CeBIT 2016 has a lot to offer - not only in terms of content but also visually. "Research & Innovation" awaits with several surprising exhibits.
At the Fraunhofer group pavilion in Hall 6, visitors can observe a small, pyramidal accessory that frees multimedia content from the two-dimensional space of a normal screen and makes it three-dimensional. "JUWL expands every touch device into a 360° interactive hologram illusion. This allows us to experience the digital world in a completely new way," explains its designer Jacqueline Hen, who developed JUWL at Fraunhofer IAO.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is also not content with simple touch displays. With its new software Kinemic, PCs, smartphones and smart glasses can be controlled using simple gestures or simply writing the words in the air. Hand or arm movements are captured by a sensor bracelet or a smart watch and automatically translated into commands and texts.
Fraunhofer HHI has a new monitor that reacts to gestures and spoken commands to optimize processes in sensitive hospital areas. The screen shows clearly arranged data of all connected medial devices that can be controlled without touch. This reduces that danger of transmitting germs.
ETH Zürich from Switzerland, CeBIT's Partner Country, with its "In situ Fabricator" demonstrates how to utilize digital technology in building construction. This mobile robot system transfers the performance and flexibility of digital fabrication right to the construction site. The "In situ Fabricator" even constructed the university's stand at CeBIT.
The Technical University Wildau is working on flying robots. In Hall 6 researchers are showcasing their design for a drone that is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to measure particles and hazardous substances in order to fly missions under extreme environmental conditions. Another project is developing an aerial device for agriculture that can monitor large areas of arable land.
Three young research teams are in the running for the final round of the prestigious CeBIT Innovation Award 2016. The winners will be featured in March in Hannover and will present their projects at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research's stand. ActiWait from Urban Invention GbR is an interactive extension for a signal button at pedestrian crosswalks that not only increases traffic safety but can also be used as a WLAN hotspot. With climbtrack from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, climbers can analyze and document their training progress with very little effort. In addition, augmented reality solutions can define climbing routes spontaneously. Developed by two computer science students from Bonn, the Cryptomator is the first reliable, client-side open source encryption for cloud storage that is platform-independent and is suitable for less technically experienced users.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is demonstrating what production at a smart factory can look like. A Lego showcase shows business process management methods in the context of Industry 4.0. First, it plans a flexible process to manufacture tractors in more than 30 variations. Fully automatic control and monitoring of the actual production in a cyber-physical system follows. Taking human workflow into consideration, the manufacturing process will be visualized and analyzed in realtime using the model in order to react immediately to potential mistakes.
With its cloud solution Flutaro, the Universiy of Potsdam at the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Market wants to automate logistics processes. New information is constantly updated in a simple manner during tours to reduce empty mileage, and save costs and resources. In addition, the platform can network various logistics companies.
Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute have developed an automated software tool that leads sales staff to prospective customers. It identifies potential business clients by using their posts in social networks and forums. The Social Media Suite autonomously looks for relevant contributions and organizes them according to prospective customers and products.
The CrowdStrom project is addressing one problem of e-mobility at the group pavilion organized by the Universities of North Rhine-Westphalia: the small number of charging stations. CrowdStrom has developed technologies and business models to allow private electro mobility users the opportunity to make their chargers in the garage accessible to the public during their absence.
The Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena has come up with a concept for commercial traffic using electronic vehicles. The eTelematik solution consists of communication hardware that makes vehicle-specific operating data available, a mobile application that informs the driver regarding upcoming assignments, and a system unit that records operating data. The project is appearing alongside scientific institutes from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia under the motto "Research for the Future" in Hall 6.