Giacinto Bottone

Empathetic virtual interactions with lifelike digital humans

From text messages to video calls, virtual communications have become firmly embedded in most social interactions. In fact, for many people, it is almost inconceivable nowadays to imagine getting through the day without them. And this has never been more true than in the current COVID-19...

Start-up of the day: Unpack your home anywhere in the world

Many interesting start-ups have been featured here in the past year. Soon a jury will choose the Start-up of the Year. That’s why we will be reviewing a number of successful young start-ups here in the coming weeks. And of course we asked them to tell us how they are doing now. [UPDATE]  In...

Younger eyes for an aging population with this innovative intraocular lens

After a successful research phase, a new type of Accommodating Intraocular Lens (AIOL) capable of effectively treating presbyopia is looking for a place in the market. Scientists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) are hoping to have the first pre-commercial prototype ready by 2026....

Start-up of the day: vertical farming at your fingertips

Growing up in China, from an early age Max Loessl knew that he wanted to do something so as to be able to give back to society and to the environment. After finishing school he briefly worked for Greenpeace in New Zeland. That’s where he stumbled across the book ‘The Vertical...

Start-up of the day: making social robots a reality

For over 100 years humankind has fantasied about robots that look, behave, and interact like us. This has been the theme of many science fiction movies from the silent film Metropolis in 1927 to recent feature films like Terminator, Ex-Machina, or the TV series Westworld. However, a group of...

Start-up of the day: bringing affordable clean energy to SMEs

The industry sector is mainly made up of small and medium-sized factories which are invariably the biggest polluters. This is mainly because most of them do not have the capability for clean and sustainable energy which major corporations do tend to have at their disposal. Spanish start-up Solatom...

Start-up of the day: Digital assistant for people with diabetes

Danish med-tech start-up Hedia has designed a digital assistant for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. A tool that can be of particular importance during the current pandemic where many countries are in complete lockdown and online solutions are keeping the world going.  Having type 1...

Water and salt are all that’s needed for this proposed cooling system

As summer approaches more and more cooling systems such as air conditioning will be switched on across Europe. These cause a lot of stress on the environment. New research is taking the first steps on the path towards an innovative and eco-friendly cooling system for buildings. The technology is...

Start-up of the day: battling food waste with AI

Millions of tons of food are thrown away on a daily basis, the majority of which is edible. A Swiss start-up is looking to change this within the hospitality industry by helping commercial kitchens manage their food waste through AI and image processing. KITRO, was founded in 2017 by two...

Start-up of the day: creating treatment for rare disease patients

The cost and risk of failure of traditional drug discovery approaches means people with rare diseases tend to be sidelined by the pharmaceutical industry who struggle to justify investment in treatments for smaller populations. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Tim Guilliams decided to co-found a...

Start-up of the day: quick and easy 3D printing of food

The Spanish start-up Natural Machines offers state-of-the-art technology that allows you to make your favorite meals and food in a quick and easy way using a 3D printer. Their machine, Foodini, is a 3D food printer/kitchen appliance that enables you to customize food, eat healthier, improve...

Start-up of the day: holographic technology in everyday life

Imagine being able to project a holographic desktop anywhere you like, without the need to carry your phone or laptop – just like in a sci fi movie. Well, technology like this is what the British start-up, VividQ, is working on, technology that can bring to life whatever is imaginable. In a...

Start-up of the day: fintech lends a hand to Italian businesses

The Italian start-up Credimi offers the largest digital platform for invoice financing and digital loans in continental Europe. Credimi provides loans to companies using an almost completely automated risk assessment algorithm, helping companies simplify access to credit. The start-up has supplied...

Start-up of the day: on-the-spot accurate and fast disease diagnosis

Polish start-up Genomtec is trying to introduce a compact and practical device to general practitioners (GPs). This will enable them to analyze samples on-the-spot. As well as help treat symptoms straightaway and stop a disease from spreading further. The diagnosis requires no more than a reduced...

Start-up of the day: designing energy efficient buildings

The Italian energy tech start-up Enerbrain turns regular buildings into smart buildings with their intelligent system. It is deigned to cut energy consumption by up to 30%. The result is improved cost-effective performance, indoor comfort and environmental sustainability. In order to make...

Start-up of the day: vineyards operated by robots

The age when vineyards are operated by robots has arrived. As you read this, a robot could well be helping to cultivate grapes that might be used in your next glass of vino. This is what the French start-up VitiBot is busy with. Vitibot provides winegrowers with robotics and AI so that they are...

Aquatic robot mimics motion of tuna to break speed record

A TU Delft graduate student from Soft Robotics, Indu1strial Design Engineering, has created the fastest swimming flexible robotic fish. Mimicking the movement of real fish, the prototype is able to go as fast as 0.85 m/s. Which is at least 27% faster than what the previous record holder was able...

Start-up of the day: turning non-recyclable plastics into synthetic gas

The majority of plastic that is produced eventually becomes waste. Considering how plastic can take up to 500 years in order to decompose, recycling must take precedence in order to reduce the negative impact that this material can have on our planet. However, not all types of plastics are...

Start-up of the Day: top designs out of European bio-materials

Nid-O is a Spanish start-up that was born out of its funder’s desire to take a hands-on role on the planet’s preservation. Olivia Gauss saw the potential she was looking for in circular materials and furniture design. Nid-O connects thought its website European innovative material...

Start-up of the day: advanced, accessible MRIs

Medical imaging technologies allow specialists to look inside the human body in order to diagnose or monitor certain conditions. Various methods enable the visualization of specific parts of our bodies. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most versatile methods as it is able to be used...

Start-up of the day: drawing with augmented reality

Learning how to draw has never been easier nor as interesting. The innovative mobile app SketchAR does this by using augmented reality, machine learning and neural networks. It is the first assistant powered by AI for drawing using augmented reality. The best part about the Lithuanian start-up is...

Start-up of the day: driving towards sustainable tourism

Tourism can put a lot of stress on local environments. For example, tourism is responsible for about 5% of global CO2 emissions. The transportation sector is responsible for roughly 75% of these outpourings. While air travel is by far the largest polluter, buses and cars also share some...

Start-up of the Day: know your HIV status in a jiffy

One thing is extremely important in the fight against HIV/AIDS : #KnowYourStatus. As far as the topic of sexual health is concerned and as in any other, knowledge is power. Being aware of your condition can not only save your life and help you live a perfectly normal life, but it will also prevent...

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