December 2012

Movea penetrates the context detection market

High-tech start-up Movea has won a five-year contract to supply its cutting-edge context detection technology to a manufacturer of smartphone and tablet microprocessors. Movea has been trying to break into the context detection market for the past 18 months, and this new contract win, which is expected to generate substantial sales, marks a major step forward.
Movea’s data fusion and motion sensing systems will be integrated into the manufacturer’s mobile devices, enabling them to track a mobile phone user’s physical activity, analyze his surroundings, and locate him by GPS. The data can be processed to provide the user with contextualized information like where he parked his car in an airport parking lot when he gets back from a month-long vacation, for example. Mobile phone applications like these are an extremely high-potential market for Movea.

Isorg wins fans with its interactive displays

Isorg’s interactive displays are designed to power up and launch multimedia presentations as soon as someone walks by, thanks to a system of optical sensors on plastic developed in association with Liten. You can see these next-generation displays in action at the Minalogic offices, the CEA communications department at Saclay, and the many demonstrations given for retailers.
Isorg is currently working on a new post-touch human-machine interface that can recognize hand movements, for applications in household appliances, consumer electronics, and automobiles. The 14-person-strong start-up recently won the 2012 Rhône-Alpes Region L’Entreprise d’Avenir (“Promising Young Company”) Award given jointly by Ernst & Young and French newspaper L’Express.


September 2012

BeSpoon invents the pico-GPS

BeSpoon’s cutting-edge technology can locate items or individuals to within a few centimeters, either indoors or out. This impressive feat is achieved by measuring the flight time of an ultra-wideband signal (between 500 MHz and 1 GHz) with a precision of 125 picoseconds.
The company’s chips can be placed on all types of easily-lost objects, like your keys, wallet, smartphone, laptop, and even your toddler’s favorite teddy bear. BeSpoon was created in 2010 from a research project at a Leti joint laboratory, and has already produced viable prototypes. The next step is to conquer the retail market.


June 2012

ImmunID makes its mark in oncology

Grenoble-based start-up ImmunID is presenting the results of clinical trials on its Lymphodivpenia biomarker at the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting being held in Chicago from June 1 to June 5, 2012. This ground-breaking immune system biomarker can be used to maximize the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments while limiting the side effects.
The literature offers ample confirmation—including two articles in Nature—of the important role that immunology can play in treating cancer. ImmunID aims to leverage this discovery and carry out other large-scale clinical trials; the company will first lay the groundwork by raising capital and forming top-tier research partnerships.


April 2012

MultiX reaches out to global manufacturers

MINATEC spin-off MultiX is getting ready to finalize a second round of fundraising that will bring in €3 million. The start-up is working closely with two of the world’s leading airport baggage scanner manufacturers to meet one of the airport security industry’s most pressing needs.
Founded less than two years ago, MultiX makes spectrometric x-ray detectors—developed in concert with Leti—capable of differentiating between harmless liquids and toxic or explosive ones. And the company’s timing couldn’t be better: the ban on liquids in carry-on luggage will be lifted in Europe on April 29, 2013.
The only technology of its kind
Both manufacturers’ baggage scanners will now include MultiX detectors. The equipment is currently being tested in their labs on luggage containing solids, liquids, and notebook computers. The manufacturers are also working with MultiX to perfect the system’s data processing algorithms in the run-up to the certification application deadline at the end of this year.
MultiX currently offers the only technology in the world able to reliably examine luggage contents in real-time at a competitive cost. The burgeoning company is building relationships with other major airport baggage scanner manufacturers with the hope of winning additional contracts of a similar nature.
And MultiX is also ramping up its in-house R&D; a joint lab with Leti employing three people full-time will soon replace the current bilateral agreement between the start-up and the lab.

Pepite projects cater to SMEs

MINATEC’s Pepite projects, which consist of using mature technological bricks developed by Leti to build demonstrators for SMEs’ innovative products—in just 4 to 12 months—have seen growing interest from companies in a wide range of industries (like healthcare, aerospace, luxury goods, lighting, transportation, and the environment) in the less than two years since they were first launched.
The projects are carried out by engineering students or recent graduates at dedicated laboratories in the B2I building; each project team is mentored by a Leti project manager and seasoned CEA researchers. Around 20 projects have been completed or are underway—some have even resulted in the filing of patent applications. And thanks to financial support through France’s NanoPME Technology Research Institute, many more projects are on the horizon.

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