These four Dutch start-ups to innovate on techbeurs CES

Fifty Dutch start-ups this year on the techbeurs CES in Las Vegas. light a number of companies.

Prince Constantijn and secretary of state Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs) opened Tuesday the Holland Tech Square, a place at the CES, where the fifty start-ups from the Netherlands, their products show.

Representatives of the young companies allow visitors to see how they try to innovate. In addition, the exhibition of their products is also a way to attract potential customers and investors to bind.


Dutch start-ups hope to be in Las Vegas on American breakthrough

Vertaalkastje Travis supports a hundred languages

One of the Dutch start-ups is Travis, a Rotterdam company that has a vertaalkastje. The device can make voice calls to transfer in a hundred different languages. The user speaks in his own language and a voice repeats the same in another language.

There are, according to Rogier Keijzer of Travis for a number of reasons the cupboard to use in place of a translation service like Google Translate.

“There are good microphones, and we are not tied to one translation platform,” he says. That microphones sit at the top and bottom and also record voice in places with a lot of ambient noise. “In addition, you do not want to always have your expensive phone out of his hands and this device a long time on a full charge.”

Travis has a rechargeable battery, which in standby mode for four to five days of battery life. With constant use comes down to twelve hours. It works with a 4G sim card or via wifi. There is also an offline mode, but the device supports only the twenty most widely spoken languages. There is Dutch.

“The police are using Travis already,” says Keijzer. “For example, if a detained suspect does not speak Dutch. Additionally, the device can be used in hotels or in hospitals, so that there is not someone with you to translate.” The device will cost 249 euros.

With Zoi, users get live subtitles

In addition to Travis, is also vertaalstart-up Zoi at CES. This platform does not speak, but writes live subtitles for the spoken word. “It works for now in six languages,” says Kevin Orange. “We have these first languages chosen on the basis of the question. From Japan and China, a lot of interest.”

With a good connection takes the written translation of 0.2 seconds. “But actually it is delayed a little, because you will understand anyway not what the other person is saying.”

The system works with multiple vertaalplatforms, such as Google and Amazon. An algorithm to see what sort of system at that time for the appropriate language, the best translation delivers.

“The service is $ 19 (about 16,50 euro, red.) per month charges and will appear in march”, says Orange. There is still no free version. “For an additional fee, however all translations are stored.” This is done in separate pieces of text, so that the transcriptions can also be done afterwards easy to find.

Huggable robot as Somnox helps sleep problems to solve

The huggable robot as Somnox is also at CES. The start-up has been for several years engaged and now has the necessary fame. It took until march 2019, before the robot of 599 euros on the market.

“We are now 2.5 years busy,” says Baginda Tirtadji. “The next step is the Somnox to as many people as possible.”

The robot is encased in a soft, pindavormig pillow. The device enables subtle and shrinks again to a breathing to mimic. The user puts the Somnox against itself, as if it were a partner. “The focus on a natural way on the breathing of the robot laid. The user goes there in a natural way, and that causes you to more quickly fall asleep.”

The company focuses on stress-related sleeping problems in people. In the future the Somnox may also help with sleep disorders, for example restless, elderly people with dementia. Tirtadji hopes that the Somnox finally recognised as a medical product, so that the robot more affordable. “In the long term, we hope to work together with care institutions. But that is future music.”

Roader films short highlights of the day

The creators of the portable camera Roader are also at the fair to find. The device can be on a cord around the neck are hung and makes videos of twenty seconds. The user can do this via a push of a button. The camera not only takes ten seconds after pressing, but the ten seconds before that.

According to founder Sjoerd Pitstra miss users that way no more. “When you first get your smartphone to take, then you often be too late,” he says. “The Roader can also automatically make movies in certain situations. The camera responds for example, to sound, or can make a video if you are at a certain location.”

Clips directly to the app on a mobile phone. From the app, the video can easily be shared in other apps. “This is really a device for the Snapchat generation”, says Pitstra. Therefore, videos can also, for example, flavoured with augmentedrealitybeelden. “That’s the idea behind the camera: it’s just fun.”

The Roader contains a camera that is recording in an angle of view of 120 degrees. He takes in lower quality (540 to 720 pixels) and in a higher quality (1.280 at 960 pixels) and is going to be six to seven hours on a full charge.

According to Pitstra, the camera can also be used on a holder in the car, so that the device as a dashcam. In march the camera in the Netherlands. The Roader will cost 199 euros.

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