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  • Developing future technologies together with the public / 2016

    How we want to live in 2053

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    Storytelling, creative methods and prototyping: Shaping Future is an original participatory foresight methodology that draws from both design know-how and the social sciences. In a multi-staged co-ideational process, laypersons  – people with a non-professional interest in technology – develop original notions of prospective human-machine cooperation and articulate their ideas in a variety of original formats.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAO

    Storytelling, creative methods and prototyping: Shaping Future is an original participatory foresight methodology that draws from both design know-how and the social sciences. In a multi-staged co-ideational process, laypersons – people with a non-professional interest in technology – develop original notions of prospective human-machine cooperation and articulate their ideas in a variety of original formats.

    As part of the “Shaping Future“ research project, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an original participatory foresight methodology with which laymen can describe their future technology requirements and share them with scientists. Initial results show that people want to have technologies that improve their mental and physical capabilities, protect their privacy and store and transport emotions.

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  • Healthy eating / 2016

    Seaweed instead of salt

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    From the seaweed species Ascophyllum nodosum ...
    © Photo Fraunhofer IVV

    From the seaweed species Ascophyllum nodosum ...

    Salt (sodium chloride) is an essential nutrient, but one that is often present in surprising quantities in industrially processed foods. Consuming too much sodium puts strain on the heart, stomach and kidneys. Fraunhofer researchers show how seaweed, which has a naturally salty taste, has the potential to replace salt.

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  • Corporate Knowledge Transfer / 2016

    Better quality control with digital assistance systems

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    The honing machine at VW’s plant in Salzgitter. Experts from the Fraunhofer IFF in Magdeburg have developed a digital assistance system for quality inspection and integrated it in the production process.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFF

    The honing machine at VW’s plant in Salzgitter. Experts from the Fraunhofer IFF in Magdeburg have developed a digital assistance system for quality inspection and integrated it in the production process.

    Errors can be spotted early and resources can be saved when many individuals share knowledge in a company. This is the case with a honing machine used to hone crankcases at VW’s engine plant in Salzgitter: A digital assistance system developed by Fraunhofer researchers will enable significantly more workers to ensure the quality of honing in the future than now.

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  • Data visualization: Doctors and software working hand in hand / 2016

    New insights for personalized cancer treatment

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    Visual analytics: Software developed by Fraunhofer IGD displays patient information so that doctors can quickly obtain new insights for treatment.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    Visual analytics: Software developed by Fraunhofer IGD displays patient information so that doctors can quickly obtain new insights for treatment.

    Doctors increasingly work with large quantities of digitized patient data – and yet the insights it contains often remain unexploited. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a software program that allows doctors to extract information from multiple patient files to quickly obtain new pointers for the treatment of prostate cancer.

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  • Preparing for the 2016 Paralympics / 2016

    Fine-tuning prosthetics for cyclists

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    A cycloergometer and a test prosthesis help optimize prosthetics for athletes.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    A cycloergometer and a test prosthesis help optimize prosthetics for athletes.

    Disabled cyclists will be among those competing at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September 2016. Ensuring top performance calls for prosthetics of superior design, but tailoring them to handle the combination of movements cyclists make has always been a problem. Now, in a new movement lab, a test prosthesis is helping to quickly and precisely optimize these artificial limbs.

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  • Fraunhofer Discover Program / 2016

    Rapid test identifies disease pathogens

    Research News / 1.7.2016

    Production of ImmuStick: Application of immune receptors onto the test strip.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    Production of ImmuStick: Application of immune receptors onto the test strip.

    At present, bacteria, fungi or viruses can generally only be detected with certainty by way of elaborate laboratory tests or animal experiments. The food and pharmaceutical industries would like to have faster tests to check their products. Fraunhofer researchers are therefore developing a stick that works like a pregnancy test and quickly delivers a result. In the future, it is also to be used for detecting allergens and disease pathogens in the blood.

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  • ILA 2016: More robust and more accurate measurement technology / 2016

    Measure greenhouse gases from space

    Press Release / 19.6.2016

    Directly bonded fused silica GRISM (Prism + Grating) with grating at the inner surface.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAO

    Directly bonded fused silica GRISM (Prism + Grating) with grating at the inner surface.

    Space agencies examine the extent of greenhouse gases in the air via prisms and gratings in satellites. New technology now makes it possible to connect both components with each other so that they are suitable for space thus achieving a new level of quality for spectral resolution.

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  • Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPT

    Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics.

    When manufacturing optical lenses, every detail counts. In order to stabilize and optimize the manufacturing process, Fraunhofer researchers are using digitalized processes. At the Optatec trade fair in Frankfurt from June 7 to 9, Fraunhofer experts will be showing how Industry 4.0 approaches can improve the development and manufacture of glass optics (hall 3.0, booth D50).

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  • EWeLiNE project launches new forecasting platform / 2016

    Better Forecasting For Solar And Wind Power Generation

    Research News / 1.6.2016

    The new demonstration platform „EnergyForecaster“ depicts forecasts for the feed of renewable energies in general (left) and for photovoltaics and wind energy in particular (right). Over all, more than 20 different warnings and forecasts can be displayed.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWES

    The new demonstration platform „EnergyForecaster“ depicts forecasts for the feed of renewable energies in general (left) and for photovoltaics and wind energy in particular (right). Over all, more than 20 different warnings and forecasts can be displayed.

    The sun does not shine and the wind does not blow with constant intensity. This is a problem for the power grid, where the power supply must always match the power demand. In the EWeLiNE project, Fraunhofer and the German Weather Service have been working to develop better models for forecasting the generation of renewable electricity. Now they have launched a platform for transmission system operators to test the new models live.

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  • New process for eco-friendly phosphorus recovery / 2016

    IFAT 2016: Fertilizer from wastewater

    Research News / 1.6.2016

    The electrolysis cell ePhos® extracts nitrogen and phosphorus purely electrochemical. The process is very straightforward and doesn’t require to stock chemicals.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    The electrolysis cell ePhos® extracts nitrogen and phosphorus purely electrochemical. The process is very straightforward and doesn’t require to stock chemicals.

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a market-ready system that can be used to obtain fertilizer from wastewater for direct use in agriculture. A licensee is already marketing this patented technology in North America and the process itself is particularly eco-friendly. The scientists showcase it on IFAT, world‘s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Munich (hall A5, booth 217/316).

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