Let's talk gadgets, robotics, pioneers, research, solutions and trends. We talk to the people in Switzerland and around the world behind these big ideas and what they mean for businesses, consumers and the planet.
He has four legs, runs, and can cover any terrain from snowy mountains to sandy beaches. Weighing in at just under 30 kilograms, he goes by ANYmal and was born and bred in the robotics systems lab of ETH Zurich. In this week’s Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero stopped by his home base to meet his makers and the colleagues with whom he collaborates to improve the world of search and rescue.
Building a small hotel on the moon is only one of many projects that Aliya Prokofyeva, CEO of Moscow-based, Galaktika Group, has planned for her company. In today's Tech Talk, Prokofyeva sat down with Ana Maria Montero in Lausanne to discuss her vision for an international space community.
The goal of Swiss start-up Dotphoton is simple: make the lives of photographers easier by allowing them to store the same raw, high-res images in less space. In this week's Tech Talk, CEO Eugenia Balysheva explains to Ana Maria Montero how the key to their business model lies in quantum physics.
From home devices to cars, it seems as if everything has its own smart version these days. Thanks to Lausanne-based start-up Technis, you can now add smart floors to that list. In today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with CEO Wiktor Bourée about changing the analytics game one step at a time.
Over the weekend, NASA's latest mission to Mars launched from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California. Called InSight, this mission to the red planet took off with Swiss electronics onboard, courtesy of ETH Zurich and Syderal SA. On today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero caught up with the lead researcher on the project, Professor Domenico Giardini.
The Zurich-based start-up Fashwell began as a visual search for fashion accessories. Now, according to its CEO and co-founder Matthias Dantone, it's exploring all sorts of new interests including food. This wide-ranging interview is the first in a series on the Swiss National Start-up Team Technology 2018, which went to Silicon Valley thanks to Venturelab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.