Your best friends always powered

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What it is

There are a lot more possibilities to generate electricity than most of us know about. We all know that we can use nature to generate power to make our machines work but we also can use ourselves in different ways. With every movement electricity is released because every movement requires energy. We get our energy from food, water and ‘mental’ energy from the good en fun things in life. When we transform this into an act like walking or talking, energy is released.
These examples show you that everything is possible in the future as regards energy. First we have the Power Pockets. They make use of the difference in temperature between the human body and the air outside in order to generate energy. This energy can then be used to empower your smartphone or another gadget. The first prototypes are already tested and can be used to put in your pocket or sleeping back. Ideal for a festival weekend!
The second is example is a small battery, a very small one because it fits perfectly in your wallet and you also have the opportunity to store some data on it.
These SolePower soles use your steps to generate electricity. According to the makers of the high-tech soles, a walk of four kilometers is enough to fully charge your Iphone. Awesome!

Why I think it is cool
I think this is very cool because these are only a few examples of empowering your own gadgets with ‘self-made’ energy. We become more aware of what can be used to provide electricity. This is very sustainable because while we live we always walk, talk, move and thus produce energy. Why not making use of it?? And because we now have the resources and science to make products that are easy to use by all of us, we do this more often and more easily.
These products are also very interesting for us as ‘normal’ people. Those products are not very expensive and also very simple to carry them with you. This makes it more easy to make use of it. And because every human being is naturally curious, we want to know how it works. So when you have a Power Pocket you automatically want to provide your own energy so you will keep it with you to see how it works. The same thing with the SolePower, you want to run to use your Iphone. So it is like a sort trigger for people and it has aroused our curiosity! The Urban Nomad always needs electricity so this could be THE solution!

Source 1: http://freshgadgets.nl/power-pockets-laad-je-smartphone-op-met-lichaamswarmte
Source 2: http://freshgadgets.nl/accu-met-opslagruimte-past-in-je-portemonnee
Source 3: http://freshgadgets.nl/solepower-zolen-die-je-smartphone-opladen

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Cool transport for the Urban Nomad

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New ways of transport to cross the city like a boss.  

What it is
These three examples of new ways to cross the city are very awesome but also sustainable. They aren’t all very safe and they also will change the streetscape but this could maybe be the new way of transport for the Urban Nomad.
The Rover Electric Scooter is ideal and made for the city. It is electric what makes it easy to use because you can easily load the motor. It is also kind of fast because it has a speed limit of almost 60 km/h. What also makes it a perfect urban nomad way of transport is that it even has a smart phone holder so your smartphone can function as a dashboard.
This second example is more funny and awesome then a handy type of transport. It looks very cool and you will definitely attract the attention of every passenger.
This other example is made for pure speed. And because speed is one of the core values of the urban nomads this is an interesting example.

Why I think it is cool
We are always looking for other ways to make our life more special and different. Also the way of transport is a very big issue for the Urban Nomads. It is important that you can be everywhere in the city in a small amount of time. We see traveling as a waste of time most of the time. But with these new ways of transport it isn’t boring at all. You can make your own experience by traveling the city in style. This is the future, we want fun and targeted ways of doing things and this makes it possible.

Source 1: http://freshgadgets.nl/rover-razendsnelle-elektrische-scooter
Source 2: http://freshgadgets.nl/wow-een-vliegende-elektrische-fiets
Source 3: http://freshgadgets.nl/jet-bicycle-een-fiets-met-een-straalmotor

Underground world

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What it is
New areas in the city to make you feel close to yourself, nature and out of the overwhelming sounds and impressions of the city. Deep below the Delancy street in Manhattan, which is very noisy and a perfect example of the overwhelming city, lies a building abandoned in 1948. There is a big and, for a lot of us, unknown world down below where rats and albino alligators live. Two designers, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, want to turn this world into a vibrant, immaculately area which will look like a park. There is only one stumbling block; plant also need light to grow. So they made up a new system to bring the light where it can’t go. With all kind of equipment like mirrors and lenses they made it possible. ‘For all us vampires, night-owls, and Poe-reading goths, let’s hope Manhattan soon gets its next great public space, far beneath the madding crowds.’
Another example that takes working places to the nature is this serene working pace which belongs to the bureau GLUCK+. It acts like a refuge for employees. This also shows that working in normal boring offices makes people unaware and bored.

Why I think it is cool
It is off course very expensive and also hard to get the light down below, but when this is possible, people can escape from the overwhelming city to clear their head and take a pause while they are still a part of the city. Wouldn’t that be awesome?? I am a huge fan of this initiative because the city overwhelms me every day. There are so much sounds, people, movements and odors that your vision can’t be clear the whole day. These impressions make you tired. So working in this environment is  obvious also tiresome. So when this area becomes reality, people can go down here to work or to relax. I think that Urban Nomads bring the nature to the city and this is a perfect example to make it clear. Urban Nomads will keep this band with nature so everybody else will also be aware of this.
The house of  GLUCK+ in the woods (or you can also put it in a park in the city), clears the mind of the employees and inspires them because they have another working space which they are not used to. This stimulates creativity!

Source 1:http://www.nextnature.net/2012/09/the-lowline-aims-to-build-an-underground-park/
Source 2: http://roomed.nl/werken-middenin-de-natuur/

Wearable green

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What it is
This designer, Hafsteinn, Juliusson, was inspired by the fact that green areas and nature in the cities is very wanted but not everywhere to each his disposal. His small solution for this big problem is very innovative, beautiful and even cute. He made gardens wearable by designing rings etc. with small gardens in it. His line is actually called ‘Growing jewelry’ so it even lives while you are carrying it around the city. It only needs watering every five weeks for growing so you don’t even really have to take care of it because it largely takes care of its own. 

Why I think it is cool
Who wouldn’t wear this?? Every urban nomad looks for the perfect balance between green, sustainable and the city. With this around your finger, hand or neck, your own green spot is always with you. It doesn’t need a lot of attention so you can be busy like every urban nomad is. Maybe this is a precursor for carrying your own garden with you in a small bag or something. You can always feel connected with nature and also do your own thing in the city.

Source: http://www.nextnature.net/2013/02/wearable-urban-farms/

The reply chair

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What it is
‘Out of the box gets a whole new meaning’. This chair is made out of carton. We all throw carton away, every day, without thinking about doing something else with it. Luckily this material can be used for recycling. But why not doing it by yourself? This chair is very simple but can easily be made unique. Also the other materials that are necessary to make this chair are simple and minimal. This principle is very easy and simple but the hard thing with this concept is to make it of a good quality. But there is in this case not much that has to be done. Four layers re-cycled cardboard, or actually fiberboard, are overlaid, laminated, cut and folded so it all fits and is made ‘chairable’. There are only the essential materials.

Why I think it is cool
This chair is cool because it meets the principles urban nomads have; it has to be simple (in this case almost like, ‘why didn’t I think of that’), sustainable and unique. You can make your own thing of it but it also helps the environment. The weight of the chair is minimal and because you can make your own design it will fit everywhere; in a chic restaurant, a small café or your own home.
I also think this example makes clear that it is easy to re-use materials that everybody has at home.

source: http://roomed.nl/out-of-the-box-krijgt-een-nieuwe-betekenis-dankzij-de-re-ply-stoel/