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  • IFA/IBC: Virtual reality / 2016

    Beam me up to the video conference

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    Right in the middle of the action with VR glasses: A new camera system virtually represents people naturally and realistically.
    © Photo Fraunhofer HHI

    Right in the middle of the action with VR glasses: A new camera system virtually represents people naturally and realistically.

    When science fiction heroes communicate, they don‘t use landlines or cell phones. The caller simply appears in virtual form in the middle of the room; full sized and three dimensional. For researchers at Fraunhofer, this vision is already within reach: At the trade fairs IFA in Berlin (Hall 11.1, Booth 3) and IBC in Amsterdam (Hall 8, Booth 8.B80) they will show a new technology technology called "3D Human Body Reconstruction".

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  • Safe shipping / 2016

    Human ahoy!

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    The crew guarantees a trouble-free functioning on deck...
    © Photo Fraunhofer FKIE

    The crew guarantees a trouble-free functioning on deck...

    On a technological behemoth like a ship, in many cases the crew, or “human element“ get little attention when planning the design and operations – a mistake, as statistics show: most accidents at sea can be traced back to human error, not technical error. The CyClaDes project brought the industry together and showed how more consideration can be given to the human operators and their contexts in the shipbuilding and operational process.

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  • SMM: Simulation software for adaptronic systems / 2016

    Taking the momentum out of vibrations

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    Ships undergo enormous vibrations. These are triggered by the powerful diesel engines. The vibrations are disturbing and damage components. Adaptronic systems help to reduce the vibrations. At the SMM, the Fraunhofer LBF is presenting a simulation software for these systems.
    © Photo Fraunhofer LBF

    Ships undergo enormous vibrations. These are triggered by the powerful diesel engines. The vibrations are disturbing and damage components. Adaptronic systems help to reduce the vibrations. At the SMM, the Fraunhofer LBF is presenting a simulation software for these systems.

    Diesel engines vibrate. This produces tremendous stress on the components of ships. Adaptronic systems effectively reduce these vibrations. At the maritime trade fair SMM, Fraunhofer researchers are presenting a simulation tool that allows these systems to be developed efficiently: The “Mechanical Simulation Toolbox“ is now available on the market and easy to use.

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  • Decision support for clinicians / 2016

    A computer simulation to spare children from heart surgery

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    Simulation of the changes in blood flow after a virtual stent placement in a narrowing in the aorta. The comparison of the outcome of different treatments enables the selection of the most promising strategy.
    © Photo Fraunhofer MEVIS

    Simulation of the changes in blood flow after a virtual stent placement in a narrowing in the aorta. The comparison of the outcome of different treatments enables the selection of the most promising strategy.

    Children with congenital heart defects often undergo a battery of strenuous examinations and interventions. In the EU CARDIOPROOF project, Fraunhofer researchers have developed software to simulate certain interventions in advance. Preliminary results point to a reduced need to perform numerous interventions.

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  • Sterilizing biological tissue / 2016

    Killing germs with electron beams

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    Sample from a porcine pericardium
    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP

    Sample from a porcine pericardium

    Medical products, packaging and food can be safely and efficiently sterilized with electron beams. In the future, Fraunhofer researchers also plan to use accelerated electrons to eliminate germs from tissue transplants and to change the properties of the organic material in the process.

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  • Better treatment of food allergies / 2016

    Risks in your food

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    3-D space-filling model of a soy antigen. The areas identified most frequently by the antibodies of patient sera are shown in white or even red, unidentified areas are colored in blue.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZI

    3-D space-filling model of a soy antigen. The areas identified most frequently by the antibodies of patient sera are shown in white or even red, unidentified areas are colored in blue.

    Food allergies have been on the increase for years. There is currently only one solution for patients: avoid allergy-triggering products. Fraunhofer researchers are making an important contribution to consumer protection by developing methods to specifically and reliably detect allergenic substances in foods. In addition, they are helping to establish processes that reduce the allergy-triggering properties of food ingredients. Their research work focuses on soy.

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  • Man-machine interaction: comprehensive assessment of user states / 2016

    Hey human, how are you doing?

    Research News / 1.8.2016

    The interaction of man and machine is particularly important for air traffic controllers. A software from Fraunhofer FKIE assesses user states and human performance and passes this information on to the computer.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FKIE

    The interaction of man and machine is particularly important for air traffic controllers. A software from Fraunhofer FKIE assesses user states and human performance and passes this information on to the computer.

    Machines are taking over more and more tasks. Ideally, they should also be capable to support the human in case of poor performance. To intervene appropriately, the machine should understand what is going on with the human. Fraunhofer scientists have developed a diagnostic tool that recognizes user states in real time and communicates them to the machine.

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  • New institute management appointed: Dr. Peter Knott and Prof. Dirk Heberling to jointly head up Fraunhofer FHR in Wachtberg
    © Photo Uwe Bellhäuser

    As of August 1st, 2016, Dr. Peter Knott (right) and Prof. Dirk Heberling (left) are the joint heads of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR.

    On August 1st, 2016, Dr. Peter Knott and Prof. Dirk Heberling step in as joint heads of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR. Together, they are taking over from Prof. Joachim Ender, who is retiring after successfully leading the institute since 2003.

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  • Improved aircraft comfort / 2016

    No more dry mucous membranes when flying

    Research News / 1.8.2016

    Vortex ring generator prototype. The plan is to integrate the system into the back of passengers’ seats.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IBP

    Vortex ring generator prototype. The plan is to integrate the system into the back of passengers’ seats.

    Hovering at around 20 percent, the relative humidity in aircraft is kept very low to keep condensation from building up in the cabin. The downside for passengers and the crew is that this dries out the mucous membranes. Now a vortex ring generator will direct humidified air to passengers, increasing the humidity of the air they breathe without causing the overall relative humidity to skyrocket.

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  • Mobile communication of the future / 2016

    Power amplifiers for 5G made of gallium nitride

    Research News / 1.8.2016

    The power amplifier of the Fraunhofer IAF transmits at a frequency of 5.8 gigahertz. This frequency is needed for the new 5G mobile radio standard. The centrally placed gallium nitride (GaN) semi-conductor circuits are the central part of the packaged power amplifier.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAF

    The power amplifier of the Fraunhofer IAF transmits at a frequency of 5.8 gigahertz. This frequency is needed for the new 5G mobile radio standard. The centrally placed gallium nitride (GaN) semi-conductor circuits are the central part of the packaged power amplifier.

    The wireless data transmission via mobile communication is reliable and affordable. However, data volume per user is rising exponentially. Causes are not only the continuously growing number of smartphones, but also trends as car-to-car (C2C) or machine-to-machine (M2M) communication – cars and machines need to communicate in high speed with each other. From 2020 the 5G mobile standard is aiming to transmit data rapidly and energy-efficiently. For that purpose Fraunhofer is developing new power amplifiers based on the semiconductor gallium nitride.

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