CES 2023 – 3 unusual products showcased by French tech start-ups

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More than 200 French startups traveled to Las Vegas for the 2023 edition of CES.

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At CES in Las Vegas, there’s something for everyone. If the show sometimes presents revolutionary products, it is also the place par excellence where atypical or crazy objects are discovered in droves. French Tech is not the last in this exercise. After walking the halls of Eureka Park and the Las Vegas convention center, here are three products from French startups that caught our attention.

U-Scan, Withings’ Connected Urinalysis Laboratory

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After offering connected watches and scales, or even blood pressure monitors, Withings stood out at this CES 2023 by unveiling a connected urine analysis lab to hang over your toilet bowl. Called the U-Scan, the device can analyze several biomarkers, such as pH, specific gravity, vitamin C and ketone levels, to improve the daily monitoring of the user’s health.

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The U-Scan will be commercialized from the second quarter of 2023 in Europe.

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To achieve this feat, the French company has developed a reader, equipped with low-energy radar sensors, to identify the “signature” individual’s own urine stream (velocity, distance, dispersion, etc.). Each sample is then sent to one of the tiny capsules in the cylindrical cartridge contained in the object to be read by an optical sensor. The result is sent via Wi-Fi to an application responsible for interpreting it and then providing the user with a detailed analysis. The U-Scan then simply cleans itself when the toilet is flushed.

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The product, which required four years of research and development, will be marketed from the second quarter of 2023 in Europe at a price of €499.95 as a starter kit (with a cartridge that covers 3 months of measurement). For its debut in this new business segment, Withings offers two specific cartridges: U-Scan Nutri Balance, to provide metabolic information and advice on hydration and nutrition; and U-Scan Cycle Sync, for tracking and synchronizing women’s menstrual cycles. Before perhaps additional uses in a few months…

AtmosGear Electric Skates

After the electric scooters that invaded urban areas, for good and mostly for bad, will electric skates be democratized so quickly? In any case, the French start-up AtmosGear believes in this and presented at CES its rollers driven by its motorized plate. This is controlled with a remote control, which allows the user to increase its top speed to 25 km/h, or up to 40 km/h for the fastest version! However, you don’t have to go that fast to end up on the floor, we’ve seen some serious falls with these electrically assisted rollers in Las Vegas…

Interestingly, the engine recharges while skidding. According to the company, this motorized stage has a range of 20 km, or 4 to 5 hours of use. As for the full recharge, it takes between 3 and 4 hours. For now, AtmosGear is targeting 200 pre-orders for its product. But the French start-up is already looking much further ahead: it has set a goal of selling over 100,000 pairs of skates worldwide by 2026!


AtmosGear expects to sell over 100,000 pairs of electric skates worldwide by 2026.

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Lizia, the accessory to improve reading comfort

We end this small overview of unusual products with a gadget that book lovers might like. And it’s no wonder that the Breton start-up Lizia, the brainchild of two students at Insa Rennes, has created a small accessory for three uses around reading: holding the book in one hand, illuminating the pages with a warm light, and make a bookmark once your reading session is over.


Lizia offers a 3-in-1 accessory to make reading more enjoyable.

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This little object has a battery life of 5 hours and is recharged with a micro-USB cable. Ultimately, perhaps the best ideas are the simplest ones. You are the judge.

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