A robot dog rushes out of a warehouse. Immediately behind it is a small car with built-in sensors. They are controlled by two children, under the watchful eye of those who developed the two robots. Both children follow instructions closely and master the commands in just a few minutes. Four years after the previous edition, the Eindhoven High Technology University (HTCE) campus has again opened its doors to more than 7,500 visitors, with demonstrations and events throughout the site.
Last Saturday (June 11), more than fifty companies showcased their technologies and gave attendees the opportunity to try anything and everything. From virtual reality (VR) to medical scanners and screening robots, adults and children are savoring the technologies of tomorrow. Most of the activities were geared towards children so that they could learn about the principles behind the innovations their parents were working on.
This year’s slogan was “Turning dreams into reality”. Which is what happens at HTC, which employs more than 12,500 people in 260 companies.
“We didn’t know what to expect after so many years without this event. I’m amazed the campus is really crowded and the atmosphere is great. It’s nice to see so many families and children here today. We’ve been through the event,” said Ingelou Stol, Director of Communications at HTCE, during the event. We’re back all the way.”
The events and demonstrations were divided into five different regions. Visitors can drive from one area to another on the PSV Eindhoven Fan Bus. The most avid fans can also stand by with the KNVB Trophy, which they won in April, at HTCE Convention Center.
Robots and racing cars
In the convention center children and adults can listen to a fairy tale about HTCE. They were also able to learn more about robotics and virtual reality. Max from Force Fusion wore a special suit. “It detects my movements and transmits them to the robot, which then copies the way I move.” Kids here learn more about robotics and virtual reality, while adults can experience a safe driving simulator from AON. For motorsport enthusiasts, Team DS Techeetah’s Formula-E car can be seen off-center.
On the other side of Strijp, Philips has prepared a tour where visitors can learn more about the latest innovations in medical equipment. In particular, the company is working on an application to reduce maternal and child mortality rates. The Netherlands has relatively high numbers compared to other EU countries, with especially higher mortality rates among immigrant women.
“With this simple app – available in seven languages – women can self-report symptoms in real time by typing them into the app. The algorithm then identifies and highlights risks and provides that information to healthcare staff,” explains Peter Lovi, Researcher Design at Philips.
Wearable devices to monitor patients and a new monitoring system for children have also been demonstrated. In the halls of HTCE’s Philips headquarters, visitors were also able to try out the latest scanners for a quick health check that takes just a few seconds. Nearby Signify welcomed its visitors into their cinema room and showed them how to play with light.
Robot dogs and remote control cars
VodafoneZiggo and Ericsson demonstrated the different possibilities of their faster networks in the so-called 5G hub. A robot dog and a remote-controlled car welcomed guests into the space. Visitors are also able to control the robots themselves, which are designed for inspection and monitoring purposes. In addition, augmented reality and technologies related to virtual reality were part of the exhibition. In one demonstration, a solution was presented to reduce loneliness in elderly people in care settings. Using virtual reality glasses, they can meet their family as if they were in their room.
Fishing and cyclingn
Shimano gave its visitors a chance to experience something more practical: fishing. At HTCE headquarters – and on the campus lake – visitors get to try on fishing rods. In addition, guests were able to learn about the history of the company and the latest innovations. These kinds of innovations are the basis of Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel’s success in their major cycling victories.
In the fifth zone – the green zone – visitors can take a walk in the forest of the campus. Many people think the campus is still closed. On days like these, we’ll show you what’s going on here. “We show people how amazing technology is and what you can do with it,” explains Stol.
This year’s edition also saw an increase in corporate participation. A career fair was also part of the event. But there is more than that.
“Many people have not worked in the office for a while. It is also an opportunity for employees and their families to learn more about the company and the environment in which they work,” concludes Stol.