5 of the best Australian tech exports
These bonza fellas develop EEG based brain-computer interfaces. The Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset, their pride and joy, lets you control your PC with brainwaves for US$300 (£190). It uses 14 saline sensors to read thoughts and a gyroscope for cursor style control – look at that enemy, when gaming, think "frag" and he’s as good as gone.
Want to feel inadequate? Swarm.fm CEO Peter Watts is just 23 years old, and his Spotify app's already making waves. It helps you find music online more easily using friends’ choices, personalised recommendations, advanced tagging and more to do the discovering for you.
Ratio buying online could be the future of shopping – where customers are rewarded for shopping in one place. Imagine buying a new game for the usual price but being in with a chance of getting it for only £1 if you’re a winner. Why not? What a ripper of an idea from this pair of Sydney lads.
A regular at CES, Ruslan Kogan – Australia's richest person under 30 in 2011 – buys components from Asia and ships his newly constructed gadgetry directly to Australia and the UK. That means buyers cut out the middle-man and get their kit for less.
We could be on the cusp of a gadget revolution – Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation claims to have adapted the wonder material, graphene, for use in high-speed gadgets. Their new nano-material, made from layered sheets of graphene, could render silicon chips obsolete. It'll mean thinner, lighter, stronger, and more conductive tech – everything from bendable screens to wafer thin HD TVs. This news comes just as the UK government is committing £21.5m to commercialising graphene. Let the race begin.
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