Make-a-Wish Box at the Long Night of the Sciences 2017

What scientists should do next

Objects that can communicate, TV that feels like you’re at the movies, pocket X-ray machines... sounds like science fiction. But then who knows? At the Long Night of the Sciences 2017, visitors to Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen got to put their questions to scientists. Professor Albert Heuberger, director of Fraunhofer IIS, joined the scientists to answer the questions and explain what may soon be possible.

 

Humanity

One visitor says: We should never forget that the purpose of technology should be to serve humanity.

 

Professor Heuberger agrees and explains why...

 

X-ray technology

One of our younger visitors asks: Is there an X-ray app that can tell you if you’ve broken a bone?

 

Our scientist Joelle Clausen explains...

 

Virtual Reality

Another of our younger visitors asks: Is fully immersive virtual reality just around the corner?

 

Our expert René Dünkler explains...

 

Holodeck

Another of our younger visitors asks: Will we experience virtual reality in everyday life?

 

Our expert René Dünkler explains...

 

Hologram

Another of our younger visitors asks: Does a holodeck like the one in Star Trek already exist?

 

Our expert René Dünkler explains...

 

Sensors

One of our employees asks: Has anyone developed an iron that can recognize different materials?

 

Our scientist Jens-Uwe Garbas explains...

 

Street-sweeping robots

One of our younger visitors would like to see a kind of robotic vacuum cleaner that could clean the streets. Is this possible?

 

Our employee Dr. Rainer Ulrich says: Yes, it is possible!

 

Teleporter

One young visitor would like a teleporter so she could sleep longer in the morning.

 

Our employee Dr. Rainer Ulrich explains  whether this is possible.

 

Light speed

Another young visitor dreams of traveling through outer space at the speed of light. Is this possible?

 

Our employee Dr. Rainer Ulrich explains whether this is possible.

 

Jet packs

One of our clever visitors asks: When will we finally have jet packs?

 

Our employee Dr. Rainer Ulrich answers: "Yes we can."

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