Katharina Berthold

The exoskeletons are coming: Robots to wear?

The exoskeletons are coming: Robots to wear?

Today, servomotors make it easier for us to drive cars. In a few years’ time exoskeletons will be strapped on to do physically demanding work. Especially when it comes to the repeated lifting of heavy loads, the servomotors of the supporting 'outer skeleton' offer real relief. 'Maloche 4.0', so to say: thanks to the latest sensor and actuator technology, heavy work becomes much easier and more …

Digitalization and e-commerce in Africa: Africa makes leaps and has its first unicorn

Digitalization and e-commerce in Africa: Africa makes leaps and has its first unicorn

So far, Amazon has found Africa a hard nut to crack just as much as its Chinese competitor Alibaba. After all, the (non-existent) infrastructure of the Central African states is a major obstacle for e-commerce. How to order if landline connections are missing? How to pay online when most people do not have a bank account? Jumia tries anyway and likes to call itself the Amazon of Africa. Founded …

Digitization: Japan wants to become Society 5.0

Digitization: Japan wants to become Society 5.0

Germany has coined the slogan 'Industry 4.0'. Japan responds with its initiative of 'Society 5.0'. Did we miss a step in the development? What does Japan expect from the digital networking of a society? Even though Society 5.0 sounds a little bit extravagant, Japan's visions of a digitally networked society should be taken seriously. On the one hand, because Japan will be hosting the Olympic Games …

Monitoring of Drone Flights:  DFS and Telekom have founded joint venture Droniq

Monitoring of Drone Flights: DFS and Telekom have founded joint venture Droniq

Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), together with Deutsche Telekom, has developed a solution for integrating drones into aviation with the Connected Drones project, thus enabling drones to be controlled out of sight of the pilot. And it works like this: A GPS module simply attached to the drone and a mobile radio transmitting unit make the drone a kind of flying mobile phone. Via the LTE radio network, the …

Project E-Motion digitizes motion sequences

Project E-Motion digitizes motion sequences

"Already the first part of E-Motion would be a great success, once it achieves production maturity, because it supports the MTM engineers significantly in their analysis work. But it gets really exciting, when an avatar illustrates ergonomically optimal movements in an VR environment. " Gerald Müller, Vice President Process and Efficiency DB Schenker AI helps to code movements Together with the …

La Paz – Cable cars preventing traffic gridlock

La Paz completes the world's largest cable car network

La Paz – Cable cars preventing traffic gridlock

It does not always have to be autonomous taxis. When it comes to protecting mega-cities from traffic collapse, cable cars can transport people at high altitude in a very efficient, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly way. Moreover, cable cars are cheap compared to subway systems. In early March 2019, Line 10 of the cable car system in La Paz in Bolivia was taken into operation, thus …

The ship from the jungle: CEIBA – the emission-free cargo sailing ship

The ship from the jungle: CEIBA – the emission-free cargo sailing ship

The network Sailcargo, originally registered in Canada, is building a three-masted cargo sailing ship in the jungles of Costa Rica. That sounds as eccentric as Fitzcarraldo's plan to pull a ship through the jungle. And yet it is not a Werner Herzog movie, but a real Kickstarter project. A CO2-negative cargo ship is to emerge. For this project, tropical timber seems a better material than steel. Costa …

Underwater swarming: Autonomous underwater robots

Underwater swarming: Autonomous underwater robots

"... We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine…” When looking at one of the robots of the MONSUN fleet, one cannot help but think of this all-new Beatles classic. Even though it does not quite fit, because the submarine in question is only 60 centimeters long and is an unmanned underwater robot. Yet it is quit yellow! And it offers interesting applications for everything …

What makes a Smart City? The digital city of Darmstadt.

What makes a Smart City? The digital city of Darmstadt.

'Smart City' is today’s buzzword and trend in urban development. How do Europeans see their cities of the future? What does a smart city in Europe have to do from a business perspective? How should the digitization of European cities go on? Juniper and YouGov interviewed 12,000 people in six European countries. First they asked what the participants understand and what they expect from a smart city. …

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