Start-Up Tag

It is finally here!!! After years in which our board games have collected dust hidden in garages and in cellars they finally got the upgrade they need to celebrate a revival.  In February we reported about ePwan a french start-up developing NFC and RFID enabled board games which allow real-time tracking of objects including a tag on a surface. They now launched a Kickstarter campaign for the ePawn Arena, an unique board that connects mobile video games to real-world game pieces and interactive robot-toys. Game play ePawn arena (image: ePawn/Kickstarter) The game pack consists outRead More
Vai Kai, a Berlin based start-up has combined traditional wood design and modern technology to create the perfect toy – Avakai, a symbiosis of old & new perfect for kids around the globe. The toys are currently crowdfunded on Kickstarter and are shaped as a little, simplified wooden dolls. The Avakai is connected to other Avakais or a smartphone via Bluetooth LowEnegery and uses touch sensors integrated below the surface to interact with the outside world. Feedback from the toy includes sound, coloured light and haptic feedback. To charge Avakai you can use a standardRead More
Let’s take the key message of this post and put it on top: Dracula Technologies develops some unbelievably cool, innovative and exciting stuff that’s even cooler than the company’s name! Dracula Technologies, a French start-up is a research and development team specialised in the production of organic photovoltaic energy. What that means in plain English: The company can print different layers that compose a solar panel. With this technology it is possible to produce any kind of flexible shapes that harvest energy from the sun. The amazing solution consists of a negative electrodeRead More
Yep, we know there are many smart buttons around these days. COOPY is the next one to join the game. Like with all things you could say who needs more? In this case we say we want more! COOPY offers some really cool additional features which many other connected buttons lack so far – long live the evolution. Use COOPY in your car e.g. to answer calls PentaSens Inc., the company behind COOPY is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the tiny handheld device which sports 3 buttons. The functions ofRead More
Smart lights, thermostats, refrigerators, locks… how many connected devices do you have? 10? 20? Even more? All of those things require getting your smartphone out of your pocket, swiping over the screen, entering your password to unlock it and then opening an app to control them. In some cases you can also use a switch or button on the device which is not really what you want to do when you payed for a “smart” and connected thing. Smart Controller “Nuimo” from Senic Don’t worry there is a solution: smart controllers.Read More
Ever wondered what it’s like to turn an idea into a company? We asked Michelle Hua the Founder & Director of Made With Glove Ltd, a UK wearable tech start-up designing fashionable heated gloves for women. What is the idea behind Made With Glove? My idea came about four years ago during a 6 hour walking tour in Prague in -21 degrees of snow. Two hours into the tour, I couldn’t feel my my hands or my feet. I had disposable hand warmers however, because I had my gloves on,Read More

Posted On April 1, 2015By Kai SchmidtIn Consumer, Lifestyle, Technology

Kraftwerk is a Pocket Sized Power Plant

Kraftwerk is the first mobile fuel cell that fits in your pocket and runs on common lighter gas. This sounds not completely new, as for example Toshiba and Sony have developed similar applications for mobile devices in the past. Kraftwerk invented by the eZelleron GmbH, a start-up company based in Dresden, Germany, uses a different fuel cell technology which could be crucial for the success of the gadget. In general we speak of two different kinds of fuel cells: PEMFC (proton exchange membrane fuel cells) and SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell). The first ones can be operatedRead More

Posted On March 26, 2015By Kai SchmidtIn Internet of Things, Lifestyle, Music

Prizm is your New Music Buddy

Do you still remember the days when you discovered new music in stores flipping through thousands of CDs? Getting excited whenever there was a new album from a favourite artist? The internet changed how we consume and search for music. Nowadays we get overwhelmed by a flood of new songs every day, spending hours to sort out what we do not like. Luckily a french start-up created a solution: Meet Prizm – a gadget that will play the perfect track in every situation. Prizm is a little pyramid that connectsRead More
Aerial video footage has been something that we only saw in Hollywood movies until a couple of years ago. Maybe that is the reason why it does look so exciting. In 2010 commercial drones started to come to the shelves of stores. Not long after that the first creative minds strapped cameras to the small UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and filmed their own aerial videos. The new angle from high above delivered stunning pictures but to steer a drone and the camera simultaneously is something for real pros. Good thing thereRead More
The Schleicher Incubator Zoom Zone Labs – or short: “sizzl” – is a new initiative of the Schleicher Electronic Berlin GmbH targeting start-ups and young creative thinkers.  Schleicher originally provides tailored electronic solutions to customers. In order to support the young and innovative start-up scene in Berlin the company created sizzl. A lot of small companies have promising ideas and concepts but lack the technical know-how and access to components to successfully realise them. That’s where sizzl wants to step in and support the start-ups with comprehensive experience in development, designRead More