HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886.
EV charging infrastructure in 10-kilometer grid +++ Projection removes blind spots +++ AI in manufacturing +++ Blockchain in the supply chain +++ Micro-robot with artificial muscles
In Baden-Württemberg, Germany, a consortium of 80 municipal utilities and municipalities has built a state-wide charging infrastructure. Public 22-kilowatt charging stations are located in a grid with an average spacing of ten by ten kilometers – even in rural areas. A
more powerful 55-kilowatt charger is positioned every 20 by 20 kilometers. The 450 charging stations are the result of the SAFE development program, which aims to create a comprehensive charging network.
Source: emobilität.online (German)
Because the A-pillars on either side of a car’s windshield can obstruct drivers’ field of vision, 14-year-old American Alaina Gassler invented a solution – and won a science prize. Her system projects the live feed from an externally mounted webcam onto the inside of the A-
pillar. To produce a clearer image, she added a 3D-printed component to the projector and glued a retroreflective fabric to the A-pillar.
Source: The Verge
AI // Manufacturing
AI is already successfully at work in automotive series production. One example is automated image recognition, where an AI analyzes production parts and detects possible defects in real time. Identifying pseudo-defects – potential anomalies that turn out to be insignificant – is more of a challenge. One BMW plant used dozens of test runs to train their analytics software to distinguish between real and imaginary defects.
Source: Automobil-Industrie (German)
Automaker Volvo is committed to upholding the traceability of all raw materials used. In an agreement with its two battery suppliers, the company aims to use blockchain to ensure that the sourcing of all cobalt in the supply chain is transparent. Following a successful pilot
project, technology companies Circulor and Oracle are developing a blockchain system for one battery manufacturer while IT firms RCS Global and IBM develop a system for the other.
Source: electrive.net (German)
RoboBee, a Harvard science project, is the first micro-robot capable of controlled flight using soft actuators, or artificial muscles. Soft muscles are more impact-resistant if RoboBee should fly into walls or other objects. The researchers hope that micro-robots could be useful in disaster situations.
Source: New Atlas