UBIFRANCE UK News - December 2012 - N°34

Amal Froidevaux - 18-déc.-2012 10:37:28
We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December. Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times. The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period. (from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods) From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission. On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember. Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France. Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas. The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines). We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France. The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future. Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste. The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English. The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception. On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening. As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE). Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!) The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK  Construction and Energy THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future. MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar. Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall.   Engineering and Transport CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke. TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region. INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe. HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK). Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI  The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition.   Food and Drink Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public. Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland. Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20 Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors. French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island. Nord-Pas-de-Calais features  Agroé at SIAL 2012 The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector. UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen.   Health and Services Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK. EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics. B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France). E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China. France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge® UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others.   IT and Robotics ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England). Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices). Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security.   For further information, please contact : UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640    

UNOWHY launches QOOQ culinary tablet in English

Amal Froidevaux - 26-nov.-2012 17:09:56
French-based company UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen. “We saw an opportunity to merge technology and content to create a richer and more tactile form of recipe preparation. The QOOQ tablet offers users interaction with top chefs and allows them to learn every nuance of their favourite dish, helping them improve their own talents, making life simpler in the kitchen,” explains Jean-Yves Hepp, inventor of QOOQ and President and Founder of UNOWHY. By combining interactive technology with exclusive culinary content, QOOQ, the first touch-screen tablet to be made for the kitchen, has now been launched in English by French-based company UNOWHY. The tablet, which serves as a cookery coach, enables users at any level to learn directly from some of Europe’s leading chefs, including Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Renaut of Le Flocon de Sel restaurant in Megève (south-eastern France). Each QOOQ tablet comes preloaded with 1,000 international recipes that can be accessed by cuisine type, difficulty level, preparation time and ingredients, helping to customise the cooking experience to suit the chef and his (or her) kitchen. At the touch of a button, users are also able to purchase additional recipes, which are available individually or in themed packs and are focused on such topics as a destination, an ingredient or a specific chef. There is a catalogue of over 4,000 exclusive multimedia recipes made for QOOQ by more than 100 chefs. QOOQ presents the recipes in a step-by-step interactive guide to create a variety of dishes through real-time high- definition video, photos and text. The chefs explain in detail every step in the recipe preparation, guiding users through the preparation, from choosing ingredients to the final presentation. Video speed is controlled by the user, and videos can be paused while the user accesses separate tutorials that explain specific culinary techniques. There is also behind-the-scene footage of the chefs’ restaurants, as well as hundreds of ingredient fact sheets that detail how individual products should be chosen, kept and cooked. For the health-conscious, recipe pages detail the calories contained in a dish and the Meal Planner function allows users to monitor and vary their diets. “No matter the dietary requirements or preferences, restrictions or time constraints, QOOQ is the multimedia culinary coach that can guide anyone, regardless of previous cooking experience,” says Jean-Yves Hepp. Users are able to build a culinary profile which contains a variety of information, such as allergy details. Based on the culinary profile, the QOOQ tablet suggests recipes to suit individual tastes and needs. Additionally, the Need Inspiration function provides users with ideas for dishes to prepare, depending on time, calorie or produce constraints. QOOQ’s personalised features allow users to input their own recipes and share them with friends, create weekly menus and shopping lists, and automatically adjust ingredient quantities to suit the number of people per meal. Unlike any other computer, QOOQ is spill-proof, thanks to its 10.1-inch splash-proof mineral glass screen that is 60% thicker than other touch screens and designed to withstand use by flour- or fat-covered hands. The tablet also has waterproof buttons and non-slip feet. Unlike classic tablets, which are often fragile, the QOOQ tablet resists humidity and heat and can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth. For ease of use, QOOQ comes with a foldaway stand and an integrated timer. The tablet also has stereo speakers, a rechargeable lithium battery, high-speed USB 2.0 ports, 8GB of memory, as well as an SD or SDHC memory card. Made in France, QOOQ is the only 10-inch tablet to be fabricated outside Asia. The tablet is available in red, cream and black, retails at £289 and can be purchased directly via the QOOQ website. Like an ordinary tablet, QOOQ allows web browsing via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet port, as well as access to email, social-media accounts, and online radio stations. The tablet also has a built-in video and MP3 player, a weather application and a digital photo-album function. About UNOWHY UNOWHY is a French-based company specialising in digital media. The company was created in 2007 with the goal of advancing cooking practices and techniques in the home. Through the introduction of technological applications such as iDelices and iVideococktail for the iPhone and iPad, along with the QOOQ tablet, the first 10-inch tablet to be produced outside of Asia, the company has highlighted the importance of eating and cooking well, while providing a more convenient way for consumers to achieve their culinary goals. For further information about QOOQ or to purchase the tablet, please go to:  

UBIFRANCE UK News - January 2012 - N°30

Pierre Mancini - 26-janv.-2012 19:13:50
First of all, here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we hope that you had an enjoyable end-of-year break and that the new year has started in positive fashion for you.  Despite the widely reported travails affecting the British and European economy right now, more particularly in matters monetary, fiscal and financial, we are finding that, as in previous years, January is a busy period with many clients — existing and potential — contacting us in order to finalize their blueprints (and budgets) for PR campaigns extending into 2012.  Among our existing clients, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which manages and owns the French ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us for 2012. There will be a lot to talk about in relation to PNA in coming months, if only because the port of Cherbourg has won a big contract from transport-and-engineering group Alstom , in connection with the construction of wind turbines. The wind turbines in question are due to be assembled in the region with a view to being deployed in the Channel, where several large offshore wind farms are being planned by the French and the British authorities.  Another of our key clients, CIV Corse , the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, has also renewed its contract with us, so that we will continue to promote a range of quality Corsican wines throughout 2012. We have pledged not to miss a single wine tasting that CIV Corse may organise in the UK this year... Among our new clients, ARIANE commercialises a unique variety of apple under the same name, whose origins can be traced back to the orchards of Central Asia.  Thanks to the fact the ARIANE apple is naturally resistant to apple scab — a fungus ( Ventura inaequalis ) that attacks apple trees — the amount of chemicals needed to treat ARIANE apples can be cut by 50%, as compared to ordinary varieties. Besides, ARIANE apples, which have been on the market since 2003, are particularly tasty and keep very well. All this makes ARIANE apples very attractive to consumers.  ARIANE will attend the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin (in February, from 8 to 10), and the press office is going to issue a press release very shortly about the ARIANE apple, so as to alert the British media to its unique health and environmental benefits, apart from its intrinsic quality.  Closer to home, the press office is sending a total of five journalists to Paris to take part in a press trip on the topic of e-health at the end of January. The press trip, at the French end, is organised by ParisRegion , the economic development agency for Paris and its region. Three British journalists will join two Nordic ones (from Denmark and Sweden) in the French capital over two days (26 and 27 January), which will give them the opportunity to learn more about new technologies and electronic systems, as applied to the management of healthcare in the Paris region.  Among the companies that the press delegation will visit is Diabeo , a pioneer in innovative solutions that monitor diabetes, taking advantage of the most advanced web and mobile technologies that are available. Acclaimed by its first users — both doctors and patients — Diabeo aims to optimise the management of diabetes; pharmaceuticals group Sanofi has been instrumental in the deployment of Diabeo . Still in the field of technology, French companies were very much in evidence on the UBIFRANCE Pavilion at the B ETT show, held at Olympia (in London) from 11 to 14 January. The BETT show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is one of Europe’s biggest trade fairs on technology applied to education, the trend being towards mobile and computerized applications, which enable you to brush up on your conversational Uzbek while on the move. (I have tried it and recommend it — conversational Uzbek, I mean.) Several other, recent trade events have been of direct interest to us at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, such as Top Drawer (15 to 17 January), which specialises in gifts, stationery items, and well-being products, or the Independent Winegrowers’ B2B event organised by our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 18 January. Apart from the fantastic venue, it was hard to resist the temptation to try all the fine wines presented by the 80 French participants, whose winemaking expertise more than makes up for their lack of any knowledge of cricket. (Then again, being good at cricket would not necessarily help you produce good wines.) We will have more exciting trade events and press trips to talk to you about in the coming months, and the range of topics and sectors we cover remains broad and varied, even if this bulletin’s crop is skewed towards IT and telecommunications. Be it offshore energy in relation to the Pays de Loire region of Western France or the attractiveness of the Lille region, in Northern France, we have it in stock. Should you be interested in yaw bearings, you can turn to ROLLIX . If it is the combination of gastronomy and computing that tickles your fancy, Unowhy has the answer with its QOOQ touchpad, which can beat any celebrity chef you can think of at the touch of a screen. As for me, I am thinking of purchasing one of Aldebaran Robotics’ near-human robots: I am dreaming of a fully programmable humanoid that can do the cooking, the washing, the ironing, the hoovering, the gardening, and change the odd light-bulb, so that I may have more time to devote to worthier pursuits, such as watching TV. So, NAO Next Gen, as the latest robot is known, is here with us to stay and may soon attend the BETT show in order to brush up on his conversational Uzbek. Last but not least, the press office is proud to announce that it has launched a Twitter feed that will keep all our fans — within the media and without — informed in real time as to what the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London gets up to. Katherine Woods, press officer, herself a bit of a Twitter fanatic, will keep you updated. Indeed, she has been Tweeting non-stop of late, so as to gain ever more followers in the UK and across the globe. We already have a British MP, various interior designers, a champagne importer, and a senior American IT executive among our devoted "followers", and I would strongly encourage you to join this in-crowd: it is all happening as we speak.  The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of March. Till then, and if you can’t wait, please log on to and follow us at @UBIFRANCE_UK   in order to be kept informed of the manifold activities of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Britain and the companies that we promote. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Business and manufacturing Vialog starts contract-manufacturing revolution out of Normandy Contract-manufacturing specialist Vialog is a collaborative group of 13 companies, based in the region of Dieppe, in Normandy. Providing a combination of industrial services and manufacturing capabilities, while covering related areas such as logistics, Vialog is the partner of choice for any international player keen to subcontract and outsource industrial production at the heart of Europe. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here Lille region given thumbs up by 85% of foreign investors International auditing firm KPMG has confirmed the appeal of the Lille region for non-French investors. According to the independent survey conducted by KPMG and published in November 2011, 85% of respondents, representative of the 1,077 subsidiaries of foreign-owned groups established in Northern France, recommend the region.  For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Engineering and robotics Aldebaran Robotics’ latest humanoid robot says ’hello’ Aldebaran Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen , a new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here ROLLIX finds its bearings with Alstom offshore turbines ROLLIX, a key player in the French offshore wind-turbine sector, has developed pitch and yaw bearings for the new Alstom Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine — the largest offshore wind turbine manufactured to date. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Pays de la Loire blows away EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 The Pays de la Loire region was present at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands), between 29 November and 1 December. The French region’s pavilion provided visitors with the opportunity to better understand its offshore-energy sector. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Software and IT security WALLIX is €2m better off and joins the big league WALLIX, a European IT-security company, has finalised an increase in share capital of €2 million to be carried out with Thierry Dassault Holding (TDH), the personal holding group of Thierry Dassault, and Auriga Partners, a venture-capital firm. As part of the deal, Thierry Dassault will acquire a stake in software developer WALLIX, which is to become a public-limited company. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here   WALLIX buttresses Admin Bastion with WAB 3.0 WALLIX has announced the launch of version 3.0 of the Wallix Admin Bastion (WAB) , a security solution for information systems. WAB 3.0 enables companies to conform to the highest of standards, whilst observing the regulations that are in force. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here CARTES & IDentification attracts 20,000 from 145 countries CARTES & IDentification 2011, held in Paris in mid-November, attracted close to 20,000 visitors, positioning itself as a key global event for digital security and smart technologies. The CARTES team has already announced the dates of the next trade show, i.e. 6 to 8 November 2012 in Paris. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Software and telecommunications France BETTs on its educational know-how For the fifth year running, there was a French pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show, a key event for educational technology. The pavilion showcased 10 cutting-edge French players from 11 to 14 January 2012, in London. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here Generix Group directs Carrefour’s 60 million Generix Group’s on-demand exchange platform has processed 60 million messages from 20,000 suppliers across 14 countries for the Carrefour Group over the past 12 months, thanks to Carrefour Group’s decision to outsource its international electronic data interchange (EDI) and B2B workflow management on Generix Group’s shared data-exchange platform. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here AddOnMail goes for V 3.5 After publishing Microsoft Outlook plug-ins for several years, AddOnMail has announced the arrival of the latest version of its leading product, PSTStation Corporate for Outlook — the PSTStation Corporate 3.5 , which is V.3.5 of the product in Exchange 2010 .  For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here France goes further in Near Field Communication The card-and-identification market is expanding fast in France. Specifically, Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology used for contactless identification and transactions, experienced rapid growth across the sector in 2010-2011. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Target Skills makes planning and scheduling mobile Target Skills is the publisher of PlanningPME ©, a scheduling software suite that is available in seven languages. Target Skills is launching its PlanningPME© mobile application — PlanningPME© Mobile . For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Unowhy unveils QOOQ celebrity chef in Las Vegas QOOQ, the first touchpad of its kind in the field of gastronomy, which has been developed by Unowhy, was launched in the English-language market at the 2012 International CES®.  The trade event, the largest international consumer-technology trade show of its kind, took place from 10 to 13 January in Las Vegas (USA). For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here

Unowhy unveils QOOQ touchpad at 2012 International CES®

Pierre Mancini - 04-janv.-2012 13:32:14
QOOQ, the first touchpad of its kind in the field of gastronomy, which has been developed by Unowhy of France, will be launched in the English-language market at the 2012 International CES®.   The trade event, which is the largest international consumer-technology trade show, will take place from 10 to 13 January 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, in Las Vegas (USA).   “In creating QOOQ, we wished to link a technological innovation to a premium content dedicated entirely to the culinary world. QOOQ is positioning itself as a multi -media cooking coach that teaches, advises, helps, and adapts itself to its user," explains Jean-Yves Hepp, inventor of QOOQ and Chairman of Unowhy.   The QOOQ pad developed by Unowhy introduces high-quality culinary content and a panel of interactive services that simplify cooking. The company will showcase its innovative technology in English on Stand 36272 at the 2012 International CES® trade fair in Las Vegas in mid-January.   The QOOQ pad, the first touchpad to be made in France, is equipped with a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 double-heart processor, which affords powerful and rapid browsing. The hardware has been designed so that it may be used in a kitchen without risk: it is resistant to water splashes and food spatters; its screen can be cleaned with a sponge; its feet are non-slip; and, finally, it has waterproof buttons. As well as its culinary content, the 10-inch QOOQ touchpad offers the multimedia functions of standard touchpad devices, including internet browsing, video-clip technology, MP3, email, photography, and weather-forecast data.   The QOOQ pad, gives access to more than 3,500 recipes presented in different forms — 1,500 of which are in video format — as well as dedicated interactive services, such as the meal planner and the automatic shopping list.   More than 100 French chefs of high renown were involved in the creation of the QOOQ content, such as Guillaume Gomez, Assistant Chef at the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the French President, and Takeuchi Hisayuki, who has cooked for the Emperor of Japan and works at Le Kaiseki, the famous Japanese restaurant in Paris. In its English-language version, the QOOQ’s touchpad content will be adapted to the different markets targeted by Unowhy, while being complemented by the international chefs’ recipes.   The content and services proposed by QOOQ can be personalised, in line with the user’s dietary preferences and priorities: it can be adapted to the tastes of each person by, for example, banning certain foodstuffs, or limiting the number of calories contained in a meal. Moreover, the quantities in recipes adjust themselves automatically in proportion to the number of guests, and family recipes can be added or shared.   In addition to the QOOQ pad, the platform of content and services proposed by QOOQ is also available on connected media, such as computers, other touchpads, smart phones and connected TVs.   About Unowhy   Unowhy, which is based in Paris (France), is a company specialising in digital media and proposing content and services concerned with cooking and gastronomy. The company was created in 2007.   Jean-Yves Hepp founded Unowhy in order to capitalise on the fact that new technologies facilitate access to increasingly enhanced premium and personalised contents: his aim has been to improve cooking practices. Through a combination of advanced technology and sophisticated gastronomy, the company’s objective has been to make it possible for the greatest number of people to rediscover conviviality and the pleasure of eating well.   Unowhy will participate in the 2012 International CES® trade show from 10 to 13 January 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA). The company will present its QOOQ pad in English, on Stand 36272.   Unowhy will also host a table at CES Unveiled, an event dedicated to the press, where journalists can meet exhibitors. CES Unveiled will be held on 8 January at the Venetian Hotel, in Las Vegas.   For further information about the 2012 International CES®, please go to: .   For further information about QOOQ, please go to: . (An English-language version of the website will be available from the end of December 2011.)   For further information about Unowhy, please go to:
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