Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa comes to life at the French Tech Corner in Dubai

Eight start-ups from France showcase artificial intelligence-based innovations in Dubai, including a digital artwork by Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa that comes to life and can interact with passers-by.

Companies, which offer products for sectors as diverse as entertainment, mobility, education and health, constitute the French Tech Corner, a partnership between Business France, the agency supporting the development of the French economy internationally, and b8ta, the Californian agency technological concept store.

“France will present very diverse start-ups to present their latest technological products. [They] will benefit from the “booster effect” of Expo 2020, ”said Frédéric Szabo, Managing Director of Business France Middle East on Sunday.

Expo 2020 Dubai is focused on innovation and sustainability and is seen as an opportunity for tech companies around the world to showcase their products. The pavilions of the World’s Fair have their own take on these themes, an attraction for visitors that doubles as a business opportunity, especially for tech-driven companies.

The French pavilion emphasizes sustainability, with its solar-tiled facade and roof, spanning 2,500 square meters and producing 60% of the energy it consumes.

The United Arab Emirates and France have strong bilateral relations, with French exports to the Emirates valued at 405 million euros ($ 466.8 million) in August, data from Trading Economics show. Last month, Dubai announced its intention to strengthen commercial ties with the third largest economy in Europe, trade between the two countries reached 8.5 billion Dh (2.3 billion dollars) in the first half of 2021.

“The French brands you see are all unique, having something new to offer. Each country has its own style of products, but with French products, everything is so synchronized, from the hardware, the software and even the history and meaning behind them, ”said Ramit Harisinghani, general manager of b8ta au Moyen- East and Africa, said The National on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the products featured and how they contribute to smart living.

“Mona Lisa” interactive

A familiar face at Tech Corner is a interactive version of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous paintings in the world. The digital artwork was created by French author and digital art specialist Florent Aziosmanoff and is equipped with game-grade motion sensors that respond to the movements of passers-by. That means Mona Lisa can smile, frown or even blink – depending on her “mood”. “The Living Mona Lisa offers people the possibility of not owning an object, but of living and sharing the meaning of life with it,” Mr. Aziosmanoff said. Recount The National.

EyeLights motorcycle helmet with HUD

The EyeLights motorcycle helmet, which comes with a built-in GPS and head-up display, is designed for rider safety. It keeps the driver focused on the handles while providing essential information for a trip on two wheels. The HUD, like Google Glass, displays maps and step-by-step directions, and allows users to make calls and play songs, all hands-free. Over 10,300 bikers have used an EyeLights helmet since its inception in 2017.


Earsquared EarCity open-ear headphones uses directional air conduction technology. Simply put, sound is carried by air waves from the outer ear and transferred to electrical waves in the inner ear. And don’t worry if it doesn’t actually enter your ears: the pitch here is to keep your ear canals comfortable and, more importantly, to protect yourself from harm. According to a report by the AI ​​company Audio Analytics, approximately 37 million people were at risk of “”danger of distraction”While wearing in-ear or over-ear headphones, exposing yourself to hazards such as bumping into other people or being struck by a vehicle.

Indoor Garden Ready to Grow

For gardening enthusiasts who want to keep a close eye on their plants, The autonomous interior garden of Prêt à Pousser Automatically simulates the effects of sunlight and helps regulate the water supply to plants. The popularity of hydroponic farms is increasing, especially when they do not involve messy soils and pests, and can save up to 90% water. It can also be a source of inspiration to fight “hunger” and ensure sustainable food security.


Y-Brush Automated Toothbrushes were developed with oral health specialists and are available in 50 countries. It claims to be the only toothbrush robot on the market that removes plaque with flexible nylon filaments and uses sonic vibrations – brush heads that move side to side at high speed. They are certified by independent laboratories in Europe and the United States. And while it’s not the only 10-second sonic toothbrush on the market, the Y-Brush’s design offers minimal intrusion and is perfect for people with special needs, such as those with limited dexterity.

Audiozen Morpheus

Audiozen Morphée meditation and sophrology set has over 200 guided sessions and helps disconnect users from their daily tech life. Just wind it up like an alarm clock to set your session and duration, and you’re good to go (bedtime). A radio-like variant aimed at children – My Little Morphee – is also available, with 192 relaxing music and nature sounds to help the little ones calm down and doze off. It can also be helpful in overcoming work-related stress and anxiety, especially at a time when for many people the work-life balance has changed dramatically.

SelfCare1 smart oil dispenser

Family SelfCare’s smart essential oil dispenser is the result of three years of research and aims for general well-being. The sealed cartridges contain the eight “best pure, organic essential oils” recommended by an international panel of experts. It even has a coaching app that offers 50 treatment programs and over 1,000 oil combinations, perfect for lounging or unwinding after a busy day.

Reenbow Mirabo

The Mirabo helmet by Reenbow combines augmented reality and teaching for interactive learning for children, even for those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Thanks to fun and immersive games – over 300 animations of pirates, animals, princes and princesses are integrated – Mirabo complements school curricula and can even teach children new languages. Learning augmented reality is gaining ground, allowing children to discover a place even without going there.

Update: October 13, 2021 6:03 am

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