Corine Spaans

Corine Spaans is a writer. She is particularly interested in the stories of the people behind the innovations and has a passion for sport (innovation).

Follow-up: Sports face masks for a thriving economy

In the weekly ‘follow-up’ section we present a sequel to last week’s best-read article here on Innovation Origins. The story this week was about a study carried out by TU Berlin that shows that the coronavirus stays in the air longer than realized due to the tiny droplets and aerosols that we...

Always the strongest passwords with MindYourPass

Passwords seem to remain the weakest link in the security of online systems. There are plenty of people who already find ‘welcome123’ difficult enough. And just manage to keep using it for all their accounts. Merijn de Jonge came up with MindYourPass, a solution for the ‘password...

Data science company Pipple predicts daily how many doctors are needed

A daily update suddenly makes emergencies manageable. The Jeroen Bosch Hospital in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, had to set up a corona hospital next to the regular facility in the early stages of the corona crisis. They were faced with questions like which specialists to deploy where, when...

Start-up of the day: the 100% recycled shoe is on its way

Every day there are 65 million pairs of new sports shoes and sneakers in the world, according to David Uijttewaal, co-founder of FastFeetGrinded. “That’s billions each year and of those, only two percent are recycled.” Therefore, these types of shoes are absolutely unsustainable....

Women for Women connects talent to Brainport region

“So much untapped talent that it drives you nuts,” says Ed Heerschap, LivingIn program coordinator at the Expat Center in Eindhoven. He and Kavitha Varathan, co-founder of the Expat Spouses Initiative, set up the Women for Women program. Heerschap: “The Brainport region is...

IoT and 5G offer the manufacturing industry a way to upgrade services

The Internet of Things, where everything around us is being digitized, offers opportunities. Already you can turn on the thermostat remotely or see who’s at your door at any time – even if you’re far from home. Plants in greenhouses are automatically watered when they need it....

Swim Skills Track: discover swim talent at a young age

A good swimming performance is not just about being able to swim very fast. It requires strength, technique, flexibility, stamina and mental skills. Factors that can be evaluated per swimmer, although how someone “coordinates” through the water is still an unknown factor. And that...

Studio RENS: Dutch Design Week’s Hidden Gem # 3

“‘You see X a lot online, you also use it to point out where you are and X means ten, of course.” Stefanie van Keijsteren has the floor. She and Renee Mennen form the designer duo RENS. And RENS is celebrating its tenth anniversary during the Dutch Design Week (DDW). With their...

Research and development subsidies with the help of EY

It’s been in existence for 25 years. The Dutch Research and Development Promotion Act (Wet Bevordering Speur- en Ontwikkelingswerk, WBSO). Thanks to the WBSO entrepreneurs can carry out more research on innovations. This is to enable them to transform ideas into successful products and...

Swimm: Swim anywhere, anytime for everyone

Three start-ups have been nominated for the Dutch Sports Innovation Award. The award ceremony will take place on October the 7th during the Dutch Sport Innovation Congress. Swimm is one of the nominees. Swimming as if you are swimming in open water, but then at the same time a bit like running on...

“AirBadminton is making the sport way cooler.”

A specially developed shuttlecock with which you can play badminton even when there is wind, should make the sport more accessible around the world. The Badminton World Federation (WCF) introduced AirBadminton in May this year as a new addition to ‘traditional’ indoor sports....

Stronger foot muscles provide more stability for runners

Unfortunately it will not be in time for the World Athletics Championships in Doha that starts on Monday, but recent research carried out by the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) offers new insights for athletes with injuries to their foot muscles. And that is especially good news for runners who...

Award winning ShoQR: focus on the patient or the therapist?

In the train from his hometown Den Hoorn to his work in Eindhoven at the Fontys Paramedische Hogescholen, Tim Gerbrands scrambled together an excel file, hoping his students could take it further. In his lab, he has all the equipment he needs to examine joint loads in people with knee...

Learn flips, kicks and boardslides in real time

A new phenomenon: qualification rounds for the Olympic Games in skateboarding. The best skaters in the Netherlands are competing for qualification points for the 2020 Games on 13, 14 and 15 September. It is the Olympic debut for the sport. Skateboarding is a sport where everything counts. For...

Indoor preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics heat

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be the warmest Games ever. The Olympic Organising Committee is already preparing for these extreme weather conditions by arranging test events, providing sufficient water access points and shelter from the sun, among other things. Back home in the Netherlands,...

Personalize team sports via 24-hour monitoring

This week, the European Hockey Championships will be held in Antwerp. Hockey is a sport in which the Netherlands traditionally does well. However, competition has grown over the years and that means that The Netherlands has to become smarter both on and off the field. Research institutes are being...

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