The Zurich Heart Project: using 3D printing to create an artificial heart The Zurich Heart Project: using 3D printing to create an artificial heart 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 start-up Teralytics wants to improve your commute
The struggle to get around crowded cities has given rise to on-demand mobility options like bike sharing and electric scooters. “We’re at the cusp of massive transformation,” says Alastair MacLeod, CEO of Teralytics. The Swiss start-up uses data from tracking mobile phones to help cities around the world keep up with the changes and better accommodate passengers. And the company has just secured $17.5 million to help make sure your ride is there when you need it.
Ana Maria Montero
Swisspod: fast as a plane, convenient as a train—but do we need it?
By 2035 Swisspod’s hyperloop technology could get you from Zurich to Geneva in just 20 minutes. CEO Denis Tudor is moving ahead on the project with some valuable advice from Elon Musk. But he still needs to convince the Swiss government, which has the late Swissmetro project fresh on its mind.
Ana Maria Montero
CES award opens doors to China for Swiss robot company Rovenso
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, Thomas Estier, co-founder and CEO of Rovenso, says a key to tapping into the coveted Chinese market is to get the attention of partners there. That’s just what happened when the Swiss robot company was awarded an innovation prize at CES Asia last month. No deals have been signed yet, but thanks to the award Estier says Rovenso now has access to investors he couldn’t easily approach before.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss start-ups wow the Chinese at CES Asia 2019
This month’s swissnex catch-up takes us to China and CES Asia, where Swiss tech made quite an impression, winning six CES Innovation Awards. On this week’s Tech Talk, swissnex CEO Felix Moesner walks us through having a front-row seat to the action.
Ana Maria Montero
Threema: “Nothing is 100 percent secure”
Threema, the Swiss encrypted messaging app, has seen downloads skyrocket since WhatsApp’s recent security woes. The company even counts the Swiss government as one of its clients. But is secure messaging just an illusion? Roman Flepp, head of Threema’s marketing and sales, says there is no absolute guarantee.
Ana Maria Montero
India tries to do good, not bad, with AI
Swissnex India, the think tank foraus, and the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence have teamed up to explore India’s booming landscape of AI for Good. Critical sectors like farming and healthcare can be “enhanced” thanks to AI, argues Alpan Raval, the institute’s head of data science.
Ana Maria Montero
EPFL’S TWIICE exoskeleton may soon help paraplegics ski
EPFL’s TWIICE is an exoskeleton that’s helping paraplegics walk again, and a new version to come may even help them ski down a mountain. But TWIICE co-founder Tristan Vouga says that despite such life-changing innovation it can still be difficult to find the right kind of funding in Switzerland.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss innovation is the talk of VivaTech 2019
A robot named ANYmal and an exoskeleton called TWIICE stole the show at the 2019 edition of Viva Technology in Paris. Meanwhile, start-ups and smart living put the spin on the #Swisstech pavilion. Ana Maria Montero was there and talked with the movers and shakers.
Ana Maria Montero
Imagine if you could monetize your data on social media
Equiis CEO Derek Roga says we should each own our digital footprint. The social media business has, as he puts it, “evolved off the back of people’s data.” Part of his concept is to help you own your data and determine how much – or how little – you want to monetize it for public consumption.
Ana Maria Montero
“It’s been a challenge to make sure we exist,” says Swissnex SF CEO
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, Gioia Deucher, CEO of Swissnex San Francisco and Sophie Lamparter from Mindmaze, talk about the challenges that come with navigating the difficult and sometimes cutthroat tech hub that is Silicon Valley in the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
senseFly CEO: “Ready to react” if China moves into his market
As an executive at French drone specialist Parrot Group, Gilles Labossière claims his company was the only survivor after China “killed” the quadcopter drone market. Now as the new CEO of Swiss-based senseFly, which was acquired by Parrot in 2015, he’s ready to take on China should they come knocking.
Ana Maria Montero
A collaboration that could revolutionize product design in Switzerland
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, find out how 14 students from Lausanne’s ECAL, one of the world’s top design schools, went to MIT in Boston to learn how soft robotics can further innovate product design.
Ana Maria Montero
Skaterbots: The social companions (and pets) of the future?
After their recent debut on ice, Rob and Bob the Skaterbots are making their TV debut on rollerblades. Their creators at ETH Zurich tell Tech Talk that they are exploring the possibility of designing the social companion of the future.
Ana Maria Montero
Paléo Festival 2019 goes digital
Nyon’s legendary music festival plans to go digital in 2019 with Paléo Galaxy. Julien Gross gave us a heads-up at CES in Las Vegas.

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