💡 Philips Hue and Spotify partner up

There's a new way to party

Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 Philips Hue and Spotify have officially partnered, so your smart lightbulbs can sync with whatever music you are playing. VanMoof has raised $128 million, becoming the world’s leading electric bicycle company.

VanMoof becomes the most funded e-bike company

The Amsterdam-based e-bike company, VanMoof, has recently raised another $128 million in funding just after their recent announcement of a $40 million investment round last September.

Great achievement

With the funds that VanMoof has gathered, the e-bike company has raised $182 million in the past two years, excluding their crowdfunding in 2018 and 2019 which is impressive, to say the least. The $182 million funding raised has made VanMoof the most funded e-bike company in the world.

What is VanMoof?

VanMoof is an e-bike company founded by two Dutch brothers, Taco and Ties Carlier, founded back in 2009 with the vision of creating the perfect city bike. The company has claimed that they have about 200,000 bikes on the road currently and are hoping to reach their goal of getting 10 million people on VanMoof e-bikes in the next five years.

What will VanMoof do with its fundings?

According to a recent blog post from VanMoof, the e-bike company will be using the funds for expanding production as well as "reinvent how hardware and software components are made." Most of the funding will be used towards the development of hardware and software of its e-bikes, so they can improve the quality and reliability of their e-bikes. The money will also help VanMoof expand its service hubs and branded stores into more cities.

Philips Hue lights can now sync with Spotify

Want to have a more immersive experience while listening to music? Starting yesterday, you can now connect your Philips Hue smart lights with your Spotify account.

More immersive than ever

In the past, you could already make Hue lights dance to the music you're playing by using the Hue Sync tool for PC. However, this new feature promises deeper integration and a "unique immersive" experience available through your phone.

New advanced light script

Once you have linked your accounts, the Philips Hue app will extract the metadata from any song played on Spotify. It then uses the information to create an advanced light script to instruct your lights to dance and react along with the song, depending on its genre and mood.

A big week for Philips Hue

Philips Hue also introduced a new line of smart bulbs, strips, and lamps, all with brighter options for colour temperature. Its new Play gradient light tube is perfect for illuminating around your TV while changing colours depending on what is on the TV.

The Waves

🏢 Google delays mandatory return to the office until January 2022

🏉 Facebook launches fantasy sports and pop culture games

🍿 All 180 episodes of Seinfeld is coming to Netflix on October 1st

👋 LinkedIn is shutting down its stories at the end of September

Hustle Special

If not now, then when?

We posted this quote on our Instagram back in July, but never went into detail about what it means. As obvious as it may seem, the first step to achieving your goals and dreams is just to start.

Take small steps

When getting started on your dream, no matter what it is, no one expects you to accomplish it overnight. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big, but always remember, as long as you are consistent every day, you are steps closer to achieving your goal.

Failures are inevitable

If you set out to start a business, or anything , thinking that everything will go smoothly, you will quickly get disappointed. Once you start, obstacles after obstacles will come your way, and instead of quitting, it is important to learn how to overcome them and keep pushing for what you want.

Self-discipline is key

Many people act like they have non-stop motivation and don't need self-discipline, but this isn't realistic. Self-discipline is a requirement because when you consistently force yourself to work on things you do not want to do, it helps you reach goals that are sometimes impossible to achieve without self-discipline.

NASA is testing electric air taxis with Joby Aviation

NASA has started flight testing with Joby Aviation's all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft

Possible air taxis

The testing will last until Friday, September 10th, at Joby's Electric Flight base, as part of NASA's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign. The eVTOL aircraft may be used as air taxis in the future in cities all across America, adding another mode of transportation for moving people and goods.

What tests are NASA doing?

NASA is currently monitoring the aircraft's sound profile to see how it compares to helicopters and other gas-powered vehicles, along with “collecting information about how the vehicle moves, how the vehicle sounds, and how the vehicle communicates with controllers,” NASA explained.

Future in aviation

"NASA is proud to continue our relationship with Joby by gathering highly valuable aircraft safety and noise data that will contribute towards an aviation future that includes Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations," said NASA’s AAM mission integration manager, Davis Hackenberg,. "Data from industry leaders like Joby is critical for NASA’s research activities and future standardization of emerging aircraft configurations. Industry partnerships are imperative for the United States to become a leader in the development of a safe and sustainable AAM ecosystem."