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Author: Bart Brouwers

BMW asks students to help find Emotion-Aware Vehicle Assistants

During the interdisciplinary programme of the BMW Summer School 2018, 34 international PhD students, research peers, and industry experts shared their visions and discussed current advances and challenges in the field of Emotion-Aware Vehicle Assistants. The participants in this year’s BMW Summer School had the opportunity to listen, share and learn about research topics and current frontiers in machine intelligence, more specifically in “smart services for organising personal mobility and providing features that reach well beyond the car”, which are being developed and handled for customers by emerging Intelligent Personal Assistants. With poster sessions and lean startup methodology, the...

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Young Brainport Summer School puts 38 young talents on a high tech mission

Company visits to Philips, ASML, Holst Centre & Solliance, Food Tech Brainport and Huijbregts Group, but also demos at the TU/e. And meanwhile not only learn a lot from those high-tech companies and institutions, but also from each other. And in between find time for fun together, for example with bowling and archery or an evening of Virtual Reality gaming at Enversed, Europe’s largest Virtual Reality Center in the Veemgebouw on Strijp-S. For the third year in a row, the Young Brainport Summer School – with 38 young talents from 22 different countries this time – travels through the...

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So many children with a Lego dream, but for Niek and Mark it came true

How many children do not dream of it? Playing with their Lego set, building fantasy after fantasy into a reality, how beautiful would it be to ever be able to work for that great brand? Or, no, better still, to be able to design new Lego constructions yourself…? But as the years go by, the dream vanishes because other things seem to become more important. Or because we will have to accept its unfeasibility. Well, that’s how it works for almost everyone. But not for Niek van Slagmaat and Mark Tranter. They may now call themselves the proud designers...

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Preceyes is “providing precision and stability beyond human capabilities”

Researchers from the University of Oxford have completed the first successful trial of robot-assisted retinal surgery. The trial, supported by the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, took place at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, using Preceyes robotic surgery. It involved 12 patients and was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Read more about startup Preceyes – and its mother company Eindhoven Medical Robotics – here. Preceyes is a former winner of IO’s Gerard & Anton Awards. Half were randomly allocated robot-assisted surgery and the other half to standard manual surgery to remove a membrane from the back...

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Forcing e-mobility without the need for charging stations: Sioux to partner with Lightyear

The car industry is on the eve of a major change. Investing in sustainable mobility, such as e-mobility, is vital if Europe is to continue to participate. However, our analysis of the German e-mobility market alone shows that this is not yet the case. Eindhoven software company Sioux wants to change this quickly. With an investment – including the purchase of a car – and support in software development, Sioux has entered into a partnership with Lightyear. “At Sioux, we embrace the innovative ideas of Lightyear,” says Gerben Hilboldt, responsible for the automotive branch at Sioux. “Lightyear is going to...

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“Alexa, ask BMW, ‘are my windows open’?”

Hey Alexa,  “What time should I leave for my next trip?”  “What time should I arrive for the next appointment?”  “What is my vehicle range?”  “How much gas do I have?”  “How far can I go before I need to refuel?”  “Do I need to go to the gas station?”  “Do I need to fill the tank?”  “What is my vehicle’s fuel level?”  “What is the status of my BMW?”  “Is my car locked?”  “Is my car unlocked?”  “Did I remember to lock my car?”  “Lock...

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Eurotech is “not only delivering our students as top engineers but also as top entrepreneurs”

Alliance of Universities in Munich, Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Lausanne and Paris During the summer holidays, twenty European technology students from Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Lausanne, and Munich got together and went on a journey to upgrade their entrepreneurship and finance skills and to work on their business case. They already visited Copenhagen, Lausanne, and Munich (partner universities in the EuroTech Alliance, together with l’X Polytechnique in Paris) for several other important components that are involved in creating a business. Think about marketing, design thinking, customer development, market and competition analyses, communication, team formation and intellectual property (IP). The shared goal: show how...

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TWICE – “We want to help grow young tech companies”

Around the giants of the Eindhoven tech scene – Philips, ASML, NXP – are hundreds of smaller fledgling companies, honing their ideas, and hoping to be the next big household name in high tech innovation. But what does it take to turn an idea into a success story? For nearly two decades, TWICE has been offering a home for such companies across the city of Eindhoven, providing them with the means of achieving success. A collaboration between various shareholders in the region (Brabants Ontwikkelings Maatschappij; the municipality of Eindhoven; TU/e; Brainport Development; Rabobank Eindhoven-Veldhoven), TWICE is focused on supporting...

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Chinese regulator blocks acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm

The trade war between the United States and China has caused another victim: without the needed approval of the Chines regulator, Qualcomm cannot continue to acquire NXP. Today, the deadline for the Chinese regulator to give its approval has passed. All other supervisors were in agreement with the takeover. A bright spot for NXP is that Qualcomm has to pay a break-up fee of two billion dollars directly to NXP. In this way, Qualcomm compensates part of the damage for the energy that NXP put into the takeover. China has not given any reason for the lack of approval,...

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Screens Up: Eyecandylab to help U.S. based Nickelodeon with augmented tv

Nickelodeon is launching an augmented-reality (AR) app that will let kids see slime, blimps, SpongeBob, and other special effects specially timed with the network’s programming. Munich based Eyecandylab is Nickelodeon’s technology partner; it has offered its augmen.tv technology for the video-based augmented reality moments in Screens Up. The app is a mix of eye-popping Augmented Reality content synced with TV moments and fun features including mini-games and AR stickers. The free companion app immerses Nickelodeon fans in its tv show through AR delivered to mobile devices. During the broadcast, kids will be prompted by their TVs to use the...

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