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Electronics For You Expo India 2015 - Celebrating the Success of the Indian ESDM Industry

The Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry is going all out to make the government's recently-launched Digital India and Make in India campaigns a success. The government is keen to make India self-reliant in electronics and turn the country into a global leader in electronics hardware manufacturing. The intention is to replicate India's success in software too.

Artificial hand able to respond sensitively thanks to muscles made from smart metal wires

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications and novel prosthetic devices. The muscle fibres are composed of bundles of ultrafine nickel-titanium alloy wires that are able to tense and flex. The material itself has sensory properties allowing the artificial hand to perform extremely precise movements.

Reading speed harnessed to automatically control text display rates

Reading a text is something that each of us does at our own individual pace. This simple fact has been exploited by computer scientists in Saarbrücken who have developed a software system that recognizes how fast a text on a display screen is being read and then allows the text to scroll forward line by line at the right speed. The technology makes use of commercially available eye-tracking glasses, which are able to capture the motion of the user's eyes and convert this into a reading speed. Potential future areas of applications include electronic books or the large-scale displays used in railway stations and shopping centres. The research team will be showcasing its project from March 16th to March 20th at the Cebit computer expo in Hanover (Stand E13, Hall 9).

Bosch steps up open innovation

  • Bosch offers start-ups access to innovative technologies
  • Hardware accelerator program to be launched with UnternehmerTUM's TechFounders
  • Wanted: innovative ideas and new applications for a high-precision laser module used for distance measuring
  • Start-ups to receive a development budget of 25,000 euros, access to a high-tech prototyping workshop, office space, coaches, and mentors
  • First round of the program set to begin in April 2015
  • Start-ups can apply until February 27, 2015

Ten Years of the European Inventor Award: A Retrospective Look at the Inventors and Ideas That Have Changed Our Lives

  • Europe's most prestigious innovation prize celebrates its tenth year
  • The European Patent Office to present a video retrospective of the most exciting and innovative nominations
  • Two British nominations to be featured: Christofer Toumazou and Sophie Wilson
  • A different theme each week featuring former finalists and winners of the Award
  • Starting on 22 January 2015
  • 10th European Inventor Award ceremony on 11 June 2015, in Paris

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