The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 has kicked off with a bang in Las Vegas. For the fourth consecutive year, the Swiss startups are showcasing their innovations at the show. This year, Switzerland Global Enterprise and Presence Switzerland have brought 15 interesting Swiss startups and demonstrated how the region topped the Global Index for Innovation.
Notably, there were many world-firsts showcased by the Swiss Pavilion this year. To brief on these, visitors can meet interactive avatars, organise their e-wallets, type without fear, move from freely, smart test their hydration levels and sip a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
“We are proud of the strong Swiss presence at CES 2022. They are living proof of our belief that the eco-system in Switzerland encourages and nourishes innovation – which in turn provides an increasingly attractive business location for both start-ups and world-leading technology companies,” said Patrik Wermelinger, Head of Investment Promotion at Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE).
Here, we at TFN have listed the 15 Swiss tech startups that have partnered at CES 2022.
ABUSIZZ Touch Technology Projection announced overhead lights at CES 2022. The company operates with the intention to let companies bring personal face-to-face conversations back to the business world. These lights create interactive table experiences sans any technology in the table itself. Content is projected from the illuminators directly onto a table’s surface to support natural interactions with peripherals or human digits.
Founded in 2020 by Lukas Julen and Andreas Sansano, one of its products is Lamp+ can be dimmed and used for a slew of purposes and deliver dynamic experiences on matte surfaces. The experiences range from customer interactions in public to private workshops.
Based in Zurich, Animatico is a spinoff from ETH Zurich was founded by Pascal Bérard, Riccardo Roveri and Christian Schüller in 2019. It combines stylish characters with artificial intelligence and voice control, thereby creating a seamless way of interacting with digital devices in public spaces. Bringing these interactive stylised characters to life on digital screens will ultimately change the way humans interact with machines.
An IoT and Blockchain platform, Authena is used for traceability and authenticity protection of brands. The platform revolutionises the way brands of high-value goods protect their products and reputation against counterfeiting and reach unprecedented levels of end-user engagement. It protects product identity against counterfeit, product diversion, and fraud by gaining access to detailed customer insights and analytics. Notably, the company was founded by Matteo Panzavolta and Nicola Fantini in 2018.
In September 2021, the Zug-based company bagged $2.3 million. The end-to-end blockchain solutions provider will use the funds to ensure continued growth and the development of new prototypes for major customers.
Specialised in the optical measurement of vital signs, Vaud-based Biospectal was founded by Eliott Jones, Patrick Schoettker and Reinhard Stary in 2017. It is a remote patient monitoring and biosensing software company. It has developed the OptiBP smartphone app and data platform to empower people worldwide with a medical-grade device integrated directly into their smartphone for instantaneous blood pressure measurement and monitoring, anytime and anywhere. The app uses the device’s camera to record and measure the user’s blood flow via their fingertip quickly and easily in nearly 20 seconds.
In July 2021, Biospectal raised $4.3 million in a seed funding round led by SeedLink along with participation from LabCorp, Ahtensmed, Privilege Ventures, and others. The funds will be used to scale its OptiBP app and data platform worldwide.
Vaud-headquartered biped.ai founded in 2021 is the world’s first AI copilot for blind and visually impaired people, bringing autonomous driving features to humans. It predicts your surroundings a few seconds ahead and generates intuitive feedback through spatial sounds. At the CES 2022, biped.ai showcased its copilot device, which can be worn on your shoulders and paired with the headphones of your choice. The device features 3D cameras and identify the surrounding objects and obstacles, predict their trajectories, and filter the most important information.
An AI-driven compact tea maker, BRU was founded by Bogdan Krinitchko and Filip Carlberg in 2019. it produces and sells automated, smart, user-friendly tea-making machines for brewing fresh, full-taste tea using either loose-leaf or tea bags. The company intends to provide a high-quality, quick and convenient solution for tea drinkers. The traditional tea-making process is replaced with a seamless, more sustainable and effortlessly repeatable process. It uses a smart home, integration IoT, app-connected tea machine with its patented technology.
Droople is a Swiss water intelligence platform that was established Peter Racz and Ramzi Bouzerda in 2018 in Vaud. Droople is the Internet of Water to connect 36BN water assets off the radar today such as water treatment systems, sanitary ware, appliances to monitor them, predict their maintenance, automate the procurement of their consumables and enable water-energy savings for service operators and indirectly for manufacturers and end-customers.
In May 2021, the Swiss IoT-powered cleantech startup raised CHF 1.5 million in a seed funding round. The investment supported Droople’s continued market expansion in the EMEA, NA and APAC markets. Also, it helped scale Droople’s supply chain and operations.
Foodetective is a Saas B2B marketplace and multi-channel commerce platform designed for restaurants, grocery stores and food entrepreneurs. Andrea Tassistro and Edouard Thimon founded it in 2018 in Vaud. Foodetective lets managers use their powerful back-office, which helps them design, set up and manage their businesses across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, delivery & take away, reservations, catering, social media, accounting, HR/payroll and supply management from one single tool/view. In February last year, the company nabbed $2 million in seed funding for its Foodetective for Business platform.
Geneva-headquartered GlobalM provides a platform for crowdsourcing news, entertainment, and sports content. It specialises in advanced live streaming technologies that turn smartphones into broadcast cameras using SRT over the GlobalM network CDN with SRT gateway technology.
MyElixa is a smart water tracker and app for seniors to monitor their water intake. Its MyElixa Water Band is a flexible smart device that measures the water intake and incentivises users to reach the daily water goal through a system of lights and sound. It works by connecting the MyElixa Water Band with the MyElixa app, which will display the daily water intake in a dashboard and notify users if something goes wrong.
Founded by Allison Gorecki in 2018 in Bern, Pixchange is a gift sticker & AR media marketplace. It integrates mobile content creation tools, a marketplace, and a custom keyboard so that users can share unique visual content across platforms instantly.
ROOBSTER is the next step in the micro-urban mobility revolution. It has launched an electric skateboard that is super lightweight, efficient and offers a unique riding experience. The company has developed a game-changing hand-free technology that allows users to control their speed and curves only by naturally shifting their body.
The solar off-grid and hybrid control system developed by Smartsuna is meant for solar photovoltaic projects. The company monitors and controls solar installations at home right from the first solar estimate. Also, it advises private individuals and professionals in their daily energy projects.
Introducing the next-gen digital twins and expanding the metaverse with the most photorealistic 3D assets ever seen, SO REAL is about making the world smaller and the dreams bigger. By mass-producing cinematic-quality, XR & game-ready 3D objects, the company facilitates global access to immersive experiences.
Established by David Eberle and Janis Berneker in 2019, Typewise is a deep tech startup working on the mission to make daily lives easier by decoding human thoughts. Its first product is an AI smartphone keyboard created to remove the frustration from typing and change the way users input information into their devices. With smart autocorrection and text predictions, the app saves time, increases accuracy, and boosts productivity.