After the 2008 financial crisis, the shipping industry took a hard hit. SkySails CEO Stephan Wrage saw an opportunity for his special technology: using massive kites to propel ships and produce electrical power. “We’re sold out for next year, for the first time ever,” he says. Wrage goes on to explain why competition makes him happy and why Switzerland, which has said “no” many times, could really benefit from their technology.
One of the biggest safety concerns for people suffering from dementia-related illnesses is that they become disoriented and wander. Zurich-based Smartwatchers has created a smartwatch that doubles as a security device, solving a problem that is set to grow with the aging population. Ana Maria Montero has the story.
Fortnite players take the role of heroes in life-saving missions in this new version called Liferun. The International Red Cross linked up with Team Evolve to create the game, designed to raise awareness about the rules and limits of warfare. Launched last month at PAX South 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, this new game was played 10,000 times in the first week alone.
Two ZHdK graduates are designing lower-limb prosthetic systems from plastic waste that they are planning to produce in developing countries, made there for people there. Their start-up, Project Circleg, launched in 2018 with CHF 500,000 from foundations and is continuing to expand and look for new funding.
IBM showcased its quantum computing services at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. We asked Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of cloud and cognitive software at the American tech giant, what those new computers can really do and when they will available on the market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The future of electric aviation is taking off in Switzerland.