Europe’s top tech news, December 2015

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Enlarge / A map of scientific collaboration within Europe (credit: Olivier H. Beauchesne)

And so, at long last, 2015 draws to a close. It’s been an incredibly busy year, with a deluge of exciting new devices, policy twists and tribulations, and freshly minted startup unicorns. December was a quiet month, though: there was a big ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, and some interesting acquisitions, but mostly everyone seems to be biding their time for the new year. CES in Las Vegas and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are now just around the corner!

Here’s the top tech news from December 2015.

GoPro has quietly acquired Zurich-based Skybotix, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The company created—and has now discontinued—the “Visual-Inertial (VI) sensor,” which was meant to be used in unmanned vehicles and robotic devices to help save lives during crises and emergencies. It was also able to direct drones in complex flying environments. Given that GoPro is working on a drone of its own, it’s the most likely reason behind the deal.

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