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 24

A small pain for the good of sharks

After worrying about swimmers and surfers, let’s swap sides and care a bit about the terror of the sea : sharks ! They also deserve some goodwill, as millions of them disappear each year, either killed accidentally or on purpose by fishers for food or coast protection. If shark-repelling becomes a growing business, some other people fortunately work …

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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 24

Wetsuits, tweets and other weird shark-repellents

Even if less recurrent than in Australia, New Zealand isn’t spared from shark attacks on swimmers and surfers. So attention is already gained when it comes to new repellents against the sea predator. Australia stays nevertheless at the tip of innovation in this field. Each fatal shark attack in New Zealand causes a great shock, …

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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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Jan 04

Christchurch 2.0 : building the Sensing City

After Christchurch was massively destroyed by two earthquakes in 2011, some people had the idea to build a different city, in a way that would make it at the same time more attractive than before. You can now see for instance a cardboard church replacing the old Gothic cathedral. The Sensing City is one of …

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Dec 24

Abracadabra, there are “frogz” behind your kiwi app !

Stupeflix is a French start- up created in 2009 upon a streamlined video creation software. Though they just released worldwide its declination for smartphones called Replay, the app is available in New Zealand since October for test. I had a chat with Guillaume Oulès, in charge of technical development at Stupeflix.   Why did you decide …

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Dec 21

Welcome and Kia Ora

For five years I have been a journalist in France covering news in science. Curious to see how it looks elsewhere on the planet, I have decided to travel one year to New Zealand, 18 550 kilometers away from the frog legs and snails in garlic butter’s capital city. I’d like to thank in this first …

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