The European tech ecosystem has witnessed a drastic transformation over the years. Moving beyond the usual smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets, several new technologies have emerged of late shaping up the tech ecosystem. Many big tech players are developing the latest and best technologies and new products deploying Artificial Intelligence and other technologies.
Having said that there are several interesting and new types of products and technologies, many of these companies have taken to the CES 2020 show floor as it will give them a better reach. While there were many European companies ranging from early-stage to advanced companies, the French tech ecosystem’s dominance was seen at the events that unfolded in Las Vegas. Going by the same, here we have come up with some of the interesting launches by the French tech startups at CES 2020.
Withings, a pioneer in the digital health industry unveiled ScanWatch, which is the world’s first clinically validated hybrid smartwatch. This wearable detects both sleep apnea and arrhythmia. Withings has developed this smartwatch in collaboration with cardiologists and sleep experts. Touted to be the most medically advanced wearable launched to date, ScanWatch helps users and their physicians monitor the overall health and diagnose sleep and cardiovascular issues at the early stages.
BIC Wet Razor
At the CES 2020, the French startup BIC announced a collaborative platform called The Next BIC Thing, which will kick off with BIC’s new AI-enabled prototype shaver designed in partnership with Invoxia, a global leader in the design and development of connected devices. This is the first AI-powered wet shaver that will capture data about hair density, shaving speed, shaving experience, temperature, time spent on shaving, etc. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0, a USB Type-C port, and an IP64 rating. It is compatible with Android and iOS and will share updates via Bluetooth.
Hap2U’s Hap2Phone Haptic Display
Hap2U, which is a haptics developer with a specialisation in integrating sensory intelligence into tactile surfaces has unveiled Hap2Phone at CES 2020. It carries the credits of being the world’s first haptic smartphone display. It lets users feel and sense the objects in photos on their touchscreen display. The company aims to let smartphone users send a text message even without taking a glance at the phone. This can be done by feeling the individual letters on the screen keyboard.
French tech startup Klaxoon specialises in collaboration software and companion devices. At the CES 2020, the Rennes-based company unveiled Teamplayer, which is an appliance with associated peripherals. This device can turn any screen into a smart collaborative workspace. Teamplayer is a product that enables the modern workplace. It lets people working on different sites come together for a meeting.
Developed by neuroscientists and sleep experts, URGONight headband from the French startup URGOTECH uses the EEG technology. With this headband, EEG-feedback therapy for sleep is available in the comfort of the wearers’ home. It works with a companion app and gives neruofeedback therapy to train the brain to produce brainwaves that are associated with sleep. This headband is meant to be used 20 minutes a day, thrice a week. Unlike other sleep aids, this is said to provide long-lasting results sans any side effects.
IEVA launched a new smartwatch to helps users monitor environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure, and activity as well. The wearable is marketed as both a health and beauty product that will also give users information about how environmental factors contribute to ageing. The technology monitors various aspects such as ambient temperature, sun exposure, humidity, luminosity, noise, and pollution levels among others.
Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat
Founded in 2020, the French startup Mateo aims to change the way people are connected to their health. The company with a team of health and IoT experts has launched the Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat at the CES 2020. It connects to a smartphone or connected mirror app to help individuals monitor their weight and posture. The Mateo smart team helps users record their body metrics seamlessly as they dry their feet. It is made of an interchangeable cover and comes connects to smartphones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Netatmo Smart Door Lock
French accessory maker Netatmo announced a Smart Door Lock that can be used with physical NFC Smart Keys. It is compatible with Apple HomeKit. It comes with three pre-paired keys that can be inserted into the lock and rotated as usual. The lock and keys use NFC and Bluetooth and the access authorisations and identification for each key are locally stored. As it is not connected to the internet, it is quite safe. Notably, a single key can be configured to unlock several such smart door locks from Netatmo in the same home.
Nawa Technologies e-bike
French company NAWA Technologies has come up with the concept of the NAWA Racer e-bike. It is touted to use a hybrid battery that combines the company’s revolutionary ultra-capacitors that will offer 10x power and 5x energy than existing lithium-ion cells. Its hybrid ultracapacitor battery system improved energy efficiency, extends entire system life and reduces charging times.
Lexilife showcased a lamp for easier reading with dyslexia, which is a condition that makes it tough to read as both eyes send competing dominant streams of visual information resulting in a distortion in letters in a mirroring manner. The Lexilight reading lamp uses lights to guide the reader. It uses pulsing, modulating, and adjustable LED lights encouraging one eye or the other to take control and send a clear and single image of words that they read, be it from a screen or paper.
Main image picture credits: URGONight
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