Inauguration of the Well Connected exhibition at Munich Airport
11. July 2019
Nurnberg/Munich, Germany – More and more, digitization is affecting our environment as it becomes filled with smart objects designed to communicate with each other and at the same time record and analyze data to help us expand our perceptions. Centering on these aspects of technology, an exhibition titled Well Connected Bayern gestaltet – Vernetzung verbindet (Well Connected Bavaria Designs – Networking Connects) has been organized by bayern design, Bavaria’s center for design competence, to illustrate how smart objects can enrich our lives over the long term. Design is the element connecting the analog to the digital world. Jointly with Munich Airport, bayern design is presenting nine forward-looking projects in the categories home, health, architecture/urban planning, knowledge transfer, and services/security. All of these projects have been created in cooperation with companies or designers in Bavaria. In an endeavor to strengthen this potential, Munich Airport has developed LabCampus, a smart city and center of innovation, on its grounds. Here companies, research institutions, start-ups, and creative people are encouraged to develop, test, and showcase new products.
Well Connected, the third of a five-exhibition series titled Bayern gestaltet (Bavaria designs), will be open for the public to explore in Terminal 2, Level 04, Check-in Area South, until September 11, 2019.
Smart kitchens are equipped with appliances that make work easier and more secure. For example, the intelligent refrigerator developed by Bosch (Munich) features a Home Connect function which allows users to control and activate the appliance via a smartphone app and retrieve information. This refrigerator takes photos of its own interior enabling the user to shop for groceries in a targeted manner. Also, the innovative app suggests dishes that can be prepared with the food currently available in the refrigerator. Created by Vivien Bardosi (Augsburg University), Guided Cooking with Augmented Reality makes cookbooks and video tutorials on smartphones obsolete: The augmented reality lenses merge recipes and reality. The cook’s eyes and hands are guided by the intelligent instructions. Following these instructions step-by–step, the user receives useful tips and information for preparing the dish via picture-in-picture transmission – all while the user is cooking.
Health on demand
Two innovative health-related exhibits also are presented at Well Connected: As part of the docdirekt project developed by factor product (Munich) in cooperation with Baden-Württembergische Kassenvereinigung, when their primary physicians are not available, people with statutory health insurance are offered free medical assistance by telephone, through an app, or online. Specially trained medical personnel log the patients’ data and information on their symptoms and determine the level of urgency. A physician then makes a diagnosis and gives instructions for treatment online. Osram (Munich) has designed a lens capable of stimulating the brain using targeted light impulses. The company’s CHRONOGY sunglasses simulate daylight based on the Human Centric Lighting (HCL) principle and thus can foster relaxation, boost energy, and/or help overcome jetlag.
Sustainable architecture and smart urban planning
Innovative solutions are in great demand in the construction, architecture and urban planning sectors as well, for example, solutions to the problems created by the growth of urban areas and by limited resources for construction materials. Phoenix Design Academy (Stuttgart/Munich) and Tony Jankowski (HTW Berlin) have tackled the topic of the autonomous construction of the future. They are presenting their DUOTEC project in which the building principles used by spiders and snails are translated into architecture and technical systems. Two mobile robots weave and bond innovative materials just like their natural role models.
Smarter Together (Munich) is an EU-sponsored project for the development of intelligent solutions for smart cities. A district of Munich has been equipped with intelligent street lamps which log traffic data, gauge emission levels, log climate-related data, and serve as public M-WLAN hotspots. Information is used intelligently to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and make traffic flow in a cleaner and smarter way.
Digital learning using innovative software promises a small revolution in the lives of school and university students as well as in those of people with cognitive limitations. The KoBeLU (Kontextbewusste Lernumgebung) project developed by Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität (Munich) and seven other partners is all about interactive learning assistants. Content is displayed visually and is explained directly on site with the help of projections. Interactive assistants provide work instructions, for example, for cooking a meal or assembling a generator.
Exhibits also have been contributed by Cabuu (Wernau/Fürth) and BioID (Nurnberg). An app designed by the start-up Cabuu helps pupils and language aficionados learn English vocabulary interactively and digitally. BioID’s live face recognition algorithm can differentiate between actual and simulated faces and thus helps protect sensitive data.
Well Connected will run until September 11, 2019 and will be followed in mid-September by a bayern design initiated exhibition titled Discoverers. The last show in the five-part series, Smart Living, will open in November and run through early 2020.