Category: Lab item of the month

Apr 23

Be kind, snitch on a weed !

Diverting a mobile app dedicated to flora amateurs, Otago University scientists want to use smartphones against damaging plant species. How much will it help protect New Zealand unique ecosystem ? Tackling weeds and invasive animals is priority number one for conservationists of New Zealand. Whether they try to restore the native environment or keep a piece …

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Mar 31

Glassjar wants to become the instant Leetchi

Ever thought paying the bill was the worst part of your night out with friends ? Glassjar founders too, and they want to make it less painful thanks to an application. They chose the hard path to do so, launching in the US, where the market of peer to peer payment is extremely competitive. In …

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Feb 26

3D printing for biomimetic surfers

Roy Stuart is a renowned board builder in New Zealand. His technics, essentially manual, remain time consuming. With the help of 3D printing, the craftsman produced a new fin design in only 2 months. New Zealand has several reasons to benefit from 3D printing : its remote location, the lack of certain industries and a …

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Jan 31

StQry brings the world’s making-of to your phone

You usually use your phone to take pictures or record videos in exhibitions and art galleries. Born from a walk in a zoo, StQry turns mobile devices into the perfect (cultured) companion. How come a pellican scoop so much water in its beak ? Why does Mona Lisa smile on da Vinci’s painting ? We …

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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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