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We have a lot to talk about, so hold on tight.

Each week in our Sunday newsletter, we, as editors, look back on the past seven days. Regarding content, we always do so at the initiative of our cartoonist, Albert Jan Rasker. He chooses a subject, draws a picture, and we take it from there. His choice this time gives us a chance to show what is involved in getting an invention, which is in itself great, a few steps further. It starts with the perfect technical implementation of a prototype, but it doesn’t stop there. There has to be series production, customers have to become interested, and finally there has to be a big enough market for it. Crucial to all that: the ecosystem has to work. The story of TracXon’s medical patches shows that very well.

But as mentioned, there is much more to tell this week.


We start with a request: as a regular newsletter reader, you have an above-average connection to Innovation Origins. We’re incredibly happy about that anyway. But that also means you probably have an opinion on what’s right and wrong about our activities. What is okay, what could be better, what should we continue with above all else? That is why we have put together a survey, and it would be a great help if you would fill it out. It will take no more than ten minutes of your time. You can find it here.

Snapshots, a calendar and podcasts

The results of our internal brainstorming are already starting to affect us. For example, we’ve started using “snapshots” of our key focus areas to quickly update you on relevant recent developments. Last week, we already had the first GREEN+ snapshot, to which we have added the first CHIP+ snapshot and a DATA+ snapshot.

Another newcomer is the monthly innovation calendar. There is so much to do in the field of innovation that we started listing it. What conferences, symposia and other interesting events are coming up next? You can read it here.

Also, we’re curious to hear what you think of the second episode of Laio’s podcast (in Dutch, for now). We keep tinkering with it, thanks partly to the input we received on episode 1.


We’ve talked about it before: our internally developed editorial assistant (Laio) is starting to take off nicely. Not only because of the attention the artificial intelligence-based system is getting from other media outlets, but also because of a growing number of customers. Laio is an advanced AI tool for journalists, news editors and other content creators. It is designed to improve the productivity and quality of editorial work. In doing so, Laio makes maximum use of artificial intelligence while keeping in mind content, social and ethical requirements.

Laio comes in both an assistant version (with human guidance) and a fully automated version. It can create short videos and textual articles. For now, the system is only available for companies, but if individual consumers become interested, we will, of course, make a version for that as well. Are you interested? If so, be sure to let us know at [email protected].

Gerard & Anton

The annual presentation of the Gerard & Anton Awards is coming up again: this time the party is on July 3 in the big open tent at the waterfront of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. Tickets will be available soon, but for now we would like to ask you to surprise us with the names of start-ups that could deserve such an award. You can read more about it in our G&A newsletter.

In short, we are not bored. But all that does not change the fact that it was another ‘normal’ week for our basic task: to recognize and report about relevant, innovative developments. So:

Here’s what we also wrote about this week:

You can read the rest of the articles we wrote last week here. Have a great week, but please fill out the survey first!

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