robot, virtual workspace, French cloud in the first day program

Viva Tech, the French show dedicated to technological innovation and startups opened its doors yesterday in a hybrid format. Robots, workspace in the metaverse, exoskeletons, French cloud, new TGV, here’s what we saw on this first day.

A smaller than usual Viva Tech show opened it yesterday at the Porte de Versailles. There’s no Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Ma this year, but “typical” partners from the worlds of luxury, health, tech, transportation or even energy. A hybrid edition, online and face-to-face, providing pride of place in the metaverse and cryptocurrencies, two current topics.

Meta is present, but cautious

While the company decided to cancel its presence at CES in January, Meta chose to attend Viva Tech, but sober. As a dive into the metaverse, Mark Zuckerberg’s company presents a large screen where it broadcasts videos that have already been published with its perspective on the virtual world. “We decided to focus on the BtoB aspect. We will be showing Horizon Worlds this year, but not in this kind of show ”told us a Meta employee present at the stand.

On the other hand, participants will try out Horizon Workrooms, its virtual collaborative space that allows collaborators to conduct work meetings in the metaverse. Provided that you master the art of the joystick.

Exoskeletons and dog robots at the RATP stand

At the RATP stand, several companies display exoskeletons, devices that allow a person to avoid injury while performing repetitive or difficult tasks. One of them, the Prolians, has an exoskeleton to reduce musculoskeletal disorders. This allows RATP employees who have to deliver heavy loads to relieve their backs. Gloves allow them to assist a person with his repetitive motion to provide less effort.

When someone can’t get into some narrow tunnel, RATP will call Boston Dynamics ’SPOT robot, renamed Perceval. Each year, the transport operator must check the condition of the infrastructure, which is sometimes difficult to access. The robot, equipped with an infrared camera, makes it easy to inspect some elevated corridors of only 1m30. RATP partnered with Nantes startup Intuitive Robots to configure the dog robot. A 6 month experiment is required.

Scaleway, a French cloud provider against GAFAM

Small stint at Scaleway, a French cloud provider founded by Xavier Niel in 1999. The company wants to compete with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, which were also present at the Viva Tech show. Data sovereignty is a big topic for the company, which is against “vendor lock-in” when a customer is tightly tied to a vendor that is impossible for them to change. Scaleway is growing rapidly and plans to double its workforce next year, from 500 to 1,000 employees.

SNCF showed the nose of the TGV M

This year, SNCF unveiled the front end of its TGV M, a 97% recyclable train, more aerodynamic, capable of regulating energy use on board according to the number of passengers. The TGV, which will run from 2024, is modular. Trains were built according to need: more first-class carriages, more bicycle racks, etc. The prototype present on the stand, in a real size, alone weighs 4 tons.


The SNCF also displays a large screen used within the SNCF that allows employees to see in real time where the trains are. Delays, breakdowns, accidents, are all displayed on a map, making it possible to respond quickly. Due to this real-time geolocation, SNCF is able to estimate the length of the delay and notify travelers. A tool with artificial intelligence that lets you view 5 million positions per day.

Finally, SNCF is featuring its 574 Invest investment fund in Viva Tech. 160 million euros are invested each year in two to three start-ups across the country. SNCF recently acquired 10 to 15% of the shares in the companies Stimio, Fluctuo and Ector.

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