At CES in Las Vegas, hundreds of startups tried to prove that technology can help people heal, improve education and work, increase productivity and save the planet. Selected pieces from the annual high ground of technological innovations and electronic gadgets that ends this Sunday.
We touch with our eyes
The start-up One Third, which has made it its mission to fight food waste, presented an infrared light device to “scan” avocados. Just show him one of these fruits known for their nutritional benefits and read the result on a mobile application. The program’s algorithms indicate whether the avocado is “not yet ripe”, “ripe” or “overripe”, with a color code.
In addition to the information useful to consumers, the device must prevent supermarket customers from trying the fruit one after the other, which harms them. The company got its name from the fact that a third of the food produced in the world goes to waste.
Like Harry Potter’s sorting hat, the iSyncWave headset sits on the head and is able to scan brain waves and make a diagnosis. But it’s not magic. The device performs an electroencephalogram and its artificial intelligence algorithms predict the risk of cognitive disorders (including Alzheimer’s) in ten minutes.
The South Korean company that designed it, iMediSync, believes that its headset can drastically reduce the financial resources and time needed for such diagnostics. The device should also be used to perform certain therapies against neurodegenerative diseases.
Many start-ups are working on methods of communication with technology, for all people who do not know how to code, but who have or will have to interact with increasingly complex computer systems. At the c (Next Industries) booth, Nadia Giuliani stands behind a small robot, grabs two connected controllers and claps her hands and says “clap.” The device immediately imitates it and claps. The leader can also teach him dance moves.
“Our technology is used to transform interactions with devices,” explains Massimiliano Bellino, CEO of Next Industries. “We use voice commands and gestures to humanize interactions with the digital world,” he continues.
The Italian company’s software suite, based on artificial intelligence, is designed specifically for factories, so that technicians can teach robots to perform tasks instead of having to program them manually. Tactigon promises 30% productivity gains thanks to algorithms.
Smart punching bag
With I’I-Perskin, it’s no longer a question of punching your punching bag after all. This connected cover slips over the punching bag and has lightweight targets and flexible electronic sensors to guide the exercises and analyze the boxer’s strength and precision.
A mobile app allows you to set workouts and review performance. The French start-up that designed the cover, I-Percut, intends to sell it initially to gyms.