5 technological innovations you didn’t know came from Montréal

published on July 21, 2016
Trends and Technology What's New in Montréal

Montréal is a creative city. From our famous International Jazz Festival (the world’s largest) to our thriving startup scene to the inimitable architecture, the city offers a culture of renewal and originality.

Here are just five of our recent technological innovations.

The Hoverboard. The world’s most functional hoverboard has come from Montréal. Perhaps you saw last year’s viral video of Alexandru Duru soaring over a lake just outside of the city? (It has over eight million views!) Duru’s flying machine — officially called the Omni Hoverboard —landed him on the cover of Popular Science magazine last month. The first model is expected to be released to the public in 2017.

Custom-fit wireless earphones. Revols are the world’s first custom-fit wireless earphones. Guided by the company’s free mobile app, users simply put in the earphones and let the gel-filled tips take the natural shape of the ear. The product molds in 60 seconds to deliver unparalleled fit, comfort and sound. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, which requested $100,000 — and received $2.5 million!

Reverse Engineering Malware. Assembly code analysis is one of the critical processes for detecting software plagiarism and software patent infringements. Montréal-based researchers have created an integrated assembly clone search engine is called Kam1n0 — pronounced “Camino” — which acts as a scalable data mining system for a range of computer security-related uses. What you need to know: this makes a computer programmer’s life a lot easier and could improve cyber security in the coming years. 

Citi Bike. The largest public bike sharing program in the United States might be located in New York City, but it uses transportation technology developed in Montréal. Citi Bike is based on Montréal’s bicycle sharing system called Bixi (a portmanteau of bicycle and taxi). Bixi systems have also been installed in numerous American locations, as well as in other international cities such as London and Melbourne.

Intraoperative laser probe. Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a cancer-detection method developed by researchers at Montréal’s McGill University. The collaborative team created a powerful new intraoperative probe for detecting cancer cells. The hand-held probe enables surgeons to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery. The probe is superior to existing technology and could set a new standard for successful brain cancer surgery. Check out the brain laser video!

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