Can traditional banks survive the FinTech wave ?

FinTech promises to disrupt banking, but faces unique challenges. From a complex regulatory environment to an extremely cautious user-base, mobile banks and investment apps have their work cut out for them. Emerging technologies have dramatically changed the mechanics of basic banking functions like loans, payments, and cheque-cashing and savings. In the world of FinTech (short… Read More

Technology in sport #1 : Bigger, faster … safer ?

“Citius, altius, fortius”, or “faster, higher, stronger” as the Olympic motto goes. As humans continue to push the limits of physical performance, how are emerging technologies playing a role ? Do AI and Big Data hold the key to continuing the trend ? We’ve been playing sports for a long time and yet, somehow, the… Read More

Cork, eco friendly, customizable : innovation meets smartphone design

Innovation seems to be happening everywhere, and the smartphone industry is no exception.  Still, when’s the last time the phone itself was innovative ? Meet Ikimobile:  the Portuguese startup that built an Android phone with a cork case, a natural and 100% renewable material. Ikimobile made a name for itself by ditching the plastic, metal… Read More

New robotic and bionic prosthetics : a revolution in the medical field ?

Michael Goldfarb, professor at Vanderbilt University, has designed a prosthetic ankle that perfectly mimics the movement of a human ankle. Will new technologies, including 3D-printing, allow faster innovation in the prosthetics research ? The key difference between Goldfarb’s device and conventional prosthetics is that Goldfarb’s design is robotic, which allows it to adapt to the… Read More

Calm, a meditation app that helps you relax on your phone

The San Francisco-based meditation app Calm raised over $500K in funding from investors. Its total investment reached one million dollar. The company, founded by Michael Acton Smith and Alex Tew, raised $578.000 from Jason Calacanis’s Launch fund and AngelList syndicate, Matt Mullenweg, and Matt Cheng among others. Since its arrival on the Apple Store in… Read More

Cloud seeding : the latest technical development in drought prevention

The “cloud seeding” technique is not new. Yet, a company called Weather Modification Inc. decided to use it to help and stop droughts and improve water cycles around the world. Climate change is a serious issue which could cause water shortages for two-thirds of the world population by 2025, says World Wildlife Fund. Weather Modification… Read More