A robot dog comes rushing out of a warehouse. A small car with built-in sensors drives directly behind. They are controlled by two children, under the watchful eye of those who developed the two robots. Both children follow the instructions closely and master the commands in minutes. Four years after the previous edition, High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE) has once 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 chance to try everything possible. From virtual reality (VR) to medical scanners and inspection robots, adults and children got a taste of tomorrow’s technologies. Most of the activities were aimed at children so they could learn about the principles behind the innovations their parents are working on.
This year’s motto was “Through dreams into reality”. Which is what’s happening at HTC, which employs more than 12,500 people across 260 companies.
“We did not know what to expect after so many years without this event. I am surprised because the campus is really busy and the atmosphere is great. It is great to see many families and children here today. We are back all the way , ”Said Ingelou Stol, Head of Communications at HTCE, during the event.
The events and demonstrations were spread over five different zones. Guests could drive from one zone to another in the PSV Eindhoven fan bus. The most passionate fans could also pose with the KNVB Cup, which they won in April, at the HTCE Conference Center.
Robots and race cars
In the conference center, children and adults could listen to a fairy tale about HTCE. They could also learn more about robots and VR. Max from Force Fusion wore a special suit. “It detects my movements and forwards them to the robot, which then copies the way I move.” Here, children learned more about robots and VR, while adults could try a safe driving simulator from AON. For motorsport fans, the DS Techeetah team’s Formula E car could be seen outside the center.
On the other side of the Strijp, Philips had prepared a tour where visitors could learn more about the latest innovations in medical devices. The company is especially working on an app to reduce deaths in mothers and children. The Netherlands has relatively high numbers compared to other EU countries, with particularly higher mortality rates among migrant women.
“With this simple app – available in 7 languages - women can even report their symptoms in real time by typing them into the app. The algorithm then identifies and highlights risks and provides that information to healthcare professionals, ”explains Peter Lovei, design researcher at Philips.
Wearables for patient monitoring and a new monitoring system for babies were also presented. In the corridors of Philips’ HTCE headquarters, visitors could also try the latest bioscanners for a quick health check that only takes a few seconds. The nearby company Signify welcomed its visitors into their cinema room and showed them how to play with light.
Robot dogs and remote controlled cars
VodafoneZiggo and Ericsson showed the different options in their fastest network in the so-called 5G hub. A robot dog and a remote-controlled car welcomed guests into the room. Visitors could also control robots, which are designed for inspection and control purposes. In addition, augmented reality and virtual reality-related technologies were also part of the exhibition. In one of the demos, a solution was presented to make the elderly in care institutions feel less lonely. Using VR glasses, they can meet their family as if they were in their room.
fishing and cyclingn
Shimano gave its visitors the chance to experience something more practical: fishing. At HTCE headquarters – and on campus lake – visitors could try fishing rods. In addition, guests could learn about the company’s history and recent innovations. Such innovations are the basis for the success of Wout van Aerts and Mathieu van der Poel in their victories in the great cycling races.
In the fifth zone – the green zone – visitors could go for a walk in the campus forest. “Many people think the campus is still closed. On days like this, we show you what’s going on here. We show people how great 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.