How ETH Zurich helped put a smile on the faces of NASA scientistsHow ETH Zurich helped put a smile on the faces of NASA scientistsHow ETH Zurich helped put a smile on the faces of NASA scientists
Switzerland is celebrating alongside NASA’s InSight Mission to Mars team today after the spacecraft’s successful landing on the red planet. A key instrument on board was developed by scientists from ETH Zurich. Professor Domenico Giardini, head of the Swiss contribution, broke it down for Ana Maria Montero shortly after the mission launched early this year.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss bring next-generation 3-D tracking and smart clothing to CES 2020
Deep tech start-up Eyeware is pushing 3-D to the next level with its eye tracking software, says co-founder Bastjan Prenaj. And Xsensio, which will receive the CES Innovation Award, is developing the “next generation in wearables” with its “Lab-on-Skin” chip, says CEO and co-founder Esmeralda Megally. We continue our series on Swiss tech start-ups looking to make their mark on CES 2020.
Ana Maria Montero
Start-ups FlavorWiki and CARU gear up for Swiss pavilion at CES 2020
FlavorWiki is changing how the food industry addresses consumer tastes with its digital app. And agetech start-up CARU is bringing safety to the elderly by giving them a digital voice with its smart sensor. In part three of our series on CES 2020, we talk to FlavorWiki founder Daniel Protz and CARU co-founders Susanne Dröscher and Thomas Helbling about being part of the Swissnex network—and what that means for them heading into Las Vegas next week.
Ana Maria Montero
Tech start-ups L2F and CREAL3D look to build Swiss buzz at CES 2020
Lausanne-based start-up L2F is creating a tool kit for machine learning developers. “We allow scientists to have a new perspective on their data,” says CEO Aldo Podestà. And CREAL3D will “help us see real 3-D” with its innovative light field glasses, says CEO and co-founder Tomas Sluka. In part two of our special series leading up to CES 2020, we talk to Swiss tech start-ups about preparations for the event and get a glimpse into their “dream” meetings.
Greta Ruffino
Nao, the Swiss robot that attends school
Children with severe illnesses often suffer from isolation. Nao, a robot made by the Swiss company Avatarion Technology, sits in the classroom and allows them to follow lessons and interact with their teachers and classmates.
Ana Maria Montero
Planting trees in the wrong place can hurt the environment
Tom Crowther’s research pinpoints where we should save and restore forests, based on where those trees are most beneficial to the Earth’s ecosystems. “We generate an understanding of where carbon is concentrated to trap it and keep as much as possible out of our atmosphere,” says the ETH Zurich professor. But Crowther’s findings are stirring up some controversy for a number of reasons.
Ana Maria Montero
A world without passwords is just around the corner
Windows, Android and most web browsers have integrated FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) authentication, says Andrew Shikiar, executive director of FIDO Alliance. The U.S.-based association aims to eliminate the use of passwords, which they say is key to combatting cybercrime. Daniel Dubowski, vice president of cybersecurity at Equifax, joined Shikiar at the WEF Cybersecurity Summit in Geneva last month to share the company’s experience of going “passwordless.”
Ana Maria Montero
Pitch perfect: How Swissnex is prepping tech start-ups for CES 2020
In the first part of our special series leading up to CES 2020, which kicks off in Las Vegas on January 7, we talk to Christian Simm, CEO of Swissnex Boston, about how their start-ups are getting ready. And we ask Stuart Papp, founder of Boston-based coaching service Pitch DNA, about how he’s teaching these Swiss entrepreneurs to pitch their start-ups at the event.
Ana Maria Montero
This autism innovation may never see the light of day in Switzerland
Ned Sahin is founder and CEO of neurotechnology start-up Brain Power, whose tool “Empower Me” uses smart glasses like Google Glass to coach those with autism. It helps schoolchildren learn social and cognitive skills and can even guide adults through an interview process. Brain Power’s product is sold to many schools in the U.S. but may never make it to market in Switzerland thanks to strict data privacy laws.
Ana Maria Montero
How cyborg artist merges his life with technology
For 15 years, Neil Harbisson has lived with an antenna implanted into his skull, making him the world’s first officially recognized cyborg. “It’s to extend my perception of reality and to merge with technology,” he says. Harbisson explains that his extra senses set him apart as an artist. We caught up with him on a recent trip to Zurich to discuss the relationship between humans and technology and to find out how society treats those who consider themselves trans-species.
Frederic Perret
Meet the Bristell Energic
The future of electric aviation is taking off in Switzerland.
Ana Maria Montero
Space travel to Mars is coming: “It’s the backup plan for humanity”
Travel to Mars is coming sooner than we think, says Christopher Mason, associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine. Mason worked on NASA’s twin study to analyze the impact of space travel on human DNA and apply what was learned here on Earth. Ana Maria Montero finds out how Mason is using DNA to improve lives and his work with ETH and the University of Zurich to map the DNA of Swiss cities.
Ana Maria Montero
“Switzerland should have at least 5 or 6 unicorns by now,” says Nomoko CEO
Nomoko is creating the first-ever 3-D mirror image of the world, a digital twin of our universe. CEO and co-founder Nilson Kufus says it’s about connecting the digital and physical worlds. The Zurich-based start-up just received a grant of CHF 2.5 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and is raising 30 million more in Europe and the U.S. But Kufus has some strong words about Switzerland, and Europe overall, when it comes to capitalizing on the potential of the tech and innovation sector.
Ana Maria Montero
The Swiss start-up behind the next generation in cancer treatment
Every single cancer tumor is unique. “How it develops is different and how it needs to be treated is different,” says Ata Tuna Ciftlik, co-founder and CEO of Lunaphore Technologies. The EPFL start-up makes personalized cancer treatment possible with LabSat, which takes tissue analysis to the next level. Founded in 2014, Lunaphore just raised more than CHF 5 million and has eyes on the booming medtech market in China.
Ana Maria Montero
Quantum computing: leaping out of the lab and into our lives
As IBM and Google compete to dominate quantum computing, many wonder what this growing field has to offer the world. According to James Wootton, researcher at IBM Research in Zurich, quantum computing can solve science and business problems that regular computing cannot. The IBM Q Network is working with Fortune 500 companies to advance the field, and last month IBM announced the first IBM Quantum Computation Center in New York.

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