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
Startup founder’s advice: “Keep learning and have fun!”
Founder and CEO Madiha Derouazi shares her advice to startups when pitching their projects to investors. And she would know: Derouazi has raised CHF 33 million for her company, Amal Therapeutics. The EPFL alum recently shared this and more at this year’s Startup Champions Seed Night, co-organized by Venturelab.
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.
Ana Maria Montero
Linz attacks Swiss watchmakers for not having an answer to the smartwatch
After one year, the world’s first mechanical smartwatch is ticking successfully forward, with technology in the pipeline that, according to maker Frederique Constant’s Peter Stas, could rival Apple. Despite that, WatchAdvisor’s Alexander Linz thinks the Swiss industry’s response to the smartwatch has been entirely too slow.
Ana Maria Montero
Robots and 3-D printers helped build this Swiss house
The world’s first digitally fabricated house, known as DFAB, is now open. The building—a collaboration between the Swiss institutes ETH Zurich, Empa, and Eawag—will be home to four people beginning in May. Ana Maria Montero got an early tour on this week’s edition of Tech Talk.
Hannah Wise
What’s driving the latest changes in car technology?
The future of cars and automation is front and center at the Geneva International Motor Show. Tech giants are joining up with carmakers to change driving as we know it. Microsoft’s Avijit Sinha and WayRay CEO Vitaly Pomonarev talk about what’s next and say that the future is closer than we think.
Ana Maria Montero
Brazil’s “booming” venture capital landscape
Swissnex Brazil is knee-deep in fertile territory for start-ups ranging from agtech to big data, says Executive Director Maria Conti. But even more alluring is an investment infrastructure that is set to go “through the roof,” according to swissnex alumnus Ignacio Barrios, now CEO of Kido Dynamics.
Ana Maria Montero
Sure, it’s faster, but is 5G technology safe?
Swiss mobile companies are gearing up for 5G, but there’s concern that local laws on radiation-limits could hold up its rollout. We go to the World Mobile Congress where 5G is taking center stage and find out about the future of the next-generation technology in Switzerland and beyond.
Ana Maria Montero
“The real attackers are laughing,” says e-voting skeptic
The Swiss government is testing SwissPost’s e-voting platform against hacking to build the public’s trust, but some are skeptical. Calling the tests a “joke,” hacker and activist Hernâni Marques from Chaos Computer Club Switzerland breaks down just how vulnerable electronic voting is to attacks.
Ana Maria Montero
“We won’t monetize your data,” says SwissSign CEO
A project to create a national digital identity for Swiss residents – backed by Swiss Post, Swisscom, Credit Suisse and UBS – says it won’t make money on your personal data. That’s according to Markus Naef, CEO of SwissSign, who says the new version of SwissID is different.
Martina Fuchs
Kai-Fu Lee: Why China is already a global AI superpower
China is much faster than the U.S. when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence. That’s the view of the former president of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, who thinks China is already a global AI superpower. So where does Switzerland fit into the global innovation picture?
Ana Maria Montero
swissnex San Francisco hits CES
swissnex San Francisco and Boston joined forces this year with Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Global Enterprise, and other Swiss organizations to launch the first-ever official Swiss Pavilion at CES in Las Vegas. Ana Maria Montero met the San Francisco team for a spontaneous chat about their first year at the tech-stravaganza.
Ana Maria Montero
What Google and Apple could teach Switzerland
Swiss companies should be more disruptive like Google and Apple, suggests André Kudelski, president of Innosuisse. Ana Maria Montero also talks strategy with Martin Dahinden, Swiss ambassador to the U.S., and Daniel Küng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, in this final report from CES 2019.

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