For the third time at Viva Technology in Paris 16-18 May, following the 2016 and the 2018 editions, this was our second participation as an exhibitor – at the Orange stand, as part of the international Orange Fab program.
The first day was intense, right from the start with the gates open for over 100k people! The organisers did a better job and the exhibitors finally could reach the stands before the visitors rushed in on a separate queue. President Emmanuel Macron was there to show his support for technology and innovation:
The fair was big and clearly a success. The innovation however, seems to be taking a break. We push a lot on this buzzword yet we continue to see the same mainstream directions everywhere: #IOT, #AI, #VR, #3DPRINTING without any out of the extraordinary applications. Unless this changes in the near future, we’d better stop using terms like “disruptive”.
Here are some of the things presented at the fair:
Luis Vuiton X408 sneakers and bags, all with OLED displays and a price tag to match:
IBM’s Watson (still) dreaming about “changing the world” with this (oldschool) image processing segmentation that with some effort could also run on an i386:
Sorry, but just take a little break and think about these big guys could do with their money if they were a little serious. Next is a European version of the Boston Dynamics Big Dog, just that it is (only) 11 years late:
Here’s what Boston Dynamics did in the meantime:
And the prize for the most original idea goes, of course, to Valeo, for their “Smart Technology for Smarter Cars” idea with the Air Quality Mapping, only 5 years after uRADMonitor went global:
3D Printing offered a few examples, here’s one for jewellery using SLA, and another one using 3D printing in a gel, for support, not very precise but probably fits a few cases:
Ok , enough for now. Seriously, as said, unless we do something truly interesting, we’d better quit using big terms like “disruptive innovation”. But maybe you feel in a different way. Let me know in the comments section below which is your favourite of all the tech presented above.