The world as it is


1 Chinese group to sponsor a soccer championship (the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia): consumer electronics manufacturer Hisense.

700 million transistors make up the processor of a modern high-end computer, compared to 2,300 in the first Intel microprocessor in 1971.

18,5 million French people used the online market-place to buy or sell goods in 2016.


E-mens sana in e-corpore sano

Since video games were launched in the 1970s, the evolution of the market, its impact and the huge interest it has generated, has in many ways been comparable to that of soccer. It’s a world with its own codesstars worshiped by video game buffs, coveted by publishers, used by sponsors and courted by agents. From their bedroom or at gaming loungeslike the 1,700 m2 Wolfz in Chinagamers follow their favorite team in League of Legends tournaments or play at creating worlds with extraordinary concepts and appearances. You can measure the impact of this recreational boom with the number of spin-offs it has spawned: there’ve been film adaptations of the most popular games, and the venerable Lego company has, by popular request, created sets based on the construction video game Minecraft. Equally eloquent is e-sport, now endorsed by certain universities in the United States offering scholarships to the most talented students.


150 kph, speed of the Flyboard Air developed by Franky Zapata. The pilot rides the small hoverboard in a standing position.


2020 The year a new stadium is set to host the French Open tennis tournament.


Drôle d’impression

3-D technology in the spotlight What do a team of engineers designing a racing car and a team creating sports shoes for Adidas, Nike or New Balance have in common? Besides their use of brainpower, both are increasingly incorporating 3-D printing into their production. Formula One racing has been interested in what 3-D technology has to offer for quite a while now. Additive manufacturing ideally meets the needs of its design firms, which have a voracious appetite for numerous, varied and complex prototyping in short timeframes. For the German sports equipment giant Adidas, the goal is to produce 100,000 designs in 2018. It’s moved out of the experimental phase, and they’re now using a suspension polymerization process for mass production. Besides the advantage of custom manufacturing, for producing accessories perfectly geared to every physiquefrom shin pads and mouthguards to helmets3-D printing has taken a new step forward by moving into series production of shoes, bicycles, golf clubs and skis.


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