three start-ups return from Las Vegas with an award

In addition to the pride of the award, these prizes, awarded in 28 different categories, allow those who receive them to benefit from true international recognition of their work and the development of their ideas. If it is the guarantee of greater visibility for your project throughout the Exhibition, obtaining a CES Innovation Award opens doors, both in terms of notoriety and impact, above all economic. Awards that also testify to the dynamism of the territory in terms of innovation.

FACIL’iti and its MYdys application

Based in Limoges, FACIL’iti has been designing digital inclusion solutions since 2018 for people with visual, motor or cognitive difficulties. In Las Vegas, it was for its MYdys application that it won a CES Innovation Award in the “Software and mobile applications” category.

MYdys, available for free download from the Apple App Store, will also be available from the Google Play Store from February 2023.

This application allows people with dyslexia to read any text without difficulty. “The person takes a photo of a text with the cell phone anywhere, for example a menu in a restaurant, a sign at an airport, a computer screen, it is scanned in the application that will apply the personalized settings” explains Frédéric Sudraud, president of FACIL’iti. The app will make it considerably easier to read.

Available for download on smartphones via the App Store and Android in the coming days, MYdys works with “OCR” technology based on optical character recognition. specifically “MYdys can modify the layout, size and font of the characters, increase the spacing between characters, words and lines. Letters and numbers that might be confused like M and W, U and N, 6 and 9 will appear in color.” An app aimed at the 5-8% of French people who suffer from “dis” disorders and beyond, because it can also translate 21 languages ​​and 50 more are planned.

GLOphotonics and its miniature atomic clock

Another award-winning startup from Limoges, this time in the “Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection” category, was GLOphotonics (or “GLO”), for its latest invention: a miniature atomic clock. The latter, the result of 20 years of cutting-edge research in quantum photonics, weighs just a few grams and looks like a cell phone pen. It can be operated from any mobile phone or computer.

GLO Photonic’s miniature atomic clock, similar to a digitizer pen

Called a PMCAC (Photonic Microcell Atomic Clock), this tool is designed around an optical fiber containing cesium or rubidium. The goal? Let anyone have it in their pocket “the performance of a laboratory atomic clock”, according to GLO. This technology measures time so precisely that it only varies by one millisecond over a period of 1000 years.

On the application side, this tool can be used in particular for extremely precise geolocation functions without satellite, in the secure telecommunications sector or even in cybersecurity. For those in the know, it’s a true technological leap “which paves the way for a multibillion-dollar market and multiparadigm changes”, comments on the CES website. However, the PMCAC is not expected to be operational for two years, time for deep-tech to find the right technology partners. No doubt your CES Innovation Award could make things easier.

Zufo and his eco-designed ski boot

Based in Gironde, Lacanau, start-up zUFO won a CES award in the category “Sustainability and eco-design” for its reinvention of the ski boot. It must be said that the ambition of Hervé Fredouille, the founder of zUFO, is not anecdotal: to be comfortable in your ski boots, betting on their ecological design.

After 50 years without real innovations, zUFO and its eco-design ski boot equipped with an exoskeleton intend to revolutionize the sector! IThe ski boot market represents 3 to 4 million pairs sold per year to 135 million skiers worldwide.

Its patented concept offers a ski boot without a rigid shell or hook, but with an exoskeleton. “precise and comfortable”. This one “guarantees the mechanical function of the ski boot, that is, the transmission of forces between the body and the ski”, while a textile part keeps the foot dry and warm. Result: dressing and undressing are simplified, as is walking to reach the ski lifts. Pain while skiing due to a too tight or too little tight foot, or friction in the ankles or shin, disappears.

Other strengths, made up of a dozen mountable and removable modules “no special tools or glue”, the ski boot is adjustable according to the ski practiced and repairable (in case of a damaged module, it is exchanged). It will also be made in France, promises the designer. Currently in the development phase, on-station testing and fundraising are planned for 2023 to start industrialization and commercialization in the winter of 2023-24.

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