Holy cow! I Photo: lAurA KArjAlAInen f there is no contest going, the Finns will invent one: boot-throwing, wife-carrying anything goes. the winner of the Cone Cow World Championships is the contestant that creates the most original cone cow, a traditional toy made of sticks and pine cones. While it's all in good fun, the competition has a subtle message for the toy industry: Bring back the good old days when kids used their imagination. www.koivuniemenherra.fi Healing sounds K eeping track of elderly loved ones is easier than ever with smart furniture. the technical research Centre of Finland has developed an intelligent sofa that automatically monitors respiration, stress levels, and heart rate, feeding this data to your mobile phone or PC. If something is wrong, you are the first to know. similar discreet sensors are built into Beddit smart beds, developed in co-operation with leading sleep researcher Markku Partinen. While you sleep, the bed uploads your vitals to online servers, providing insights for improving your sleep quality. smart furniture is already popular in Finnish rehabilitation centres, hotels and spas. www.beddit.com www.itnyt.fi Photos: IstoCKPhoto Smart sofas F night owls on wheels S inland is big on cycling, and helsinki even has its own nocturnal biking subculture. the helsinki night Bike-riders are cycling addicts who meet up once a month for a nighttime ride through the streets of helsinki. each ride has a different route and theme, ranging from food to art and music. All bike lovers are invited to join this fun event promoting ecofriendly living and urban discovery. www.facebook.com/HelsinkiNightBikeriders Photo: sAmelI sIvonen PHoTo: veronica Solje ound wave therapy is a unique healing method pioneered in finland. The patient sits in a reclining chair that transmits sinusoidal sound waves through minispeakers. This creates a sympathetic resonance in the patient's muscles and tissues, relieving pain, and improving circulation. The chairs are used at Helsinki's orton rehabilitation centre and are highly effective for treating sports injuries. finnish musicians, too, are discovering the stress-relieving powers of low-frequency sound waves. Physio-acoustic concerts staged by double bassist henrica fagerlund are so relaxing that the artist takes offence if no one falls asleep. www.kuntoutusorton.fi www.aarremusiikki.fi www.deeprelaxingsounds.blogspot.com 43
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