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Week 46: Coingarden, bitcoins paid by IDeal

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What is Coingarden?

Everybody knows cryptocurrency like bitcoins. But for new entrants, it might be a little difficult to get started. Coingarden solves this issue by very easily create the opportunity to buy bitcoins by IDeal. In a few clicks you can purchase your bitcoins.

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Inventor: Wouter Vonk & Pieter Poorthuis
Website: www.coingarden.nl
History: founded in April 2018

Price (EUR): Minimum purchase €15

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Week 45: Sparckel, stand-alone biodynamic light system

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What is Sparckel?

Stay in step with nature’s rhythm with Sparckel – the first stand-alone biodynamic lighting system in the world to incorporate technology that simulates the power of natural daylight. Sparckel gives you measurably more energy and a better night’s sleep, and has a positive effect on your mood… guaranteed! Sparckel lighting systems support our biorhythm, slow down dementia, reduce depression, increase our work concentration and motivation, and help you enjoy a healthier life at home (source).

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Inventor: Sparckel
Website: www.sparckel.nl
History: invented in 2015, Sparckel has already won numerous awards: The LED application of the year, Good Industrial Design and Winner of the HighTechXL Impact Final Days.

Price (EUR): 39 per month, or e.g. €1749 for a Sunny Sam

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Week 44: Lely Orbiter: the mini fresh dairy factory

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What is the Lely Orbiter?

Lely is developing a possible solution, which has the potential to increase the value of milk and strengthen links with consumers. It is a fair, direct, and pure way to increase the value of your herd’s milk. The concept is an on-farm dairy processor, the Lely Orbiter – a system that makes processing milk on the farm affordable, practical, safe and, above all, profitable (source).

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Inventor: Lely
Website: Lely, the company
History: Since 1948

Price (EUR): €100.000+

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Week 43: Smartians, cloud-connected little motors

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What are Smartians?

A product that enables users to retrofit their existing home appliances, turning them into smart ones. No more waste, and the
benefit of complete flexibility – you become the creator, and can be as inventive as you want. Smartians are cloud-connected, smart actuators that let you control your home from wherever you are. They consist of a small motor, onto which you can add a
dozen different add-ons. Each add-on converts the movement of the motor into a different motion to enable you to press buttons, turn knobs, pull strings and move objects. You are only limited by your imagination! They work remotely through the app, which enables you to set timers and even make routines – for instance, switch on your heater and open your blinds every morning before you even get out of bed. By using IFTTT, you can also integrate Smartians with other services and devices such as Google Home or Amazon
Echo. Smartians are made both for those who love to hack things, as well as people
who just want to improve their old devices as easily as possible (source).

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Inventor: Frolic Studios
Website: Smartians
History: (it is still a proof of concept)

Price (EUR): Not available yet, contact them: media@frolicstudio.com

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Week 42: LifeStraw, your personal waterfilter

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What is Lifestraw?

LifeStraw® water filters convert contaminated water into clean, safe drinking water. The easy-to-use filters are a vital tool for some of the 780 million people who don’t have ready access to safe drinking water. This leaves them at risk for diarrheal disease, which kills more than 1.5 million people every year. Safe drinking water is especially important for vulnerable groups, such as children under five, pregnant women and people living with HIV. LifeStraw® water filters also prevent cryptosporidiosis, a major cause of diarrheal illness in people living with HIV and children under five1. LifeStraw® water filters comply with US Environmental Protection (EPA) 1987 Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers. Each product in the LifeStraw® portfolio is designed for a specific situation where safe water is needed but not readily available. LifeStraw offers specific products for international health and development as well as products sold to consumers for outdoor recreation, travel and daily hydration (source).

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Inventor: Mikkel Vestergaard started in 1994
Website: LifeStraw.com
History: Click here
Example distributor: Knives and Tools.nl

Price (EUR): €22.95 per cup

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Week 41: Panggies, healthy pancakes with vegetable powder

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What is Panggies?

PANGGIES is the combination of Pancakes and Veggies! We are aware that the vegetable consumption of an average Dutch child is below the recommended intake level. And with the limited choices for kid products in healthy section, we, PANGGIES, want to bring an alternative change with our simple, healthy and convenient meal alternative that increases children’s vegetable intake and saves parents’ time. PANGGIES, is a cooperative of six Food Technology bachelor students from the University of Applied Sciences ‘Van Hall Larenstein’ in Velp, Netherlands. We offer vegetable pancake mixes targeting the families with young children. And our selling channels are through ecommerce and local retailers, while providing online customer support via social media, email and our website. (source).

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Inventor: A group of students from the University of Applied Sciences ‘Van Hall Larenstein’ in Velp, Netherlands
Website: What are Panggies?
History: Click here (Dutch)
Example producer: they are working on the company right now

Price (€): unknown yet, likely <€3 for a mix to make 5-10 panggies

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Week 40: Wolk, the invisible hip airbag

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What is the Wolk hip Airbag?

Wolk has been developed with and for seniors who have noticed that they are losing their balance more often, and those who stumble or (nearly) fall. This may be in combination with bones becoming more vulnerable. Those people who may be at risk of a hip fracture.
People who want to stay active without limitations. Several users have said they feel more protected when wearing Wolk. It has given them more confidence and made them more mobile. (source)

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When you are older, would you consider to wear a Wolk hip airbag?

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Week 39: Growboxx, biodegradable growth bucket for plants

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What is the Groasis Growboxx?

The Growboxx® plant cocoon has also been referred to as the “intelligent bucket”. As you can see from the image below, the Growboxx plant cocoon is a square box with a hole in the middle, which is placed around a young tree (no seeds!) such as for instance a young fruit tree or another productive tree. You can put some seeds and soil in the plant plugs which are integrated into the lid of the Growboxx®. The seeds will germinate and grow hydroponically in the water which is stored inside the Growboxx®. If you use the Growboxx®, it is very easy to grow a tree in combination with 4 vegetables, shrubs or flowers. It is even possible to cut a small piece from the lid and put a plant pot in the resulting hole. If you cut the bottom of the plant pot, the roots can grow in the water that is stored inside the Growboxx® plant cocoon. For more technical information, please read the datasheet of the Growboxx® plant cocoon.

Groasis is named the most innovative small and medium sized company of the Netherlands for the year 2018! (in Dutch)

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Inventor: Groasis, the Netherlands
Website: What is the Growboxx?
History: Reforestation is the solution
Example Distributor (US): Drew Harvest

Price (USD): $2.99 per Growboxx (250 growboxxes per hectare)

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Week 38: Sushidel, the new night snack

What is Sushidel?

Everybody knows Sushi. But only the Dutch know Frikadel, often written as Frikandel as well. Frikadel is a traditional Dutch snack, a sort of minced-meat hot dog, of which the modern version was developed either in 1954 or in 1958/1959. The history of this snack goes back to the 17th century. Back in 2016, a guy from Utrecht started to put blend a Frikadel with Sushi and the result was delicious. He called it the Sushidel, but it’s also known as the Frikansushi. Currently, several Sushi restaurants in the Netherlands start to offer this combination.

It is expected that Sushidel will become populair, driven by the fact that a lot of night snacks are very unhealthy. Sushi is perceived more healthy and considered to be premium. Combining the very mainstream Frikadel with the more elite sushi will lead to a repositioning in the high volume mainstream segment.

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Inventor: René Bos
Recipe: Sushidel or Frikansushi (in Dutch)
Price (EUR): €1,99 per item

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Week 37: Amabrush, the handsfree toothbrush

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Inventor: Marvin Musialek
Website: www.amabrush.com
History: the company raised 3.2 million via kickstarter.
When available: first delivery in the world: September 25th, 2018

Price (USD): $129 for a starter set

What is the Amabrush?

Amabrush is a revolutionary new toothbrush that brushes your teeth automatically, all at once, in just 10 seconds (source).

  • Amabrush bristles are aligned in a 45° angle against the gum line as recommended by dental experts. The bristles are soft enough to rub instead of scratch.
  • It is made out of three parts – the mouthpiece, the handpiece and toothpaste capsules.
  • The handpiece creates strong vibrations with an amplitude of 9.5G to oscillate the bristles and clean your teeth.

Funny Fact: when you are 30 years old and you brush for 3 minutes per day, you will save 77 days in your lifetime!

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Are you going to buy the Amabrush in 2019?

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