[INSIDERS] Apple offers German SensoMotoric Instruments

by bold-lichterman

  • Apple buys the German SensoMotoric Instruments.
  • In deficit in 2016, Delivery Hero is valued at 4.5 billion euros following its IPO.
  • TenX raises the equivalent of $ 80 million in Ethereum.
  • Mapwize wins the 2017 Pitch in the plane prize.
  • Have smartphones killed camcorders and MP3s?
  • The nominations: Reynald Stevens, Raphael Lebas, Johanna Hertig…

After several months of rumors, Apple has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, according to information reported by the site Axios.

Founded in 1991 by Winfried Teiwes, SMI is a German company. She specializes in virtual reality and augmented reality. The company has developed a hardware from Social Eye, or oculometry in French, an eye-tracking system for VR headsets. This technology makes it possible to track and analyze the movement of a person’s eyes in order to decrease the risk of motion sickness during the game or to have the possibility of clicking on menus through the view.

According to a Medium item from Tom Emrich, investor at Super Ventures, this technology could interest Apple. The Apple firm would not be against integrating it on these next iPhones in addition to its ARkit, a tool for creating applications in VR.

INSIDERS Apple offers German SensoMotoric InstrumentsAfter the American Snapchat, it is the turn of the German Delivery Hero to explode the counters on the occasion of its IPO. The company, which manages several meal ordering and delivery platforms, has indeed raised 465 million euros (the equivalent of $ 530 million) during its IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. At the end of the operation, it is valued at 4.5 billion euros (the equivalent of 5.1 billion dollars). The latter comes a few weeks after the announcement of a fundraising of 387 million euros (421 million dollars), carried out with the South African media group Naspers. Since its inception, the company has raised the equivalent of more than $ 2 billion.

Present in 40 countries, the company created 6 years ago is still not profitable. Despite revenues up 71% in 2016, to 347 million euros, it indeed posted a loss of 202 million euros over the period. Last December, Delivery Hero bought Foodpanda, its main competitor.

bitcoin-2Singapore-based blockchain startup TenX has managed to raise the equivalent of $ 80 million in Ethereum, according to information reported by TechInAsia. This fundraising was done through an ICO (initial coin offerings, editor’s note), a blockchain and cryptocurrency-specific crowdfunding method.

In return for their investment, the people supporting the project do not receive shares in the company, but company-specific “digital tokens”, which they can then resell on a secondary market to make their investment profitable. In the case of TenX, over 4,000 people took part in its ICO, which took place in less than 7 minutes. The company Cross Coin, also based in Singapore, also announced its intention to carry out an ICO, in order to raise an amount of between 1.5 and 5 million dollars.

On Monday, June 26, 7 start-ups boarded a Paris-New York flight. During the journey, the young shoots pitched in front of a jury of professionals. It is Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State in charge of digital and Gaël Duval, founder and CEO of La French Touch Conference who awarded the first prize.

Mapwize, a French start-up, won first place in the second edition of Pitch in the plane. Based in France and the United States, the start-up is developing an “indoor” mapping and guidance service, understanding inside buildings. A visitor to a shopping center can quickly find the store he is looking for.

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