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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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Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village! | Finland | Scoop.it

The Marinetek Group and Sito are currently constructing Finland's first floating village! The lightweight floating villas are equipped with energy-saving systems and technologies, and they were designed to withstand extreme winds and wave conditions. Located in Pori, the project is aiming for LEED certification and it will comprise a total of 16 houses when completed.

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China Super Buyers, The first floating vacation village in Finland.  Live-on-Water.

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Finnish engineers use earth's magnetic field for indoor map ...

Finnish engineers use earth's magnetic field for indoor map ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Indoor navigation is one of the last great technical problems that hasn’t been solved. Outdoor navigation can be tackled with satellite technology or cell phone triangulation. But those technologies can’t pinpoint somebody indoors.
But a crew of Finnish engineers have created a novel approach indoor positioning system (IPS) based on the earth’s magnetic field. They did so by studying homing pigeons and spiny lobsters and how they use cues from the magnetic fields, according to Phys.org. 
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Focus 2012 published: Creative solutions from Finland

Government.fi: Focus 2012 published: Creative solutions from Finland http://t.co/RJdVlGbf...

 

Focus on the Economy and Technology, the annual publication showcasing Finland and targeted at key international markets, has just been published for the tenth time. This year’s issue highlights Finland’s strengths in design, start-up entrepreneurship and natural resource economy sectors.

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Portable cathedrals - A design report from Helsinki by Dan Hill

Portable cathedrals - A design report from Helsinki by Dan Hill | Finland | Scoop.it

In the first article of a new series on the design of everyday technology, interaction designer Dan Hill reviews the Nokia N9 and asks: will it be enough to revive the declining fortunes of the Finnish giant?

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Angry Birds boost investor interest in Finland - YLE News

Angry Birds boost investor interest in Finland - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

International investors have become more interested in Finnish technology startups, partially encouraged by the success of the mobile game sensation Angry Birds.

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‘Innovation mill’ reshaping Finnish business models

‘Innovation mill’ reshaping Finnish business models | Finland | Scoop.it
Nokia Technopolis and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) launched the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill in 2009 as an initiative aimed at strengthening Finland's information and communication technology (ICT) cluster...
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Visualize Your Music Online With APEXvj

Visualize Your Music Online With APEXvj | Finland | Scoop.it
Being a lead web developer by profession at FWD Helsinki, Simo does realtime graphic coding as a passion. Experimenting once with sound spectrum data and Pixel Blender, he ended up creating the first prototype of APEXvj, a tool that visualizes music online.
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Finnish Study: Social Networking and New Collaboration Technologies - PR.com

Finnish Study: Social Networking and New Collaboration Technologies - PR.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Study Shows That Majority of HR Departments in Finnish Organizations Are Unfamiliar with Social Networking and New Collaboration Technologies - on PR.com
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Senseg Will Revolutionize How You Feel Touch Screens

Senseg Will Revolutionize How You Feel Touch Screens | Finland | Scoop.it
The innovation is based on electrostatic vibration technology. Their product, E-Sense, is currently integrateable to various touch operated devices. In their terms, the company is creating responsive tactile surfaces, in other words interfaces you can feel.

Another literally cool aspect of the company is that they were awarded the Gartner Cool Vendor status. Overall, Gartner saw only five companies in the imaging and display technologies sector interesting enough and Senseg managed to make this group with their technology.
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EpiCrystals sets sights on green laser ramp

EpiCrystals sets sights on green laser ramp | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish company sees large market opportunity for high-efficiency 532nm source based on a frequency-doubled GaAs chip.
Despite expectations of rapid growth in recent years, the market for handheld devices capable of projecting high-definition photos, films and presentations onto virtually any surface, is yet to take off. A major part of the reason for that is the difficulty associated with developing and manufacturing a suitable and affordable green source – in the form of either an LED or a laser...
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Cloud Computing With Techila and Windows Azure Opens up new Possibilities for Cancer Research

TAMPERE, Finland, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

The greatest challenge in cancer research is to identify genes that can predict the progress of the disease. The number of genes and gene combinations is vast, so powerful computing tools are required to achieve this. Assisted by Techila Technologies Ltd (http://www.techilatechnologies.com ), a Finnish company specialising in autonomic high-performance and technical computing, a research team at the University of Helsinki utilized the huge computing capacity of the Windows Azure cloud computing service for the first time. A computing task that usually requires some 15 years can now be completed in less than five days.
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Valkee - the next generation bright light to combat mood swings...

Valkee - the next generation bright light to combat mood swings... | Finland | Scoop.it
Valkee substitutes the mood-elevating effects of the sun, by channeling safe bright light directly
to photosensitive regions of the brain through the ear canal. That's why Valkee increases
energy, and can act as a preventative or treatment of mood swings.
Valkee has CE medical device certification and is clinically tested.
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Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013!

Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013! | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland ranked 1st at the Word Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2013! Finland is the best country when measuring the preparedness of an economy to use ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being. 

How did the other countries do? See the report:http://ow.ly/k4wdw ;

Photo: Screen Capture from the World Economic Forum Report: "Global Information Technology Report 2013"

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Major Finnish breakthrough in the production of clean water

Major Finnish breakthrough in the production of clean water | Finland | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, have developed a new cost-efficient technology to produce separation membranes for the purification of water, at less than half the previous cost.

 

Soiled or salty water can be made potable by current technologies, but these are either costly or unreasonably energy-intensive. The most promising, but also the costliest, alternative is offered by separation with nanoporous membranes.

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VTI Technologies launches world’s smallest gyro

VTI Technologies launches world’s smallest gyro | Finland | Scoop.it
VTI Technologies has announced the launch of the world’s smallest gyro which halves power consumption when compared to other consumer gyros on the market.

http://www.vtitechnologies.com./

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Finland knights Anderson prof for his role in helping tech firms ...

Finland knights Anderson prof for his role in helping tech firms ... | Finland | Scoop.it

Just call him "Sir."

The government of Finland recently bestowed upon Bob Foster, an adjunct professor at the Anderson School of Management, the honor of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland. This is the highest honor the government of Finland can present to a non- Finnish citizen.

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The World’s Leading Nations for Innovation and Technology - Technology - The Atlantic Cities

The World’s Leading Nations for Innovation and Technology - Technology - The Atlantic Cities | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland takes the top spot, followed by Japan when combining all three of these measures.

Article here: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2011/10/worlds-leading-nations-innovation-and-technology/224/

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The Atlantic Century II: Benchmarking EU & U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness | The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

The Atlantic Century II: Benchmarking EU & U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness | The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation | Finland | Scoop.it
Innovation: Finland 2nd place http://t.co/UnBmSoT...
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American Superconductor struggling to finance Finnish deal | Boston Business Journal

American Superconductor struggling to finance Finnish deal | Boston Business Journal | Finland | Scoop.it
American Superconductor Corp.(Nasdaq: AMSC) said it has been granted more time to secure financing for the planned $265 million acquisition of a Finnish power technologies firm.
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Euripides Forum Exceeded All Expectations In Helsinki

Euripides Forum Exceeded All Expectations In Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
The EURIPIDES Forum highlighted new technological trends in various application fields such as intelligent machines and sensing solutions, and in the markets of telecommunication, health and energy.

The Forum’s slogan was ‘Meet your challenges’. “Looking at the growing participation and the enthusiasm for building up new projects, we believe that the Forum has met the expectations of all participants. We can expect a large number of proposals for our next call. There is no doubt; Helsinki will be a very important milestone for the EURIPIDES community: the Finns did it!” said Jean-Luc Maté, EURIPIDES Chairman.
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The world in tech: Finland - Opinion - Trusted Reviews

The world in tech: Finland - Opinion - Trusted Reviews | Finland | Scoop.it
With Nokia wobbling we look at what other companies may be taking over the charge for Finland in the tech world.
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Skyhood

Skyhood | Finland | Scoop.it
Software for local businesses utilizing the latest web technologies and social media. We founded Skyhood to give people a better understanding how the online media works, and enable more effective, usable and affordable services.
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I found it during my research! :-)
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Finnish professor wins top bioenergy prize | Renewable Energy

Finnish professor wins top bioenergy prize | Renewable Energy | Finland | Scoop.it
Professor Sipilä, Vice-President of strategic energy research at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), won the prize for his leadership in the development of biomass conversion technologies and for promoting biomass as a sustainable energy source within Finland.
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Stora Enso's recycling technology awarded by EU - Good News from Finland

Stora Enso's recycling technology awarded by EU - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The European Union has awarded Stora Enso and its partner Alucha Recycling Technologies with the ”Best of the Best” LIFE environment award 2010. The award is used to promote projects that have a positive effect on the environment.

”Fiber-based beverage cartons are a great packaging product because it is a natural material with low carbon footprint that comes from renewable resources and it is highly recyclable,” relates Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President at Stora Enso Packaging.


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