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Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | TechCrunch

Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | TechCrunch | Finland | Scoop.it

Throw the mic in the air like you just don't care. Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur whenever a conference turns to questions from the audienc.

 

The Finland-based hardware startup isn’t just targeting events with large audiences, such as tech conferences. Other markets include education, company meetings, and consultants (here I’m envisaging those team-building experts with their endless supply of counterintuitively awkward ice-breakers, or motivational speaker types).

 

“There is a high expected value from every group session in those fields so we want to provide a tool that would make each session more efficient,” says Studers. “[The] internet has created new ways for sharing. We want to enhance sharing of ideas when people physically come together”.

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Could Finnish invention hold key to CO2 reduction?

Could Finnish invention hold key to CO2 reduction? | Finland | Scoop.it
A Finnish physicist has aroused international interest with a method for
dissolving and neutralising carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plant
emissions.
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New Proof for Anti-Winter Blues Device | 65 Degrees North

New Proof for Anti-Winter Blues Device | 65 Degrees North | Finland | Scoop.it
The device that purports to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder by shining light into your ears really does work, according to Oulu University scientists.
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Good News from Finland - Carbon dioxide neutralization provides a patent solution to climate problems

Good News from Finland - Carbon dioxide neutralization provides a patent solution to climate problems | Finland | Scoop.it
A Finnish inventor has come up with a method for removing carbon dioxide from flue gas and neutralizing it with a water solution.
Cuycha Innovation has begin to market a carbon dioxide neutralization process, the widespread adoption of which is estimated to decisively slow down global warming. The patented technology has been invented and developed by the inventor Matti Nurmia.
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The Life Account – a new nordic social security model - Reforminstitutet

The Life Account – a new nordic social security model - Reforminstitutet | Finland | Scoop.it

Increasingly countries around the world struggle to provide welfare and social security in world where high unemployment, an aging population and increasing expectations erode public finances. Over the past decades some of the most accomplished economists in the world, such as Josef Stiglitz and Martin Feldstein have identified a method for combining a safety net with a much lower marginal tax wedge. The Finnish think tank Libera has packaged these ideas into a clear and feasible proposal.

Libera’s Life account is a concrete model for transforming the current welfare state to a new version, 2.0. The life account is a form of a personal welfare account, which improves the incentives to work, employ and save. Compared with a conventional tax-transfer system, it reduces social insurance expenditure. The model allows to combine work income and social benefits, leaving the initial need testing to the individual. It reduces the tax wedge and allows for more flexible employment by households and individuals. The life account also encourages individual saving, financial planning and the accumulation of private wealth.

 Read the full report here. http://www.reforminstitutet.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Life-Account.pdf
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Researchers cut machinery fuel consumption by half

Researchers cut machinery fuel consumption by half | Finland | Scoop.it
Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have found a way to cut the amount of fuel consumed by non-road mobile machinery by half. This new technology captures energy, which up to now has been lost by the machinery when working, and uses it instead of fuel.
The fuel consumption of construction and mining machines, agricultural machines and material handling machines is reduced significantly.
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Cash in your bright ideas via “Invent With Nokia”

Cash in your bright ideas via “Invent With Nokia” | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish tech-titan Nokia doesn’t seem to put all its eggs in one basket. It’s the reason, that even after partnering with Microsoft, it’s also on the look out for investing in the inventions of other tech-experts hidden in general public. “Invent With Nokia” is a new initiative taken by the company, through which it has invited the suggestions from the mainstream people for devices, features and services. If Nokia likes any bright idea, it’s set to patent it after paying to inventor.
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BBC News - The robots that recycle for us

BBC News - The robots that recycle for us | Finland | Scoop.it
Jaako Sarela of Zen Robotics talks about a machine that has learnt how to scour piles of waste in search of valuable materials that could be recycled.
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