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Foosball Society: bringing foosball back!

Stories - June 07, 2017

Here comes the future of “foosballing”. Ladies and gents, we give you Foosball Society.

The « society » in the product’s name refers to the fact that it is actually a digital platform that connects foosball players all around the world.

The french start-up, that is supported by Orange, was at SXSW in 2017, where it got a very positive response. No more abacuses to keep the scores it’s all about digital display and a camera which allows you to re-watch your actions… in slow motion!

Judging by the initial feedback, the activity is suited for kids as well as adults, team buildings as well as nights out with friends, pros as well as newbies. Talk later, guys, we’ve booked ourselves a session of e-foosball!

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Cozmo, the robotic pet!

Stories - June 08, 2017

When you were a kid you dreamed of having a pet but you had cat or dog allergies… so you couldn’t 🙁 . Well, turns out American start-up Anki might have found the solution to this very annoying issue: a robotic pet!

Introducing Cozmo, an artificial intelligence that wants to normalize the presence of AI in our daily lives. We understand that the concept of having a “thinking” tech object can be overwhelming to some, that’s why Cozmo is this cute and dreamy robot that will get rid of any preconceived ideas at the same time making your heart melt.

It is kind of like a Tamagoshi 2.0, and we can’t wait to have it running around in our living room!

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EmoJam, the musical emojis are here!

Stories - June 09, 2017

We cannot stop progress: flying cars, 3D movies… and now musical emojis. The future is now!

You guessed it, you can now punctuate your emojis with sound and it is Franco-American start-up EmoJam that is at the origin of this revolution.

With the aim of supporting musical artists but in an original way, the application already has 80 EmoJams.

When you see the number of users and especially the income generated by applications such as Kimoji (by Kim K.) or Justmoji (from Mr. Bieber) you realize that the start-up has made the right choice by moving forward with an emoji app.

So what’s next for emojis? Larger than life versions, probably

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Startup Vitamins, the inspiring e-shop

Stories - June 12, 2017

If you were inspired as we were by the tech mantra “Experiment. Fail. Learn. Repeat.”, well we found the e-shop where you can bag yourself many items with inspirational catchphrases. Whether on a poster, a mug, a t-shirt, an iPhone case or a cushion, Startup Vitamins got you covered.

Basically, what you’ll find at Startup Vitamins will make you want to redecorate your house or the headquarters of your start-up. The brand uses inspirational quotes by famous entrepreneurs in the coolest way… and yeah, Start Up Vitamins is indeed a start-up!

So in case you were in need of inspiration today, or if you wanted renovate your place or office, you should definitely get your dose of positivity at Startup Vitamins.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS: ENTREPRENEURS… BUT PHILOSOPHERS TOO

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Silicon Valley takes on Jay Z and Kanye West

Stories - June 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered what the startup anthem would sound like? Well, no need to anymore, Gabriel Gervelis and Manish Gaudi have written the ultimate start-up song, the one every entrepreneur should know by heart… oh and it’s a rap song too!

Gervelis and Gaudi, two tech CEO’s, decided to take on Jay Z and Kanye West’s infamous “Ni**as In Paris”, except instead of talking about designer clothes, luxurious hotels and Mary Kate & Ashley, the guys reference Jeff Bezos, big data and market share.
Still, the two songs have a common point: they both talk about expensive champagne bottles.

As we said in mag 96, entrepreneurs can be quite the philosophers as well, and they have become true fixtures of pop culture. That’s why they love having fun with it and come out with the craziest and funniest innovations.

Pop culture and start-ups are a match made in heaven!

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VR x Orange: introducing #Holotennis

Stories - May 31, 2017

We’ve been sponsors of the French Tennis Open for quite some time now, so on the occasion of the 116th edition of the tournament and to celebrate our beautiful collaboration, we thought we’d give you a little special something.

Introducing: Holotennis!

This new VR experience will make you the master of the racket without ever getting to Roland Garros.

Once you’re wearing the VR headset, you are turned into a hologram, then can come and go as you wish on the Philippe Chartier court. Most importantly, you can play tennis against other users – who also appear as holograms.

Once again, Orange pushes the boundaries with this total immersion, which benefits from the power and quality of its fibre network.

To all the tennis aficionados, this is your chance to become Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Rafael Nadal… minus the cheering celebs in the audience.

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When a baseball player tries VR...

Stories - June 01, 2017

Athletes are big fans of VR, whether to train or just to relax after a game. Lately, it seems like virtual reality experiences are closer to “reality” than they are from “virtuality”. We’re sure baseball player Jose Ramirez agrees with us.

A video of him captured by a team-mate was published on their team, the Cleveland Indians’ Instagram account where Ramirez can be seen, with his VR headset on, deep into what looks like a horror experience. The whole thing was apparently so immersive that dear ole Jose fell from his chair after seeing “el diablo” (the devil).

Watch until the end. 😂

Une publication partagée par indians (@indians) le


Mark our words, in a few years, VR will become larger than life. We’re super excited about it… but we must admit that we’re also a bit scared in advance

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Customize your sneakers with VR

Stories - June 02, 2017

Flying cars, teleportation, hoverboard… we’re not quite there yet, but in 2017 it is possible to customize your sneakers thanks to virtual reality.

You heard it right, Nike got together with the little geniuses over at R/GA to develop a VR experience that allows you to chose the fabric of your sneakers, their laces and soles, but also the color of the infamous swoosh!


For now it is only a prototype but if this is what the future holds in terms of designing sneakers, we’re in for some entertaining stuff

Congrats to everyone involved in this project, now let’s get to that flying skateboard we’ve been promised for so long!

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This just in: VR has made cricket COOL

Stories - June 05, 2017

We’re not saying cricket is boring… but we do think it’s not the most exhilarating sport there is.
Turns out virtual reality was in agreement with us so it decided to take over the popular sport and obviously, the result is amazing.

Brought to you by Intel during June 2017’s ICC Champions Trophy, not only the VR experience will have you testing your swings but also battling virtual bowlers. You will also be able to keep track of your performances to improve yourself each time.
It should be released later in the year and without much surprise, it will be available in Australia, India, the US and the UK (aka the countries where this sport is played the most)

Never has cricket look so badass. It almost looks like that infamous Armageddon scene (we know you know!)
Now THAT is entertaining. Who knew?!

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Catch a real ball... in VR

Stories - June 06, 2017

While some are busy drawing princesses and others developing rollercoaster, some are deep into tech research at Disney.

Disney Research has come up with a VR experience that has managed to integrate a real ball into a virtual world. Thanks to sensors placed on the ball and on a special glove that the user wears, he can witness the object’s trajectory on his headset.
Also, the experience allows you to know where the ball will land, so you can anticipate your moves.

OK, so we’re fans and all, but it got us wondering: will this technology birth a new generation of cheaters? Because, you know, knowing where the ball lands is like half of the job, no?

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