City-X’s traders showcase options high-tech face masks, navigation for the blind and extra


The City-X traders showcase is a closed-door occasion that exhibits off eight totally different incubated startups to potential traders and press. I finished by earlier this week to see what the fuss was about.

Of the eight firms in City-X’s 02 cohort, I picked 4 that tackled issues regarding air pollution, the visually impaired, city deliveries and sustaining public cleanliness: O2O2 Facewear, WearWorks, Upcycles and Sencity, respectively.

Haptic navigation for the blind

Maybe the possibly life-changing of the services demoed on the City-X showcase is by WearWorks. Their prototype wristband is a proposed answer to GPS-based navigation for the blind and visually impaired.

Utilizing haptic suggestions, the WayBand makes use of a robust motor to provide you tactile sensations about the place you’re and what route to stroll in.

WearWorks has been working with a lot of visually impaired people to check the Wayband, together with an extremely marathon runner who can be competing on this 12 months’s NYC marathon.

If the marathon take a look at proves profitable, WearWorks will start seeding extra units to early adopters earlier than shifting ahead with a public launch.

Modernizing the face masks

Trendy facewear firm O2O2 is capitalizing on what they’re calling a “multi-billion dollar industry”. They’re focusing first on cities like Beijing, the place air pollution and air high quality is among the many worst of the world’s main cities.

Oddly, O2O2 didn’t enable attendees to strive on the masks (claiming that it was solely formulated for the creators’ facial constructions for now). Nonetheless, O2O2 is promising 4 totally different facial molds at launch with customizeable modules (the unit you see above is an engineering prototype) that embody the sensors, filters and batteries.

The best characteristic concerning the masks is that it’s doable to watch your vitals (I’m assuming that is your VO2 respiratory stats), in addition to monitoring the air high quality information with a companion smartphone app.

The ensuing information collected by O2O2 masks wearers can then be used to deal with the air pollution drawback in a given space, together with figuring out which elements of city have essentially the most air pollution from each day.

Simplifying city supply autos

The very first thing Upcycles mentioned on-stage is that they’re human centric and anti-robot. This piqued the curiosity of the gang, however what really made folks curious was the Yax, a brand new sort of city supply car.

Designed to hold as much as 500 kilos of apparatus up and down tight metropolis streets, the Yax is a bizarre wanting tricycle with a flatbed. A supply particular person driving the Yax has full visibility above and round their seating place, with the flexibility to safe the Yax such as you would another bike.

The age of garbage can?

Maybe essentially the most area of interest of shows got here from Sencity, with the TetraBIN. A few of Sencity’s design work has been used at embassies and malls in Australia – at coronary heart, they’re a design agency. Now they’re seeking to deal with cleanliness in metropolis streets by making trash cans interactive and visually interesting.

The TetraBIN does this with sensors, a speaker, microphone and a full LED display wraparound, so it’s maybe essentially the most high-tech garbage can you’ll ever see. A passerby cannot solely throw trash and get a enjoyable visible to take a look at, however ask for instructions to get a cup of espresso, or be visually guided on which of the bins to throw in recyclables and common trash.

How helpful this can be in a metropolis like NYC, time will inform.  My major concern with such a product is that it may get…trashed.


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Désiré LeSage


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