Let’s Hygge a little

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Flanel blankets, fire places, woollen socks, candle lights, tea or hot chocolate, cuddling, having dinner with friends. How would you name this feeling in English? I would use ‘gezelligheid’ in Dutch, ‘cosiness’ perhaps?

Anyway, until today I didn’t believe there was a perfect term which includes it all. A while ago I told you about my love for Denmark. This love grew even more when I first noticed the word ‘hygge’. It represents an ‘intimate gathering with people you can relax with’, creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It’s a verb in Danish – you can hygge together!

It is seen in Denmark as part of the national identity and culture. Hygge is the antidote to the cold winter, the rainy days and the vast darkness. You can hygge all year, but in winter it becomes a survival strategy. No wonder that the Danish people are the happiest people in the world.

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I think it is not a coincidence that currently, articles and even books are written about this Danish phenomenon. The desire to come together with family and friends is getting bigger and bigger in a world where in fact the opposite is happening with wars and conflicts.

Hygge has future growth potential, because this concept focuses on the good things in life. It is a strategy to improve our quality of life. We need to connect again, to accomplish – I won’t say world peace – more love and understanding.  It reminded me of this beautiful quote:

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” — Ryunosuke Satoro

Lesson learned: I’m going to enjoy this evening with pillows, blankets, candles and my family. And set up a Pinterest board with some hygge inspiration.

What is your favourite hygge thing to do?

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Offline is the new Luxury

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Who doesn’t recognize this? You arrive on your holiday destination and what is the first thing you do? Check if there is a WiFi connection available at the airport? Although I am pretty embarrassed, I should admit that I am guilty of this urge. Not just the urge to tell my mom that I landed safely, but also to let the rest of the world know I’m having a great time in Rome by sending a Snapchat.

However, I do often have the feeling that I am overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the idea to be always traceable, reachable, available. It’s pretty exhausting and sometimes I just want to be offline for a minute, escape to a signal free world.

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Source: Joakim Heltne – Human Sculptures

The ‘White Spots App’ helps us to escape for a while. The app (design by Studio Richard Vijgen) combines data sets from all mobile phone networks worldwide in a new world map. The network scanner visualizes the invisible electromagnetic cloud and offers a way out “from the hotspots to the white spots”. The route planner shows the way to the nearest place with no mobile coverage or internet.

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Installed the app on my smartphone. Kinda depressing, isn’t it? We are literally surrounded by signals and masts!

I don’t necessarily think that many many people will use this app, but the designer is certainly making a statement and it shows the desire that is growing: it’s still a small group but more and more people choose to go offline (for a while). Google and Facebook will do anything to connect the whole world (which isn’t all bad of course!), but I think it’s good that we get confronted with the fact that we are never really alone anymore, just you and your thoughts.

So, next time when you cannot reach me?

I will be 21 km away, probably philosophizing on my white spot!

*Sector: (Mental) Health

Pretty//ugly

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The exhibition ‘All you can feel’ by Sarah Schönfeld shows how drugs look under the microscope. The exhibition isn’t designed with an informative purpose, rather artistically. The photos expose the physiological and psychological inconstancy of drugs when they are in the body.

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The photos are cool, because it is not just art. When you see the photos, you recognize an interface between the bizarre looking substance of the drugs and the effects of drugs on human beings.

The exhibition is part of the transparency trend. The photos don’t literally show the effects of drugs, but I think that ís exactly what Sarah Schönfeld wants to achieve. The photos portray the feeling. She is an artist and photographer, she chooses the unusual way.

I think exhibitions like these have Future Growth Potential, because the use of drugs shouldn’t be taboo. The openness and honesty will contribute to reduce the ignorance of the effects and hazards of drugs.

Whatever the intention of the photos was, they are inspiring anyway. So take a look at these drugs if you’d like to!

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Speed:

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/sarah-schoenfeld_n_4481493.html
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Ecstasy:

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Crystal Meth:

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Save water, drink champagne

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Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. Unfortunately, this – for us – endless flow of drinking water is not so obvious for everyone. It is good to know that there are many new initiatives in the field of water saving. These initiatives may be our future:

1. Water-saving Shower

This shower saves water when it’s warming up. Really smart, because I believe I waste a lot of water when my shower is warming up. It takes some time, the shower is running and I don’t even make use of it!

2. Sweat Machine

3. Water-Collecting Bio Buildings

There is enough water, but the biggest part of it isn’t clean. The RainHouse building makes it clean by collecting rain water and filter it afterwards.

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I think these signals are cool, because each of them are creative ways to stop the waste of water or to create clean drinking water. Creativity is necessary when it’s about sustainability.

The signals have future growth potential as well. In the future, every house should be able to transfer water into clean drinking water. We can’t live anymore like we do now, we waste too much water, we waste too much of anything. Creative, sustainable concepts are the future for a better world.

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Coffee diet

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I love coffee.

I need it.

Coffee at 7 am: to wake up.
Coffee the rest of the morning: to keep my eyes open during college.
Coffee in the afternoon: well, that’s more like a 4 o’clock cappuccino ritual…
Coffee in the evening: when I have an almost impossible deadline to meet.

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There is no alcohol in it. And no sugar when I take my coffee black.
Too much coffee still isn’t exactly beneficial for your health. The new app UP Coffee wants to warn you when you’re consuming an excess of caffeine.

UP Coffee by Jawbone is a combination of a mobile application and a band. The app shows movement, sleep and eat details from the UP band.

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It is cool, because you get to learn how many cups of coffee you can drink without disturbing the quality of your sleep. Besides, the app displays possible relationships between how much and when you drink, your bedtime, sleep duration and nighttime awakenings. You can discover how your body reacts on different amounts of caffeine. You don’t get some random information, it’s personal and it will help you to live healthier.

I think UP Coffee has future growth potential, because currently, many people want to live healthy (almost obsessively!). We want to know which products are the most appropriate for our body. The app gives us a piece of transparency about the effects of caffeine. It can have a positive effect on your quality of life. Jawbone’s slogan is ‘Know yourself. Live better’. I agree with the slogan: the app will offer personal knowledge which will help you to have better nights and more energy during the day.

Unfortunately the app is only available for iPhone (always the same), so my life won’t get any better for now.

Coffee,
anyone?

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Message in a bottle

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Two litres of water a day, keeps the doctor away. I never achieve that goal and I could definitely use some help with it.

Many people struggle with the big amount of water you have to consume every day. You need water to regulate your body temperature and when you don’t drink enough, you run the risk of getting a urinary infection, a headache, no focus on your work or other complications.

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BluFit is a water bottle that is in direct contact with your smartphone to record your water drinking habits. In the meanwhile, the smart bottle will keep you healthy and hydrated. The app needs some personal data like your age and weight to show you how much water you need. When you start drinking from your BluFit bottle, the bottle collects the time and amount of water consumed and thereafter the app will show you these data.

Source: www.blufitbottle.com
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I think it is cool, because everyone carries a bottle of water and a smartphone at work or in college and BluFit creates a practical combination of those two. BluFit has sounds and alert lights you can customize yourself, which makes drinking water a fun challenge.

The trend total transparency is about openness, that there is nothing to hide. The bottle exposes everything, like your drinking habits and health risks. It may be a confrontation to see your (unhealthy) lifestyle exposed, but that’s what transparency is about: the naked truth!

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Source: http://www.weheartit.com

BluFit isn’t for sale yet, but I do think it has Future Growth Potential. It’s a signal in the transparency trend and at the same time, many people want a healthier lifestyle. In my opinion, water is the core of many health issues. When you don’t drink enough, you will get ‘hungry’. It’s a fake feeling of hunger though. So it all starts with water and the bottle contributes to the start of a healthier lifestyle.

All this writing about water makes me thirsty, so let’s take a break and see you later tonight while posting my fifth and last coolhunt!

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Technature

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Tv, mobile phone, iPad… It is all useful. But what about all these chargers and wires? They are ugly but regularly present. I always have the urge to hide them, but I need my phone charger every night.

To recreate a cozy and attractive living room, the Cybernetic Meadow Collection expects to give us the solution. The collection gives you the opportunity to hide these technologies and experience the nature instead. The collection offers a charging station for your smartphone, a tray to hide the router and some USB sticks looking like stones.

Source: http://slowerinternet.com/cybernetic-meadow.html
Source: http://slowerinternet.com/cybernetic-meadow.html

It is cool, because in my opinion technology can be pretty ugly. The Cybernetic Meadow Collection makes technology fashionable and pretty. Besides, the collection makes you concious. You have to water the plants and care for them. Indirectly, you will be more concious about the technology by being more focused.

At first sight, the collection itself doesn’t have future growth potential. However, the collection is part of the consortium for Slower Internet. Slower Internet thinks that information should be absorbed with more attention and rest. The consortium wants internet users to deal with information in a more natural and human way. This cooperation is focused on the future, because the world is getting faster and that isn’t always a good thing.

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Source: http://slowerinternet.com/cybernetic-meadow.html

The product is part of the ‘Living Room Society’, because the design makes it more comfortable and attractive to be in that room. Besides, there is an experience in the product. The USB sticks by example are transformed into natural stones.

Hiding the ugly stuff in return for a home full of nature!

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