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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.
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Ana Maria Montero
Sonocoin: Cryptocurrency you can hear
Cryptocurreny that uses sound to transfer value; this is the basic idea behind Geneva-based start-up, Sonocoin. How does it work? What are the advantages? And the potential risks? On today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero hears both sides of the coin from founder Leon Afanasyev.
Ana Maria Montero
Swissloop CEO Luca di Tizio on pod transport, Hyperloop and Elon Musk
On July 22, the best student teams from all over the world will be descending on Hawthorne, California, to take part in Elon Musk's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition. Joining them for the second year in a row, this time with a new transport capsule, is the team from Swissloop, an association of students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities. In this week's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with Swissloop CEO Luca de Tizio about the upcoming battle of the pods.
Ana Maria Montero
Auterion is using open-source software to connect to the drone community, say its founders
For this week’s Tech Talk, we catch up with Lorenz Meier and Kevin Sartori, the co-founders and co-CEOs of the open-source software start-up Auterion. The company, initiated at ETH Zurich, is behind the development of the PX4 autopilot, the most widely used software for autonomous flying robots to date. Like many good ideas, it did not come together overnight. Ana Maria Montero began by asking about where it all began.
Ana Maria Montero
What has four legs, is all-terrain, and battery-operated?
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.
Ana Maria Montero
Aliya Prokofyeva: Reaching for the Stars
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.
Ana Maria Montero
Dotphoton: Taking photo compression to the next level
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.
Ana Maria Montero
Technis smart floors: Changing the analytics game, one step at a time
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.
Ana Maria Montero
3, 2, 1...liftoff! ETH Zurich is onboard NASA's InSight mission to Mars
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.
Martina Fuchs
Fashwell CEO: We are expanding in the U.S.
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.
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
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
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.
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