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Author: Corine Spaans

Descending aerodynamically in the Tour de France

Fervent cycling enthusiast and professor at the TU/e and the KU Leuven, Bert Blocken, is fascinated by the wind and what that and air pressure do to the riders. After the spectacular way in which Froome descended on the eighth stage of the Tour de France in 2016, Blocken investigated the best aerodynamic descent. It wasn’t the position on the bike that made Froome win. Tuesday is the first mountain stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France, interesting to know what the most aerodynamic position is.   Once Blocken himself cycled an average of 10,000 kilometers...

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Get to know your city better, walk a treasure hunt

Playing more outdoors, in the woods but also in the city. Telling stories about nature but also about industrial heritage. In a way that makes you want to go hiking, or better: play outside. Because, regardless of your age, there has to be played more outside, according to Natasja Paulssen creative director at Dutch Rose Media. Together with Paper Poly, VVV Valkenswaard and EHV247 they developed software with which they can make augmented scavenger hunts. As of this week, the Curse of the Fire can be ‘played’, a tour of Eindhoven’s industrial heritage.  What started with the idea of...

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Cycling for the most vital square kilometer in the Netherlands

“We actually wanted to organize just a tour from the High Tech Campus, but it got bigger and bigger.” Roel Voorwald, founder of the Corporate Vitality and Campus Sports & Health Club, talks about the plans in the run-up to the High Tech Crit cycling festival on 23rd and 24th of June. The cycling festival must ‘become Brabant’s cycling festival’ and he wants the High Tech Campus not only to be the smartest but also the most vital square kilometer in the Netherlands.  More about the High Tech Crit Festival here “We want to be ‘Brabant’s coolest festival’. Apparently,...

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ATO-Gear on their way to England

“Yes, in England we are really on the map.” From the London marathon, April 22nd, Andrew Statham CEO of ATO-Gear traveled up and down from Eindhoven to England every week. Where they launched their smart insole, Arion. In 2015 they presented their technical ingenuity during the Eindhoven marathon. Three years later they set foot on the English market and won prizes: the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards and the SPIN Lab Award. They also settled at Loughborough University. The university where Statham studied and “the best university in the world for sports-related subjects”. They can think of no better place...

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Building LINQ: “A great experience”

“You quickly learn how the electrician or carpenter reads your construction drawings, you learn how a contractor works and that things may go differently than planned,” student of architecture, but most of all spokesperson of the student team VIRTUe, Michiel Derikx says. The TU/e has eleven student teams that focus on the challenges of the future such as energy, health, and mobility. During the Dutch Technology Week, the student teams will present themselves on 8th and 9th of June. Derikx gives us an insight into how such a student team ‘works’. Want to know more about this project? Read Students...

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The children’s lectures by Maarten Steinbuch

A dinosaur robot in his hand and his gown on, that is Maarten Steinbuch during one of his children’s lectures. The professor at TU/e and entrepreneur likes to talk about the future of driving and the robots in healthcare and surgery. As one of our regular columnists, he also writes about it. He gave such a children’s lecture for the first time during the world championships of robot football in 2013 and he continued giving them. During the coming Dutch Technology Week three lectures will follow on June the 9th: in the morning at ASML, in collaboration with the...

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Vitality Living Lab: “Tempting people to exercise more”

How can you tempt people to be healthy and active? That is the question the Vitality Living Lab faces. For the coming four years they want to find answers and solutions, René Wijlens says. Wijlens is the driving force behind the project and part of the Cluster Sport & Technology. According to him, it is all about having ‘fun’ that will help people to exercise more. “We notice that the group of people with an inactive lifestyle is getting bigger and bigger. Figures from the World Health Organization also indicate that. Being overweight in combination with an inactive unhealthy...

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Automotive Campus: breeding ground for innovative education

They are working on the mobility of tomorrow: on autonomous cars, new fuels, other engines. Their ‘living lab’ is the A270, that piece of highway between Eindhoven and Helmond. The Automotive Campus in Helmond is a hotspot for everything that has to do with technology, mobility, and innovation. TNO, VDL, TASS-International, Altran, the traffic center for the South of the Netherlands and many other companies are located there. And in between, there is also education. Every day pupils and students see where they are doing it for. Prior to the Dutch Technology Week, E52 speaks to Lex Boon, director of...

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“Playful learning is part of young people’s world”

  Nowadays the world of the youth is surrounded by technology, it’s just there. They grow up in it, they intuitively learn to use a tablet or smartphone and apps are very normal. “That is what we focus on in our workshops: playfully learning how to deal with the latest developments”, Maurice Schmitz says. He organizes Night of the Nerds and is involved from the very beginning. “Eight years ago, we accidentally discovered that young people feel great enthusiasm for deviant and surprising applications of technology and that is still the core of everything we organize.” “Young people think...

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Help with “wanting sex again” to the States

In a series of articles we talk to recent graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven about Design & Mental Health. For example, what can design mean for people with sexual traumas? Today we are talking to Nienke Helder about ‘her’ Sexual Healing. As her graduationproject Nienke Helder designed products for women with a sexual trauma. Today she travels, with these products, to San Francisco. As an alumna of the Design Academy, she presented her graduation project ‘sexual healing’ to the general public during last years Dutch Design Week. This resulted in a lot of media attention and new connections. For a whole week she will meet with a possible development partner. It is a step towards bringing her products to the market. “If it was up to me, I would sell right away. I received a lot of reactions from people around the world who want to order it”, the 26-year-old Helder says. Helder designed the products from a personal experience. She had pelvic floor muscle blockage and in her search for what was ‘wrong’, she went to a urologist, gynecologist, sexologist, physiotherapist, pelvic floor muscle therapist. These were often not pleasant experiences. Once she lay open and exposed on the treatment table while five students were watching. She was also told that her problem could not be treated. Yet she recovered from it. Not by treatment but by...

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