Lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients

The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers. Recently, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, together with the Illuminating Engineering Read more about Lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients[…]

Researchers develop visual information system for the hearing-impaired

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a visual communication system for hearing-impaired employees in logistics. Data glasses display information relevant to the work process in the employee’s field of view. Augmented Reality, which unites the real and virtual worlds, has long been a research focus area at the TUM Chair for Materials Read more about Researchers develop visual information system for the hearing-impaired[…]

Gas station of the future

What could a “gas station of the future” look like?

What services does it offer? Which fuels can be refueled there and where do they come from? Possible answers to these questions can be found at the stand of the of Swiss Oil Industry Association (Erdöl-Vereinigung) at the Geneva Motor Show. The stand in Hall 6 is run in cooperation with Empa and Hyundai. In Read more about What could a “gas station of the future” look like?[…]

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future

With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is able to host the sought-after particles. Researchers throughout the Read more about Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future[…]

European Open Innovation network in advanced technologies

Specific Challenge: Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that companies can benefit from external ideas/technologies (Outside-In) and valorise internal ideas/technologies with external partners (Inside-Out) to reduce the financial risks associated to innovation, and quickly get a competitive advantage. Open Innovation implies accelerating internal R&D and innovation along value chains through collaboration between the technological Read more about European Open Innovation network in advanced technologies[…]

Fuelling the potential of advisors for innovation

Specific Challenge: Despite the continued generation of scientific knowledge, its impact and application in practical farming and forestry is disappointing and its innovative impact poor. Although there are some good examples, the EIP-AGRI evaluation study recommends that more advisors need to be involved in interactive innovation projects to fuel cross-fertilisation and implementation of results. Advisors indeed Read more about Fuelling the potential of advisors for innovation[…]

Technologies for first responders

Specific Challenge: Resilience is critical to allow authorities to take proper measures in response to severe disasters, both natural (including climate-related extreme events) and man-made. Innovation for disaster-resilient societies may draw from novel technologies, provided that they are affordable, accepted by the citizens, and customized and implemented for the (cross-sectoral) needs of first responders. Scope: Read more about Technologies for first responders[…]

A new therapeutic material based on nanofibers

A group of NUST MISIS’s young scientists, for the very first time in Russia, has presented a new therapeutic material based on nanofibers made of polycaprolactone modified with a thin-film antibacterial composition and plasma components of human blood. Biodegradable bandages made from these fibers will accelerate the growth of tissue cells twice as quickly, contributing to the normal regeneration of damaged tissues, as well as preventing the formation of scars Read more about A new therapeutic material based on nanofibers[…]

Efficient use of resources in manufacture of metal components

Additive Manufacturing has established itself in many industrial sectors as a method for making plastic parts. The 3D printing of metals is on the road to becoming a similar success story. In the newly opened 3D-Printing Lab for Metals and Structural Materials at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, researchers have investigated how Read more about Efficient use of resources in manufacture of metal components[…]

New scanner works autonomously and in real time

Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made Read more about New scanner works autonomously and in real time[…]

Large scale implementation of digital innovation for health and care in an ageing society

Specific Challenge: An ageing population is increasing demand-side pressures on public health and social care providers across Europe. These pressures undermine the long-term sustainability of existing models for delivering care services to the ageing population. The challenge is to scale up outcome-based innovative digital health and care solutions across EU borders through joining up actions Read more about Large scale implementation of digital innovation for health and care in an ageing society[…]

Digital health and care services

Specific Challenge: Digital solutions supporting a continuum of care across a range of health and care services can relieve the pressure on governments to provide more cost-effective health and care systems by improving utilisation of healthcare and health outcomes. In this context the challenges are to network, lead and facilitate health systems research, innovation and Read more about Digital health and care services[…]