Posted on June 26th, 2015 No comments
Well, to be precise it is made in Taiwan now but once the idea came to designer Martin Lazarev back in 2009 it was made here indeed. So as we heard it took only one designer who was fed up with his card reader’s cable to come up whith something we know as the smallest smart card reader in the World today
When Martin had made his very first prototype out of cardboard, he introduced his idea to Argo Männiste who also got excited about it. After few rounds of brainstorming Argo presented the product to his friend Arte Ermel. Then after few years of inventing and designwork the final product was settled and patented. As a local production cost was a little too high, the +ID team decided to find Chinese partners, which proved to be a mistake. Surely the cost came down, but so did the quality and the final result was unsatisfing. So they decided to find a new partner from Asia and found it from Taiwan , where +ID’s are made today. Meanwhile, between long development period copycat had appeared on the market… Still, leaving beside all the difficulties +ID was launched on Jan, 3rd 2014 to claim its unique place amongst all smart card readers : ) Read the full story by Ronald Liive @ Kahvel.
So, why is it useful? Frankly for many reasons. As the World is becoming more digital day by day, we need to confirm our idendity with places like banks, schools, healthcare and many other. It is not a bad idea if one has no cable behind and can well fit into your wallet with ID and bank cards. The next thing you need to find is USB port on your laptop and you will be in your bank or database within a minute.
Somehow it is all so natural for Estonia as the 1st e-nation with the breaking news on e-residency, which has started signing up his first members from December 2014. The no 1 person to join with the programme was well known British journalist Edward Lucas , followed by many others. So, here we got it all in one for you now : The e-Residency and the smallest card reader in your pocket. *LS
Posted on June 11th, 2015 No comments
Inventors and startuppers are almost two different kind of people, well at least by their mindsets. In one hand so close, unyet so different in their attitude from which end to start fulfilling their dreams. But surely both are big Dreamers, persistant and hardcore achievers. Still there will be one in a million from those who can do perfectly both – invent and then commercialize their ideas. Here is the story of 5 times Guinness recordholder Mate Rimac who is doing something impossible: Making a supercar company out of Balkans and not just:
As for me, this is a prime sample of how different could be a startupper from inventor. One inventing to fix the World and the other making business out of it. How about you? Whatever is the answer, you still have to team up with many good people to scale your business and to make your dream wild out there. Good Luck my friend !!
Posted on May 2nd, 2015 No comments
It is obvious that there would not be any innovation without inventions. As we look around we can see inventions everythere, unless we stand naked in the middle of woods.. So, thanks to Konrad Suze who built the very first electomechanical computer and Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web I can sit here and write to you today.
There are also ladies who have done many awesome inventions, but somehow we know a lot less about them. Let me name just a few: Rosalyn Yalow, Marie Curie, Stephanie Kwolec, Ruth Handler, Mary Potts, Sybilla Masters and Magdalena Villarus.. Do you know what they have invented? If not, it is time to make a little Google search and find out, coz some of them have changed the World we know
Quin Estonia in cooperation with the Global Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) hosted the 2nd international conference and exhibition for women inventors in Tallinn University of Technology from 24th-25th April. More than 100 lady-inventors gathered from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Russia, Tadzikistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and United Kingdom.
The conference was opened by Tea Varrak, director of Mektory followed by Christer Haglund from the Nordic Council of Ministers and by our brandnew director of the Patent Office Margus Viher. Soon after this we heard opening speech by Bola Olabisi , founder and the president of GWIIN. Other guest speakesrs were Maila Hakala from QUIN Finland, Elinora Inga Sigurdardottir from KVENN Icland and Wanja Bellander from QUIN Sweden. The main organizer of the event was Anne-Mari Rannamäe, Pesident of QUIN Estonia. Interviews were made by StartupRadio & gallery of photos is available on FB.
* The next big event organized by European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EUWIIN) will take place in London from 14-15 October.
Posted on April 23rd, 2015 No comments
As Europe is seeing its first massive startup boom I spoke to the man who keeps his close eye on latest developments in this sector – Tarmo Virki. Being a journalist of past 20 years at outlets like Reuters & Forbes, his focus has turned on to startups. Last summer he and a few other co-founders decided the booming sector was mature enough to face real, old-school journalism.
They decided to try to do something crazy, something really old school – a print magazine at the time of the digital revolution. “The idea was so crazy, we just had to go ahead and try this,” says Virki, for who one of the early positive signs was the energy youngsters from Arctic Startup, largest startup blog in Scandinavia, were willing to put into developing a print publication. There are reasons for this — niche print magazines which have their audience have done well despite the scrutiny from online publishing. It might be because of the experience – browsing the iPad isn’t just quite comparable with the fine touch and smell of the gloss paper and the way we browse magazines in trains and hotel lobbies …
Posted on March 22nd, 2015 No comments
It all started because of two men – Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann. The official story tells that both men came across the same old trouble – loosing money on their transfers. But being a good friends helped as they decided to top up each others bank accounts using Reuters mid-market rate. So, Kristo paid to Taavet the amount of his salary in pounds to London highstreet bank account and Taavet topped up Kristos account with euros in Tallinn. Doing that on monthly basis boys couldn’t stop thinking that there must be many more people like them who might need it as a service… and so the Transferwise was born. Surely there was something to do with this Skype thing where Taavet continued his work as the very first emploee. Inspirational as it was then, so became peer-to-peer useful once again. It is no secret that banks are taking off abuout 4-5% of money we sending overseas. As Kristo and Taavet figured out that there was no actual need to send money over physically they created a much smarter system to save our hard earned pennies So, how it works? Just check out the next video:
Now, if You think that You or your friend might need this groovy solution then go & check out the instructions and click here to get your first transfer sorted. There is a fee as little as 0,5% which is about 10 times less than banks charge us. To learn more about Transferwise watch Matt Covan interview with Taavet Hinrikus @ Cass Business School. TW is now operating on 101 currency routes and has established its presence at US market just a month ago.
* TransferWise has received investments for further development from Sir Richard Brandson, Peter Thiel, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, Seedcamp and the latest by Andreessen Horowitz in total of $91M , which values this company close to $1BN benchmark.
Posted on February 16th, 2015 No comments
The word “Cyber” is increasingly important in both civil and war terms. Therefore Estonia is taking steps further in cyber security. First of all we train people for those extraordinary jobs and then we test them also A great initiative has come from Estonian Information Technology College who invited students for the first Cyberolympic Games in Europe last Saturday, 14th February.
The event was opened by Kusti Salm, rep of Estonia to NATO and by the Chief of Cyber Range CPT Uko Valtenberg. After 8 hours intensive defending of computer systems from the Pineapplian Empire’ winners were next :
1. Jaanus Kääp, Estonian Information Technology College, Development of IT systems
2. Henri Ots, Estonian Information Technology College, Administration of IT systems
3. Andres Elliku, Tallinn University of Technology, Cyberdefence
There were 21 olympians participating in total including one lady. Event was supported by the Estonian Ministry of Defence, Tallinn University of Technology, Guardtime, ByteLife Solutions, Sisco Systems, and the cyber security company Vequrity.
Posted on November 15th, 2014 No comments
The first TehnoHack, organized by Skeemipesa @Mektory TUT was a successful event with more than 150 participants from 8 countries. Here is my interview with one of the organizers Tanel Kerstna for you:
Final results of those 15 teams which started on Friday 24th October can be seen at Skeemipesa homepage . As confirmed by the manager of the event Heigo Mölder there will be second TehnoHack coming up next year indeed :)
* And this my dear friends was also the very first time when Invention News was aired in public.
Posted on November 5th, 2014 No comments
We all know that fire can do a massive damage and it does take a lot of time and effort to stop it. Luckily there is a Godgiven man on the planet who has done a scientific work and thousands of tests to work out new technologies which can shut the fire down with a lot less water and effort. This man is the Professor Vladimir D. Zakhmatov. As we have a war going on in Ukraine right now, Professor Zakhmatov has stopped his work at his homeland and planning to open up the competence & training centre of his new method in Estonia. Therefore newly founded company PulsTech OÜ is here to hold the technologies and know-how to establish the first School of Zakhmatov in Europe.
New Technology of Pulse Forest Fire-Fighting.
by Professor Vladimir Zachmatov (Brequet)
Experts say that Russia has long been invented bombs to extinguish fires, and special technology by which to eliminate any forest-fire, power. However, responsibility for fire safety officials in no hurry to purchase such non-lethal, risqué, active, high-precisely, fire-fighting ammunition for decrease every year, great economy and Ecology losses. The first bomb was designed, field-produce and used numerously since 2 of May 1986 for fast, remote control, high-precisely extinguishing of inflammations at “Rudy Forest” – highest radioactive forest-area at Chernobyl Zone. Burned in Chernobyl ecological safe fast forest fire-fighting Technology, created during first days of Chernobyl catastrophe …
Posted on October 20th, 2014 No comments
Inspiration is the keyword for any creative person on the planet Earth. But where to get it from ??? Surely Viitasaari Innovation & Technology show is one of those places where you can get inspired. Yes it is a little town in the middle of Finland where Winter is longer than Summer, but so what? It is all about people and it is about YOU having a chance to get inspired to see many inventors together, showing off their works. So it happened this year also as nearly 50 inventors gathered at Viitasaari Arena to inspire visitors and each other for 2 days ! Surely it is incourageing to see other out of box people’ doing their groovy stuff as it was a norm, but actually it is the progress in most cases what leads our World on and on.
Team Estonia was at Viitasaari for the 3rd time, presenting: Chop-e the electric minibike, well designed and assembled by estonians. Ropeye – the revolutionary technology for sailing boats to attach mastbase blocks, spinnaker sheet turning blocks, halyard terminals, footblocks and tie-downs. *Ropeye has already broken through to the Sailing World. The Greenfinger – Norwegian made indicator to alarm you about the need of watering your houseplants and Hando Kruuv with his Pendulum from Tartu. Although we had much smaller team than last year, still there was fine estonian engineering and design on board.
We had many inspireing inventors and inventions at the show but my special attention was at the oldest one of them – Hando Kruuv & his magic pendulum in vacuum chamber. The old master in age of 77 has come up with a something amusing & useful indeed which he calls: “The device for the measurement of internal and external forces to the Planet Earth”. Well, I just call it ”Hando Kruuv Pendulum” On his first public interview he mentioned that mankind has gone up to the space to observe other galaxies but not taking enough interest what is within the planet Earth and what really can influence our life. There are internal & external forces of the planet, which do affect the balance and can cause the earthquakes and various troubles. There is also the Moon and other planets nearby which do influence the Earth constantly. Hando also mentioned the end of calendar of Mayas and the fact that he has registered some unknown forces to our planet at the time. Well, it all can make our scientists furious, but surely they got to prove it now if Hando is wright or wrong. As long they have no such equipment invented themselves to measure those forces, it is likely to take a decade or more before they can say anything certain about it …
Acknowledging the work of inventors, Viitasaari Town Council and Mayor invited all exhibitors to the reception & dinner at the town hall on Friday night. Surely it is the class on its own, showing the respect to those who can improve our everyday life and beyond.
My Photos of the show can be seen at Invention News FB page
Posted on September 29th, 2014 No comments
Who could of thought that instead of 50 makers we have 150 in the house! That’s what happened in Tartu last Friday, where all sorts of tech enthusiasts , design gurus & arty people gathered for the first Mini Maker Faire at Ahhaa Science Centre to show what they have got ! It was a bit lauzy start at 10am but full beam by 12 noon with the mainstream media and tabloids making their interviews & stories. As part of the team I also prepared for this since last spring asking many inventors to join the faire and so they did
After opening words by Andres Juur Ahhaa project manager the show was on with workshops and intros at the main stage. We had many new inventors & makers on the board but also well known ones like Fits.me and Timber Diameter + we had guest makers from Latvia, Sweden, Russia and even from USA. The latvian inventor Rims Vaitkus had brought his Wave Machine to the show and Rudolfs Drevinskis made incredible bird nests from the birchtree logs. Then we had our very own taylormade bike-masters : Riho Leppik with his RixBikes , Raino Sinisalu & his unique Raybike and also hobby-inventor Allan Rosenberg with his electric Chop-e which got the eye of many visitors by its groovy design. Then we had the old master Gabriel Passov playing his Chord Viola at the stage with his band KAGB and Dr. Arved Vain checking out the muscles with his clever Myoton. There was also Kalev Essenson showing off his boat Cumulus , Aavo Murutalu taking photos with his 3D photoshop, and Tartu Da Vinci Hando Kruuv introducing his brand-new Pendulum in Vacuum Chamber for the first time in public. From the arty ones got my eye Grafodroom girls & Ott Pilipenko, who had combined Skating board with the T-shirt printing facility …
It surely was a superb place for all ages to discover the latest inventions & designs by inventors , craftsman, robot-makers, engineers, science clubs and other free thinkers, who had come to show & sell their works. We had even Science Theatre at the place introducing the laws & tricks of physics. The peoples favourite maker or the winner of 2014 Tartu MMF was the game called “Kolm Elu”. News story was made by the Postimees and photos were taken by Äripäev. TV interviews were collected by ERR and by the brandnew channel 8 “Leiundusuudised”
Tartu Mini Maker Faire as part of the Estonian Researchers’ Night Festival gathered the makers from the Baltic States for the first time around. By the looks of it we might need a bit bigger house next year ;)Latest post Aavo Murutalu, AHHAA Science Centre, Allan Rosenberg, Andres Juur, Chop-e, Chord Viola, Cumulus, Dr. Arved Vain, Estonian Researcher's Night Festival, Fits.me, Gabriel Passov, Hando Kruuv, Kalev Essenson, Kanal 8, Kolm Elu, LeiundusUudised, Ott Pilipenko, Raino Sinisalu, Raybike, Riho Leppik, Rims Vaitkus, RixBikes.com, Rudolfs Drevinskis, Tartu Mini Maker Faire