The tiny island nation of Singapore continues to make headlines with its ambitions to become the world’s first smart nation.  It hosted the Smart Nations Innovation conference this month along with related events allowing the city-state to boast its growing technological prowess as it attempts to entice global talent and money to invest in Singapore. Start-ups and scientists  from the city-state and overseas  showcased cutting-edge gadgets and gizmos that could be a part of daily life in the future.

Meet Scot – a driverless electric car developed by scientists at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). They’re hoping to provide mobility-on-demand to the island city’s elderly and ageing population. The small team behind Scot and several other autonomous vehicles exemplifies that one needn’t be a cashed-up tech giant to create such innovation.

3-D printing is taking the world by storm and it also appears to be disrupting the world of prosthetic limbs. Open Bionics, a Bristol-based start-up, aims to help amputees worldwide with their open-source 3D-printed robotic hands.

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Sareena Dayaram

Sareena is a tech writer based in between Hong Kong and Manila. She covers start-ups and tech happenings in Hong Kong. Write to her: sareena@technode.com