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CeBIT 2017: Innovation on Display in Germany

CCM International - March 23, 2017 - 05:51 PM
CeBIT 2017: Innovation on Display in Germany
From Hanover, CCM takes a photo tour of CeBIT 2017.

Hanover (CCM) — Robots that interact with humans, autonomous vehicles, intelligent cities, drones that deliver packages, cars controlled with 5G, cloud security: these and other technological (r)evolutions are exhibited from March 20th to 24th at CeBIT (in Hanover, Germany), the world's most important technology fair dedicated to digital transformation — offering a perspective on upcoming technological trends.

The Impact of Digital Transformation

Under the name "d!conomy - no limits," the 2017 edition of CeBIT will explore how machines and humans interact. "The main theme of this year is the evolution of the boundaries between man and machine," said Oliver Frese, a member of the steering committee of the Deutsche Messe, the exhibition hall where this event is held that brings together over 3,000 tech players from more than 70 countries.

Japan, Guest of Honor

Japan is the invited country of the 2017 edition. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the technology fair together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Japan is a key country in the digital revolution: globally, a quarter of the top 100 technology companies are Japanese. On the other hand, more than 120 Japanese companies are present in this edition of CeBIT — including for the first time Toyota. "We have a friend in Japan, but also a competitor," Merkel said.

Robots that Replace Humans

One of the most visible tech evolutions during CeBIT 2017 is the interaction between humans and robots — especially those from Japan. "Japanese society is very innovative in this respect and very open to digital," said Oliver Frese of the Deutsche Messe.

Pepper, the Robot Who Understands Human Emotions

The star robot is Pepper, the first social humanoid robot. Launched in June 2014, it is able to understand emotions and interact with humans by analyzing expressions and tones of voice. Pepper can welcome customers and even offer them information on products. You can also schedule events just by speaking. The robot will redefine the customer service experience and will surely replace several jobs currently held by humans.

B-Human, the Robot Footballer

Attending a football match between robots is possible at CeBIT. The B-Human team, composed of 10 robots made by SoftBank Products, is the champion of the robot soccer world cup, RoboCup. In addition, it has been the German and European champion for more than eight consecutive years. The robots of the B-Human team are made with open source, which allows other researchers to exploit and improve them.

DuAro, the Robot that Puts Plastic Screen Protectors on iPhones

Developed by Kawasaki Robotics, DuAro can coexist and interact with humans. The two-handed robot is able, for example, to put a plastic screen protector on an iPhone in a matter of minutes.

Olli, Transportation of the Future

Olli is an electric self-driving vehicle developed by the American start-up Local Motors. Thanks to Watson's (artificial intelligence) technology from IBM, it is able to converse with passengers. It has been printed largely with 3D technology.

UNI-CUB, the Mobile Seat

Honda exhibits a prototype "mobile seat." It is the UNI-CUB, a personal mobility device that allows users who sits on it to move along a certain area. For example, in the museum, at the airport, in the library, or in a shopping center. It is enough for the person to sit on the device and to drive it by moving the body in the desired direction.

The Internet of Things and Connected Cities

Huawei’s extensive pavilion shows a clear example of the Internet of Things: an intelligent city system that allows you to see which streets have the most traffic and where to locate emergency services or public transport. The objective is to accelerate the response time of emergency services and make public transport more efficient.

5G and the Cars that Communicate with Each Other

The use of 5G technology allows for more direct and faster communication between cars. For example, this model of Audi can talk with other cars to optimize the flow of traffic and avoid dangers, thanks to the technology See-Trough.

Fotos: © Israel Ayala - CCM.
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