Have you ever found yourself cashless, wishing you could tip someone like the barista or hair stylist with your credit card, the way you pay for everything else?
Enter the DipJar – just swipe your card into the metal “jar” and an amount pre-set by the establishment will be charged to your card – simple as that! Its already in use at Oren’s Daily Roast, where you can tip $1 for your coffee without having to fumble for change.
Posted by Emilie
Excess NYC is a waste-reduction project created by artists in Madrid and New York, and its aim is to minimize the amount of food thrown out in NYC. At the heart of the project is a four-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle that carries bodega-style shelves of food as well as a composter for gathering waste scraps. It will travel to participating restaurants and stores around the city, gathering unwanted food that can be distributed for free in local parks or, if it's too far gone, composted and delivered to community gardens as fertilizer.
It’s widely believed that most of the waitstaff in New York are actually out of work actors, but did you know that many of the waiters over in China are actually… robots? At Haohai Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China, robots are responsible for the table service as well as the cooking AND the entertainment – in fact they’re the whole staff!
It was only a matter of time before Pinterest became another place to spend money on things you never knew you needed. Over the past weekend, the brains behind Pinterest analytics add-on Pintics created ShopInterest, a DIY service that lets anyone with a Pinterest account turn their boards into web shops. Look out Etsy!
Posted by Krista
We recently sent a team member to the Food 2.0 conference, a daylong series of panels here in NYC that looked at the growing relationship between food and technology. With all that we learned, "growing" might be too gentle a word - the relationship between food and tech is booming!
Every once in a while, a new business concept appears that seems to answer a heretofore unmet consumer need in a wholly original, and yet stunningly obvious way. Recently we heard about a canny entrepreneur in China who has had one of these "catching the zeitgeist in a bottle" ideas: a novel way of letting his customers deal with the surplus frustration and anger floating around the world today.
It's the oldest type of human transaction...well, practically. Person A's goods (or services) traded for person B's. Participants barter till both sides are satisfied. No need for money (or personal checks, or gold doubloons, or wampum beads). Just commerce in its simplest form, as practiced centuries ago. So guess what's suddenly hip, and surprisingly high end? That's right. Bartering is back, a hot trend for summer 2006!
Beer for Bags
Limited editions have turned the lowly t-shirt into a status symbol. Often intentionally crude or unpolished, they provide consumers an affordable way to express their individuality. And, while it may seem the limited edition concept would have a limited shelf life, its success shows no sign of fading. A few ways limited edition tees are staying au courant:
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Ah, the holiday season, filled with fun and frolic. Sometimes it's enough to make a person long for the quiet calm of the bleak midwinter! For those who can't wait until the post-New Year's lull, here are a few handy holiday helpers:
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Obvious Statement #1: Today's consumers are overworked and overstressed.
Obvious Statement #2: Life is easier if you're waited on hand and foot.
Surprising Truth: Consumers no longer have to be fabulously wealthy to enjoy some of the benefits of having a fleet of servants or a full support staff. Here are some new websites that take personal service to a whole new level: