Eureka Park, the domain of start-ups… and the territory of the French

More than half of the 2,200 companies present at the major electronics fair are start-ups.

It’s a room within a room. Eureka Park is the space reserved for start-ups within CES, the electronics fair in Las Vegas. More than 1,000 young companies come to this space with stands of a few square meters, which are sometimes limited to a stool and a computer. However, some devices are more impressive than others. French technology and the hunt in pack » Emmanuel Macron’s darlings were emulated. More and more countries are adopting a strategy similar to that of France to promote their innovative young companies: Switzerland, Taiwan, Israel, Holland, Japan, Korea and even the United States have their dedicated space at Eureka Park.

However, French Tech remains the largest delegation with 170 start-ups. Visitors flock to the corridors and, contrary to what happened a few years ago, the French are not the only ones to come and see these young shoots. “ We received the Korean Minister of Industry says Jean-François Guiderdoni, co-founder of Acwa Robotics, a startup that has developed an autonomous robot that inspects water pipes and detects leaks. A subject at the center of concerns in Las Vegas, which earned the company the honors of a passage on the American television channel NBC News. Acwa Robotics is fully integrated into the new theme that the CES organizers are trying to propose, with technology that is more respectful of the environment and aimed at improving everyday life.

French regions that support young companies were also careful to bring in more mature companies this year. “ Start-ups acquire more notoriety, their presence here opens doors for them in large groups. It is also the place where they can find partners, discuss with other start-ups, establish commercial agreements… “, underlines Carole Delgas, president of the Region of Occitania and the Regions of France.

Some innovations to follow

Innovations abound, from new forms of mobility to light bulbs to help dyslexics read better. Even as more and more start-ups have opted to target professional markets, moving away from CES’ original theme, the consumer electronics show. Health is therefore one of the major themes.

NIR to fight against Parkinson’s disease

Thus, the CEA presents the NIR, “ potentially a new therapy for Parkinson’s disease explains Dr. Majhid Hihi cautiously. Clinical trials in fourteen patients are ongoing, with the aim of stopping the tremors associated with this degenerative disease. “ We opted for a physical approach, bringing near-infrared light illumination into the patient’s brain. “, explains Majhid Hihi.

A small box the size of a two-euro coin is placed on top of the patient’s skull. This box is equipped with a laser diode and an optical fiber” that dives inside the brain near the degenerated area and reduces the death of neurons that produce dopamine “. This system is mainly dedicated to young patients, diagnosed less than two years ago.

To develop this solution, CEA researchers approached an American group, not having been able to find a French industrial partner. Boston Scientific is funding the clinical development and, if successful, will leverage the solution into a licensing business model. The researchers would like to extend the experiment to other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Hutchinson’s.

Fire, a “concrete” electric radiator

In a completely different register, Fogo presents an electric radiator with artificial intelligence, which can adapt the heating of the rooms according to the habits of the occupants of the accommodation. If Fogo is not the first to propose such a solution, one of the originalities of the start-up is to have housed intelligence in radiators to optimize results.

The other peculiarity is the composition of its radiators. Graphene replaces electrical resistance and the interior is made of high-performance fiber concrete to keep warm longer. “ Our radiators are manufactured in Strasbourg. We can make all shapes and colors, our radiators are cast in silicone molds that are made at Douais “, explains Victor Dhallun, co-founder of Fogo.

Neoplant to purify the air

Neoplant has developed a plant that is thirty times cleaner, inserting new pieces of DNA into it. A performance that is the fruit of four years of R&D. “ We also developed a patented pot to maximize airflow between the plant and the room. It is equipped with a water tank with a level to always have the right amount of water. “explains one of the co-founders. Neoplant develops its plants in a laboratory in Saint-Ouen and will rely on American partners to cultivate them. they are convinced that nature is the most powerful technology in the world “. The startup first wants to market its plants in the United States, where legislation on transgenics is more flexible than in France.

Naist, plants for lighting

An idea shared by the Japanese researchers at Naist. They develop plants that emit light. To do so, they introduced genes from fungi. They want to replace LEDs with LEPs, light-emitting plants. In the near future, the goal is to have plants around that emit enough light to be able to read a book. They are also developing luminous poplars, to light garden paths, for example. without using electricity “, insist the Japanese researchers.

Atmosgear, the first motorized skates

Electric mobility lacked the rollers. This is now done with Atmosgear. The start-up founded by a young engineer, Mohamed Soliman, has developed a three-wheel skate, equipped with an engine that fits into the central wheel. The battery offers 20 km of autonomy with a maximum speed of 25 km/h. The motor is controlled from a small box that is held in the hand. “ We are aimed at skaters who want to go further, with less fatigue. Skates are very suitable for covering those last kilometers, they are easier to transport than a scooter, easier to store than a bicycle! “, insists Mohamed Soliman. All that was missing were the electric mobility skates. Now it’s done.

Hyboo Bije, a bamboo bicycle

In the field of smooth mobility, the Hyboo Bike is a bamboo electric bicycle created by the company Tripbike. Weighs just 15kg with all equipment (basket and mudguard included). Assembled in the Hauts-de-France, this beautiful toy starts at 3300 euros. “ We want to create a universe from carbon neutral products “, explains founder Clara Sarantellis, who aims to manufacture bamboo accessories, starting with bicycle helmets.

Amateur athletes will also appreciate Rematch. An automatic editing application to enjoy the best moments of amateur sports from images captured on the edge of fields of football, handball, basketball, rugby, hockey, volleyball, American football…” We want to bring visibility to amateurs. Each person can have their summary according to the images they took “, explains Franck Si-Hassen, co-founder of Rematch. He claims 12 million views in December on videos made by Rematch and uploaded to the app and social media.

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