A breeding ground for French startups: Page 4 of 5

October 14, 2014 // By Julien Happich
Taking place from the 6th to the 9th of October in Grenoble's AlpExpo exhibition centre, SEMICON Europa not only packed an impressive number of presentations and forums, ranging from Semiconductor processing and packaging to Plastic Electronics, MEMS manufacturing and test issues, the exhibition also hosted a buoyant “Innovation Village” where French startups pitched their ideas and showcased their product concepts.
A serial entrepreneur and experienced company CEO, Tristan Rousselle was presenting his new startup Aryballe Technologies, showing a poster for a handheld electronic nose capable of identifying thousands of different smells (see French startup to consumerize the sense of smell).

Although the company only has a bulky working prototype in the lab (developed at CEA-Leti), Rousselle is confident he’ll be able to shrink it and bring this e-nose to the consumer market, tentatively by 2016 (the company was founded in July 2013).

In the meantime, Aryballe Technologies hopes consumers will have fun identifying and mapping odours all over the world with the free OdoraMap app only launched last week. Later, the app will be fully integrated to the e-nose, helping the company build its database of unique recognizable scents.