glass box. This…

[Trends] Changing robe

In the 1880s, people used wheeled shacks called “bathing machines” to give themselves a private enclosure at the beach. Now there’s a more compact option: the changing robe, also known as the surf poncho. As the latter name makes clear, these were originally pioneered by surfers. A pain point often faced by surfers is getting…

[Trends] Freeze dried strawberries

Cereal companies are often at the forefront of adopting new kinds of preserved fruit. Since freeze-dried fruit has low water content, they’re mostly sugar, so buyers like the taste and cereal companies like the fact that they can say “no sugar added” by removing the non-sugar components of an ingredient. These strategies help cereal companies…

[Trends] Shampoo dispenser

By letting guests opt out of towel cleaning in the name of sustainability, hotels have been able to cut costs. They’re now extending this logic to shampoo, by replacing single-use shampoo containers with wall-mounted dispensers. Tiny shampoo bottles are a high-waste product, since the bottle is thrown out if any of it is used, and…

[Trends] Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The growth of smartphones, and accelerating adoption of noise-cancelling in-ear headphones, has paradoxically created both a hearing-loss epidemic and a more cost-effective solution to it. Hearing aids in general are a growth market, and that’s likely to accelerate. Hearing problems increase with age, and with repeated exposure to loud sounds. Right now, almost 30 million…

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