Johnny Austin is the CTO of the micro:bit foundation, they have distributed about 1 million units for free to every school kid age 12 in the UK, who use them to learn programming. The retail price is £13 in the UK. Micro:bit Foundation has announced three new Founding partners to join the current six. The British Council, Amazon and Lancaster University will be joining the BBC, Nominet, ARM, IET, Microsoft and Samsung. Zach Shelby is the CEO and he talks about how they are working to make the micro:bit available worldwide to everyone who wants to use it. The micro:bit is now available in 32 countries, with resellers in eleven. The micro:bit Foundation with element 14, the distributor of the BBC micro:bit, announced resellers in six new countries. This means educational organisations, teachers, kids, parents and makers will now also be able to locally purchase the BBC micro:bit in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Finland.
Synergy is an airplane designed to safely fly one to six people directly from town to town, in less time and at less cost than airliners or automobiles. Its innovative technologies provide the key to economical regional transportation in the speed range between supercars and commercial jets. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.
Cashaa based in London suggests a way to enable international cash transfers with no fee, no commission, their business model is that they claim that cryptocurrencies don't have the exact same value at different places in the world, so they can profit on the price difference, but a user can transfer the money fully without commission based on the day's real currency exchange rate. Cashaa is a P2P marketplace powered by the Blockchain to transfer cash anywhere in the world. Cashaa's model is based on connecting individuals who wish to send and receive money anywhere in the world, with cryptocurrency traders/network who accept the physical cash from the sender in one location and give it to the receiver in another location in exchange of selling and buying their cryptocurrency.
EC Technology has a pico projector for $50. EC Technology has a mini pc for $75 and mini PC/pico projector combo for $100. EC Technology has a Amlogic s905 Android set top box for $100 plus a keyboard with integrated touch pad for an unspecified price. More products planned for the future. Moq for all units is 50 units or more.
RiftCat out of Poland is showing off VRidge which enables users to Play any PC VR game on a $1 Google Cardboard or on any Smartphone based VR headset. It works over Wi-Fi, by USB cable. It works with for example Steam VR, this is a cheap alternative to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They encode and decode the video game and VR content from the PC over to the Phone. They can even suggest a DIY infrared tracker, leapmotion, and other to also support head-tracking.
Sensing Tex based in Barcelona, develops smart textiles for interior design, security, health, sportswear, automotive, fashion and more. SensingTex offers innovative solutions, development services, components, integrations kits for OEM clients as well as a line of finished products which combine textile with the latest electronics technologies. Filmed at IDTechEx Show!
FitPay offers a payments platform for wearables. Freeing consumers from having to carry cash, credit cards or a smartphone. All personal data and card information is fully encrypted and not shared at the point of sale where it can be compromised. FitPay is a new, secure, touch-free way to pay. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.
Cooper Gray Robotics LLC is an Oakland based design/build and engineering company that is a leader in developing electric drive systems and automating the heavy equipment industry through its Smart Control and remote control architecture for machines in construction, mining, agriculture and forestry. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.
Roli Blocks are touch enabled midi instruments with precise pressure sensitivity, multi touch, and finger tracking. Roli Blocks can work with an iOS app (Android app coming soon) or with any Sythensizer or Digital Audio workstation program like Ableton Live, Logic, Bitwig or Garageband etc. Roli Blocks can simulate a wide variety of instruments including drums, saxophone and other instruments. The price is $179 and is available now. The Live block is $79 and connects with the larger Roli Block. The different devices can be connected together for a modular music experience. Marco Parisi mentions the Roli Seaboard an innovative piano development you can see him play the Roli Seaboard instrument here.
Kodak shows off working prototypes of their new 8mm Super 8 camera. This is a fully manual analog camera with a few digital features on it with an LCD viewfinder, record sound onto an SD card to synchronize in post.