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Martina Fuchs
Mitipi’s Kevin: The "Home Alone" device that will scare away burglars
Remember the movie "Home Alone," where the eight-year-old Kevin McCallister fends off robbers using his toy train set? That's essentially the idea behind Swiss startup Mitipi’s virtual roommate to ward off burglars. And it’s called – you guessed it – Kevin. The small box simulates the lights and noise of someone still at home. Martina Fuchs spoke to CEO Julian Stylianou about the company's recent trip to Silicon Valley – and whether Kevin is efficient enough to scare off unwelcome intruders.
Ana Maria Montero
Jumping into the jet stream
Marc Hauser is a professional skydiver, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur from Bern. His latest goal is to launch himself out of a hot air balloon – sans wingsuit – into the jet stream, while filmmaker Claudio von Planta captures the action for a documentary. As he explains to Ana Maria Montero on this week's Tech Talk, he's doing it all in the name of science.
Ana Maria Montero
The Zurich Heart Project: using 3D printing to create an artificial heart
Could you imagine creating an artificial heart using 3D printing technology? At ETH Zurich they did just that. By combining basic anatomy with engineering expertise, a team of PhD candidates under Professor Wendelin Stark created the first prototype of an entirely soft artificial heart that looks and beats just like the real thing. The game-changing Zurich Heart Project is at the center of today's Tech Talk with Ana Maria Montero.
Ana Maria Montero
Recreating the Stradivarius sound with fungi
How do you replicate the special sound of the Stradivarius without having access to the same wood that grew in 17th century Cremona, Italy? Francis Schwarze of the Empa Applied Wood Materials Lab has the solution: treat the wood with fungi. He tells Ana Maria Montero just how it is done in Tech Talk.
Ana Maria Montero
Wayray: Driving the future of navigation technology
After being distracted by GPS and nearly getting into a car accident, Vitaly Ponomarev, CEO and founder of Wayray, had an aha moment. What about embedding a navigation tool directly into the driver's environment in a way that didn't that require them to look away from the road. Safer, right? The result was coined 'Navion' and as Ana Maria Montero discovers in today's Tech Talk, its innovative use of holographic AR is poised to revolutionize the way we see the road.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss drone company takes aerial mapping to the next level
With its bright orange exterior, the WingtraOne PPK drone is not only easy to spot, it's also in the same color scheme as civil engineering – Wingtra's area of expertise. Thanks to investments of around 10 million Swiss francs, the Zurich-based company with international distribution is now growing out of the start-up phase. In this week's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero got the inside scoop on the firm's unique drone technology.
Ana Maria Montero
Augmented creativity: gaming tech opens new realm
What do you get when you combine virtual and augmented reality? Augmented creativity, according to Robert Sumner, founder of ETH Zurich’s Game Technology Center. He showed Tech Talk what happens when you combine gaming technology with the old-fashioned fun of a coloring book.
Tanya König
How to shoot a mobile film
Have you ever wanted to use your phone as a professional video camera? At the Berlinale Film Festival, director Steven Soderbergh premiered his thriller "Unsane", which was shot on an iPhone. Tanya König sat down with Swiss film director Sandeep Abraham to find out what it takes to produce a proper mobile film during the last Zurich Film Festival.
Tanya König
The first female coding week in Switzerland
The first person to write coding for a computer was a British mathematician and a woman: Ada Lovelace. Nowadays, the IT-world is dominated by men. Melanie Kovacs, founder of the Swiss Coding Academy Master21, wanted to do something about it. Last year she organized the first female coding week in Switzerland. CNNMoney Switzerland's Tanya König attended the very first day of the course.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss pioneer Flyability aims high for its indoor drones
Inspecting a nuclear power plant, an underground mine, a jet engine test facility, an ice crevice… Lausanne-based Flyability’s indoor drones makes it possible to navigate these dangerous areas safely. It is a game changing tool for industries worldwide to access their hard-to-reach assets, hopes Patrick Thévoz. The Flyability CEO and Co-founder tells Ana Maria Montero about his ambitions. 

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