Wireless technologies are used in a vast range of applications. Innovative start-ups are using them to launch a variety of exciting solutions onto the market. We present a selection of interesting young companies here.
Wirelessly STREAMING HDMI images
The Airtame stick makes any HDMI-based monitor, TV set or projector streaming
-capable, allowing users to wirelessly transfer content from a laptop, smartphone or tablet. The associated app is the only other thing needed. The solution is not only able to wirelessly transmit content to a single screen; multiple screens can receive the content. The stick is compatible with all operating systems and communicates via dual Wi-Fi
Luke Roberts’ “Paint Your Light” technology makes it possible to control the light beams from the relevant lamp using a smartphone app by sim
ply drawing in the desired direction on the display. As a result, users can cast targeted lighting onto a dining table, for instance, while the rest of the lamp’s LEDs illuminate the room with indirect light. The system connects to smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth
. Light scenes can be easily saved and accessed at any time in the app.
Keyless entry for bicycles
The padlock from BitLock turns smartphones into bicycle keys. Bluetooth 4.0 enables it to detect the presence of the user as soon as they are in close proximity to the bicycle. Without even needing to pick up their mobile phone, BitLock is then locked or unlocked simply by pressing a button on the lock device itself. Thanks to smart power management, cutting-edge battery technology and low-power radio, the lock can execute more than 10,000 locking and unlocking procedures on the charge of a single battery.
A starter kit for the smart city
With the starter kit from iioote, cities and local authorities can very easily test IoT
sensors with the LPWAN standard LoRaWAN. The kit contains sensors, access to the IoT
network via a gateway
and an application for presenting the data. StartIoT is supplied pre-configured with “out-of-the-box” functionality. All measured data is sent to computers and mobile phones via the cloud
. With this kit, the company wants to enable IoT
applications to be tested easily, economically and without the need for any comprehensive expertise.
Cracking down on mould
Rysta has developed a system for protecting against mould in rented apartments. Sensors continuously measure the temperature and air humidity in rooms, among other things, before transmitting the measured data to the cloud
. In a portal for landlords, the owner can be presented with an overview of the state of their property. Through an app, the tenants are sent detailed information about the room climate in addition to ventilation tips for preventing the build-up of mould. Networking is currently realised through WLAN
, although 3G and NBIoT will also be available to use in the future.
A jukebox for kids
With Jooki, children can now independently listen to Spotify and Deezer playlists which are supervised by their parents. Children can start different playlists by placing one of five different characters onto the speaker. Using a dedicated app, the parents can either stream playlists from Spotify and Deezer and link them to the respective characters, or upload content to Jooki directly. This enables them to listen to Jooki even where there isn’t any Wi-Fi
– be that in the park, on the beach or in the car.
Cough and learn
Children’s respiratory systems can be medically diagnosed from home thanks to StethoMe. To do this, the electronic stethoscope sim
ply needs to be held against the places on the upper body that are shown on the user’s smartphone display – StethoMe does the rest. The system uses special algorithm
s to detect abnormal sounds that may indicate an illness. The results of the examination can be forwarded to a doctor, who then decides what to do next.
Communicating via LiFi
VLNComm has launched a USB adapter for LiFi connections in the form of the LumiStick 2. By combining visible and infrared light with the integration of modern optics, it has enabled downlink speeds of more than 108 Mbps and uplink speeds of 53 Mbps to be achieved. The dongle has a 120-degree field of vision, and the stick can be used with Windows-, Mac- and Linux-based operating systems.