Electric scooter folds up when not needed

The Luxembourg start-up Ujet has presented an electric scooter that can be folded up after use and stored away. The scooter has mainly been designed for use in cities where congestion and pollution are serious problems. It is made of light materials that are also used in the space industry, and is controlled via a smartphone app and touch interface. The battery with a range of up to 150 kilometres can easily be removed, transported separately in a bag and charged from any regular power socket.

 January 16, 2018

Flexible insurance model for freelancers

The British start-up Dinghy offers freelance developers, designers and consultants a range of insurance options that cover things like personal and professional liability as well as their technical equipment. The company even offers cyber liability to protect users from modern dangers, like hacking, and this also helps out if customer data goes missing. The biggest advantage with this insurance is its flexibility, which enables freelancers to change or cancel their policies via the Dinghy app based on how much work they currently have.

 January 16, 2018

Chat app based on cryptocurrencies

With "BeeChat", the Glasgow-based BeepLabs has launched the world's first chat app devoted to the subject of cryptocurrencies and based on the blockchain. Already numbering millions of users, the community discusses the latest developments of cryptocurrencies, covers industry-related news and uses a digital wallet. The latter already supports more than ten currencies that can be stored, received and exchanged. Cryptocurrency issuers and key opinion leaders can interact directly with users, set up their own groups and promote their currencies.

 January 16, 2018

Movie promotes itself with AR beauty experience

To promote the third instalment of the "Pitch Perfect" movie franchise, NBC Universal and the company Perfect have held a joint augmented reality marketing campaign. Film fans can now use the app "YouCam" from Perfect to try out the make-up styles of the eight main characters. Alongside an animated photo and video filters, users also have access to a collage tool. The app is primarily aimed at the young, mainly female fans of the movie series and encourages ticket sales among those looking for the opportunity to copy the look of their favourite characters.

 January 16, 2018

Driver assistant can read thoughts

Nissan's Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology makes it possible for a car's indicators to be controlled by the driver's brainwaves. The driver wears a headset equipped with sensors. The technology analyses brain activity in real time and the data is used for different vehicle systems. This allows the car to know, for example, if the driver intends to make a turn or apply the brakes and to respond accordingly. Although the technology is not ready for release, it could help reduce scepticism about driver assistants and autonomous vehicles.

 January 16, 2018

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