As mentioned in our report from the Live Crowdfunding Experiment, we had some success raising equity for Norwegian startups. But the train has not yet left the station… there is still time to get on board!
To help you take that decision, we will present each pitch from the live event in Trondheim.
First up is Rom & Tonik, with their solution for soundproofing offices, restaurants and other public spaces with their acoustical tiles made from 100% wool.
For more information about, and the opportunity to invest in Rom & Tonik visit their Funded By Me campaign
We proudly present the first three speakers at our Main Event; Technoport 2014. The event will be in Trondheim on the 28th-30th of April 2014. Note them down in your calendar.
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How do you make a house to a family of 5 that you can fit in a station wagon?
It is IKEA’s philanthropic branch, the IKEA foundation, that is developing flat packed housing solutions to refugee camps in cooperation with the UN refugee program. The quality and design of housing in refugee camps haven’t changed much for the last 100 years and are still almost exclusively made up of tents. Understandable; as both the production and logistics of shipping and assembly tents are simple. How ever flat packed houses will keep those advantages to some degree. IKEA is hoping that when those houses reaches mass production the cost of producing one unit will be around $1000, twice as much as a tent costs today, but with an estimated lifetime of 3 years. 6 times as long as the tents used to day. The houses are also twice as big in terms of areal.
In addition the houses will be better isolated. Both by thicker materials in walls and roof (It is a specially made polymer called Rhulite), but also by the novelty “shade nett” that is mounted with approximately 15 cm from the houses roofs. They reflect sunlight during the day as well as reflect heat from the roof, keeping the living space warmer during nighttime.
The houses include a small solar panel and LED lamp, making activities like studying and cooking possible inside, even after sunset. This was an easy upgrades to the existing tents, but the light blocking material in walls of the houses makes lit evenings possible with out compromising privacy. Turning on the light inside a canvas tent cast shadows on the walls.This infringement on privacy is so strong that many people prefer to live in the darkness. All ready close to 50 pilot homes are being tested in camps in Iraq, Lebanon and Ethiopia.According to Johan Karlson, a project manager at The Refugee Housing Unit (RHU), “This is a very challenging field, we are only tapping the surface of what could be done in the future.”
What other applications could one build into such a house that would increase the living quality its inhabitants with out compromising price and logistics.
Technoport looks forward to seeing the final assemble manual that will follow this flat pack and are curious whether it will get a Nordic IKEA’esque name like “Kåk” or “Sommerstugan”.
Photo by the IKEA foundation
The scene from minority report where Tom Cruise swipes through multiple windows on a semi-transparent curving screen must have been the inspiration of the MYO Armband. This gesture control device has the potential of changing the way we interact with electronics. The wristband is attached to your lower arm and detects motion and electrical impulses generated by the muscles in your arm through 8 sensors. The Canadian start up Thalmic that has developed the kid expect the ship the fist devices early in 2014 but have all ready released the API on their website: https://www.thalmic.com/myo/
Though Thalmic initially releases the Myo for for a recreational marked we find the industrial possibilities mind-boggling. Who would not like to be able to control a big machine and still have both hands free?