200ideas video: “3D printing”

The fourth 200ideas video is now online (in French), exploring 3D printing as a trend potentially disruption production and distribution of products from forks to… guns and houses!

Les exemples cités dans cette présentation sont:

La RepRap, l’imprimante qui peut s’imprimer elle même…

Commander des objets imprimés en 3D

Imprimante 3D personnelle


Plateforme d’échange de modèles de fichier 3D

Distribution de fichiers permettant de fabriquer une coque de téléphone avec son imprimante 3D

Impression 3D dans l’armée américaine
“Parts for [sensitive equipment like GPS or drones] break frequently, and many of them are produced overseas, so there’s a long lead time for replacement parts. […] Instead of needing a massive manufacturing logistics chain, a device that generates replacement parts is now small and light enough to be easily carried in a backpack or on a truck.” […]

US military invests in 3D printing on the frontline

Imprimer une maison

The Printer That Can Print A 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours.

L’avion open-source

L’impression 3D et les armes
Comment réguler un monde ou chacun peut imprimer une arme chez lui?

L’impression 3D appliquée aux organes humains.

Pour télécharger les slides de la présentation: http://200ideas.com/slides-2013

Designing products based on Amazon comments

Amazon is probably putting tons of smaller shops out of business. But it’s also creating new opportunities, like this company that designs products based on customer comments on the retail giant’s website. Fascinating stuff, would make a great conference talk.

C&A Marketing has an entire team of people who read reviews on Amazon, looking for moments when people say, “I wish this speaker were rechargeable.” [They] then make a rechargeable version. […] It’s a profitable trick: C&A Marketing does “in the nine figures” in sales every year and grows at about 30% annually.


Dailymotion buys swiss startup Jilion

Big news in the Swiss digital ecosystem: Dailymotion just bought Jilion [Disclaimer: I am an advisor and shareholder of Jilion]. Techcrunch has all the details, and co-founders Mehdi Aminiam and Zeno Crivelli released an official statement on Jilion’s blog.

I met Mehdi years ago, he had built one of the most high profile entrepreneurial project of the 90s in Switzerland. He started Jilion and its flagship product almost by accident, releasing one of the first HTML5 video player after a few days of coding on a week-end. What was a side project became an instant phenomena, with thousands of people adopting the player and rooting for it to become one of the main actors of the post flash era. Helped by the iOS refusal of supporting flash (which, I learned last week from a former Apple employee, does not come from a Steve Jobs vendetta against Adobe – a theory developed in Walter Isaacson’s biography – rather from the fact that one third of Safari’s crashes where coming from the Flash player, a very buggy and battery draining piece of software), Jilion’s player grew into the only player that displays pixel-perfectly on any platform across all families of devices. Sublime was making the old dream of “code once, display everywhere” possible for the niche of online video players.

It quickly became clear that this technology would draw huge interest from the internet video giants, and Dailymotion offered, in the founders’ words, “the best vision and proposal to leverage our unique technology and propel it to the next level”.

Now Jilion’s technical teams will work on scaling their technology from millions to billions, and a new chapter starts. Congratulations to all those involved in this adventure, happy to see that it is possible to make a name for yourself in the digital world from Lausanne, Switzerland.

Great recap (in English) of 200ideas

Patricia Goldschmid wrote an in depth recap of 200ideas that you should probably read if you speak only English and could not follow the event because it happened in French. Here is her post, thanks Patricia for taking the time to highlight the most interesting ideas.

Education: there are increasing numbers of networks offering online courses from most renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, Berkley, and others. Also, the first completely online university is called Udacity and offers project-based online classes with cases built by tech leaders like Google, AT&T, and Intuit. Newspapers such as the NYT are also engaging in education, creating networks placing their contents at the disposal of potential students.

Interactive services: interactive sports sessions on line with a virtual spinning class and virtual bank tellers you can speak to on Skype.

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NCR APTRA Interactive Teller enables banks to offer their customers the benefits of both self-service video banking and the branch experience in one solution.

Smartphones: Increasingly we are accessing the web through our mobile devices

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New tools will allow us to pay by credit card via mobile Square or submit an accident report form directly to the insurance company via mobile USAA. Aviva Insurance company in the UK also uses an Iphone app to evaluate the drivers performance and calculate the insurance rate based on that result.

Bluetooth glove which allows you to talk through your hand. The left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewed into the finger tips.

SMS Lifesaver is an app that alerts people about someone in their proximity having a heart attack. Civilian responses are usually quicker than ambulances and have saved many lives.

My coverage of MindMaze is online on the Wired UK website

Swiss company MindMaze uses gaming technologies to help patients recover from brain injury. The company’s first product, MindPlayPRO, launched in September, uses a camera with two stereo and depth sensors to capture movement with precision.

A 3D screen presents a game targeting a specific motor skill, and patients see their actions mapped on to an avatar. MindMaze founder and CEO Tej Tadi gives the example of someone unable to move their right arm after a stroke: an exercise requires them to reach for a virtual object with their functioning left arm, but on-screen they see the avatar’s right arm move. “It tricks the brain into believing this right arm is capable of moving,” he explains. This “mirroring” technique can stimulate new neural connections. By 2014, Tadi plans to integrate sensors to measure brain and muscle activity, so the underlying brain processes can also be monitored.


200ideas video: “digital culture”

The third session of 200ideas is now online, a discussion with Couleur3‘s Stéphane Laurenceau on the trends in digital culture.

Les exemples cités dans cette présentation sont:

Démocratisation des outils de production et de diffusion:

Adobe Creative Cloud
Suite à 70CHF

Rain story
Jeu développé avec un moteur Unity 3D

Démocratisation des outils de diffusion:
Barak dubs
560M de vues sur Youtube

Jeu dans le navigateur

Nouvelles sources de financement:
Tim Shaffer (secret of monkey island)
3.3M de dollars levés sur KickStarter

Super Mafia VJ
Partenariat entre des créateurs et une marque

Une app free to play qui rapporte… 2,4M$ / jour

Emergence d’une culture purement digitale
Scarlett Johansson Meme
La chute de Scarlett Johansson devient un phénomène en quelques heures

Coups de coeur:
Flip Sterckx
Projection à Louvain en scène 2012

Bot & Dolly
Ecran plat + bras robotisé

Wildebeest from Birdbox Studio

Pour télécharger les slides de la présentation: http://200ideas.com/slides-2013

9th edition of the Technoark event: the sharing economy

I’m hosting the 9th edition of the TechnoArk event in January 2014 on the sharing economy, come and join the discussion on the impact of one of today’s most important trend.

Louer une voiture pour quelques heures, échanger sa maison avec ses amis Facebook, co-créer de nouveaux produits avec son supermarché, utiliser l’énergie dégagée par l’activité d’une entreprise pour chauffer un quartier. Immobilier, mobilité, tourisme, énergie, tous nos modèles économiques sont bouleversés par cette nouvelle forme de consommation collaborative, aussi appelée “économie du partage”.

La 9ème édition de la Conférence TechnoArk reviendra sur le rôle prépondérant joué par Internet dans le développement de cette nouvelle tendance. Des intervenants comme Anne-Sophie Novel (journaliste-blogueuse au Monde et auteur du livre “La Vie share, mode d’emploi”), Luc Fievel (membre du conseil d’administration de l’APRIL, acteur de la promotion du logiciel libre en France) ou Guillaume Cromer (Consultant – Ingénierie marketing & Tourisme durable et Directeur Gérant ID-Tourism) viendront partager leurs expériences et recherches sur un phénomène qui ne cesse de surprendre par son ampleur.