Cognitive Sensor Technologies

The idea and development of the ultra-low power RFicient® wake-up receiver

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics 19.1.2018

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A wakeUp radio module powered by a strawberry battery.

The Internet of Things requires a lot of wireless receivers. How can we design them so that they save energy and don’t need much maintenance? Dr. Frank Oehler and Dr. Heinrich Milosiu have been dealing with this question since June 2007. Here is the development story of the RFicient® wireless receiver chip, which receives signals continuously, but consumes just one-thousandth of the electricity used by an LED.

The journal

“It’s our duty to positively shape digitalization”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 20.12.2017

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Prof. Albert Heuberger discusses the significance of emotional intelligence in digitalization.

Artificial intelligence offers numerous opportunities. At a Fraunhofer event dedicated to this topic, Prof. Albert Heuberger discussed how “affective computing” offers opportunities for industry, services, and human-machine interfaces.

The video

“It will have a massive impact on the economy and society”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 10.11.2017

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Cognitive Sensor Technologies is one of the Institute’s two guiding topics, along with Audio and Media Technologies. In this interview director Prof. Albert Heuberger reflects on the opportunities which present themselves for industry and economy and how people encounter them in their everyday lives, too.

The interview

“Technology forces us to reflect on ourselves”

Point of view / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 10.11.2017

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Dr. Dr. Albrecht Fritzsche ist promovierter Mathematiker und Philosoph.

The digitalization of our economy and society is a dominant feature of modern life. We spoke with Dr. Dr. Albrecht Fritzsche who holds a doctorate in mathematics and philosophy and is a member of the scientific council at the Institute of Information Systems at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. We discussed on how digital transformation from a philosophical point of view will change our society, how humans and technology will interact in the future, and the responsibility we carry for these developments.

The interview and video

Digitally connected villages make rural life even more attractive

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Supply Chain Services SCS / 30.10.2017

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The IIS team at the village fair in Reuth, from left: Peter Heusinger, Alexander Gabber, Annemarie Wojtech and Martin Schmid.

Fraunhofer IIS employees asked residents of rural communities in the Upper Palatinate to contribute their ideas for a mobile village store.

The video

Manual panoramic microscopy with iStix®

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 23.10.2017

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iStix® creates a continuous, panoramic view of microscopy images.

Fraunhofer IIS has developed a low-cost alternative to whole slide imaging scanners for the digitization of prepared microscope slides. The institute is currently looking for partners to help further develop, evaluate and market the iStix® software.

The Video

Determine how fit you are with the FitnessSHIRT

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Smart Sensing and Electronics / 21.8.2017

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Christian Weigand explains the FitnessSHIRT.

The FitnessSHIRT accurately monitors parameters such as heart rate variability (HRV) and your pulse – without an additional strap. Our employee Heiko Wörrlein tested the shirt on a training run in the Tennenlohe Forest near Nürnberg, and talked with chief of development Christian Weigand to find out more about the shirt’s potential applications and the data it collects.

The video

Looking inside a piano

Cognitvie Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Dr. Theobald Fuchs and his colleagues at the Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT are working with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum to develop standards for the computed tomography of musical instruments. Fuchs explains why this work is much more important than one might initially think.

The video

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This kind of computed tomography imagery of old musical instruments is of interest to historians and conservators – and not least to musicians themselves.

The assistant that lives in the tool – Ensuring quality in assembly

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Positioning and Networks / 23.6.2017

Intelligent tools increase quality in assembly. © BMW Group
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Intelligent tools increase quality in assembly. An insight into the BMW Group plant in Regensburg.

Using a solution developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the BMW Group in Regensburg is now giving their production assemblers digital assistants directly on their tools. The case in point: hand-guided electric screwdrivers. For every assignment, the tool tells its operator whether all screwing procedures for a given job were properly carried out. Done!

The interview

Automated X-rays

Cognitvie Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Place the object inside, push the button and collect the CT scan. Taking an X-ray is that simple with ValuCT. Good collaboration among three partners played a crucial role in developing this technology.

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Automated X-rays with ValuCT.

"Individual products are no longer the focus"

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 8.3.2017

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Management of the institute: Professor Albert Heuberger (right) and Dr. Bernhard Grill.

Imagine your daily life without a smartphone. No emails, no quick online purchases. If that sounds difficult, you’re not alone; most people probably feel the same. It is almost impossible to imagine our society without digitalization now, and the process is set to continue. Our editorial team spoke to the institute’s directors, Professor Albert Heuberger and Dr. Bernhard Grill, to learn about the emerging digital trends and what we can contribute to them.

The interview

Satellite communication of the future

Cognitive Sensor Technolgoies / Communication Systems / 8.3.2017

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Recording a constellation diagram in the antenna measurement hall.

Space is teeming with satellites. They allow us to receive TV shows, give us Internet access on planes and ships, and keep communications going during disasters. We are working on a range of developments that will make this kind of communication more efficient, more flexible, and more stable in the future.

Smart data: the future of logistics

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Supply Chain Services / 8.3.2017

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Smart transportation processes in the L.I.N.K. Test and Apllication Center in Nürnberg.

The Internet and containers are two obvious innovations that have revolutionized logistics over the past decades. They linked up the world, created new and bigger markets, and ultimately drove enormous growth in global trade. Thanks to them, the world has become smaller. They also expanded economic opportunities – although only for businesses that recognized the potential of these innovations early on and mastered the full repertoire of possibilities presented by this new age. This is why it is so important to know today what the state of the art will be tomorrow. To do that, however, we have to know what innovations are on the horizon.

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“Industry is being transformed”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 8.3.2016

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Prof. Albert Heuberger, Director of Fraunhofer IIS.

A revolution is coming to factories and assembly halls. It goes by the name of Industry 4.0. First factories were mechanized and the electrified, and then IT systems were introduced to support business processes. Now the fourth generation of manufacturing has arrived in the form of industry 4.0. In this interview, Prof. Albert Heuberger explains what the term means and what Fraunhofer IIS can achieve in this area.

The Intelligence of Objects

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communication Systems / Positioning and Networks / 8.3.2016

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The wireless communications technology MIOTY allows garbage cans to automatically recognize how full they are and can provide garbage collectors with an optimized route plan.

The quality of cleverness is something we generally attribute to people. Now objects are set to become intelligent too – and not just individual smart objects considered in isolation, but as a networked whole. For ex- ample, objects will be able to determine their “condition” themselves and “talk” to each other. Researchers at Fraunhofer IIS are developing the basic technologies required for this Internet of Things – and are doing so for the entire chain of applications.

Combined Forces

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 8.3.2016

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In the Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE), research and industry are pulling together.

The course is set: now the Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE) (High Performance Center for Electronic Systems) is embarking on its mission to establish itself as the leading center for electronic systems in Germany. Energy saving and energy efficiency – this strategic collaboration between research and industry is focused on nothing less than these key economic and social topics of the future. Something is happening at the heart of the Nürnberg Metropolitan Region about which others can only dream: world- class research with a well-defined practical orientation.

X-Rays in the fast lane

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 8.3.2016

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EZRT X-ray technologies test the insides of components in record time, ensuring their safety and quality.

X­ray technologies are excellently suited to the task of revealing even tiny defects or processes inside materials. To provide industry with suitable tools, the Development Center for X­ray Technology (EZRT), a division of Fraunhofer IIS, defines and expands the state of the art in the field of non­ destructive testing all along the product life cycle. Over the past year, re- searchers at the center have published many innovative new concepts. The researchers are especially proud of two new technologies: “HeiDetect Inline CT Compact R” and “MULIX”

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