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Energy from someone else’s roof

8 Nov


What it Is:

1Miljoenwatt and Solar Green Point give you the possibility to buy one or more solar panels in a solar park. These parks are situated on roofs of big companies, factories or sport clubs. By joining one of these initiatives you contribute to a more sustainable world and save money on your energy bills. A big advantage of a solar panel somewhere else is that you can move house and keep your solar panel.

Why it is Cool:

Some people really want to generate green energy via solar panels but sometimes it’s just not possible on their roof (for instance, because you live in an apartment or rent your house). Stan Verheijen (CEO of Solar Green) says that 70% percent of the people living in the ‘Randstad’ don’t have the possibility to generate their own green energy, so that’s why he started this initiative.
Both companies search for big buildings in different cities in the Netherlands to collaborate with them. Big advantage for the companies is that they will have enough energy to generate for their total own use and they participate in helping to make the whole city a lot greener. Also really cool for the people who buy a panel on someone else’s roof is that they don’t have to worry about everything. The solar panel company looks after your panels and also takes care of repairing and maintenance. Really cool right?
Not only commercial companies are busy with this way of generating energy also the Dutch municipality of Nijmegen their own initiative and placed solar parks on various roofs in the city. By doing this they generate energy for the city whole city centre and for people who privately invested in the solar panels.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

I think everybody would like to participate into a more sustainable lifestyle but sometimes it really makes it difficult to do so because of very difficult rules about solar panel or because you move a lot. These initiatives a very easy to get in contact with. The only thing you have to do is buy a solar panel for €550,- a piece and you can already generate (a bit) of your own green energy. And also since more and more people don’t want to take the risk anymore to buy a house or since we’re living as Urban Nomads an moving to lots of different places, this could be the perfect solution.Image


The Invisible Helmet

1 Nov

ImageWhat it Is:

This is Hovding, the invisible bicycle helmet. Hovding is like a airbag that you wrap around your neck like a supersonical scarf. ImageImageHövding started out in 2005 as a master’s thesis by the two founders Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who, at the time, were studying Industrial Design at the University of Lund.

The idea of developing a new type of cycle helmet was a response to the introduction of a law onmandatory helmet use for children up to the age of 15 in Sweden, which triggered a debate on whether cycle helmets should be mandatory for adults too.


Why it is Cool:

The founders of Hovding saw their master’s thesis as an opportunity to find out whether it would be possible to develop a cycle helmet that people would be happy to wear – whether they had to or not. I think everybody knows that ‘problem’ that you really want to take the bike to work, but if you wear your helmet your whole hairdo will be a total disaster and most of the times a helmet is not comfortable either. That’s why I think this product is really awesome because it’s one of the safest methods to protect your head, while looking like yourself at the same time.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

The invisible helmet really fits into the needs of the Urban Nomads of the future. Since cities are getting even more crowded and traveling by car is not sustainable and efficient enough I think more and more people will take the bike in the future. I can imagine that when there are more people riding the bike in the city it will be wise to protect yourself with a helmet. And it won’t surprise me if this helmet is just the beginning, maybe in a couple of years everything that protects us can be ‘invisible’.

Magazine Kiosk of the Future

15 Oct

This is Meganews, the first automatic magazine kiosk ever and already in use at two different places in Sweden. Meganews is a small kiosk that contains all different kind of digital magazines and papers and one big printing machine.

The Meganews kiosk works really easy, you can choose from more than 100 different titles, by clicking on the magazine you like the digital pdf version will appear on you screen. After that the only thing you  have to do is press print and pay with you credit card. After two minutes, your fresh printed magazine will pop out of the machine. It’s like a little factory inside a kiosk!

There are a couple of things that make this product really cool. First, it contains to a more sustainable production, the kiosk only prints the magazines that people are willing to buy. So, no more waste! Second reason why it is cool is that it’s possible to sell all different kind of international magazines and also the smaller creative independent magazines. With Meganews it will be very easy to get you personal favorite magazine. And the last reason why it is cool is that you can introduce yourself with new magazines you didn’t knew before and, of course, it feels very special when you receive something that’s freshly made for you.

This machine offers big potential for both printed media and digital media. Times are hard for printed media, but they are still very important in the media landscape. Although news and other information is also available online, there still will be people who prefer printed media. New ways of distributing and selling content, however, are necessary for this industry to survive and many magazines and newspapers can’t afford large circulation any more. That’s where Meganews can play an important role for the future.

Watch a game like your in it!

13 Oct

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This is the FANs Cam, a ‘free-angle and naked camera’ that can be clipped onto the collar of a sports player’s uniform to provide spectators with a live video feed of their favorite sports game from a perspective they never could experience before. The FANs Cam is created by two students of  the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, because they thought that there’s alway something missing when watching a sports game; the view from the athlete’s angle.

The little camera gives watching sports a whole new meaning, you can experience the sport the way your favorite athlete does it. Just imagine how it would be to actually be Usain Bolt, Epke Sonderland or Christiano Ronaldo. Using this camera and watching the game like this will give a whole new dimension to the way we love sports.

Also a really cool spec of this camera is that it will recharge itself by the body heat of the athlete who is wearing it, which means that it doesn’t matter how long the game goes on, you’ll always have the best view.  And last but not least, it’s also very easy to use with your smartphone. Just scan the QR code on your ticket and choose your favorite sports player and you can start watching the game at the tribune and at the same time see exactly what your player sees at the field.

The reason why this can be a product of the future is that people are always searching for bigger, better, faster and stronger. Thanks to everything around us that’s moving faster and faster, we have a stronger need for real experiences that you can remember. That’s how the FANs Cam can fit in, thanks to 3d televisions we can watch a sports game already like you are really there, but the FANs Cam can give you an extra dimension, which will make the whole experience a lot more special.

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