Category: 2014

Nov 30

MeMini, the camera that records what you would have normally missed

Tiny, wearable, but most of all able to travel back in time, the MeMini camera is shipped overseas since June 2014. Another start-up project from New Zealand that was crowdfunded thanks to Kickstarter. Everybody experienced this at least once in his life : facing a memorable moment, you wished you had a camera or smartphone …

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Sep 24

Citizen science to survey water quality

There is no smart city, but smart citizens, says Roger Dennis, leader of the Sensing City initiative in Christchurch. That’s why the first experiment involved the inhabitants of the former capital to monitor quality of streams and rivers. I had the opportunity to contribute, and check whether the water test is suitable for everyone.  In …

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Aug 31

Home testing for cancer

In New Zealand, you can now order a bladder cancer test and use it without visiting a doctor first. The start-up behind this is working on home diagnostics for other type of cancers. Pacific Edge e-commerce platform is active since the end of July. You won’t find the product sold on eBay, since it’s a cancer …

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Jun 30

The wine lab

Yealands Estate is one of the most important wine exporters of New-Zealand. But, unlike other big players in this business, it has a distinct taste for disruptive ideas. And this doesn’t involve only the way grapes are grown.   If the crazy geeks from The Big Bang Theory had to quit their jobs for working …

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Apr 29

CityViewAR : the anti-disaster app

One research lab in Christchurch has recently released an augmented-reality software that lets you see the town as it was before 2011 massive earthquakes. Originally designed for phones, the CityViewAR app can now be implemented on Smart glasses. When Christchurch rebuild is complete, it won’t look like the old city anymore. Urban planners could install information …

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Mar 30

3D printing at the library

Just like other industrialised countries, New-Zealand is growing a “Do it yourself” culture of its own. Wellington has for instance its maker space, so does Auckland, for now relegated to a small room of the main town library. I have attended to one of the workshops dedicated to 3D printing last february. You can’t possibly …

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Feb 01

Making a big deal out of nanofibers

  Henderson is a place for big companies like boat builders, the filming industry, orchards and food factories, just one little hour away from Auckland and at the bottom of the Waitakere Ranges. But there is also small businesses happening here. I mean very, very small ones. Indeed even smaller than each one of your hair. …

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Jan 13

Flexible sensors from Stretch Sense

Ben O’Brien, successful CEO of a young start-up in Auckland, and talented practitioner of Jiu Jitsu (he likes to underline it), has worked for a few years on an easy way to measure body motion. Think of it as an extra-muscle with its own embedded brain. The use of it ? Well, says Ben, there …

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