At the heart of the VivaTech cauldron, start-ups have as always jostled to present their technologies and innovations in the service of hybrid work, health, commerce or even mobility.
To take the pulse of innovation and technologies serving both domestic and professional use, nothing beats going to VivaTech. For this resumption of the edition in face-to-face format, the editorial staff once again went to meet the start-ups, particularly numerous this year – more than 1,700 – who are currently meeting (June 15-18, 2022 ) at the Porte de Versailles in Paris.
As usual, the start-ups are overflowing with ideas and place technologies at the heart of their innovations. Among the well-represented sectors, that of health with the presence of several exoskeletons including the latest model from Wandercraft, Atalante X, which is intended for patients suffering from paraplegia, hemiplegia or any kind of balance disorder caused such as a stroke. After its fundraising of 40 million euros, the Parisian company says it is working on thinner and lighter prototypes for mass production at a more affordable cost, without however specifying a date.
Wandercraft’s Atalante X exoskeleton is used in rehabilitation for people with paraplegia, hemiplegia or brain damage impacting motor balance. (credit: DF)
In the sports sector (tennis, gymnastics, cross-fit, etc.), the support of technologies is also essential, as can be seen with the British start-up Scaled. The latter designs and manufactures in 3D printing flexible shock-resistant nylon protections and also to prevent pain related to twisting of limbs such as wrists exposed to tendonitis. The start-up offers a 3D printing service including software and printer but also offers companies a rental mode by subscription.
Natalie Kerres, founder and CEO of Scaled, on the Discovery stand at VivaTech 2022. (credit: DF)
While many IT players are betting on the metaverse as the main online sales platform, the purchase of consumer products in traditional stores still seems to have a bright future ahead of it. There is no shortage of innovations in this area, such as connected carts with an integrated tablet with a payment function. Integrating numerous sensors and cameras to check the presence of items, their validation and avoid possible attempts to steal goods, the carts of the start-up Knap (Sophia-Antipolis) are tested at Monoprix. Similarly, recently taken over by the northern industrialist Pascal Cochez, Caddy in financial difficulty but forecasting a turnover of €17 million in 2022, is betting on innovations and in particular the continuation of its partnership with Knap with whom the group has been working for 2019, to bounce back.
Youssef Amine, project manager at Knap, presented a connected trolley on the Discovery stage of VivaTech 2022. (credit: DF)
Studio Koh’s Teampod will be marketed from the 4th quarter of 2022 at a price of €8,000 excl. (credit: DF)
After a few months of delay, the first biopod module (here in miniature version) from Interstellar Lab based on an aeroponic culture principle should be delivered at the end of 2022. (credit: DF)
The Poimo scooter created by the start-up Mercari with the University of Tokyo transportable in a backpack weighs only 6 kilos. (credit: DF)
The autonomous Carreta vehicle under development within La Poste should provide logistical support for the delivery of mail and parcels but is not intended to replace postmen. (credit: DF)
Jetson offers to get laid for $92,000 but not before 2023 for those who have not yet placed an order… (credit: DF)
Vivatech is also an opportunity for many car manufacturers to show off their latest innovations. A detour to the Renault stand.
Renault’s interior design team led by Stéphane Maiore worked on the Scenic Vision concept car for a year. (credit: DF)
VivaTech is also an ideal place to think about the future of mobility, and at Audi, the manufacturer sends us far. Very far since his latest concept car Skysphere will never be mass-produced, which does not prevent him from putting a few stars in his eyes. The latest autonomous mechanics of the German (level 4) which is spread over 5.19m long has nothing less than 642 horsepower for a torque of 750 Nm. A real bomb of the road, however, confined to the virtual world.
Autonomous electric cars in force at VivaTech 2022 with Audi’s Skysphere concept car displaying 642 hp for a pharaonic torque of 750 Nm. (credit: DF)