TECH BBQ 2017: Bugs in chocolate, physical therapy in VR and Labster’s $10m announcement

This week, the Labster team joined Tech BBQ 2017, Denmark’s oldest and largest tech innovation summit. For us, day 2 was particularly exciting as we knew our CEO would be making a huge announcement on the main stage at the end of the day. While we waited for the big news, we took a look at some of the many innovative gadgets, services and exciting exhibits the other tech start-ups had to offer.


Zombies, smoothies and virtual reality

We certainly aren’t the only ones out there using the wonders of virtual reality to create new and exciting experiences. Walking around Tech BBQ we stumbled upon quite a few interesting projects…

VR Limitless, for example, has created a ‘treadmill’ that allows you to swim with whales, fight zombies, and drive fast cars with your friends and colleagues in a virtual world.

The “Virtualizer”, as they call it, makes it possible to walk, turn, grab, shoot and perform a ton of other actions with your entire body. As we can see to the right, zombies are being killed in a virtual battlefield, visible to us on the screen at the back.

Another VR start-up had an entirely different goal: to help people with shoulder injuries by using VR to make it easier for them to perform physical therapy by themselves, and at the same time monitor pain and progress levels.

One of the tasks in the program was to pick fruit from a tree and put it into a blender to make a smoothie! Unfortunately, that part was also virtual, so no smoothies for us…


Chocolate crickets that can save the planet

At Tech BBQ we didn’t just BBQ, we ate bugs…literally! We gulped down a total of 8 crickets and 20 worms in just three bites!

The ‘bug-grub’ producers, Dare to Eat made little snacks of nuts and dried fruit, as well as edible bugs such as meal worms and crickets.

And why would you eat bugs, you ask? Surprisingly, the little bite-sized snacks were not only sustainable, but also incredibly healthy.

In fact, edible insects are one of the most sustainable foods available as they produce 100 times less greenhouse gas emissions than cattle. On top of that, the little buggers are packed with high quality proteins and omega-3 fatty acids.

Not convinced? The fact that they come in a peanut butter and chocolate flavour may change your mind.



Meet Marie and say hi to the cells inside your body

At our own Tech BBQ booth, we gave by-passers a little taste of the gamified world of learning.

By putting on one of our VR headsets, users went from being in a packed hall one minute, to a science lab the next! From there, they even had the opportunity to travel all the way through a single cell into a strand of DNA to see the way they move and evolve.

Let us edutain you!

The virtual lab simulations that people could try at Tech BBQ were only a handful of the more than 64 simulations available from Labster that serve as an easily accessible way for students all over the world to experience science.

Our simulations are fully interactive, and can increasingly be accessed through VR headsets to give anyone the experience of actually being in a science lab. The simulations are based on computer gaming and the psychology of learning, and they include games and challenges like solving murder mysteries and helping the national football team optimize the utilization of energy.

Our goal at Labster is to continue creating innovative new labs and to continue making science education available to students from all walks of life, all over the world.

This is why at TechBBQ we were incredibly excited to announce that we have raised $10m in series A funding from Balderton Capital, Northzone Investments and our friend and board member David Helgason, that is going to help make all of this possible.

Watch the video below to learn more about Labster, and to witness our CEO Mads Bonde rolling out the big news!


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