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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Sep 19

When is New Zealand fast internet future ?

Gigatown competition is making a lot of fuss right now on New Zealand social networks. This is how one city will win a cheap access to a Gigabyte-per-second (Gbit/s) internet access. But critics argue that high speed fibre optics is unlikely to happen in one place, and rather needs a national development plan. By the …

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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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Aug 22

24 hours to revive the moa (on computers, first)

The moa has disappeared centuries ago from New Zealand. But a campaign on Kickstarter aims to bring it back to life. GMO opponents can be reassured, no genetic engineering of DNA will be involved in this project, just computers. More precisely an augmented reality application. I already told you about this technology in Christchurch, which …

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Aug 13

Are kiwis enough environment-friendly ?

New-Zealand pays much attention to its “clean and green” image abroad. However, the country isn’t always flawless regarding environment. How do New-Zealanders perform as a population ? At first sight, New-Zealand has what it takes to be called environment-friendly. Most of national electricity comes from lakes and rivers, and millions of dollars are spent each …

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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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Jun 19

Christchurch’s smart doctor

He’s the “serendipity” architect behind the Sensing City project, that will allegedly transform Chirstchurch into an exemplar smart city. Roger Dennis is facing one challenging project in his career : instead of usually dealing with professionals that know exactly what they do and want, this time he has to get normal people, the inhabitants of …

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May 21

Beloved kiwi rubbish

Scarce population and unique landscapes are two good reasons to take care of the environment. This makes also a perfect opportunity to settle a greener economy. Here’s a review of some exciting kiwi recycling projects… and also some about recycling kiwi ! Second life is money. Success of the Wellington-based website Trade Me, where you can …

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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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