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25 hand-picked French Tech startups at CES 2018

Catherine Ryall - 21-déc.-2017 12:10:41
  25 start-ups have been selected to exhibit at the French Tech pavilion organised for the 5 th consecutive year by Business France at next year’s CES in Las Vegas, on stand 50626, Eureka Park Hall.   Hand-picked from among 100 companies after a competitive selection process, these 25 highly promising start-ups will present an insight into future technological trends.      " We prioritised innovative companies that display genuine international development potential and which have the capacity to ramp up their commercial development so as to spark the interest of decision makers visiting CES ," declared Thomas Delouvrier, who will be running the pavilion for Business France. “ The prototype presented at Las Vegas must be available later this year in order to fully benefit from the leverage effect of the show .” At the last CES, France:   had the 3 rd largest international delegation (after the US and China)   boasted the 2 nd highest number of start-ups in attendance (200 at the 2017 CES), just behind the US and a long way ahead of Israel and China. 55 British companies exhibited at the event. These figures reflect the maturity of French Tech’s ecosystems, all driven by globally-renowned talent, be it in the form of engineers, designers or mathematicians.    It is expected that France will once again constitute the leading European delegation at the exhibition. A tech scene in ascent 2017 is set to be a record year for French startups. In the first half of the year alone French start-ups have raised €1.7 billion in capital - about the same as in the whole of the previous year, according to CB Insights . 5 of these companies received a “ CES Innovation Award ” at CES Unveiled Paris, the official event that previews some of the innovations to be presented at the next CES: CamToy - robot fitted with a video camera to improve the well-being of dogs Lancey Energy Storage - smart electric heater equipped with a battery and an energy management system. Lancey won a ‘Best of Innovations’ award. myBrain Technologies - connected headphones with neuroscientific properties that measure stress levels and play appropriate relaxing music R-Pur - first anti-pollution mask specially designed for people riding bicycles and motorbikes Unistellar - telescope that amplifies light from stars Who are the other hand-picked exhibitors selected by the jury?   AirNodes – Anna, the first smart mirror, already used in 5-star hotels in France Aurasens - an armchair enabling a new type of sensory journey which combines music with massage BladeShadow - Shadow, a high-performance cloud-based PC Catspad - connected water and food dispenser designed to improve cats’ health Caveasy – wine cellar management solution for storing wine bottles Energy Square – a new wireless ‘power by contact’ charging technology eXsens - a cabin that generates an individual’s digital double, a ‘3D avatar’, that can be animated and used for a range of applications - fitness, health, fashion (e-commerce), advertising, video games...), Green Creative - smart robot that sorts and compacts drinks packaging, and tracks its collection in real-time Hap2U – touch and feel what’s on your screen Shapeheart – a range of heart rate monitoring armbands for sport Jagger & Lewis - connected collar capable of recognizing your dog’s behaviour to help you understand them Joy - connected watch for children, that emits no radio waves, with icons that help young children understand the concept of time Lovebox - connected ‘lovebox’ that lets you send love notes via a mobile application MainBot - smart robot for children aged 7-10 combining educative content and affective behaviour Miraxess - extension that transforms a smartphone into a laptop computer Romy - technology used to formulate fresh facial treatments using active ingredients Snips - voice platform for connected objects that allows businesses to incorporate a voice assistant into their products Team8 - a connected watch for children aged between 5 and 12, that lets them create their super-hero - name, costume, super-powers ... but in order to play the children must engage in regular physical activity Timescope - customised virtual reality terminals dedicated to spaces that are open to the public to offer them time-travel experiences Vandelay presents Lokly its new generation USB key, with a smartphone application to control access to its data and transfer files from one key to another without a computer. Business France will also take 10 other startups to the CES in a ‘Family & Friends’ delegation. In total, therefore, its delegation will consist of 35 companies that will take part in the leading worldwide consumer technology show from 9 th – 12 th January.   For further information: Visit the Business France CES 2018 website Contacts in France Thomas Delouvrier – thomas.delouvrier@businessfrance.fr Maxime Sabahec – maxime.sabahec@businessfrance.fr Contact in London Catherine Ryall, Business France UK, catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

BONJOUR, the IoT Alarm with Personality

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 28-juil.-2017 13:04:30
Holi announces BONJOUR, a sleek voice-controlled alarm that has the intuition of an AI device, anticipating and easing morning routine for the sleep-ly enamoured and slow to rise, and offering connectivity to IoT devices and services such as Nest, Spotify, Philips Hue, Sonos. BONJOUR is finalizing its development and has already seduced innovation experts and fans: - CES award 2017 - Over $880,000 raised on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with 6,200 backers - Accorhotels Vivatech Award 2017 Holi, a French design and innovation company, is unveiling BONJOUR, a smart, IoT alarm that upgrades the morning wake-up routine. BONJOUR is an AI driven alarm clock that combines sleek and elegant design, with an intuitive, easy and interactive UI. Through precise voice activation technology, wireless internet connectivity, app integration, AI intuition, and an easy-toread display, BONJOUR enhances your morning wake-up routine to go beyond the snooze button. With BONJOUR, you can wake up to your local weather, your favorite Spotify music, or your unique Philips Hue lighting configuration, all with voicecontrol activation and feedback. You set the conditions to which all of these services perform and interact with each other each morning while BONJOUR interprets each app’s information. With natural-conversational AI technology BONJOUR speaks and plans for the day ahead with you. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 25, 2016 and BONJOUR is available in Indiegogo InDemand since December, the 5th, 2016. Imagine what it would be like to wake up with BONJOUR. You could hear your favorite song, adjust the temperature in your room, and gently turn the lights up, calmly welcoming you to your day. But it’s not just mornings that can be enhanced; BONJOUR is well suited to just lounging around in bed, or for right before you go to sleep. All that is required to waken the potential of the device is the word “OK BONJOUR” “OK BONJOUR, wake my up at 7:00 A.M with Madonna only if it’s sunny.” “OK BONJOUR, what is the traffic like on the way to work?” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up one hour before my first meeting.” “OK BONJOUR, lower the lights and the temperature in my bedroom.” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up at 6:00 A.M on Sunday if the weather is good. If not, let me sleep in.” BONJOUR knows not all mornings are created equal. There are sunny days, get-stuck-in-traffic days, breakfast-fordinner days, and Saturdays. BONJOUR wants you to be ready for whatever surprises the morning has, with conditional wake-up commands and predictive, conversational responses. BONJOUR fashioned the familiar “if this, then that” idea into easy-to-use, conditional voice-activated responses to help you have the perfect morning. You will hear BONJOUR say: “I see that it is a beautiful day outside, wear something cool.” “If you leave now, it will take you only 25 minutes to get to work.” “Your garage door seems to be open. Do you want to check the security camera?” “Today is completely free in your calendar, you can afford to sleep in” “You didn’t walk much today, do you want to wake up tomorrow for a run?” BONJOUR combines modern design, vocal interaction and visual messaging to bring you a reimagined morning experience. BONJOUR is available in black and white. “At Holi, we have dedicated ourselves to improving sleep around the world,” says Grégoire Gérard the Creative Chairman for BONJOUR. “With a combined 50 years of experience, we have taken all of what we know about sleep and applied it to the least favorite, but most important part: waking up. In France we say ‘Faire la grasse matinée’, or to have a fat morning, but of course like most things, it’s sexier in French. Connected devices and design are in our DNA and we put all of our expertise and vision into imagining new solutions for better sleep and a more pleasant morning.” BONJOUR’s crowdfunding campaign can be found here : https://www.holi.io/en/our solutions/bonjour-ai-smart-alarmclock About Holi: Holi, the company behind BONJOUR, is a start-up that has already grown-up. Since its creation in 2012 and the launch of its first two products SLEEPCOMPANION and SMARTLAMP, the company dedicated itself to conceive innovative products to promote better sleep and great wake-up. To fulfill its mission, Holi combines a double expertise: iOT & sleep science. By gathering neuroscientists, data scientist, engineers, designers and developers, holi’s R&D department innovates to offer new solutions and create a new lifestyle where sleep empowers people and great wake-ups make great days. Watch a video of BONJOUR in action Find additional images of BONJOUR Press contact: Clotilde MATHIEU – clotilde@holi.io - +33 952 700 575 www.holi.io/en

15 French Tech start-ups head to IFA in Berlin

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 10-juil.-2017 12:41:49
15 start-ups will be exhibiting their wares at the French Tech pavilion organised for the first time by Business France at the upcoming  IFA in Berlin. France is just one of two countries with a national pavilion at the fair, the other being the UK. This leading trade fair for connected devices, which last year welcomed 240,000 visitors and 1,800 exhibitors from around the world, will take place on 1st-6th September 2017. Selected from among 40 competing firms, you can meet 15 French IoT start-ups at stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of of IFA NEXT , the new area devoted to start-ups and innovation. These French start-ups will be presenting highly varied product ranges in segments such as family tech, audio, smart homes, sport and accessories. Which French start-ups will be exhibiting at IFA?   FAMILY TECH: LUNII , MARBOTIC AUDIO: DIVACORE , PHONOTONIC SMART HOME: HOLI , BIXI , FENOTEK , UZER , SENSORWAKE SPORT: SHAPE HEART , VELCO ACCESSORIES: WISTIKI , XEE-LIOCITY     Savoir-faire for the future In the last few years, France has consolidated its status as a world leader in the connected devices sector, hot on the heels of the United States. This is in part thanks to its vibrant digital research environment including a host of innovation clusters:  Systematic (Paris),  CITC (Lille), IoT Valley (Toulouse) and  SCS (Nice). ‘ Cité de l’Objet Connecté ’ [IoT City] opened in Angers in June 2015 following €15 million of investment. In 2015, South Korean group Samsung opened a connected devices R&D centre in Paris. The structure of the IoT ecosystem is now taking shape and France is internationally recognized for its ability to launch technological innovations and find uses for the latter. For instance, one French Tech exhibitor, Sensorwake , previously won an Innovation Award at CES in 2016 and will be announcing an important partnership with a large group at this year’s IFA. Its CEO, 20-year-old Guillaume Rolland, first made headlines in 2014 when his olfactory alarm clock was nominated as one of the top 15 at the Google Science Fair. Another French Tech pavilion exhibitor,  Lunii launched their storytelling product for children at CES and since then thanks to crowdfunding, reached their target turnover within a year. They will be launching in the UK at IFA. "€4.5 billion worth of orders were secured at the 2016 edition of the fair” The above figure was duly noted by Foued Kéfif, who will be running the pavilion for Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. “We gave priority to innovative companies that display genuine international development potential and which have the capacity to ramp up their commercial development so as to spark the interest of decision makers visiting IFA ,". He added, "retailers and buyers will head to the event to sniff out the innovations they will be including in their Christmas catalogues". Next stop, CES At the last CES in Las Vegas, although France had the third-largest international delegation (after the United States and China), it boasted the second-highest number of start-ups in attendance (200 at the 2017 CES), just behind the United States and a long way ahead of Israel, South Korea and China. These figures reflect the maturity of French Tech’s ecosystems, all driven by globally renowned talent, be it in the form of engineers, designers or mathematicians. It is also worth noting the record levels of funding raised in the sector: Devialet €100m (£88m), Sigfox €150m (£133m), Netatmo €35m (£31m), among others. Download a PDF below with further information on all the French exhibitors, visit the French Pavilion at stands stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of IFA NEXT.   For further information about the French pavilion at IFA 2017, please contact: Foued Kéfif Business France - Project Leader Foued.kefif@businessfrance.fr     For further information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall Business France (UK) – Press Officer Catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / 020 7024 3613    
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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